Have your medical needs looked after by a doctor trained in the following modalities. Most, will recommend that you get off of prescription drugs and treat your symptoms, with natural medicines. Most people will need some vitamins and nutrients to correct their nutritional deficiency, which in turn will eliminate the symptoms. Allopathic doctors will only treat your symptoms, never the true disease, which is a nutritional and hormonal deficiency.
Hormonal deficiencies are almost always overlooked by allopathic doctors. The first thing that needs to be checked are your thyroid hormones. With a comprehensive thyroid test, it will be determined that you do, or do not, need natural thyroid medication. Once the thyroid is functioning properly, the next step will be to get a saliva hormone test to check your progesterone, testosterone, estrone, estradiol, dht, dhea and for women it is recommended, that they also test estriol. Keep in mind that it takes both good, balanced nutrition and balanced hormones to maintain a healthful immune system.
Balanced Nutrition And Balanced Hormones = A Healthful Immune System.
When Searching For A Doctor, Look For Doctors That Practice The Following Modalities:
Medical Doctors M.D. M.P.H.
Physicians who become diplomats of the American Board of Preventive Medicine are uniquely trained in both clinical and population-based medicine. Residency training requires a minimum of one year of training in an accredited clinical program, an academic year that almost always leads to a master's degree in public health (M.P.H.), and a practicum year that provides trainees with experience in the application of the knowledge and skills of preventive medicine in diverse settings.
These doctors tend to write few prescriptions, as they do not want to just treat symptoms.
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The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM)
Osteopathic Doctors D.O.
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or D.O.s, apply the philosophy of treating the whole person (a holistic approach) to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness, disease and injury using conventional medical practice such as drugs and surgery, along with manual therapy (Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine or OMM).
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American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
Chiropractic Doctors D.C.
Although their main method of treatment is the spinal adjustment, many chiropractors also use other therapies to treat their patients. The following is a brief description of some of the most common therapies chiropractors offer.
Chiropractors commonly prescribe specific strengthening exercises for their patients with back, neck, and extremity problems. These exercises can decrease pain, prevent muscle deterioration, promote joint health, increase strength, stability and range of motion, and protect against new or recurring injuries.
Your chiropractor will show you how to do the exercises and supervise you until you are comfortable doing them on you own. It's important to keep up with your exercises as prescribed (similarly to drug prescriptions). Studies show that individuals who follow their exercise instructions heal faster than those who do not.
Following an injury, therapeutic stretching is an important way to prevent scar tissue from forming. Even after the injury has healed, maintaining a regular stretching program helps keep tissues flexible, increases mobility, and protects you from new injuries. Like exercise, your chiropractor will instruct you on proper stretching techniques and will supervise you until you are comfortable enough to do them on your own.
In chiropractic traction massage, the patient lies face up with a pillow under the knees. A system of rollers then moves up and down the spine, gently stretching and massaging the muscles of the back. Traction-massage usually is performed just before an adjustment to relax the spine, making the adjustment easier to perform, more comfortable, and more beneficial.
Many chiropractors also use more traditional traction in which traction devices are applied to elongate areas of the spine. This treatment helps separate the vertebrae resulting in disc decompression, reduced nerve root pressure, and decreased pain.
Soft Tissue And Massage Therapy
Massage therapy helps improve circulation and reduce pain. Chiropractors are trained in a variety of massage therapy modalities. The need and benefits of these therapies vary from patient to patient. Your chiropractor will choose the best method for your specific needs.
Physical Therapy Modalities
- Muscle Stimulation - This type of therapy uses light electrical pulses that are transmitted to specific areas of the body through electrodes placed on the skin. There are many different types of electrical stimulation. Some are more beneficial for pain relief or to reduce inflammation, some for muscle spasm, and some actually cause muscles to contract in order to reduce muscle atrophy. Some have combination effects.
- TENS - A (transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation) unit is a small, battery-powered, portable muscle stimulation machine that can be used at home to help control pain. Variable intensities of electric current are used to control pain. This treatment is recommended to help patients get through periods of severe (acute) pain. TENS units are typically not recommended for chronic pain.
- Therapeutic Ultrasound - is a form of deep heat therapy created by sound waves. When applied to soft tissues and joints, the sound waves are a form of micro-massage that help reduce swelling, increase blood flow, and decrease pain, stiffness, and spasms.
- Ice And Heat Therapy - have long been used to treat many painful conditions. Ice therapy is often used to reduce swelling and help control pain immediately after an injury. Heat therapy is used to relax the muscles and increase circulation and can provide relief to patients with chronic pain. Depending on the patient's condition, a combination of ice and heat can be used.
- Diet And Nutritional Counseling - Studies have shown that poor diet and nutritional imbalances contribute to a number of serious illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Chiropractors are specifically trained in diet and nutritional counseling. Your chiropractor can design a nutritional program specific to your needs that can help you maintain good health and minimize the risk of developing these serious health conditions.
