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The Future of Integrative Medicine, an Interview with Dr. Jonas

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What does the future hold for health and wellness research? Wayne B. Jonas, MD, discusses this and more with the staff at the Natural Medicine Journal, an electronic peer-reviewed journal and open access website dedicated to the field of integrative medicine (IM).

Listen to the interview in Episode 6 of the
Integrative Medicine Research Series.

Mainstreaming of Healthy Values

In recent years it seems there is little “health” in the nation’s health care system. By its actions, the health care system showed its laser focus on disease and illness management rather than health promotion.

However, as we look ahead, we begin to see the wellness-focused values of those in the non-traditional wellness field appearing in the lexicon of the mainstream health care system. Continue reading “The Future of Integrative Medicine, an Interview with Dr. Jonas” »

When evidence matters, rigorous reviews for pain care

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Patients struggling with chronic pain need non-pharmacological therapies that can decrease pain, improve function and enhance quality of life. Our rigorous reviews have uncovered the evidence for various therapies that can be easily integrated into a pain practice such as massage therapy and manipulation, and self-care tools such as yoga, tai chi, music therapy, meditation and relaxation exercises.

Establishing a strong evidence base for self-care approaches helps answer the most challenging questions affecting the world’s health and wellness:

  • What can we add to the physician’s bag of tools to replace or supplement the prescription pad?

  • Are there self-care practices to include in a patient’s pain management solution set?

Samueli Institute evaluates pain from the view of the person as a whole and looks at the bigger picture of the “chronification” of pain that the patient experiences. This objective, third-party analysis of the evidence provides guidelines for clinical practice, policy decisions and research recommendations.

Samueli Institute’s research process was highlighted in a recent article in BMC Research Notes. Continue reading “When evidence matters, rigorous reviews for pain care” »

Non-precision Medicine for Maximum Impact

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Wayne B. Jonas, MD, President and CEO, Samueli Institute

In health care and in science, there are lumpers and then there are splitters. Scientists tend to be splitters, dissecting different aspects of a disease, different parts of your brain receptors, and looking for different effects on different organs. Then, they look for drugs that inhibit those different parts form the basis for a medical treatment. Nobel Prizes and profits are based on splitting up the body into finer and finer parts down to a cell and its genome and showing that they have broad implications.
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Integrated Before Integrative

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Let’s cut the confusion.  One hears a lot of talk these days about “integrative” health care.

In fact, the name of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine recently changed to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. We also hear a lot about the need to have “integrated” systems built into our health care. Approaches such as the patient-centered medical home (PCMH), Accountable Care Organizations (ACA) and improved systems of care are built into the Affordable Care Act.  Continue reading “Integrated Before Integrative” »

How Communities Heal

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In most Western cultures, illness or injury is a very individual experience. Doctors fix the body, provide medication, and refer to counselors as needed. Those who are not sick go on with life as usual.

However, many traditional cultures have a different view of illness: a shared view that shifts the responsibility to the community at large.

These two fundamentally different ways of seeing the nature of human beings is manifested in how we help, or do not help, those who are sick or injured. One approach holds an assumption that outside help will be provided to those in need from those who have resources and no need. The other assumption is that there will be collective action in which all engage in finding a community solution.

Can these opposing views of illness shed light on how to resolve issues and heal trauma within communities?

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