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Anti-Aging Beauty Product Award Winners From Good …

Posted: September 28, 2015 at 9:44 am

Beauty products with anti-aging claims are everywhere you look, but do any of them really work?

The Good Housekeeping Anti-Aging Awards is the first scientific study to compare anti-aging products in a dozen categories. Rosemary Ellis, the editor-in-chief of "Good Housekeeping" magazine, shared some of the winners with "GMA."

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Over 18 months, The Good Housekeeping Research Institute tested 90 products in 12 categories, conducted 3,000 lab tests, took 5,600 before and after photos on 820 female volunteers, ages 35 and older, and tallied more than 1,800 questionnaires from consumer testers.

The scientists at the Research Institute then conducted before-and-after evaluations using:

A Visia Complexion Analyzer that counts wrinkles and age spots, examines the skin's texture, and exposes any UV damage before it appears. A Cutometer, which measures the firmness of skin. A Chroma Meter, to read the color of age spots, dark circles, and red patches. A Corneometer, which measures the moisture in the skin.

The 14 winning treatments and 12 honorable mentions received the highest rankings in lab and consumer tests. While some of the winners are a little pricey, many of the products are under $40.

See some of the winners below and pick up the October issue of "Good Housekeeping" magazine for more on all the top products.

Olay Pro-X Eye Restoration Complex ($42; drugstores)

This product ranked highest in the lab and proved to be a standout product for hydrating the skin. The Visia analysis also showed Olay to be one of the top performers on under-eye crinkles and consumer testers said Olay reduced their crow's feet, puffiness and under-eye bags.

L'Oral Paris Advanced RevitaLift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair Night Creme ($20; drugstores) Vichy Lift-Activ Retinol HA Night ($42; CVS)

Both treatments had impressive moisturizing scores and earned high praise from consumers for light textures and unobtrusive scents.

L'Oreal received the best overall consumer performance score, including the highest ranking from panelists for firming and reducing wrinkles. It's also reasonably priced at $20, and lab results showed it was the best for minimizing forehead lines and wrinkles.

Visia analysis showed that Vichy was best at evening out skin tone and addressing fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth and nose -- two age-sensitive spots.

Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum ($23; Target)

This product was a superior performer overall and shared the highest consumer score with the category's honorable mention. It's vitamin A and E-enriched and consumers gave it high marks for tone-evening and skin-firming properties. And in lab tests, Boots received a perfect score for firming.

Olay Regenerist Filling (Sealing Wrinkle Treatment ($19; drugstores) Boots No7 Intensive Line Filler ($18; Target)

Olay ranked highest in the lab for reducing forehead lines, and came in first with consumers for minimizing wrinkles all over the face. Boots won for ease of use and performed slightly better than Olay on eye wrinkles.

Best Facial Moisturizer With SPF 15+

Chanel Ultra Correction Lift Lifting Firming Day Cream SPF 15 ($150, department stores)

Best Body Sunscreen with SPF 30+

Banana Boat Ultra Defense SPF 50 Lotion ($10, drugstores)<

Best Body Lotion

Fresh Sugar Aai Age-Delay Body Cream ($65; Sephora)

Best Hand Cream with SPF 15+

Dior Capture Totale Multi-Perfection Hand Repair Creme SPF 15 ($56, department stores)

Best At-Home Peel

Boots No7 Advanced Renewal Anti-ageing Glycolic Peel Kit ($25, Target)

Best Facial Firmer

Peter Thomas Roth Firmx Growth Factor Extreme Neuropeptide Serum ($150, Sephora)

Best Instant Redness Reducer

Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder ($32.50, department stores)

You can read about the rest of the Anti-Aging Award winners in the October issue of "Good Housekeeping" magazine and get more information at GoodHousekeeping.com.

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holistic approach – Holistic Medicine

Posted: September 25, 2015 at 6:42 pm

Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre

Holistic Vet - Homeopathic Vet - Acupuncture Vet - Herbal Vet - Natural Vet

Holistic Medicine for Animals

Veterinary Holistic Medicine

with notes on reductionism


Holistic, Alternative, Natural or Complementary?

The Holistic vet

FAQ Holistic Medicine

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The word holistic has been mentioned a great deal on this site and you are bound to encounter it elsewhere. Not everyone understands what it means and not everyone who would purport to be using holistic medicine (holistic veterinary medicine) really is doing so. There is, in fact, nothing mysterious about the word 'holistic' and its application is simple. It does, though, require scrupulous attention to detail and due diligence and to understand the term and its implications is important to an understanding of the work of a real holistic vet.

Holism or holistic treatment involves treating the body as a whole, including the mind and spirit and including a study of the diet, the lifestyle, the environment and the circumstances in which that body operates. It also recognises and works with the two-way interaction between the body and its environment. The holistic vet must take all this into account, to fit the description.

Jan Smuts (1870 - 1950) is credited with coining the term 'holism'

Nature tends to form systems. In any system, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. The whole is not entirely explicable in terms of its parts. Each system has others within it. Within each system, each part interacts with every other part and is, in turn, acted upon by each other part. No part can be independent of the others and no part can be independent of the whole. Each part is unique, and cannot be compared with another, yet is essential to the functioning of the whole.

Each system in turn interacts with every other system. No system is independent of any other. Some may hear echoes of De Morgans parody of Jonathan Swifts eloquent and elegant observation on fleas:

Big fleas have little fleas Upon their back to bite 'em And little fleas have lesser fleas And so ad infinitum.

All things are connected, as in Seathls words, whence came the Gaia Theory of our earth as a living organism.

Because holism knows no boundaries, we need to define a context, before we can communicate and discuss any system. In holistic veterinary medicine, we are referring to the animal patient 'system'. We must then look both inwards and outwards, from our visual image of the animal, in order to understand the meaning of this system.

