Sunday, October 30, 2011

Integrative Medicine as Personalized Medicine

From: Richard A. Passwater, Ph.D.

From the online Journal of the American Association of Integrative Medicine. JAAIM

http://www.aaimedicine.com/jaaim/june05/veltman-impm.php

Integrative Medicine as Personalized Medicine

Integrative Medicine (IM) is probably better suited for individualizing, personalizing, and customizing modalities, therapies, and treatments than conventional medicine because: The focus of IM is the health and vitality of the person versus attacking the disease; IM practices preventive medicine using conventional, complementary, and alternative approaches, working with the person to identify the best treatment(s) versus medicine of the averages; IM is patient-centered, wherein the person is evaluated on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels, which often takes longer than a 10-minute office visit will allow; IM practitioners communicate with their patients in a different way compared to conventional medicine practitioners; IM practitioners listen to their patients in a different way compared to conventional medicine practitioners; and IM practitioners view chronic disease as a multi-factorial condition versus the belief that one organism or agent results in one disease with one molecule to "kill" or "treat" it and one method of the "proof of efficacy" (double blind, placebo-controlled multi-centered trial) model of conventional medicine. Read more...

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