The healthcare industry—and the laws and policies that regulate the system—has been changing rapidly over the past few years. At the demand of both consumers and practitioners who advocate for a preventative, whole-person approach to care, the industry has started to shift away from the traditional “sick care” model and bring integrative medicine to the general public eye.
It is well known that people are more likely to get sick as they age, and therefore there is an assumption that aging is a disease. There is no data that confirms this assumption. Rather it is now recognized that diseases of aging are more related to the connection between our genes and our lifestyle, diet and environment. Successful aging is therefore related to identifying the specific needs that an individual has within their genes to promote optimal function.
Presented by: Dane Donohue, DC
In this presentation, Dane Donohue, DC, will go through how he uses a wellness score including relevant biometric and laboratory data to asses a patient needs for an integrated wellness program. When it is appropriate for a referral to a life-style modification program. That program called 8 Weeks to Wellness has been run in Donohue’s practice for almost 15 years and is now being run in 80 facilities in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Donohue will go over the main aspects and execution of the program including case studies.
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: 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.
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.