Understanding the Value of the Placebo Effect

The placebo effect is more than just a sugar pill. Outcomes are affected by factors including the label or name of the treatment, the cost of the treatment, the location and route of delivery, authority of the deliverer, and the message given along with the delivery. Even the belief of the patient, the belief of […]

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Healing Tool Series: Starting the Conversation on Diet

A brief screening instrument designed for non-dietitians in clinical practices for assessing patients’ diet and guiding nutritional counseling. “Healing Tools” summaries are a collection of evidence-based resources to help providers and patients use integrative health approaches to improve health and wellbeing. This tool is for: Providers This tool was created by: The Center for Health Promotion and […]

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The Four Dimensions of Healing Everyone Should Know About

Only about 15 to 20 percent of health-related outcomes are attributable to medical interventions. The rest are related to health behaviors such as diet, physical activity, and smoking status, with the physical, social, and economic environment affecting a person’s ability to make healthy choices and accessing medical care. The social, behavioral, environmental, and spiritual components […]

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There Is More to the Healing Process Than You Think

Only about 15 to 20 percent of health-related outcomes are attributable to medical interventions. Nonmedical determinants have a great impact on health. The rest are related to health behaviors such as diet, physical activity, and smoking status, with the physical, social, and economic environment affecting a person’s ability to make healthy choices and access medical […]

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Healing Tool Series: Personalized Care Planning for Medically Complex Patients in Primary Care

Journal article about using personalized care plan to improve care for medically complex, high-need patients. “Healing Tools” summaries are a collection of evidence-based resources to help providers and patients use integrative health approaches to improve health and wellbeing. This tool is for: Providers This tool was created by:Samuel T. Edwards, MD, MPH, David A. Dorr, MD, […]

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The Proven Power of Alternative Medicine and its Ability to Heal

The healing process is understood and applied in many traditions and by wise physicians today but has been obscured by modern medicine’s obsession with external agents, such as pills, procedures, and supplements. While many of these technologies and treatments are extremely valuable, this hyperfocus and the economic rewards driving them has largely squeezed out the […]

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Healing Tool Series: Matching the Right Diet to the Right Patient

A therapeutic diet guide for patients with various chronic conditions or diseases. “Healing Tools” summaries are a collection of evidence-based resources to help providers and patients use integrative health approaches to improve health and wellbeing. This tool is for: Providers This tool was created by: Medscape SUMMARY What is this tool for? Conflicting nutrition studies and inadequate […]

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The One Aspect of Healing Our Healthcare System Gets Wrong

When I began practice as a young doctor, I thought that the treatments I gave to patients were the primary reason they got well. But after almost 40 years of seeing patients as a mainstream family doctor, diving deeply into the science of healing at Walter Reed, the National Institutes of Health and Samueli Institute, […]

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Healing Tools Series: Managing Behavioral Health Issues in Primary Care: Six Five-Minute Tools

Practical five-minute strategies for family physicians to support patients with depression, anxiety and other behavioral health issues “Healing Tools” summaries are a collection of evidence-based resources to help providers and patients use integrative health approaches to improve health and wellbeing. This tool is for: Providers: CME available This tool was created by: Michelle D. Sherman, PhD, Laura […]

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Healing Tool Series: NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health Clinical Practice Guidelines

Clinical practice guidelines focused on, or containing information about, complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine. “Healing Tools” summaries are a collection of evidence-based resources to help providers and patients use integrative health approaches to improve health and wellbeing. This tool is for: Providers This tool was created by: NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health SUMMARY What […]

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