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When I started writing about Integrative Medicine [IM] almost 30 years ago, it was almost unknown by most practioners/public and now becoming mainstream.
When we say we Care, We Serve and We EDUCATE, not medicate, radiate, operate nor vaccinate it means we give our clients a CHOICE of Preventative Care and it does NOT mean in any way, shape or form that we against medications, vaccination or operation which may be needed in some cases. There is a place for Emergency Medicine which we all need in some cases but when it become a choice for women to do a mammogram vs Thermography or ultrasound, it is a matter of choice and assessing risk vs benefit, using acupuncture for pain or headache vs pain killers or headache medications. Dr. George Grant, Ph.D. The Caring Dr. See more at:

Integrative medicine got a boost of greater public awareness and funding after a landmark 1993 study. That study showed that one in three Americans had used an alternative therapy, often under the medical radar.
Proponents prefer the term Integrative Medicine or complementary to emphasize that such treatments are used with mainstream medicine, not as replacements or alternatives.
Integrative medicine is appealing and it is the preferred method of treatment by most people worldwide. Advocates point to deep dissatisfaction with a health care system that often leaves doctors feeling rushed and overwhelmed and patients feeling as if they are nothing more than diseased livers or damaged joints. Integrative medicine seems to promise more time, more attention, and a broader approach to healing one that is not based solely on the Western bio medical model, but also draws from other cultures.
Integrative medicine is a neologism coined by practitioners to describe the combination of practices and methods of alternative medicine with conventional medicine. Some universities and hospitals have integrative-medicine departments. The term has been popularized by, among others, Dr. D.Chopra, and Dr. Andrew Weil . Dr. Weil says that patients should take the Western medicine prescribed by the doctor, and then incorporate alternative therapies such as Natural Vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, herbs and other spiritual strategies.
There is no doubt that modern medicine as it is now practiced needs to improve its relations with patients, and that some of the criticisms leveled against it by people such as Weil and by many more within the medical establishment itself are valid. There also can be no doubt that a few of the natural medicines and healing methods now being used by practitioners of alternative medicine will prove, after testing, to be safe and effective. This, after all, has been the way in which many important therapeutic agents and treatments have found their way into standard medical practice in the past. Mainstream medicine should continue to be open to the testing of selected unconventional treatments. In keeping an open mind, however, the medical establishment in this country must not lose its scientific compass or weaken its commitment to rational thought and the rule of evidence.

There are not two kinds of medicine, one conventional and the other unconventional, that can be practiced jointly in a new kind of integrative medicine. Nor, as Andrew Weil and his friends also would have us believe, are there two kinds of thinking, or two ways to find out which treatments work and which do not. In the best kind of medical practice, all proposed treatments must be tested objectively. In the end, there will only be treatments that pass that test and those that do not, those that are proven worthwhile and those that are not. Can there be any reasonable alternative.

Many people have never heard of integrative medicine, but this holistic movement has left its imprint on many of the nation’s hospitals, universities, health care budgets and medical schools worldwide.

Treating the Whole Person

Both doctors and patients alike are bonding with the philosophy of integrative medicine and its whole-person approach designed to treat the person, not just the disease.

Integrative Medicine depends on a partnership between the patient and the doctor, where the goal is to treat the mind, body, and spirit, all at the same time.

While some of the therapies used may be non conventional, a guiding principle within integrative medicine is to use therapies that have some high-quality evidence to support them.

Conventional and Alternative Approaches

The Duke Center for Integrative Medicine is a classic model of integrative care. It combines conventional Western medicine with alternative or complementary treatments, such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, biofeedback, yoga, and stress reduction techniques — all in the effort to treat the whole person. Proponents prefer the term “complementary” to emphasize that such treatments are used with mainstream medicine, not as replacements or alternatives.

Integrative medicine got a boost of greater public awareness and funding after a landmark 1993 study. That study showed that one in three Americans had used an alternative therapy, often under the medical radar.

In the past decade, integrative medicine centers have opened across the country. According to the American Hospital Association, the percentage of U.S. hospitals that offer complementary therapies has more than doubled in less than a decade, from 8.6% in 1998 to almost 20% in 2004. Another 24% of hospitals said they planned to add complementary therapies in the future. Patients usually pay out of pocket, although some services such as nutritional counseling, chiropractic treatments, and biofeedback — are more likely to be reimbursed by insurance.

The Appeal of Integrative Medicine

What makes integrative medicine appealing? Advocates point to deep dissatisfaction with a health care system that often leaves doctors feeling rushed and overwhelmed and patients feeling as if they’re nothing more than diseased livers or damaged joints. Integrative medicine seems to promise more time, more attention, and a broader approach to healing one that is not based solely on the Western bio medical model, but also draws from other cultures.

Patients want to be considered whole human beings in the context of their world, says Esther Sternberg, MD, a National Institutes of Health senior scientist and author of The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions.

Physicians and academic researchers finally have the science to understand the connection between the brain and the immune system, emotions and disease, she says. All of that we can now finally understand in terms of sophisticated biology.