- Lifestyle Modification Counseling - Good health is much more than the absence of pain or disease. The lifestyle choices you make on a daily basis can greatly affect your long-term health. We now know that years of seemingly small unhealthy lifestyle choices can, over time, turn into very large health problems. Examples of lifestyle choices and behaviors that can have negative effects on your health include:
- Lack of regular exercise, Smoking, Poor diet, Excessive mental stress, Over reliance on medication, Excessive consumption of alcohol, Poor posture, Improper lifting
Your Chiropractor will talk to you about your lifestyle choices, help you sort through and identify unhealthy health habits, and give you practical strategies to deal with and manage them.
As you can see, Chiropractic Medicine is more than just spinal manipulations. Chiropractors use a variety of treatment modalities to help the body to heal itself and return the patient to a pain-free and healthy life.
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American Chiropractic Association.
Naturopathic Doctors N.D.
The Following Is A List Of Some Traditional Modalities Studied By Naturopaths.
- Iridology is the study of the colored part of the eye (called the iris) to determine potential health problems. Iridologists believe that changing patterns and markings in the iris can be used to reveal emerging conditions in every part of the body and to identify inherited weaknesses that may lead to physical and emotional disorders.
- Reams Testing is called "Biological Ionization" by Dr. A.F. Beddoe, and "Health by the Numbers" by Dr. Wendell W. Whitman. "RTBI, Reams Theory of Biological Ionization" or simply, "REAMS testing" after the founder of pH testing, Dr. Cary Reams. Dr. Reams dedicated his life to finding the perfect pH numbers for the human body. Without maintaining these numbers, it is believed the human body can not assimilate various minerals. Dr. Reams discovered what he believed were the perfect pH balances by analyzing all the fluids of the human body. Throughout his research, Dr. Reams discovered that only two bodily fluids were needed to ascertain these body chemistry levels, saliva and urine. Therefore, practioners believe that if a person can keep their numbers in the "Perfect Health" or "Healing Range", then they will maintain health. If the human body is not kept in the "Perfect Health" or in the "Healing Range" - it is believed the body becomes diseased.
- Enzyme Therapy Enzymes are essential for maintaining optimal health. They are the energy catalysts which support everyday life-sustaining functions from the digestive system and immune systems to making energy available to the entire body. By breaking down the various types of food into smaller compounds which can be readily absorbed by the body, enzymes help eliminate problems which can occur with fermented toxins in the digestive tract, such as gas, bloating, fatigue, headaches, constipation, heartburn, and other digestive disturbances.
- Parasitology Parasites are often described as occupying the third great environment, -aquatic, -terrestrial -parasitic, the body of another organism. The term parasitism may be defined as a two-species association in which one species, the parasite, lives on, or in, a second species, the host, for a significant period of its life and obtains nourishment from it. Parasitology seeks to find, define, and remedy ill effects caused by parasites in a non-invasive fashion using nutritional therapies.
- Bach Flowers refers to the study of the work of Edwin Bach, M.D., and his research into flower remedies. Bach believed that there was an emotional component to most disease processes. His non-invasive approach discovered in the 20th century has many adherents around the world. Dr. Bach believed that the body would respond with healing by correcting the emotion component of disease. His research led him to codify certain substances that would facilitate this process.
- Traditional Chinese Medicine is a system of health care based on the late-twentieth-century standardization of medical practices that originated in China some 2500 years ago. Two classic medical texts, the Nei Jing (compiled from 100 B.C. to 100 A.D.) and the Nan Jing (written circa 100 to 200 A.D.) were important early documents that presented the core concepts of TCM, and they have informed generations of scholars and practitioners ever since. These core concepts suggest that disease is the result of imbalances in the flow of the body's vital energy, or qi (pronounced "chee"), and that the human body is a microcosm of the basic natural forces at work in the universe.
- Acupressure is a type of bodywork that involves pressing specific points on the body with the fingers, knuckles, and palms (and sometimes the elbows and feet) to relieve pain, reduce stress, and promote general good health. Developed in China some 5,000 years ago, perhaps out of the natural human instinct to hold or rub a place on the body that hurts, acupressure is part of the holistic system of traditional chinese medicine (TCM) that also includes acupuncture. (Interestingly, the use of acupressure predates acupuncture by some 2,500 years.)
- Biofeedback is a mind-body technique in which a practitioner uses a special monitoring machine to teach people how to control bodily functions, such as heart rate, blood pressure, skin temperature, and muscle tension, in order to improve their health and well-being.
- Applied Kinesiology was developed in 1964 by Dr. George Goodhart. AK utilizes Muscle Testing, also called Muscle Response Testing (MRT), to evaluate the well being of a client. Responses to gentle pressure applied to an arm, or other extremity, is noted while touching specific body meridians. The muscle response noted when touching each meridian aids in the practitioner's determinations regarding possible nutritional recommendations or therapies.
