Nutrition and the Science of Nutrition

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Nutrition (not to be confused with dietetics) is the bridge by which we can bring together allopathic medicine and all the other allied health professions who work to create health and eliminate disease through life style changes and good nutrition with evidence based science.

Four organizations have come together in a consortium to advance nutrition. The science of nutrition, or what happens after your food is swallowed, is very much a science. Nutrition is the cornerstone of health creation and the prevention of diseases.
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Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine

What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual. Read more

Integrative Health and Medicine

Integrative Health and Medicine

The term “integrative medicine” came into use in the United States in roughly 1995.  It was rooted in the emerging efforts of a subset of academic medical leaders who were seeking to integrate regular medical care with complementary and alternative therapies and professionals – such as practitioners of acupuncturists, doctors of chiropractic and naturopathic medicine, and massage and yoga therapists. The term was viewed and experienced as less of a challenge to the dominant school of medicine and a better descriptor of the fact that the vast majority of those who chose alternatives also integrated these with regular practitioners. Read more

Osteopathic Medicine

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Doctors of Osteopathic medicine are frontline physicians just as family practice or internal medicine physicians. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, are fully licensed physicians who practice in all areas of medicine. Emphasizing a whole person approach to treatment and care, DOs are trained to listen and partner with their patients to help them get healthy and stay well.

DOs receive special training in the musculoskeletal system, your body’s interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones. By combining this knowledge with the latest advances in medical technology, they offer patients the most comprehensive care available in medicine today. Read more

Natural Medicine

Natural Medicine

What is Natural Medicine?

Modern naturopathic medicine is a progressive medical system that integrates the best elements of traditional and conventional treatment modalities and focuses them around a central goal: supporting the inherent self-healing processes of the human person. While the profession formally called “naturopathic medicine” has existed for just over 100 years, its historical roots stretch back to the dawn of human existence. Read more

Palliative Care and Palliative Medicine

Palliative Care

Here you will find explanations of what Palliative care is and what it is not. It can be care associated with hospice and end of life care, but it is also a less invasive, humane way to deal with chronic illness when cure is no longer possible but a quality of life is attainable.

The Westreich Foundation supports The California State University Institute for Palliative Care is preparing the current and future palliative care workforce while educating the community about the benefits of palliative care. The Institute offers instructor-led and self-paced online learning to individuals living throughout the country and anywhere in the world.
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Creative Arts and Consciousness – Arts in Healing

Arts in Healing

Art healing, also known as the healing arts, is a term that is applied to the use of art in emotional and physical healing. Art healing is often confused with Art Therapy, and although art healing and art therapy are very similar, art therapy tends to be a doctor/patent healing process, whereas art healing is an individual/non-therapist healing process. But both use art to help the healing process.

Those of us who have art in our souls and have used art as a therapeutic healing tool throughout our lives understand its value at the deepest level. Although a relatively new concept in western society, only in the last 60 years have health professionals, therapists, and others in the medical profession begun to acknowledge the therapeutic effects of art and music on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of people. Read more