Looking outwards, the holistic vet finds that the animal operates within his environment and cannot be independent of it. Each part of his environment acts upon him and he, in turn, impinges upon it. He cannot usefully be considered outside this context. This explains why an animal may appear differently in a veterinary consulting room than at home and why he may appear to be cured in hospital, for example, but not when sent home. The environments are wholly different and exert massive effects. This is also a possible explanation for one aspect of the scientific failure of laboratory animal experimentation. For any given patient, we must observe how his environment, circumstance and lifestyle play a part in his disease and in his health. In a working horses case, for instance, this necessarily also includes saddling, shoeing, stabling, feeding, riding etc.

Looking inwards, the holistic vet finds that each part of the animal interacts (two-way) with every other part and that no part is independent of any other, nor of the whole. This means that we cannot usefully consider one part of the animal in isolation. Although an organ has an existence and can be removed from the body and viewed in isolation, there is no such independent functional entity. As specialisms develop in human and animal medicine, so there is a tendency for the patient to be broken down into more and more 'separate' components (reductionism - see below), with a tendency to ignore the other parts of the body. This can lead to great misunderstandings of the body, because it is not a machine. The patient is a living entity, following the laws of holistic nature. The individual components have no independent function and no meaning, without the others and without the whole.

For this reason, Homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (including Acupuncture), Herbal Medicine (herbs) and some other systems of natural medicine (e.g Ayurveda), which consider the body as a functional whole, within its environment (i.e. holistic), are often able to produce results, when a more conventional and 'reductionist' approach has failed.

Christopher Day, practising at the Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre, is a holistic vet of more than 40 years' experience in holistic medicine, especially homeopathy and is willing to share experiences, understanding and ideas with veterinary colleagues, veterinary students and animal 'owners' on any aspect of vet holistic medicine. The AVMC was the first dedicated holistic veterinary practice in the UK, founded in 1987. He offers holistic vet advice for each and every patient.

N.B. Many of the therapies used at the AVMC are restricted to use by a fully-qualified veterinary surgeon (Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966). On this site, each page describing a therapy has a note, explaining this.


Reductionism may be the opposite of holism. It is anyway very foreign to the methodology and reasoning of a holistic vet.

Reductionism has been explained as: a doctrine that maintains that all objects and events, their properties and our experience and knowledge of them are made up of ultimate elements, indivisible parts (Ackoff 1974).

Perhaps the 17th century French philosopher Ren Descartes (1596 - 1650) can be credited with the basis for this reductionist and mechanistic approach to the world and to living beings. However, it is not all down to him. The human brain appears to find it easier to think along mechanistic lines, rather than holistic lines. There is a desire to classify everything and to explain everything mechanistically. There is a fear of the wider and less explicable aspects of life. Reductionism is fundamentally opposite to the holistic way of thinking, in so many areas and has given rise to much of modern science.

Descartes formally declared that the mind was separate from the body. He attempted to apply certainty to philosophy and biology. His life was therefore close to being an oxymoron, in itself (it appears clear, in my work, that the only certainty is uncertainty - Chris Day, holistic vet).

In Rules for the Direction of the Mind (1625-28), he laid down the elements of 'rational analysis' which, combined with experiment and observation, became the basis of modern scientific method. In De Homine, he held that animals could be reductively explained as automata.

In reality, animals (and humans) do not function in parts, we function as a whole and mind, body (with all its individual organs and parts) and spirit are an inseparable entity. This is a fact and to think and work otherwise will inevitably lead to failure.

Note: Sometimes, we have been asked just to treat one of a horse's problems and not to bother about whatever else may be wrong or that we might find at the examination. This is not possible, as a holistic vet using holistic therapies such as acupuncture or homeopathy, in that it is the horse (or cat, dog, pony or other animal) as a whole that we are treating, not one of the symptoms or signs of disease. The entire symptomatology builds the patient picture that a holistic vet needs before selecting a treatment. We treat the horse and the horse is the one who heals. Hippocrates is credited with saying that: 'The physician treats, Nature heals'. This means that we cannot target one specific part of the picture, nor should we, as holistic vets, leave correctible problems unattended (e.g. ill-fitting saddle, bad shoeing etc.), as these can significantly impede the healing process and potentially lead to problems further down the line. Avoidable problems should be avoided.

Synonyms: 'Holism' and 'Holistic' are sometimes written 'Wholism' and 'Wholistic'.

N.B.: When a case is referred to us, it is much more helpful to receive the entire medical history, rather than selected detail from it. The holistic methodology and treatment are more effective, when based on the full medical history.

P.S.: In the USA, it appears that a veterinarian who uses a spectrum of natural, alternative and complementary medicines is called a holistic veterinarian. This interpretation of the meaning of the term 'holistic vet' is well demonstrated by the article in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holistic_veterinary_medicine (at the time of writing on 10th June 2010). According to the UK understanding, however, it is the methodology that makes one holistic, rather than the systems of medicine applied. One might only use one medical system but still practise it in a truly holistic way. This is simply a matter of varying definitions and common usage.

Holistic, Alternative, Natural or Complementary?

The Holistic Vet

FAQ Holistic Medicine

Holistic Cure


Holistic vet work


An information-only website drawn up to introduce readers to natural feeding for dogs, cats, horses & ponies


An overview of the work of a holistic vet & the therapies involved


The work of a chiropractic vet explained


The work of an acupuncture vet explained

Christopher Day was one of the first holistic vets in the UK, pioneering holistic care and methodology from the 1970s. He is among the most experienced holistic veterinarians - the practice is a no-frills, traditional, homely and caring enterprise. In the tradition of a holistic vet, Chris works on the whole animal, to try to stimulate a return to health and to study and to remove any possible obstacle to recovery. This holistic vet approach is applied to farm animals, horses, dogs, cats, ponies and any other species that may be brought into his care.

The Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre (AVMC) offers Holistic Veterinary Medicine for horses, ponies, dogs, cats and other species.

