What Is Integrative Medicine?
What Is Integrative Medicine? How does it relate to Homeopathic Medicine in Utah? Who has jurisdiction over the field of Integrative Medicine?
A major challenge for medicine in this century is the need to move beyond the Newtonian concept of "diagnosis" of late-stage physical ailment and the application of a label called a "disease". We are faced with an epidemic of chronic illness which we, as allopathic practitioners, with our limited toolkit of pharmaceutical drugs, ionizing radiation, and surgery, are ill-equipped to treat. One has only to look at the increasingly expensive treatments offered through standard allopathic care, largely covered and paid for by "health" insurance, with increasingly disappointing results to the patient who is looking for improvement in health.
If we were equipped to treat obesity, cardiometabolic syndrome, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease and cancer, our population would be healthy. Instead, we see increasing rates of obesity, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, diabetes, autoimmune disease and cancer, despite the very best of medical care that allopathic medicine has to offer.
The State of Affairs in Traditional Medicine
Some of the patients who choose to see an "alternative" or "integrative" or "homeopathic" practitioner do so because their regular insurance-based allopathic practitioner is unable to give them a physical diagnosis, or simply gives them a pill to mask their symptoms rather than actually digging for the cause of the symptoms, or gives them a pill which causes "side effects" for which more pills are given, in a vicious cycle.
Others of these patients come to the "alternative" or "integrative" or "homeopathic" practitioner because they have been told that all their tests are negative, and they were offered a pill - generally an anti-depressant - to help them "feel better." We call such patients the "Expensive Clinic Rejects".
And now that some conventional allopathic medicine organizations like the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) are beginning to use the term "Integrative Medicine" to mean conventional medicine plus some supplements or yoga, the field becomes even more confusing for patients.
Shifting the Paradigm
To be told that the cause of one's symptoms is psychological rather than physical is deeply offensive to some people - particularly to those who have a clear albeit undiagnosed functional disturbance. The fact that an article on this very topic appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2002 - calling for a "paradigm shift" - is instructive.
"We propose a paradigm shift in which unexplained symptoms are remedicalized around the notion of a functional disturbance of the nervous system and treatments currently considered "psychiatric" are integrated into general medical care."
Functional disturbances are all very well and good, but if they cannot be tested because the patient cannot afford the tests (since their "health" insurance often does not cover the testing), of what utility is identifying the potential for such disturbance?
The History of Homeopathic Medicine
Homeopathic medicine came into being in the 19th century with Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, who stopped using the standard allopathic treatments of his day because he felt the effect of the treatments was worse than the effect of the disease. From the perspective of advanced homeopathic medicine, all disease or dysfunction is considered to be an external manifestation of an internal bio-energetic disorder unique to the individual. Homeopathic medicine looks for that substance which will correct the energetic defects or dysfunctions unique to a given individual, and restore that individual to the original template of full health.
As technology has advanced, we have learned how to measure energetic dysfunctions and departures from the original template. We are now able to treat with substances that can restore the harmony of the information systems which subtend the body's cellular function, right down to the level of the DNA. These substances may include things like electromagnetic energy, homeopathic remedies, combination remedies, and even physical remedies such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids.
Functional Medicine teaches us how to modify our diet and lifestyle in order to reconfigure those epigenetic DNA switches.
Addressing Every Aspect of Health
Integrative medicine - true integrative medicine - uses many modalities to diagnose dysfunction and effect treatment. These modalities may range from conventional allopathic, surgical, and pharmaceutical to homeopathic to bioenergetic to bioelectrical to orthomolecular (functional biologic terrain assessment) to manipulative (chiropractic, osteopathic, massage, Tai Qi, massage) to neural injection therapies with homeopathic remedies. All of these modalities may be effective in certain patients. None is necessarily effective in all patients. And until we realize that one size does not fit all and that standards of care are not necessarily applicable to all patients, we will continue to have the struggle between conventional allopathic medicine and those practitioners who espouse other forms of the healing arts.
Not all homeopathic practitioners utilize all the modalities available to them in their care of patients. All the modalities require special training in addition to what was received during medical school, internship, and residency training. Most practitioners have undergone hundreds of hours of additional training in order to be able safely to utilize these additional modalities. For some of the modalities, there is no accepted training program. The modalities may be developed as the treatment progresses, based on patient response and practitioner ability, knowledge, and intuition.
Finding a Unique Solution
There is no "one size fits all" in good medicine. That is both the beauty and the curse of the human condition. But let there be no doubt that to limit "integrative medicine" to the realm of "alternative", something to use incidentally or on the side, is to severely limit both the potential for healing and the potential for the development of new modalities of healing. We recognize that there may be unintended effects along the way - just as there are in the allopathic version of a medicine. But that is part of the human condition, and part of the risk taken when new paths are explored.
In other words, we are responsible for taking what seems to us to be the right course on the river, but we do not necessarily have control over where the river winds while finding its destination.
