Tue 6/2/15

The human body is the most magnificent machine ever produced.  The human body is made up of over 200 bones, over 600 muscles, lots of ligaments, tendons and fascia.  The spinal cord is the internet highway with our brain that tells our muscles to move the bones.  

In this day and age life expectancy into the mid 80’s.  That is a very long time for our magnificent machine to work as optimally as it can.  Even with great care thru the years our bodies will show some of the age.  This is natural.  I am of the “baby boomer” generation…”boomers”, are dead set on aging well!  Whatever it takes “boomers” will try.  I love that mind set.

When we combine some integrated medicine choices with good lifestyle choice…you set the body up to heal itself naturally.  Our bodies have immune systems that will fight off infection and disease…if we can keep the body healthy.  This is just one reason to eat healthy….eat all the food groups.  Our bodies need the nutrients, vitamins and minerals.  Cells, tissue, muscles, organs even our blood needs nuroishment from a variety of sources.

Integrative Medicine uses modalities such as acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation and relaxation techniques to reduce pain; dietary and herbal approaches to manage diseases such as diabetes and fibromyalgia; and group support to change habits associated with obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Lifestyle Medicine is an evidence-based practice of assisting individuals and families adopt and sustain lifestyle behaviors that can improve your health and quality of life, such as eliminating tobacco use, improving diet, practicing stress relief techniques, and increasing physical activity. Poor lifestyle choices are the root cause of modern chronic diseases. Scientific evidence is clear – adults with common chronic conditions who adhere to a healthy lifestyle experience rapid, significant, clinically meaningful and sustainable improvements in their health.

Medical doctors should be treating disease, broken bones, defective issues from birth or accidents and such.
We should be treating our own health and taking care of our bodies thru healthy lifestyle and integrated medicine practices.  This is how you achieve long term health.  If you want to be moving feeling good and moving your body well into your 80’s and above…

THIS IS THE TICKET!  Let’s go “boomers” and show those behind us how to live well!


Mon June 1,2015

According to Dr. Andrew Weil integrated medicine by definition is: Integrative medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.

The principles of integrative medicine:
A partnership between patient and practitioner in the healing process
Appropriate use of conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body’s innate healing response

Consideration of all factors that influence health, wellness and disease, including mind, spirit and community as well as body

A philosophy that neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically

Recognition that good medicine should be based in good science, be inquiry driven, and be open to new paradigms

Use of natural, effective, less-invasive interventions whenever possible

Use of the broader concepts of promotion of health and the prevention of illness as well as the treatment of disease

Training of practitioners to be models of health and healing, committed to the process of self-exploration and self-development

In today’s world we have to stop taking a pill or a shot or a chemical for every ache and pain we get.  Pharmaceutical companies have gotten rich while so many patients have gotten sicker or addicted.  We have to start taking better care of ourselves on a daily basis and prepare for the senior years to be as healthy as possible.

Some methods of integrative medicine are: Exercise-which includes FOUNDATION TRAINING , yoga, Pilates.  Massage-taking care of muscles and soft tissue.  Chiropractic-taking care of spine, joints, discs and communication pathways.  Acupuncture-to treat pain and alter the body’s energy flow into healthier patterns.  Meditation. Aromatherapy. Reiki Treatment-therapy for stress reduction and relaxation. Support groups.

These are a few that come to mind…I’m sure there are many more.  

To be healthy the body needs to be treated as a whole…the physical, emotional and mental.  Consider some of the above treatments.  They will get your brain working better, your physical body moving better which will help you feel better.  When we feel good we are move giving, loving, emotionally present and more.

Have a great day!