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This groundbreaking text provides the first definitive clinical reference for the rapidly growing field of integrative medicine. Using a clinical, disease-oriented approach, INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE offers practical guidance for safely and effectively integrating complementary and alternative therapies into regular primary care practice. Drawing on available scientific evidence and the author's first-hand experience, it covers therapies such as botanicals, supplements, mind-body, lifestyle choices, nutrition, exercise, spirituality, and more.
  • A practical, disease-focused approach makes it easy to reference clinical applications and recommendations based on a patient's disease state.
  • The holistic aspects of integrative care focus on the root of the disease process, offering improved care for chronic disease that does not respond as easily to traditional pharmacological treatment.
  • The Therapeutic Review and Prevention Prescription sections offer practical overviews of the recommendations discussed in each chapter for fast access.
  • Note boxes highlight important, therapy-based pearls that the reader can apply to practice.
  • Dosages and precautions are included for supplements and botanicals.
  • The Tools for Your Practice section presents "how-to" discussions and handouts to help patients follow specific recommendations.
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Reviewer: Mark D. Goodman, MD (Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: Dr. Rakel has led a diverse group of medical experts in the publication of a book dedicated to Integrative Medicine, a field that will be new to most of us allopaths (but not necessarily to our patients!). This is a first edition of a book divided into four subunits on philosophy of integrative medicine, integrative approach to disease, disease prevention and tools for your practice.
Purpose: Dr. Rakel's purpose is to advance the knowledge of integrative medicine among practitioners of the healing arts, an objective well met, but of debatable worth. I suspect that the whole notion is somewhat polarizing amongst our colleagues; there will be folks who understand and embrace these philosophies, and others who disdain them.
Audience: The book is written for practitioners and students of the healing arts, and contains contributions from many well-known and well-regarded authors.
Features: As defined on page 5 of the book, integrative medicine is healing-oriented and emphasizes the centrality of the doctor-patient relationship. It focuses on the least invasive, least toxic and least costly methods to help facilitate health by integrating both allopathic and complementary therapies. The bulk of the book addresses different disease states, and then provides a list of treatment ideas that may be helpful to heal, ranging from nutritional advice, traditional allopathic treatments, and where appropriate, herbs, acupuncture, psychotherapies and risk factor reduction. This proves to be quite a helpful way of organizing the text, perhaps geared towards lay readers, but very helpful to one's practice. Of interest, after reviewing about six of the chapters, I was offering the advice therein to my patients the very next day! The notes are sometimes too bold and unnecessary, and the therapeutic review at the end of every chapter didn't seem necessary, but overall I liked how the chapters were laid out.
Assessment: So, what we are left with is a text that will be very helpful to those of us who appreciate the potential for healing that exists within a marriage of allopathic and complementary medicine, and distrusted and disregarded by those of us who do not. I found it to be a welcome addition to the art and practice of medicine, and will watch for additional information to be built on this foundation of work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721692883
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 9/30/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 8.66 (w) x 11.44 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

I. The Philosophy of Integrative Medicine

II. Symptomatic Care
Nausea and Vomiting

III. Integrative Approach to Disease
Affective Disorders
Attention Deficit Disorder
Alzheimer’s Disease
Peripheral Neuropathy
Multiple Sclerosis
Parkinson’s Disease
Infectious Disease
Otitis Media
Viral Upper Respiratory Infection
Herpes Simplex
Urinary Tract Infection
Yeast Infections
Cardiovascular Disease
Congestive Heart Failure
Coronary Artery Disease
Peripheral Vascular Disease
Premature Beats
Food Allergies
Environmental Allergies
Metabolic/Endocrine Disorders
Diabetes Mellitus
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Gastroesophageal Reflux
Peptic Ulcer Disease
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Lupus Erythematosus
Inflammatory Bowel
Disease (Crohn’s
Ulcerative Colitis)
Post Dates Pregnancy
Labor Pain Management
Breach Presentation
Premenstrual Syndrome
Benign Prostatic
Chronic Prostatitis
Chronic Low Back Pain
Neck Pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Atopic Dermatitis
Aphthous Stomatitis
Seborrheic Dermatitis

IV. Disease Prevention
Breast Cancer
Lung Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Colon Cancer
Skin Cancer
Heart Attack (Coronary Artery
Stroke (Cerebrovascular Disease)
High Blood Pressure
Memory Loss
Diabetes Mellitus
Cataracts Macular Degeneration
Ear Infections
Vaginal Yeast Infections
Effects of Aging

V. Tools for Your Practice
The Antiinflammatory (Omega-3)
The DASH Diet
Hypnosis/Imagery Techniques for
Calming Children Prior to
Relaxation Techniques
A Guide to Using Imagery
Recommending Antioxidants
Breathing Exercises
Low Back Pain Exercises
Exercises for Vertigo
Strain/Counterstrain for Neck Pain
How to Recommend an
Elimination Diet
Writing an Exercise Prescription
Journaling for Health
Recommending Meditation
Using Probiotics
Acupuncture for Hiccups
Acupuncture for Nausea and
Resources for Patients with Cancer
Taking a Spiritual History
Should You Include Functional
Diagnosis in Your Practice?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2002

    Not a book on integrative medicine

    No where in the book does the word dentist appear. How can the author and the publisher miss such an important componenet of integrative medicine. Many of the diseases we treat start in the oral cavity. There is very little on natural approaches, homotoxicology and other forms of natural medicine. This is another group of physicians in main stream medicine thinking that adding massage, yoga and tai chi makes them integrative.....

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