Main Treatments offered (see Therapies):

Homeopathic treatment

Acupuncture treatment

Herbal treatment (Phytotherapy)

Aromatherapy treatment

Chiropractic treatment

Nutritional advice - Feeding advice

LASER treatment

Ultrasound treatment

Back manipulation - Back treatment

Bach Flowers

Holistic medicine - Holistic veterinary medicine

Flower Essences

Tissue Salts

Holistic therapy - Holistic treatment - Holistic care

Holistic advice

Anthroposophical medicines - Anthroposophy

Natural medicine - Alternative medicine - Complementary medicine


Integrated medicine (Integrative medicine)

Natural Feeding - Natural Diet

Holistic Horse Vetting - Holistic Pony Vetting

These approaches represent a philosophy that is alternative to the current conventional norm but the use of alternative therapies does not do away with the need for a thorough examination and assessment. Nor does it preclude the use of modern diagnostic techniques where necessary. A holistic vet will take into account all these things, in addition to closely scrutinising lifestyle, diet, environment, riding, tack, shoeing, grazing, stabling, management etc., depending upon the species.

Holistic Medicine Lectures and Talks

Mr Day will give lectures or talks on many aspects of animal welfare, natural feeding, animal management, holistic medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, herbs, integrated medicine etc. These talks are usually based on experience rather than theory and reflect a 40-year career in holistic medicine and veterinary practice.

We have a deep respect for Nature and we work with Nature

N.B.: At the AVMC, we try not to be 'bogged down' by terminology or ideology. Much argument accompanies discussions on nomenclature. We do not mind whether we are called holistic, complementary, alternative or natural. Likewise, it does not matter whether we are described as a holistic, natural, herbal, homeopathic, chiropractic, acupuncture or integrated veterinary practice. The medicine we practise is the best we can offer, providing sympathetic care for each patient and it matters not whether it is perceived as holistic medicine, alternative medicine, complementary medicine, natural medicine, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM - CAVM) or integrated medicine. We offer traditional standards of professional care, in an integrated package. Although we specialise in alternative therapies, seeking alternatives to conventional drug therapy, we do not shun conventional therapy, per se, considering its worth in each case.

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AVMC - 25 years old in March 2012!

Having used alternative medicine since 1972, Chris Day established the AVMC as a dedicated Holistic Veterinary practice in March 1987.

Chris Day is the UK's longest serving homeopathic vet and holistic vet.

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Why Study Centenarians? An Overview New England …

Posted: September 21, 2015 at 5:45 pm


A Model of Aging Well. Centenarians (age 100+ years) markedly delay disability towards the end of their very long lives, at an average age of ~93 years (thats 33 years beyond the age of 60!).1 Thus, we regard these individuals as wonderful models of aging well. Some of our subjects, ~15% have no clinically demonstrable disease at age 100 years and we call them escapers. About 43% are delayers, or subjects who did not exhibt an age related disease until age 80 years or later. Finally, there are about 42% of our subjects who are survivors, or those with clinically demonstrable disease(s) prior to the age of 80 years.2 Supporting the compression of morbidity hypothesis, that as one approaches the limits of lifespan, diseases (morbidity) must be delayed (or escaped) towards the end of these longest lived, we have observed amongst supercentenarians (age 110+ years), that health span equals lifespan. Thus we believe that instead of the aging myth the older you get the sicker you get, it is much more the case of the older you get, the healthier youve been.

History The study began in 1995 as a population-based study of all centenarians living within 8 towns in the Boston area. The prevalence of Alzheimers Disease and other dementias in centenarians was the focus. At the time, the prevalence of centenarians in industrialized countries wasapproximately one centenarian per 10,000 people in the population. Thus, at anyone time, we were studying approximately 46 centenarians within a total population of 460,000 people (2). The NECS has gone on to enroll centenarians from throughout the United States and other countries and has grown to be the largest comprehensive study of centenarians in the world. There are currently ~1,600 centenarians, 500 children (in their 70s and 80s) and 300 younger controls. Amongst this group is the largest sample in the world, by far, of supercentenarians (age 110+ years) -there are about 107 of these oldest of the old subjects in our study.

Current and Previous Funders: We are tremendously thankful and beholden to the following foundations for supporting our enrollment and data collection efforts: the Alzheimers Association, the Ellison Medical Foundation, the Institute for the Study of Aging (now the Alzheimers Drug Discovery Foundation), the American Federation Aging Research, and the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research.Currently we receive our fundingfrom the National Institute of Aging (NIA), an institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the William Wood Foundation and the Martin Samowitz Foundation. Our studies are supervised and approved by the Boston University MedicalCampus Institutional Review Board.

Demographics: In the U.S. and other industrialized nations, centenarians occur at a prevalence rate of about 1 per 6,000. When the centenarian study began in 1994, the prevalence rate was one per 10,000, making centenarians one of, if not the fastest growing segments of the population. In 2010, there are about 80,000 centenarians in the U.S.

Eighty-five percent of cenenarians are women and 15% are men. Among supercentenarians, the female prevalence may increase to about 90%. Though women by far and away win the longevity marathon, paradoxically the fewer men are generally functionally better off and healthier. This may be because women handle age related diseases better (how they do this is not clear) whereas at these ages, the men more readily die from them. Thus, the men who survive have to be relatively healthy and functionally fit.

Supercentenarians, people who are 110+ years old occur at a rate of about 1 per 7 million. In 2010, there are about 60 to 70 supercentenarians in the US. In June, 2010, the New England Centenarian Study enrolled its 107th supercentenarian, thus constituting by far and away the largest sample of such subjects in the world.

Geography: There are several geographical areas that have claimed inhabitants with extreme longevity, but after closer examination, these claims have been found to be false. Vilacamba, Ecuador almost became a tourist attraction because natives claimed their water was a fountain of youth leading to the many super-centenarians (age >110 years) in that region. What about the reports of people in the Russian Caucases living to 150 years and beyond? Remember the Dannon yogurt commercials? In fact, those purported super-centenarians were taking on the identities of their parents, aunts and uncles. The oldest person from whom we have multiple forms of proof-of-age is Madame Calment who died at the age of 122 years in 1997.

These regions of purported exceptional longevity still merit careful study however. Though claims of extreme age are untrue, there still may be an unusually high prevalence of very old fit people in these regions. In the Tibetan mountains for instance, octogenarian and nonagenarian elders, impressively many of them men, still herd live stock and still lead physically strenuous lives.

