Category Archive: Home, Patients, Physicians, Providers, Uncategorized

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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Category Archive: Home, Nutrition, Patients, Physicians, Providers, Uncategorized

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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Category Archive: Home, Patients, Physicians, Providers

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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Category Archive: Healing Tools, Patients, Physicians, Resources, Uncategorized

Cochrane Collaboration: Complementary Medicine Group

Systematic reviews on complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine therapies “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 Patients and their family members may also find the reviews useful since public summaries are also available This tool […]

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Category Archive: Patients, Physicians, Providers, Uncategorized

HOPE Note: Your Guide To Personalized Health Care That Heals

A good relationship between a patient and a physician is crucial and could become a lifetime — and life-saving — connection. Personally, I do something I like to call the HOPE Note when I see patients. This stands for Healing Oriented Practices and Environments Note. It is essentially a set of questions physicians can ask their patients that address the underlying determinants of their […]

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Category Archive: Healing Tools, Patients, Physicians, Providers, Resources

Healing Tool Series: Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis 7-Step Recovery Program

Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Logo with lotus flower

A program of diet, supplements and lifestyle changes integrated with conventional medicine to help people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) live longer, better and healthier lives “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: Patients and their […]

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Category Archive: Healing Tools, Patients, Physicians, Providers, Resources

Healing Tool Series: Moving Beyond Medications

A one-page pocket guide for primary care physicians highlighting five steps to manage chronic pain without drugs “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: Academic Collaborative for Integrative […]

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Category Archive: Healing Tools, Patients, Physicians, Providers, Resources

Healing Tool Series: Book Review: Aches and Gains: A Comprehensive Guide to Overcoming Your Pain

Cover of Dr Christo's book "Aches and Gains"

A book for people with chronic pain: Aches and Gains: A Comprehensive Guide to Overcoming Your Pain “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 book is for: Patients and their family members (main audience) Providers This tool was created […]

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Category Archive: Healing Tools, Patients, Physicians, Providers, Resources

Healing Tool Series: Integrating Self-Management Training to Prevent or Relieve Chronic Pain and Addiction

Online training program and massive open online course (MOOC; free or with a CEU fee) for patients and providers to integrate self-management with evidence-based treatment in transformative chronic pain care. “Healing Tools” summaries are a collection of evidence-based resources to help providers and patients use integrative health approaches to improve health and well-being. This tool […]

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Category Archive: In The News, Next Gen Physicians, Physicians

Op Ed: More providers need to embrace integrative health approach

Artist's rendition of Future UCI Building

“Our healthcare system is obsessed with delivering medical services, performing procedures and prescribing medications. It really needs to become obsessed with producing health. That is—or should be—the goal of healthcare. Yet, as a nation, the U.S., is not nearly as healthy as it should be or could be. We need a new approach—not only in […]

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