No question, if either of these candidates finds a way to the White House, the integrative medicine field will have a friend there. This assessment suggests that Bernie is more likely to be an activist in prioritizing ways to elevate the role of these practices and practitioners in the future of U.S. health and medicine.
A new eight-page, policy brief, "Never Only Opioids: The Imperative for Early Integration of Non-Pharmacological Approaches and Practitioners in the Treatment of Patients with Pain" argues that it is long past time for the last to be first -- to reverse this order and always bring integrative care options up front, as least as complements.
After years of frustration churning through this system myself, unable to help patients get truly better, I left the world of conventional medicine and entered that of integrative medicine, which draws from the best of conventional, complementary, and alternative modalities of healing. My own journey led me beyond integrative medicine and into a realm I call "slow medicine."