Predictors of Reaching 100: Once it truly became apparent that living to 100 was a terrific advantage, not just in years of survival but importantly in many more years of quality life, we set out to understand what factors the centenarians had in common that might explain such an advantage. Not all centenarians are alike. They vary widely in years of education (no years to post-graduate), socioeconomic status (very poor to very rich), religion, ethnicity and patterns of diet (strictly vegetarian to extremely rich in saturated fats). However, the centenarians we have studied do have a number of characteristics in common:

Nature Versus Nurture: The Role of Genes Versus Environment in Aging and Exceptional Longevity. Gerontologists often cite studies of lifespans amongst identical twins reared apart to describe the genetic and environmental components of aging. Based upon these studies, the common answer is 70-80%environment and 30-20% genes. This makes sense in the context of results from the study of Seventh Day Adventists at Loma Linda University who as a group have perhaps the longest average life expectancy in the United States, 88 years or 88 years for men and 89 years for women. The main attributes that these individuals have in common is that their religion for the most part asks that they have very good lifestyle choices. That is, they tend to be vegetarian, they dont smoke, they regularly exercise and hey spend a lot of time with their families and with their religion. Many Americans do the opposite (e.g. excessive meat consumption, lack of exercise, smoking, etc) and thus it is not surprising that on average, Americans die 8-10 years sooner. What the 7th Day Adventist results also show us is that the average American has the genes to reach their mid-late 80s, they just nee to take very good care of themselves with proper lifestyle choices. Also note that the oldest subects in the twin studies lived to their early to mid-eighties. Therefore, again, these findings indicate what it takes to live to what should be average life expectancy for most of us, age 86 years for men and 89 years for women.

However, we have learned from our studies of the siblings of centenarians and of supercentenarians that excepional longevity runs very strongly in families. Also, a Danish study of nonagenarians and centenarians has noted that the power of an exceptional longevity (EL)study to discover genetic factors associated with EL increases with the age of the subjects. These and other study results strongly suggest that the genetic component of exceptional longevity gets larger and larger with increasing age and is especially high for those age 106 years and older. The week of July 1, 2010, we will have a paper come out in Science that dilineates the roles of genes in exceptional longevity much more clearly (media embargoed until July 1, 2 pm).

Neuropsychological and Neuropathological Studies. We are particularly interested in how centenarians are able to markedly delay or in some cases escape Alzheimers disease. We perform detailed and annual neuropsychological examinations on centenarians living within 3-4 hours of Boston. A number of these subjects have indicated their willingness to donate their brains for neuropathological studies once they pass away, thus allowing our scientific collaborators to better characterize the health of the centenarians exceptionally old brains.

We also expend significant resources to disseminate our findings and to advocate for older people, providing an optimistic and enabling view of aging. Most people have the genetic makeup to live into their mid to late eighties in very good health, and like centenarians, compress the time they are sick towards the end of their lives. Much of their ability to do so depends upon healthy behaviors including a diet conducive to being lean, not smoking, and strength training exercise. Promoting this philosophy will have a much greater impact now on many more people than our genetic research. Our collaborations with Dr. Robert Butler and the International Longevity Center have been extremely fruitful in furthing this mission.11-13

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Ohio Department of Health Home

Posted: September 18, 2015 at 3:45 am

The Ohio Department of Health wants Ohioans to know its vision and mission.

Optimal health for all Ohioans

Protect and improve the health of all Ohioans by preventing disease, promoting good health and assuring access to quality care.

How ODH's Strategic Plan Evolved

The ODH Strategic Plan has as its foundation the2011 State Health Assessmentand the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), as well as the various national guidelines.

In Ohio, the SHA represents the first step in a multi-part process to identify and better address the population health needs of the state. This health assessment includes 11 areas of focus addressing disease burden, including data on the leading causes of death in Ohio; the prevalence of certain chronic, communicable, and infectious diseases; unintentional and intentional injury rates; health behaviors, clinical risk factors, and recommended care; maternal and child health; health system access; and environmental health indicators.

The second step in the process involved the creation of a State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP).Utilizing the SHA as well as other data sources,SHIP identifies and prioritizes goals and objectives to help fulfill the public health systems mission to protect and improve the health of all Ohioans.

The Role of Stakeholders in the Development of ODH'sStrategic Plan

ODH also felt it important to include ongoing stakeholder engagement as an essential component of its planning process. Therefore, extensive focus group conversations with key internal and external stakeholders were conducted to assess perceptions of ODHs strengths and challenges, and to gauge support for potential strategic priorities. Together these sources of information have provided the foundation for our strategic priorities for the next 24 months.

The Purpose ofODH's Strategic Plan

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH)is using the 2013-2014 Strategic Plan to clearly define its role as one of many vital partners that form an effective public health system for our state, for today and into the future. This plan allows us to focus our efforts and identify our priorities; it is not meant to be an exhaustive list of the work to be done, rather it will reflect our priorities in focusing our work and developing future budgets.

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iOS 9 – Health – Apple

Posted: September 17, 2015 at 12:41 am

The Health app gives you an easy-to-read dashboard of your health and fitness data. And with HealthKit, developers can make all the incredible health and fitness apps on your device work together, and work harder, for you. It just might be the beginning of a health revolution.

Heart rate, calories burned, blood sugar, cholesterol your health and fitness apps are great at collecting all that data. The Health app puts that data in one place, accessible with a tap, giving you a clear and current overview of your health. You can also create an emergency card with important health information for example, your blood type or allergies thats available right from your Lock screen.

Quickly view your most recent health and fitnessdata in onedashboard.

See a list of the different types of data being managed by Health, then tap to see each one individually.

You have complete control over exactly which data to share with each health and fitnessapp.

Create an emergency card thats accessiblefromyour Lockscreen.

With HealthKit, developers can make their apps even more useful by allowing them to access your health data, too. And you choose what you want shared. For example, you can allow the data from your blood pressure app to be automatically shared with your doctor. Or allow your nutrition app to tell your fitness apps how many calories you consume each day. When your health and fitness apps work together, they become more powerful. And you might, too.

