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A Case for Vascular Dementia

Dementia is a disease characterized by cognitive decline, personality changes, and behavioral disturbances. Since Dr. Aloysius Alzheimer’s first description of dementia in 1906, several other types of the disease have been discovered. But Alzheimer’s disease continues to be regarded as the most common cause of dementia. Edward Senu-Oke, MD, a Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) and ...

Health Benefits of Blueberries

Wild blueberries have been grown in Maine for more than 10,000 years and are one of America’s oldest indigenous crops and one of only a handful of crops indigenous to North America. Unlike farmed blueberries, wild blueberries grow naturally anywhere and in extreme temperatures. For centuries, Native Americans have used the “low-bush” blueberries to heal and nourish the body, mixing ...

Knowledge of Integrative Medicine

Theresa Oswald, MD, an integrative medicine physician and Diplomate of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), has spent many years studying ways to optimize the health and wellness of her patients in mind, body, and spirit. She has also been a lifelong student of yogic sciences as well as meditative and contemplative traditions. Like these ancient traditions, she says, ...

Optimal Heart Health

Vivian Kominos, MD, an integrative cardiologist at Hackensack Meridian Integrative Health & Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), believes it’s never too early to start paying attention to heart health. In fact, she says, we should begin taking care of our heart from the time we are children because research now shows that heart ...

Patient Experience with Integrative Medicine in Primary Care

Integrative medicine, as defined by the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine and the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM), is the medical practice that reaffirms the patient-practitioner relationship, focuses on the patient as a whole person, arrives at conclusions based on evidence, and uses all therapeutic approaches, disciplines, and healthcare professionals to achieve optimal health and healing. ...

Purpose-Driven Health

The annual physical exam might be a waste of time, Myles Spar, MD, says. For many years, these checkups have followed a similar pattern: a doctor reviews a patient’s complaints, orders lab tests, goes over the results, and has the same discussions about how the patient should lower their cholesterol or start an exercise program. But, research shows that annual ...

Heather Auld, MD, on Fighting the Flu

While hand washing is one of the most effective methods of warding off germs and viruses, our immune system is the body’s first line of defense against illnesses. Dr. Heather Auld, MD, an integrative medicine specialist with Lee Physician Group and a Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM), says there are several simple steps we can take ...

The Integrative Approach

After 13 years of practicing conventional medicine – the kind of medicine found in most doctor’s offices – Dr. Julie Reardon found another approach that she believed was more effective, one that combines the best parts of conventional medicine with many other common-sense wellness practices. This approach is called integrative medicine. According to Dr. Reardon, integrative medicine uses all the ...

Why More Doctors Are Embracing Scientifically Sound Integrative Medicine

An experienced physician knows that even when patients of the same age and with the same illness display similar symptoms, their treatment plans may be markedly different. This is because a physician must take into account a host of factors, including the patients’ general health, medications they’re currently taking, and lifestyle habits, just to name a few. In essence, what ...

An ABOIM Diplomate’s Personal Journey into Integrative Medicine

Over the course of her career, Dr. Amy Baruch, an Emergency Medicine physician at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, observed that the majority of her patients have multiple chronic medical issues. These are often paired with a long list of medications, often with their own side effects.  Intuitively, she knew that this was not optimal medical care ...

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