Integrated Medicine

So the Naturalpath I had an appointment with yesterday, isn’t really a Naturalpath, but actually an MD of Integrated Medicine, where they not only use western medicine, but also Eastern therapies as well, they actually look at deficiencies in the body. He had shown me some of their success rates in dealing with many different chronic illnesses, it was pretty fascinating.

I’ve always been a big believer in that there is more to health and what happens in our bodies than just “bad luck”. It only makes sense, Garbage in, Garbage out they always say, and lets face it, out modern lives are wrought with Garbage in the foods we eat, the chemicals we use and just our way of thinking in general.

 Even from a spiritual stand point, the bible says that our bodies are his temple.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s”. 

Isaiah 53:5: “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”(KJV)

So basically we should take care of our bodies right? This really means we should be taking care of our health to honor God.

The second verse I threw in there because someone gave me this book, which was about faith healing. Now Before everyone groans, It wasn’t the whole “Laying of hands” and the then everytime that happens… someone is immediately healed kind of book. It actually was talking about how it isn’t God’s intention for us to be sick. That being said, Jesus did not heal everyone he came across, because sometimes there was a lack of faith that hindered him in doing so. I know many would say, “Son of God – and God can do anything”, but while that is true, God also entitled us all with our own will, and had been very caring in that aspect of wanting us to come to him, not him forcing himself on us.

I have always had my own thinking that God would have more instances of opportunity to help those who put forth effort to make things better for themselves. Not in anyway saying that God couldn’t change whatever he wants, but more in thinking that even in our own lives, it becomes quite apparent that it is really difficult to help people who don’t “want” to be helped. Just like you can’t “force” someone to be inspired, it really is a matter of that person “coming around” or deciding on their own terms to change.  The gift, or miracle, or power may be there just waiting on us to have the faith to accept it.

In looking up this article on Integrated Medicine, I found that one of the 5 steps mentioned in the article spoke of the importance of the Mind-Body Connection through that of spirituality. Here is an excerpt:

“This approach offers hope-generating strategies and encourages personalization, empowerment, and optimism. Some may turn to religion and prayer, while others may turn to exercise for personal fulfillment. Unconventional exercise such as t’ai chi and yoga combine exercise with spirituality.”  see article:  http://www.msassociation.org/publications/winter07/cover.story.asp

While responses to descriptions of my recent visit  to the Integrated MD has ranged between “Don’t expect miracles” to various levels of excitement about the possible idea of being able to treat the underlying problem of MS to promote the body’s own ability to heal.  I think it is my best interest to be open to the idea.  Especially in that Western medical science hasn’t been able to in itself for sure, define the cause of MS, nor actually give an exact account of how the medicines they prescribe are actually helping. They only produce speculations of how they think they work.

I am going to go ahead and try the supplements that he recommended. It sounds like his biggest suggestion is the lack of vitamin D, or rather the usable form of D3 which I have heard from different people and seen in different places. Its importance comes in the region of the world that I live in as well, as MS is near non-existent to those living at the equator, but is more and more common the further North you go. I live in the Pacific Northwest where it is liquid sunshine that we experience more than the kind our bodies need to produce active D3.

So, In my human MS experiment, here are the things I am going to try for now. Most likely I will start the Copaxone in the next few weeks once the nurse calls me to schedule a time, but I am alright with trying this first. However, if by some miracle, all my symptoms go away with changing the diet and taking the supplements then I can’t say that I wouldn’t be tempted put off starting the regular medicine. Especially since the Neurologist said “I wasn’t bad enough” to even consult with a doctor at OHSU. Thinking logically, one would doubt that it would fix everything in a week or so, but then again, maybe I would be limiting myself by having that attitude…. Oh ye of little faith eh? Was an interesting thought anyway…

Supplements & changes suggested by the Integrated doctor 3/18/08
* Multi-Vitamin:  Nutrient 950 w/o Iron  – 4 to 6 capsules a day
* A fish oil: Eskimo-3
* Vit. D3
* B12 Liquid
* 30 minutes of sunshine a day – hopefully the weather will cooperate with me on this one.. lol ^^

Others:
* Remove Milk & Cheese from my diet
* Remove Red Meat, stay away from hormone raised meat
* Eat lots of fresh vegetables & fruits
* Eat cold water fish & range chickens
* Take a cue from Mediterranean and Asian diets

One thought on “Integrated Medicine”

  1. Hi, I apologize for the ‘form’ letter but it is the easiest way to pass word most quickly.

    I am thrilled with the response to the MS Blogger project started at my blog, Brass and Ivory. I appreciate all those who took time to post about it on their blogs. I have discovered even more bloggers who have MS, whether they blog about the MS or not. A new listing is available at MS Blogger Community Project Revised.

    Secondly, I’m looking for submissions for next week’s Carnival of MS Bloggers. Information can be found at the end of each issue archived at Carnival of MS Bloggers. What I’m looking for this week are posts related to creativity. I discovered so many new bloggers who quilt, or knit, or crochet, or write, or photograph, etc. Basically, what do you do to express yourself?

    Thank you so much for participating.

    Lisa Emrich

    P.S. I also apologize for any increased ‘spamming’ of blog comments due to my growing linklist of bloggers with MS. For that I am sincerely sorry.

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