The Health app lets you keep all your health and fitness information in one place on your device and under your control. The information you generate about yourself is yours to use and share. You decide what information is placed in Health and which apps can access your data through the Health app. When your phone is locked with a passcode or Touch ID, all of your health and fitness data in the Health app is encrypted. You can back up data stored in the Health app to iCloud, where it is encrypted while in transit and at rest. Apps that access HealthKit are required to have a privacy policy, so be sure to review these policies before providing apps with access to your health and fitness data.

ResearchKit is a software framework, created specifically for medical research. And its open source so everyone can collaborate to potentially change medicine forever.

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Guide to Holistic, Alternative and Natural Medicine

Posted: September 15, 2015 at 1:47 pm


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The purpose of Healing Choices is to help you learn the modalities (therapies) that are available to you. The information that you receive will give you the freedom and courage to make changes and take responsibility for your own holistic healthcare.

The butterfly teaches us that patience brings its rewards and as long as we keep working and developing ourselves the final glorious butterfly stage will come. It is the pure symbol of transformation and represents change, greater freedom and courage.

What is Holistic Healthcare?

Holistic healthcare includes natural, alternative, integrative and complementary medicine. When alternative medicine is used with conventional medicine in a fully coordinated approach to patient care, this is referred to as complementary medicine, integrative medicine or holistic healthcare. Complementary, integrative and holistic healthcare is based on a physician-patient partnership in which both conventional and alternative modalities are used to stimulate the bodys natural healing potential. This enlightened approach to diagnosis and treatment brings together the best of all traditions and has the advantage of putting an increased emphasis on disease prevention and general wellness

Holistic healthcare addresses the whole persons mind, body, and spirit in the healing process.

Holistic healthcare involves the everyday choices we make and actions we take as we strive to reach a higher level of personal wellness. A holistic approach to creating wellness includes taking charge of our own health by exploring a variety of life enhancing activities until we discover which ones work for us. While we think of holistic healthcare in terms of our personal actions for self-improvement, the same holistic principles can be used to deal with any disease or chronic condition. The holistic approach or philosophy can be applied to any healthcare healing tradition, whether conventional, complementary, or alternative.

The surge of interest in complementary and alternative medicine at the end of the 20th century and beginning of the 21st century is apparent from the increased use of alternative healthcare therapies by patients. More people are combining conventional medicine and alternative treatments in their search for better health and wellness. The increasing demand for these treatments stems, in part, from the public's concerns regarding the accessibility of healthcare, its rising costs, and the view that conventional medicine often has of disease. Holistic practitioners do not want passive patients; they teach their patients to take responsibility for their own health. This approach tends to be cost-effective in the treatment and prevention of illness or disease and is essential for optimal health.


A study conducted by the Harvard Medical School has shown that complementary and alternative medicine has become a permanent part of medicine. Harvard reported that visits to practitioners of alternative therapies, ranging from herbal medicine to energy healing, have increased 47 percent since 1990, propelled chiefly by mature, health-conscious baby boomers. Healthcare professionals, including physicians, trained in oriental medicine, for example, will increase to 24,000 by the year 2010. The number of chiropractors will nearly double from 55,000 to 103,000. (Healthcare Review, March 13,2003 by Todd Hanson)

According to a survey published in 2001 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the number of Americans using alternative therapies rose from 60 million in 1990 to 83 million in 1997. Many of these therapies have been used for centuries, but they lost favor with the advent of conventional medicine. Today, four out of ten Americans use some form of complementary or alternative medicine, and some projections speculate that by the year 2010 at least two-thirds will. (Psychology Today, March 2001, Guide to Natural Health by Norine Dworkin)

Most medical schools now offer coursework in alternative medicine, and increasing numbers of managed care organizations provide benefits for such therapies. At Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, for example, alternative therapies enhance each patient's quality of life through healing regimes that address the body, mind, and spirit. Complimentary therapies offered include various types of massage, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, meditation, visualization, music therapy, and nutritional counseling. Patients are also offered classes in yoga, tai chi, and chair aerobics. (Healthcare Review, March 18, 2003, by Todd Hanson)

As complementary medicine becomes more popular, distinctions between it and conventional (western) medicine will become clearer. Today there is an increasing trend in our society to look outside the usual, old, conventional medicine, also referred to as Western or allopathic medicine, to find answers for healthcare problems. Conventional medicine is still preferred in the treatment of trauma and emergencies. For example; if you have a broken arm, you would have the bone set by a conventional doctor. Then you might seek a complementary method of therapy instead of drugs to help manage the pain.

A therapy is referred to as complementary when it is used in addition to conventional treatment. Alternative therapy is used instead of conventional treatment. Alternative practitioners often find that symptoms are related to seemingly distant causes, such as toxicity, digestion, or mental and emotional health. When such causes are discovered, treatment can be determined. Complementary and alternative therapiesreferred to as modalitiesare used to prevent illness, reduce stress, prevent or reduce side effects of conventional treatments and symptoms, and control or cure disease.

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The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) classifies complementary and alternative medicine therapies into five categories:

Alternative medical systems. These systems are built on complete systems of theory and practice and include holistic medicine and naturopathic medicine; developed in the Western culture and Chinese medicine and Ayurveda medicine; developed in ancient Eastern cultures.

Mind-body intervention. This uses a variety of techniques to enhance the minds capacity to affect the bodys functions and systems. Techniques include cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation, prayer, mental healing, and art, music, and dance therapy.

Biologically-based therapies. These therapies use substances found in nature, such as herbs, foods, and vitamins, and include dietary supplements, herbal products, and natural substances.

Manipulative and body-based methods. These methods heal using the movement of one or more body parts and may include chiropractic, osteopathic manipulation, and massage.

Energy therapies. There are two types of therapies that use energy fields. Bio-field therapy manipulates our bio-fields by applying pressure and/or manipulating the body by placing hands in, or through, these fields. Qigong, reiki, and therapeutic and healing touch are included in this type of therapy. Bio-electromagnetic-based therapies involve the unconventional use of electromagnetic fields, such as pulsed fields, magnetic fields, or direct current fields.

