This book will be a valuable resource for people everywhere. People now will be able to assess their therapeutic options by having a book at their fingertips rather than just accepting their doctor’s prescription, which may be based only on one (limited) set of theories/beliefs and one therapeutic approach.
Western medicine, i.e. allopathic medicine, does not work for many of the problems it attempts to treat. Its strength is in the acute and crisis care, diagnostic evaluations, and technical surgeries. Its weaknesses is clearly in the treatment and management of chronic disease, the generation of which I believe it contributes to as much as it helps by the regular use or overuse of medicines and chemicals. There is clearly a need for “alternative” treatments.
Integrated medicine, i.e. complementary medicine as it is referred to blends together conventional (orthodox) practice with traditional (alternative) medical approaches. In my opinion, a more integrated medical path is clearly the answer to the health care crisis and the personal long-term well being of our people.
It is important and imperative that the medical practitioners begin to understand and utilize a larger approach to health care. The managing physician must be able to suggest the safest, most effective therapy for the individual patient, avoiding over treatment, side effects, and excessive costs all so inherent in our medical system’s treatment of both crisis and chronic conditions. Furthermore, Western medicine alone most often does not correct the common chronic conditions, such as hypertension (high blood pressure) and cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer, because it does not really address the causes, which are most often found in our lifestyle and exposures to chemicals and toxic agents. Clearly, the more wisdom we gain in how to live will help us prevent some of these chronic conditions, and experience a much more valuable and desirable outcome.
A more integrated way to look at health and illness suggests that our body-our physical functions, energy levels, vitality, mental and emotional balance-is a by-product of our life. Our basic constitution and upbringing, our past problems and how we treated them, our diet, stress levels, relationships, the level of joy in our work or service, and more--all contribute to our overall health.
An integrated approach utilizes multiple systems of healing to allow the best choice to be applied to each specific concern. For simpler and transient problems, milder and subtler forms of treatment that support the body’s healing mechanisms are appropriate, whereas for really serious or intense symptoms or illnesses, stronger interventions that kill germs or suppress overactive systems may be required. And most significantly, an integrated approach interacts with personal illness from a different perspective, whereby your initial question < body="">