Medicine is an art, as well as science. And no matter how hard we try to force medicine into the box of the Newtonian paradigm, it keeps escaping from that box.
Epigenetics, genetic mutations, environmental changes and pollutants, food quality, and kind - all these things affect each of us differently and may result in different results of therapy for apparently identical conditions in different patients.
That is the essence of Homeopathic and Integrative Medicine.
-  9th Annual Integrative Oncology Training Conference for Acupuncturists, Massage Therapists, and Yoga Teachers. ASCO 2013
-  Sharpe M, Carson A. "Unexplained" somatic symptoms, functional syndromes, and somatization: do we need a paradigm shift? Ann Intern Med. 2001 May 1;134(9 Pt 2):926-30.
-  Pardian GN, Sugiyama H. Strategies To Modulate Heritable Epigenetic Defects in Cellular Machinery: Lessons from Nature. Pharmaceuticals 2013, 6(1), 1-24; doi:10.3390/ph6010001
-  Ho E, Clarket JD, Dashwood RH. Dietary Sulforaphane, a Histone Deacetylase Inhibitor for Cancer Prevention. J Nutr. 2009 December; 139(12): 2393-2396. doi: 10.3945/jn.109.113332
-  CAM = Complementary and Alternative Medicine
-  Ely JW, Osheroff JA et al. A taxonomy of generic clinical questions: classification study. BMJ 2000;321:429.1.
The foundation of Functional Alternative Research, LLC’s science-based alternative medical educational forum is to enable one’s body to restore its healthy balance and eliminate or reduce body malfunctioning from the individual cell to the entire body system. None of us are exempt from illnesses, toxins, genetics, and aging. These refined protocols are presented as rapid repair and rejuvenation remedies for those with serious ailments outside of structured medicine’s reach.
The wellness system offered by Life Health Centers is education-based, i.e., self-healing and restoring wellness through knowledge and the use of specially designed science-based equipment.
The philosophy employed by Life Health Centers in our treatment modalities is simple: we aim to boost the immune system to allow your body to fight illness. Boosting your immune system’s regenerative abilities is the best way to help manage symptoms without the need for a constant reliance on medication.
At Life Health Centers, we believe in combining treatment modalities for the best patient outcomes. The synergy of treatments allows us to take the benefits of all our treatment modalities for managing and treating chronic conditions and to boost their effectiveness.
In short, Life Health Centers trains individuals on how to take control of their health and healing processes and how to have access to the necessary tools to follow through. These modalities can be an affordable and powerful system to enabling one’s body to manage the cures for many illnesses, injuries, and disorders, including cancer and heart disease, rapidly removing chemicals and toxins, and much more. Moreover, this will enable the body to self-repair without toxic chemicals, surgery or significant side effects. Nothing else in the mainstream or alternative medicine market matches this effective, sequentially implemented combination of therapies.
Other serious illnesses and disorders that may show remarkable improvement by use of those modalities of Life Health Centers:
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Autoimmune Conditions
- Bacterial Infections
- Bone Disorders
- Bone Fractures
- Chemical Sensitivity
- Duchenne-Erb Disease
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Heart Disease
- Immunological Conditions
- Joint Disease
- Kidney Problems
- Lung Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Nerve Damage
- Neurological Disorders
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Peripheral Neuritis
- Psychiatric Disorders
- Respiratory Problems
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Sexual Disorders
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Thyroid Disorders
- Tourette’s Syndrome
- Wound Healing
Read research papers related to chronic illnesses and our treatment modalities:
Fever, hyperthermia, and the lung
Normobaric hyperoxygenation a potential neuroprotective therapy for acute ischemic stroke
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Non-Healing Ulcers in Diabetes Mellitus
What Our Patients Are Saying
"Although I was diagnosed with late-stage prostate disease, I felt there had to be a better alternative than surgery, chemotherapy and radiation — with their damaging side effects. And I wanted a treatment program that would allow me to keep the personal and professional commitments I had made, while still dedicating the necessary time to the treatments. LIFE Health Centers allowed me to do that. Their treatment protocols required a substantial time commitment, but they have left me feeling better than I had in years, not worse, and the education and support I have received from the staff are priceless. With their coaching, I am now living an active, healthy lifestyle that is the best protection against any recurrence.
"I have been suffering from Lyme Disease and a myriad of other issues for over five years. I have spent over $30,000 in search of treatments that would make a difference and get my life back. Although many of the treatments helped, I was still not 100% and not able to work full time. Finding the LIFE Health Centers was a dream come true, I am so grateful for their services and sincere desire to help each person get well."
"As Lymies know, we experience something most people are unable to grasp. Coming into Life Health Centers felt like meeting with family, which I had never felt at other clinics—it’s therapeutic. As time passed I started to see massive results neurologically, physically, and in other ways. When my father saw me for the first time since starting treatment, he began to cry. I’ve never seen him cry before, which shows how this disease and my results can break down walls and change relationships. I have seen more changes in three weeks here than in the last ten years combined. Sunshine has entered my life again.”