Complementary and alternative medicine are now being accepted and integrated into conventional healthcare. There is an increasing interest by physicians and hospitals in addressing growing consumer demands for non-conventional healthcare practices. But to those unfamiliar with complementary and alternative medicine, the variety of modalities can be confusing. It is difficult to know what type of treatment is right for you and your particular health challenge.

In April of 2000, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In addition to feeling devastated, I found myself frustrated and confused. I wanted more than conventional medicine could offer me, but I didnt know anything about complementary or alternative treatments. I did, however, have time to do some research prior to having surgery. I found information, but it was too complex for me to understand at the time I needed it so badly. As I stood beside other people looking for answers on the shelves of books in the bookstores or libraries, I felt overwhelmed by the volume of information. I soon realized that I was not alone. After many months of research I found my own answers, but soon I realized that there was nothing in one publication or one Internet site that gave all the information I needed to make an informed decision about my healthcare. I needed a guide.

After three years of research I created this guide to help you avoid the confusion and frustration I felt and to provide you with the information that you need for your healthcare decisions.

This guide is not a book that you might read from cover to cover. Its a mini-encyclopedia of alternative healthcare modalities and information. It is also a work in progress.

These are the things I know today. Tomorrow I am going to learn more.

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Holistic Medicine (CAM) – Johns Hopkins Pathology

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Acupuncture originated in China more than 2,500 years ago and spread first throughout Asia, and later to Europe and the Americas. While acupuncture has been offered in Asian communities throughout the United States for many generations, it is only since 1970, following the opening of China to the West, that this system of health care has been available to the general population in this country. Acupuncture is a principle modality of Eastern medicine which focuses on healing within a unified system of body, mind and spirit. As a result, acupuncture is generally used in conjunction with herbal, massage, diet and exercise therapies to maximize health, prevent illness and treat disease.

According to Western medicine, the effects of Acupuncture are probably the result of stimulating the nervous system to release chemicals which may in turn release other hormones producing the desired effects. This theory is supported by the basic research work which has shown acupunctures effect on ACTH, insulin, thyroid hormones, growth stimulating hormone, beta-endorphin, white blood cell production and plasma cholesterol levels. Acupuncture may work on an electromagnetic bio-information system. In traditional Chinese Medicine training, acupuncture is believed to modulate the flow of energy (Qi) in its channels, or meridians, to restore balance.

Although electrical stimulation, lasers, heat/moxibustion or pressure may be used to manipulate Qi meridians, treatment with acupuncture needles is the most commonly used technique. In an acupuncture session, acupuncturists may insert and remove the needles quickly or leave them in for longer periods of time, often with the application of heat or electrical impulses. Typically, 3-15 long thin solid needles are placed in various locations according to the meridians, not necessarily at the anatomic site of symptoms.

Acupuncture is a gentle therapy. People often find it so relaxing that they fall asleep during therapy with the needles still in! Acupuncture needles are extremely thin (the width of a hair) stainless steel and very flexible. Insertion of these needles is usually painless. The sensation during acupuncture needle insertion varies between individuals and points chosen by the acupuncturist.

In general, adverse reactions to acupuncture are minimal, although case reports of complications do exist. Bleeding rarely occurs. Infection is minimized by most practitioners through the use of sterile disposable needles, one time use, which is recommended. Allergic reaction to the stainless steel needles is also rare. Pain varies by patient, but treatment is usually painless or slightly painful. Some patients report feeling temporary exacerbation of their symptoms. For patients receiving auricular (near the ear) treatments, the possibility of chondritis (inflammation of the ear cartilage) exists, although it is rare.

Do the needles hurt?

Acupuncture is a gentle therapy. People often find it so relaxing that they fall asleep during therapy with the needles still in! Unlike their western counterparts (Hypodermic hollow needles, or shots) acupuncture needles are extremely thin (the width of a hair) stainless steel and very flexible. Insertion of these needles is often painless. The sensation during acupuncture needle insertion varies between individuals and points chosen by the acupuncturist. Once the needles are in place there is no pain at all. Acupuncture needles are all sterile, one time use.

How do I prepare for acupuncture?

The following guidelines are meant to enhance your response to treatment:

Indications for Acupuncture


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Fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional …

Posted: September 14, 2015 at 8:47 pm

Why The Fellowship is right for you

The Fellowship is a place to rediscover your passion for patient care. It allows you to continue caring for your patients while learning the most current and relevant integrative approaches for the prevention and treatment of disease. You can immediately begin to incorporate what you learn into your medical practice.

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The Fellowship is an interactive educational experience with modular training that includes hands on clinical training and web broadcasts, that will teach you the knowledge and skills you need to effectively practice anti-aging, regenerative and functional medicine. This elite Fellowship comprises the latest findings in areas of endocrinology, cardiology, neurology, cancer therapies, nutrition and much more.

The Fellowship curriculum is designed for progressive learning and is created by world-renowned experts from a variety of disciplines.

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Retinol Creams Explained SkinCareSearch.com

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The queen of pretty much everything, Oprah, recently released her Spring Fashion Handbook, and surprisingly enough, there was a section called Retinol Cream: Your Skins New Best Friend. The all-knowing Oprah and her team of best friend doctors and skincare pros shared how retinol creams changed their life and outlook on skincare. Today were going to tell you why you should be using a retinol cream and which one will change your life! Remember, if Oprah says retinol creams are her new best friend, then retinol creams should be your best friends too!

Retinol creams are made up of retinoids, a retinoid is a tropical form of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is the number one anti-wrinkle ingredient recommended by dermatologists. Its sole purpose is to promote cell turnover. It eliminates the old, bad cells and produces new, plump and healthy cells. Nothing works more effectively at eliminating the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines than retinol. Its the best anti-aging ingredient. There is no argument to it. Piles of research prove that the vitamin A derivative can really undo wrinkles and even discoloration caused by sun damage.

