The healthcare industry is shifting from one-size-fits-all to a personalized approach to patient care. As nutrition is an integral part of the integrative medicine model, a tailored plan is crucial for long-term patient success.
In this comprehensive resource, author Kellie Blake, RDN, LD, IFNCP, overviews fundamental nutrition concepts and components of an effective tailored nutrition plan, so practitioners can make better recommendations for specific patient needs.
This guide is meant to serve as a comprehensive encyclopedia of credentials and certifications commonly designated by integrative practitioners. We have identified and categorized credentials and certifications that are most relevant to the integrative healthcare industry and taken a step further to define how a practitioner obtains each credential and the scope of practice it affords. Our goal was to create a reference guide to be used by practitioners to analyze qualifications and expertise for hiring, referral, or other professional purposes.
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Presented by: Christopher Bump, DC, MS, IFMCP, CNS, DABCN
The incidence of autoimmune conditions is rapidly rising, and viral agents have been implicated in the onset of many of these conditions. Epstein Barr Virus, (EBV). The relation between these herpes class viruses and autoimmune diseases involves numerous mechanisms including molecular mimicry, epitope spreading, and direct bystander activation. The association between the herpes class viruses and of autoimmune will be described in this lecture, with focus on EBV. Based on the most recent research studies, this session will discuss the nature of herpes virus infection, its pathophysiology, as well as prevalence. An algorithm for diagnostics will be described and useful insights into clinical application and therapeutics.
Presented by: Gail Van Kanegan, DNP, FNP, APHN, EEM-AP, Reiki Master
Holistic nurses are responsible leaders for the initiative to provide holistic integrative pain management modalities to those suffering with chronic pain. On a global perspective, we can assist those who are in severe pain without access to appropriate pain medications.
We now know that most of health – possibly up to 80 percent – comes from factors outside of what we usually do in the clinic or hospital. The primary determinants of health involve social, environmental, lifestyle and complementary medicine factors that few clinicians learn to deliver. How can we integrate these health determinants into our routine practice?
History is one of the most important aspects of any profession. Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), the philosophical founder of modern nursing, was a mystic, visionary, healer, scientist, practitioner, politician, environmentalist, and reformer. Her contributions to healthcare theory, research, statistics, public health, and global health even today are foundational and inspirational.
The integrative healthcare community prides itself on being interdisciplinary. While this includes medical doctors and osteopathic doctors, it also includes chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, registered nurses, licensed acupuncturists, registered dieticians, and everyone in between. Credentials overlap, compete, and sometimes contradict one another. Certifications often do the same. Beyond that, scores of new credentials and certifications are developed and released every year that align with the continuous advancements in the greater healthcare industry. Figuring out what the scores of post-nominal letters mean, what they certify, and how they affect patient care can seem an overwhelming if not impossible feat.
This issue celebrates collaboration in integrative healthcare, and highlights insights and expertise from across disciplines in the healing community.
Muscle as Medicine: Exercise and Autoimmune Disease
Presented by: Stephanie Hope, DNP, RN, NC-BC, and William Rosa, PhD, APRN-BC, FCCM, FAANP, FAAN
Since the inception of hospice in America in the 1980s, care of the dying has dramatically improved to meet the unique needs of dying people, with a focus on comfort over cure. There are social, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the dying process, however, that are inherently uncomfortable. Instead of seeking to palliate this fact, caregivers can be of better service to their patients by helping them increase their level of consciousness during this difficult, and yet incredibly meaningful transition. The next evolution of end-of-life care is to honor dying as a developmental process and as a rite of passage. This session will reflect on how healthcare professionals and the institutions they work within currently approach the concept of dying. The session will offer personal practices that can be used to increase constructive consciousness of death throughout life, not just at its end., and will present current work from the Conscious Dying Institute, the death doula movement, and research on the use of entheogens at end-of-life.