That new found knowledge may help doctors to see why an integrative approach is important, she says.

“It’s no longer considered fringe,” Sternberg says. Medical students are being taught to think in an integrated way about the patient, and ultimately, that will improve the management of illness at all levels.

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and at Harvard Medical School takes a similarly broad view of health and disease. The center, which includes a patient clinic, says on its web site: Integrative medicine seeks to incorporate treatment options from conventional and alternative approaches, taking into account not only physical symptoms, but also psychological, social and spiritual aspects of health and illness.

To promote integrative medicine at the national level, the Osher Center and Duke have joined with 42 other academic medical centers including those at Harvard,Columbia, Georgetown, and the University of Pennsylvania to form the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine.

Medical Schools and Integrative Medicine

Even medical schools have added courses on nontraditional therapies, although doing so can sometimes be a point of contention among faculty.

At the University of California, San Francisco, medical students can augment their coursework in infectious disease and immunology with electives, such as Herbs and Dietary Supplements or Massage and Meditation. They can even opt to study as exchange students at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In the world of integrative medicine, it’s not unusual to see a Western-trained MD who also has credentials in acupuncture or hypnosis, or a registered nurse who is also a yoga teacher and massage therapist.

Many proponents of integrative care say that it is crucial to hold alternative therapies up to scientific scrutiny, rather than dismissing them outright, because doctors and patients alike need answers. For example, a patient may be taking an herb that is harmful or may interfere with prescription drugs.

As a result, researchers across the country are studying complementary and alternative therapies for safety and effectiveness. Duke is studying whether stress-reduction techniques, such as meditation and writing in a journal, can help prevent preterm labor, which can be precipitated by stress-related hormones. In other clinical trials, researchers are trying to determine, among other things, how acupuncture affects brain activity, how biofeedback can better treat incontinence, and whether the medicinal herb valerian improves sleep in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

With the large numbers of people using nontraditional therapies, even finding out what doesn’t work can be valuable. For example, researchers affiliated with the Osher Center at the University of California, San Francisco, completed a study that showed that saw palmetto did not improve benign prostate hyperplasia, a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. More than 2 million men in the U.S. take saw palmetto as an alternative to drugs. The results were published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Tracy Gaudet, MD, director of the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine, says she encounters little resistance once fellow doctors understand that integrative medicine doesn’t entail blindly advocating for alternative approaches and rejecting conventional ones.

I believe that Integrative Medicine is the medicine of the future. It is an idea whose time has come!

The despicable influence of Big Pharma is all over the latest proposed FDA regulations. The Food and Drug Administration has issued a guidance document that would force anyone who sells natural, unpatentable supplements and who wants to make research-backed claims on its healing properties with a ludicrous $2.3 million price tag payable to the government itself.

The price tag is connected to the Investigational New Drug application (IND) even though supplements are not drugs, usually plants or herbs, and cannot be patentable. This is akin to asking Mother Nature to submit a patent to the US government for a blade of grass, or for an Oak tree.

The new guidelines would make all supplements regulated by the US government, just as pharmaceutical drugs are so while they give rubber stamps to $15,000 cancer medications that cause cancer, and NSAIDS that cause harm, they will also now regulate something like Vitamin C, or olive leaf natural substances that cost pennies per day to keep our selves healthy and disease-free.

Under the terms of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), supplements with established ingredients (meaning those that had been sold in the United States before 1994) can be marketed without any evidence that they are effective or safe. And there is a wide array of supplements which can make misleading claims about what they contain.

But do we really want the FDA regulating our herbs and vitamins? The agency has already targeted individuals like Dr. Mercola, a prominent promoter of natural health remedies. Who will they target next?

As The Alliance for Natural Health reports:

INDs are wildly inappropriate for food and supplement research. They are costly (as we have mentioned before, the cost of an IND application is currently about $2.3 million, which then leads to billions more for approval). Theyre also incredibly burdensome, requiring:

-A general investigational plan;

-Information and completed forms about the investigators;

-Study protocols;

-Chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CMC) information about the drug substance and the drug product; and

-Animal pharmacological and toxicological studies and any prior human experience.

Much food and supplement research has been done by university labs. That would no longer be feasible if the FDA has its way.

The FDA has become nothing more than a billion dollar drug approving racket that has no practical influence on real health.

There is also a catch-22 in the document that would make supplements illegal altogether. Really what is the world could cause the FDA to want to regulate Vitamin C?

The Alliance for Natural Health says

Why is this being done? What possible rationale is offered? Because its dangerous? No. Because it cant be patented and therefore wont be taken through the standard FDA approval process. No matter that vitamin C is one of the least toxic components of our food supply and liquid forms of it have been used safely for decades.

I urge you to voice your opinion, to make sure that supplements are not unnecessarily regulated by the FDA, a backward, archaic government agency that has lost the respect of most individuals in this nation.

This is why I recommend only supplements that are Patented, Proven Clinically, Published in medical literature and Priced reasonable.

Prof. Dr. George Grant, Ph.D., I.M.D.