One of the best things about retinol creams is that you know theyre working from the moment you put it on. Within just a few seconds of application, youll notice a small, yet noticeable difference.

So which retinol cream is right for you? We recommend LifeCell All-in-One Anti-Aging Treatment. It has just the right amount of retinol to ensure those wrinkles you hate will be gone in no time. Its by far our favorite retinol cream on the market. Its odor-free and paraben-free. In addition to that, its also hypoallergenic, perfect for those of us with sensitive skin. One tube lasts much longer than any other cream weve ever tried, because you only need a dime-sized amount for it to work at its full potential. . Its been over 3 months and we still have ours!

Within seconds of application, there was a noticeable result. Fine lines seemed to diminish in appearance, and skin felt smoother than it had in a while. After using LifeCell for 4 weeks, the lines around the lips were nearly nonexistent, and so were the crows feet. Deep wrinkles could still use a bit more work, but hope is not lost! LifeCells official Facebook page has hundreds of positive results from loyal customers who cant go without their LifeCell.

At the time of print, the manufacturers of LifeCell were running a free 30 day trial promotion for new customers only. Check out their site to see if its still going on, or for other offers. Dont forget to report back and let us know about your experience!

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Atlanta Holistic & Integrative Medicine | Functional …

Posted: September 12, 2015 at 10:44 am

Physician, Best Selling Author, International Lecturer, Acupuncturist, Certified Nutritionist, Prevention/Wellness expert, Assistant Professor, Emory University, Wife and Mom of a young son and daughter.

From weight loss tips and recipes to how to avoid the flu this is your source for timely, trustworthy information so you can live healthy naturally.

Dr. Taz M.D. shares a groundbreaking 21-day eating plan to shed pounds, accelerate metabolism, balance your digestive system, improve gut function, and feel better every day without dieting!

The best medicine transforms people to live energized and empowered lives. At the nationally recognized Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine, patients are our priority and results our mission. We believe in giving quality care, pursuing excellence and creating community. From prevention to treatment, pediatrics to anti-aging, sickness to wellness, our team is determined to treat each patient individually using a variety of services, systems of medicine and unique vantage points to create comprehensive individualized treatment plans for each patient. Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, nutrition and lifestyle modification are not just words we use to complement care, they are embedded in our practice model and used to help diagnose, prevent and treat.We know medicine and embrace the challenge of merging our conventional medical education with the respect and knowledge of multiple systems of medicine.

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Alternative Medicine – Holisticonline.com

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Integrative Medicine And Its FutureThe balance between conventional medicine and alternative medicine is a delicate one. Right now, both schools of thought refuse to work together, and the general public is who suffers. (12/2004)

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Microsoft Health | Official Site

Posted: September 11, 2015 at 11:43 am

Microsoft Health is a cloud-based service that helps you live healthier by providing actionable insights based on data gathered from the fitness devices and apps that you use every day. Activity-tracking devices like the new Microsoft Band, smart watches, and mobile phones plus services like RunKeeper or MyFitnessPal connect easily to Microsoft Health. Using this fitness data and our Intelligence Engine in the cloud, Microsoft Health provides valuable, personal insights so you can reach your fitness goals.

Microsoft Health is the beginning of an exciting journey we're taking to help you live healthier. We have a powerful vision of whats possible when premium device and service partners collaborate on an open platform. Eventually, you'll be able to use the information gathered from a variety of devices and services to give you insights into your entire day across nutrition, work, fitness and rest. We invite you to join us, whether youre a partner, fitness enthusiast, or just wanting to live a healthier life, as we build this experience together.

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M-DCPS Department of Food and Nutrition

Posted: September 10, 2015 at 1:44 pm

Non-Discrimination Clause

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html , or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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Nutrition – New York State Department of Health

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Six of the ten leading causes of death in the United States are linked to poor diets. The New York State Department of Health Division of Nutrition's goal is to improve the health of New Yorkers by providing nutritious foods and educating people about making healthy lifestyle choices.

The Division of Nutrition serves:

North Carolina filmed a trip through the grocery store to provide tips on making healthier food and drink choices

Healthy Families is an evidenced-based home visiting program offering services and education to expectant parents and new families. The program promotes:

The program is open to first-time parents as well as parents with multiple children, who are pregnant and/or have at least one child under three months old. Visit http://www.healthyfamiliesnewyork.org to find out more.

New York State offers the "mybenefits" program. It's a fast and easy way to find out about many health and human services programs and how to apply for them - anytime and anywhere.

Visit the mybenefits website to find out more about WIC and other New York State programs and services. By entering household information, you will receive a list of programs for which you may be eligible.

Do you live in New York City? ACCESS NYC is a free service that identifies and screens for over 30 City, State and Federal human service benefit programs. This service is available in many different languages.

You can use the ACCESS NY Public Health Insurance Eligibility Screening Tool to see which public health insurance programs you and your family may be eligible for. One application can be used to apply for Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, Medicaid and the Family Planning Benefit Program.

Visit the Access NYC website for more information.

To report waste, fraud and abuse in a Division of Nutrition food program, visit the Bureau of Special Investigations' web page for more information.

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Center For Holistic Medicine Store

Posted: September 9, 2015 at 7:44 am

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The Center for Holistic Medicine is owned by Dr. David Brownstein and his partners, Dr. Richard Ng and Dr. Jeffrey Nusbaum. They are conventionally trained MDs, having completed medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. They practiced traditional family medicine for 10 years. Based on their personal experience with the ineffectiveness of traditional medicine, they researched holistic therapies. Rather than treat a symptom with prescription drugs, they found that an individual's health greatly benefits by addressing the underlying causes of a particular health condition through natural therapies including: hormonal treatments, allergy & nutritional therapies, body composition, hands on healing, as well as diet & nutrition. They have been practicing holistic medicine for over 15 years.

The Center for Holistic Medicine On-line Store provides over 600 pharmaceutical grade products, from 80 leading manufacturers, many of which are extensively researched and tested by our physicians. These would include: natural minerals, vitamins, supplements, hormones, as well as an extensive program of homeopathic remedies. It also includes a program of natural supplements from PureZen Health, developed by Drs. Brownstein, Ng, & Nusbaum.