- Herbology An "herb" is defined as organic life of seed plants which do not develop woody tissue as trees and shrubs, which are used for foods, medicines, scents, spices, and flavors. An "herbalist" is one who gathers and dispenses herbs for health giving, life enhancing, and life purifying properties. Many herbalists also, however, use the barks and fruits of trees as therapeutic agents as well. For thousands of years medicinal plants have been at the core of alleviating human suffering and promoting health and well-being through the use of common herbaceous plants. The essence of this accumulated knowledge on medicinal plants is practiced in Europe under the name of Phytotherapy. No subject, perhaps, has produced larger, more curious, or more splendidly illustrated, literature than the world of plants. Greek medical men, Roman encyclopedists, Chinese herbalists, and medieval doctors compiled and recompiled herbals, generally taking special interest in those plants that were of medicinal and culinary value.
- Sclerology is the study of the red lines in the white of the eyes (the sclera) and how they relate to stress-patterns in a person's health. The practitioner learns to interpret these lines, and believes that this information is the key to understanding how the body is struggling or adapting to maintain balance; and thus know how to apply natural therapies to prevent problems from occurring or help the body correct problems already occurring.
- Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils, extracted from plants, trees, and herbs, for therapeutic purposes. Although aromatic plant oils have been used to treat various conditions for thousands of years, the term aromatherapy wasn't coined until 1928, when Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, a French chemist, first used it. Gattefosse had earlier witnessed what he believed to be the curative capabilities of essential oils when he used them to treat wounds during World War I. After the war, he continued to experiment with various oils, and eventually classified them according to their "healing" properties: antitoxic, antiseptic, tonifying, stimulating, calming, and so on. In 1937, he published Aromatherapie, which remains a classic book on the subject (it is also available in English).
- Orthomolecular Nutrition is a synthetic term made up of ortho, which is Greek for "correct" or "right" and molecule which is the simplest structure that displays the characteristics of a compound. So it literally means the "right molecule." Dr. Linus Pauling coined the term in 1968 to help him express his belief that disease could be eradicated by giving the body the "right molecules" of nutrients through good nutrition. Beneficial vitamins and supplements are used to reinforce the body and stimulate health.
- Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medical practice that encompasses a range of treatments including medicinal herbs, changes in diet, meditation, massage, and yoga to maintain or restore health. The word Ayurveda is Sanskrit, meaning "science (or knowledge) of life." Perhaps the oldest continually practiced health-care system in the world (the tradition has been handed down from masters to pupils in India for more than 5,000 years,) Ayurveda is rooted in the belief that health results from harmony between mind, body, and spirit. Ayurvedic practitioners in India receive state-recognized training on par with that of Western medical specialists.
- Dry Blood Cell Analysis involves the study of human blood and the various drying patterns which may be evidence of nutritional or organ weakness. It is believed that one drop of blood can supply information useful to a health practitioner in confirming suspected health risk and enable a proper referral. Otherwise, the blood analysis, although not supplying information obtained in a hospital blood test, can reveal bodily conditions which can be corrected with nutrition.
- Therapeutic Massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. It helps to ease stress and muscular tension, relieve pain from injuries, and speed healing from certain acute and chronic conditions. Today millions of people worldwide visit massage therapists as a form of regular health-care maintenance.
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American Association Of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)
California Naturopathic Doctors Association (CNDA)
Licenced Acupuncturist L.A., O.M.D.
Medical Acupuncture is acupuncture that has been successfully incorporated into medical or allied health practices in Western countries. It is derived from Asian and European sources, and is practiced in both pure and hybrid forms. Therapeutic insertion of solid needles in various combinations and patterns is the foundation of medical acupuncture. The choice of needle patterns can be based on traditional principles such as encouraging the flow of qi (pronounced chee), a subtle vivifying energy, through classically described acupuncture channels, modern concepts such as recruiting neuroanatomical activities in segmental distributions, or a combination of these two principles. The adaptability of classical and hybrid acupuncture approaches in Western medical environments is the key to their clinical success and popular appeal.
The basic premise of Chinese Medicine is somewhat different from what we are used to in the western world. Often in our approach to disease, or even life, we see the situation in black and white, with one element the force to be defeated and the other the pure and the good. While there is a concern in oriental medicine with "evil Qi" (a phrase that can cover a multitude of ailments), we see the evil as an imbalance of natural and necessary elements. The Yin/Yang symbol illustrates this harmonious balance between apparent opposites. The two forces are shown in constant motion, eternally changing places. Within each is the seed of the other. Doctors of Oriental Medicine work to bring these elements back into balance for the smooth functioning of the entire person. This is one reason that acupuncture is considered "holistic" - in an attempt to treat the entire person, not only the primary cause or the symptoms of that cause.
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American Acadamy Of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA)
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