- Digital Summit
This issue highlights innovation in integrative medicine, and practitioners who push the envelope in their patient practices.
Presented by: Robert Bonakdar, MD, FACN, FAAFP
With increasing attention on identifying safe and effective nonpharmacological approaches to pain management there has been increasing interest on the potential role of electrical stimulation devices, also known as electroceuticals. Although not new to the pain management, there has been a substantial increase in products marketed for over-the-counter, prescription, and in-clinic treatment of pain and related disorders. This session will provide background on the use of electrical stimulation in pain management and provide evidence overview of currently available approved technologies.
A Pain Management Case Study: Continuing the Collaboration
The fall and winter months can be difficult for many patients. Whether someone experiences severe drops in energy and motivation as seen in seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or simply wants to prevent the health-related setbacks often associated with this time of year, there are many recommendations practitioners can make to help their patients maintain or improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
Presented by: Ronald Sherman, MD, MSC, DTM&H
Biotherapy is the use of live animals to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Though most of us are familiar with biotherapeutic modalities like leech therapy or guide dogs, a dozen other live animals and microbes are being used to treat ailments from acute infections to chronic wounds, from multiple sclerosis to cancer, from cerebral palsy to autism, from psoriasis to rheumatoid arthritis, even for chronic pain and palliative care.
Presented by: Mary Purdy, MS, RDN
The recent report from the EAT Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets From Sustainable Food Systems makes an excellent case for substantial dietary shifts needed to support both human and environmental health. Integrative practitioners are in an ideal position to help patients make diet and lifestyle changes that could greatly benefit planetary health. The key is how.
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data in June 2022 showing that more than 40 percent of adults in the United States reported having COVID-19 in the past, and nearly one in five of those are currently still having symptoms of long COVID. According to the CDC, post-COVID conditions are a range of new, returning, or ongoing health problems that people experience after first being infected with COVID. While most people get better within a few days or weeks, post-COVID symptoms start emerging at least four weeks after the infection. Anyone who was infected, the CDC said, can experience long COVID. And, according to University of California Davis Health, long COVID can affect anyone – young, old, healthy, and those struggling with other conditions. It has been seen in those who were hospitalized with COVID and patients with more mild symptoms.
Integrative Practitioner is pleased to bring you this Self-Care Guide for integrative Practitioners written by Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH, RSHom(NA), OIM. In this comprehensive digital resource, Dr. Gahles offers expert advice and several self-care techniques, which are evidence-informed and, if followed, will assist the healthcare provider with guidance regarding our own nurturing and life balance.
Scientific research can be complex, confusing, and occasionally contradictory. In today’s digital world, patients are more connected than ever to healthcare advances and may come to you with questions about new and emerging research. Therefore, it is incumbent upon healthcare practitioners to effectively analyze scientific research and extract the appropriate information for the patient.
In this guide, we review the different types of scientific studies and how to understand and analyze a scientific paper.
Important Factors That Can Influence Digestive Health and Mucosal Barrier Function