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The goal of our website is for every on-line visit to be a unique & educational experience regarding holistic health. Here you will have the opportunity to learn about lifestyle changes that may improve your health, understand the value of natural health supplements, & have insight to other resources of holistic information that are available within the natural health community.

Thank you very much for visiting our website. We hope that you find our information helpful!

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About Pacific Naturopathic – Mountain View, California …

Posted: September 6, 2015 at 5:42 pm

If you are looking for an experienced, successful holistic medical practitioner, you have landed in the right place. We know how to assist you. Pacific Naturopathic is the longest-established naturopathic medicine practice on the San Francisco Peninsula, having served since 1993. Experience counts plenty in the medical field.

Your patient experience at Pacific Naturopathic is unique and transformational. Feel welcomed.

Cold, impersonal, generic medicine has no place here. Soothing colors, a lovely environment and a warm and caring staff set the mood for your healing. The moment you enter into our office, youll feel welcomed into our clinic family. Relax, have a cup of tea, and know that you are in good hands.

You are part of our extended family. Our patients tell us they appreciate the country doctor relationship they have with us. They also love they the way we integrate the holistic use of conventional medicine, with all its benefits of science and technology, with evidence-based traditional medicine.

Your health and well-being are our number one priority. We are not exclusively tied into one medical system. Our naturopathic approach encompasses the most appropriate forms of medicine that will be most efficacious for your specific condition. Our naturopathic doctors and associated healers use herbs, homeopathy, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and naturally-derived prescriptive medicines as necessary, in order to provide the best care possible. We believe all forms of medicine have their place and value.

You are seen. We know your name. You are a person, not a disease. We spend time with you and tune in to your healthconcerns and the forces that shape your life. There are no five-minute visits at Pacific Naturopathic. You receive the time and personalized health careyou need to achieve your health goals.

You are heard. We listen to you. Its your story and your health. You are more than a compendium of lab results. Profound and lasting health is not written on a prescription pad.

We make sure you truly understand. We believe an informed patient makes better choices about health and wellness.

We are partners. You are an active participant in creating freedom from illness and developing total, vibrant well-being. We follow the path together.

As holistically focused family medicine practitioners, we help you address a wide variety of conditions, including:

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Holistic and alternative medicine. – Essential oils

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When we refer to holistic or alternative medicine, or a holistic or alternative approach to health and living, we are referring to the belief that the cause of a problem must be sought and dealt with, instead of simply treating the symptoms.

But in saying this, it is also not the entire scope of the term "holistic" or "alternative" - as these terms also refer to "man" (used in the genderless way) being treated as a whole and that the entire person - physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual, (body, mind and spirit) should be in harmony with one another.

A holistic or alternative approach will also look at the entire spectrum of the person's being - be that diet, exercise, mental state of mind and attitude, being in touch with himself, his surroundings and his Higher self.

This is therefore an inter-disciplinary field, with a more nature orientated slant, which would include:

As soon as the word "holistic" or "alternative" medicine is used, some traditional Western (also referred to as allopathic medicine) medical practitioners, do seem to have their heckles raised, but on reflection by both sides of the "health and medicine" coin, both parties would agree that there is place for both these schools of thought.

The writer is also of the opinion that the word "alternative medicine" should be less used, and should rather be replaced by "complementary health" since it would cause far less confusion in the minds of people.

But to sum up, holistic or alternative medicine and health looks at the treatment of the "whole" person, using more natural remedies and therapies, which are in tune with the person's natural state and body, to achieve a point of wellness of body and mind.

For the sake of greater clarity, we have written a couple of pages on different holistic treatments in order to give visitors a broader view of what it entails. We do not wish to give any impression to visitors that we subscribe to the ideas of such therapies, nor do we implied any health benefits that they may or may not have. If you have a medical condition, kindly consult your medical practitioner.

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DaVinci College of Natural Medicine

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Natural medicine online courses

If your ambition is to study Holistic Medicine in order to help people with anything from headaches to cancer, then you have come to the right place. The cutting-edge natural medicine online courses are unique when compared to other colleges and schools because of the broad coverage of material that goes way beyond any one healing modality.

Why is the Da Vinci College any different from the many other alternative medicine schools offering natural medicine courses?

Well, if you search the Internet you will find that most of the alternative medicine schools offering alternative medicine courses will do so in only one field or modality; so you will get a course in homeopathy, or one in herbal medicine, or in naturopathy, acupuncture, flower remedies and so on. These are individual natural medicine courses that will help you to specialize in this one particular subject.

However, health problems seen today are often too complex for any one of these healing modalities to do it justice often the therapist needs to combine different treatments in a complex combination in order to allow the body to heal. This is the premise of Holistic Medicine training looking at the body as a whole on many different levels and applying a varied knowledge-base to really help the person recover.

The Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine has been structured to be able to cover the wide gamut of natural medicine courses in order to provide a truly HOLISTIC approach.

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Holistic and Integrative Family Medicine

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Holistic Medicine

Holistic & Integrative Family Medicine is a practice which combines conventional, or allopathic, medicine with naturopathic and other forms of alternative medicine. In Holistic Medicine, health is viewed as much more than the absence of illness. Optimal health is achieved by addressing all aspects of the individual, including physical, emotional, mental, environmental, social and spiritual. Lifestyle modification and stress-management are crucial to tackling most health concerns.

A major determinant of healing outcomes is the quality of the patient/physical relationship. Illness can be a learning opportunity for both the patient and physician.

Physician and patient are two sides of the same coin.

Integrative Medicine

Embraces all of the healing arts. These include herbal medicine, nutritional counseling, many types of massage and manipulative therapies, energy medicine, spiritual practices, traditional Chinese medicine, aromatherapy, and Ayurveda. Traditional Western, or Allopathic, medicine inadequately addresses many common complaints and serious illnesses. My goal is to offer a more comprehensive approach to your concerns, either within the office setting or by referral.

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