Orchestra of Treatment Modalities
Most of the modalities at Life Health have a history of remarkable success as solo treatments. However, when presented as concert therapy timed with precision and sequentially managed, these modalities bring about refinements in enzyme reactions that trigger cell hypoxemia and instigate a metabolic process in the body of restoring healthy cell growth. These molecular actions begin immediately once treatment starts — a serious advantage when time is of the essence.
Whole Body Hyperthermia
One of the basic ways our body fights disease naturally is to increase its core temperature through a fever. When the body’s intelligence senses cellular danger or imposition it goes to war through an inflammatory response which sends healing cells like cytokines to the affected area or throughout the entire body; causing heat, redness, and inflammation to an area (like in the case of a sliver) or fever, body aches, chills, etc. (in the case of a virus). This is a perfect way of knowing our body is doing its job and we are on the road to wellness.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF)
At the body’s molecular level, each atom contains outer electrons (valence electrons) that roughly orbit the nucleus in varying paths. An external electromagnetic pulse gives the valence electrons a shove intensifying their action which consequently enhances and improves molecular action.
By influencing the electrons’ orbital trajectory, this effect on the cells greatly increases their chemical reactions. The body can then produce more ATP that gives the necessary energy to the cell enabling the cell to function at a higher capacity.
Enzymes are essential components in your body that work to help your body heal, metabolize, provide energy to cells, and keep your brain functioning at its best. However, enzyme levels can sometimes fall, due to illness, as a symptom of another condition, or other factors.
With exercise, you are able to raise your enzyme levels to compensate for the workout, which according to many studies have the ability to cause an anti-oxidizing effect on your body, as well as improving digestion and other important bodily functions.
IV Therapy is used to deliver nutrients, minerals, and other substances directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the gastrointestinal tract, which is commonly compromised with leaky gut and gut toxicity in many immunocompromised patients.
With leaky gut, even if you are eating the most healthy organic, whole foods autoimmune Paleolithic diet, or even a 100% plant-based vegan diet, you most likely are not assimilating all the nutrients. It’s a myth that everything we eat we assimilate into our cells to help us make hormones, neurotransmitters, and aid our mitochondria (the powerhouse engine of all our cells) make ATP, which is cellular energy.
Per Newton's 2nd Law of Motion, weight is defined as the function of mass times acceleration. At the apogee of a jump, a person is, for a split second, weightless. When that person lands, he/she weighs more than normal (try jumping on a set of scales to verify this).
Vertical vibration of a plate on which you stand duplicates this phenomenon many times a second. Different vibration frequencies affect different parts of the body. But all vibrations affect the lymphatic system, causing lymphatic irrigation, and all the body’s cell walls react positively to the flexing of the cell walls caused by the alternating weightlessness and increased weight.
When blood is thin and fat has changed, now is the time to move carnage and chemicals out of the body. We create this response artificially — all within natural physiological dynamics.
Cancer cells and spirochetes are anaerobes, which means they tolerate only low levels of oxygen and do not thrive in hyperoxygenated environments.
Oxygen therapy is designed to penetrate the body’s cellular pathways in a way that accelerates intra-cellular activity at levels that have not previously been possible. Diseased cells cannot live in an oxygen-rich environment.
Functional Medicine (FM) is the healthcare of the future. It is the combination we are all looking for—educating and empowering you to make lifestyle changes combined with a focus on the cause of the illness, not the symptoms.
Functional medicine is based on the search for the cause of the symptoms or disease, not merely medicating or placing a Band-Aid (medication in this case) over the symptom. Think about this, if your “check engine” light in your car comes on and you put a piece of duck tape over the signal on the dashboard, will the problem go away? Of course not. Down the road, you will pay a lofty price for ignoring the warning signs.
Interestingly enough, many of the symptoms or warning signs of disease are not always obvious or directly correlated. FM addresses this issue by looking at the body holistically—which simply means “as a whole”. We find the real cause, taking into account all extenuating and intrinsic circumstances. Considering the “whole” person, Functional Medicine also works to find homeostasis or balance between mind, body, and spirit.
Next, FM identifies just six triggers or causes of disease:
- Nutritional Deficiency
- Toxic Burden
- Congenital or Genetic (which is much less common than previously thought)
All of these contribute to the way our immune system functions, which can be up-regulated causing autoimmune responses, or down-regulated limiting our ability to fight disease.
Our Functional Medicine approach includes a plethora of testing and diagnostic options not usually offered by your conventional practitioner, as well as a nutritional-based and energetic approach to restoring cellular function in the body.
Where Results Matter
Life Health and Research Center is the world leader in the use of whole-body hyperthermia for the treatment of Lyme Disease and Cancer. Our integrative treatment protocol is designed to naturally modulate your immune system with research-based integrative medical modalities to patients diagnosed with serious and complex medical conditions. At Life Health, our global technologies and personalized, proprietary treatments give way to science-based treatment options that help our patients outperform.