Author’s Bio:
Prof. Dr. George F. Grant, Ph.D., I.M.D., DHS, M.Sc., M.Ed., B.Sc., C.Chem., R.M., BANHS, C.B.S.
Specialist in Natural/Integrative Medicine, Stress Management, Toxicology, Nutrition, Pain & Biofeedback.
Canada’s Pioneer in Neutraceutical and Quantum Integrative Medicine, world-class professional speaker, workplace wellness facilitator and corporate trainer, as well as a prolific author.

Dr. Grant conduct regular Lunch & Learn Seminars and design workplace wellness programs for his fortune 500 clients worldwide. He also helps Non Profit Organizations and private clients worldwide through his mobile clinics.

Prof. Dr. George Grant is considered by his peers as Canada Wellness Ambassador & Champion. Founder & CEO of Academy of Wellness in 1983. Dr Grant enjoys a stellar academic background as well as a fascinating career in research. He is an Integrative Medical Doctor, Scientist, Professor, Analytical Chemist, Toxicologist, Pharmacologist, Microbiologist, Nutritionist, Biofeedback, Stress Management & Pain Specialist, and Indoor Air Quality Specialist. Prof. Dr. Grant is an Analytical Chemist, Toxicologist, Microbiologist, Nutritionist, Biofeedback, Stress Management, Pain Management, Anti Aging and Indoor Air Quality Specialist. Founder of the Academy of Wellness, 1983. Author of 7 best selling books, former Scientist at University of Saskatchewan Faculty of Pharmacy and Nutrition, Professor at Seneca College in Toronto, and Senior Consultant for Health Canada.

Impetus needed for preventive medicine in education: Expert
By Mariecar Jara-Puyod November 17, 2014
Abu Dhabi: A veteran medical specialist from Abu Dhabi believes the entire medical education system must be overhauled and must specifically be pegged on Preventive Medicine.

This way, the exponential social and economic costs of ageing and everything related to Geriatrics (the branch of Medicine that deals with elderly healthcare) would be addressed as those in their twilight years could still lead productive lives as well as age gracefully.

DNA Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness-Abu Dhabi chief executive officer and chief physician Dr Nasim Ashaf told The Gulf Today what needs to be emphasized in medical schools these days are proper nutrition, stress management and genetic DNA testing, among others.

These were not taught to us 35 years ago and as medical doctors, we have to emphasize these, he said.

Ashaf also said, We need a public policy and laws that will change medical education. It has to come from the top.

He was among the speakers at the American Anti-Ageing Conference-Lifestyle Medicine: Ageing and Epigenetics concluded on Sunday at The Westin Mina Seyahi in Dubai.

The conference was organised by the American Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine-Dubai with the goal of educating the regional medical community about the essential protocols against lifestyle diseases which have been discovered and could be avoided through procedures such as bio-identical hormone (BIH) replacement therapy and detoxification of hormones, among others.

On Sunday morning, Ashaf was among five other medical practitioners who sat on the panel for the post-press conference.

Ashaf, who delivered a lecture on Epigenetics the science of modifying or altering gene expression without changing the gene structure at the three-day conference, also believes that Traditional and Conventional Medicine must be meshed or integrated together so that people, even the elderly, would achieve optimal health.

Body LogicMD-USA medical director Dr Jennifer Landa, who has been espousing Preventive Medicine in her specialist ion as an obstetrician gynecologist several years back, shared his view.

In Conventional Medicine, we treat diseases with a pill. In Preventive Medicine, each person is a case by itself, she said, adding that her conventional medical background in OB-GYN has helped her understanding and promote Preventive Medicine.

Health Care Reform: Putting Patients First through Integrative Medicine

Health care spending in Canada reached $160 billion, or 10.6% of GDP, in 2007 and $171.9 billion in 2008, or $5,170 per person. There is considerable variation across the provinces/territories as to the extent to which such costs as outpatient prescription drugs, physical therapy, long-term care, home care, dental care and even ambulance services are covered. We support common-sense public health care reforms that will lower costs, ensure quality health care; an all inclusive Health Care based on Prevention and Integrative Medicine and less dependency on crisis medicine, medications and surgery. This will reduce our health care costs and make us the leading nation in preventive medicine. This is the medicine of the future where we can reward people to become healthier and follow proper balanced life style, exercise and taking full responsibility for healthy living. This is a timely event since most Canadians do favor the focus on prevention instead of intervention and which will result in a more cost effective health care system by encouraging all health care professionals including medical doctors, integrative doctors, natural doctors, nurses, chiropractors, acupuncturists, nutritionists, dietitians and other allied professionals to get paid only when their client becomes healthy and not to push medications on them for life. By 2020 we will have a demographic shift that will require the focus on preventing diabetes, hypertension and obesity to avoid bankrupting our current health care system that will fail to cope with the aging of the population.
Looking forward to your response

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H.E. Sir, Dr. Raphael Louis – Leader,Advocate, Human Rights, Civil Rights and
Minority Rights Expert, Keynote Speaker, Author & Writer

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