Monday, 01 February 2010 09:03
By Jane Schantz, FNP
Integrative Medicine (IM) is a term that is becoming more familiar in American culture, but what does it mean? Simply put, it is the combination of mainstream (aka Western or allopathic) medicine with so-called “alternative therapies,” but the IM movement has a deeper, more comprehensive commitment than that. It seeks to provide holistic, individualized health care using the most appropriate of a wide variety of healing modalities, in collaboration with the patient. IM considers not only the physical and mental health, but also the emotional, spiritual, social and environmental health of the patient.
The IM movement is in its infancy. It has grown out of both consumer demand for more holistic therapies, and medical practitioners’ desire to move away from the 15-minute visit and an over-reliance on pharmaceutical therapies, to restore the healing in health care. The now-outdated term “Alternative Medicine” implicitly suggests treatments that are outside of the realm of Western Medicine (WM), a rejection of medical treatment, as well as WM’s rejection of alternative approaches to health care. This was appropriate at one time, as that was largely what was happening – patients hid their alternative practices from their medical providers for fear of being scolded or otherwise disrespected. This term was followed by “Complementary Medicine,” which reflected the effort to redefine the use of natural and other therapies as being compatible with WM, rather than exclusive of it. The current feeling in the IM movement is that we want a seamless integration of WM with practices such as acupuncture/Traditional Chinese Medicine, aromatherapy, flower essences, herbalism, homeopathy, massage therapy, naturopathy, nutritional medicine, reiki, etc.
Tuesday, 06 October 2009 15:32
By Stacey Weeks-Purdy
Do you find that you are grabbing an extra cup of coffee or a sugary snack every afternoon just to get through the day? Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if it were full of energy and vitality instead? What you eat may make the difference.
Everything that we put into our body affects how we feel; sometimes food increases our energy level and sometimes it decreases it. Eliminating, or at least decreasing, the foods that deplete our energy can be helpful. Think about what foods you depend on the most to get through the day. It could be that they are actually making you more tired.
Monday, 31 August 2009 12:28
By Joe Romano,
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
If you were an English person whose time had come and you were to die today, your remains might well be handled by the largest consumer-owned cooperative in the world. It is simply called The Co-operative, and they operate food stores just as GreenStar does, but they also operate travel agencies, pharmacies, farms, clothing stores, auto showrooms and many other businesses, including funeral homes.
And while they offer home, life and auto insurance, the one business they are not involved in is health insurance.
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Detox your mouth with a new locally made toothpaste, or try a new organic mouth rinse to leave your teeth sparkling clean.
If you're doing some spring cleaning this month, why not put your money where your mouth is? We've got a new locally made "detox" toothpaste from Dragonfly Effect out of Oneonta. How can a toothpaste be detoxifying, you ask? A blend of bentonite clay, diotamaceous earth, and other pure ingredients, this paste is meant to be swallowed, functioning as both tooth cleanser and internal cleanser. Vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO, it's available in three fresh flavors. Also for squeaky-clean teeth, we're happy to introduce Essential Oxygen's Organic Brushing Rinse. It can be used as a mouthwash, of course, but it also doubles as a liquid toothpaste. Simply squirt it into your mouth, swish, brush, and spit! The makers recommend using it first thing in the morning to rid yourself of the bad bacteria that builds up in the mouth overnight. It's good not only for your teeth but for your entire immune system.
By Joe Romano,
Our choices at all levels — individual, community, corporate and government — affect nature. And they affect us.
— David Suzuki
Chances are good that you don’t recognize the name Ts’ai-Lun, yet without his contribution to daily life you probably wouldn’t be able to read this issue of GreenLeaf. In The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, a 1978 book by Micha...