Integrative, Complimentary and Alternative Medicines
The following definitions and examples are from NCCAM — “NCCAM is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on CAM. (Complementary & Alternative Medicine). NCCAM’s mission is to explore complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, train CAM researchers, and disseminate authoritative information to the public and professionals.
Complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine. An example of a complementary therapy is using aromatherapy. A therapy in which the scent of essential oils from flowers, herbs, and trees is inhaled to promote health and well-being to help lessen a patient’s discomfort following surgery.
Alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine. An example of an alternative therapy is using a special diet to treat cancer instead of undergoing surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy that has been recommended by a conventional doctor.
Integrative Medicine combines treatments from conventional medicine and CAM for which there is some high-quality evidence of safety and effectiveness. It is also called integrated medicine. An approach to medicine that combines treatments from conventional medicine and CAM for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness.”
I have seen NCCAM‘s information grow in the last year and highly recommend it as a place to go and find out about different approved techniques to heal pain and illness.
ARTICLES on CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
The National Library of Medicine is a wonderful resource for reading the latest articles on Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
The most comprehensive site I have found on the benefits/dangers of herbs is The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Mercola is all about Natural Health. I subscribe to his newsletters which have countless articles of importance. I also wrote about him and showed his video early on in “Prescription Drugs Numb Pain but do Not Heal Pain“.
Dr. Nicole Sundene is a naturopath with a WONDERFUL Blog, “Kitchen Table Medicine” where she dispels myths and tells you what herbs, foods and SKILLS will REALLY help you to heal or stay healthy.
To Find Doctors/Centers in Your Area of Interest for Treatment
American Association of Oriental Medicine (AAOM)
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
American Chiropractic Association
American Holistic Medical Association
American Institute of Homeopathy (AIH)
International Society for the Studies of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine
National Center for Homeopathy (NCH)
National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine
Personal Development Sites:
Wow — I cannot even begin to list the sites that have influenced me… that might have to be a whole OTHER post…. I have referenced some here and some of my other favorites are Tim Brownson of “A Daring Adventure“, Akemi of “Yes to Me“, Jennifer Abbott of “Principles for Peace” and Evelyn Lim of “Attraction Mind Map“.
There are also sites that have a whole collection of people that offer advice and helpful information:
I have written about Personal Development Partners many times with good reason. Aaron Potts of “Today is That Day” started PDP for people interested in personal development to have a place to meet with other like minded people. I met the members of my Mastermind Group through here as well as many other remarkable people. You can feel free to go here and post questions and get many kind and smart responses. I cannot thank Aaron enough for creating this incredible place.
Self Growth is another site I have mentioned quite a bit. I met Camille Strait, Andrea Leake, Dr. Judith Orloff, Karin Hiebert and many other inspirational people on self growth. You can go here to find articles on just about anything having to do with natural health, well being, success or personal development. It is also a n informative place to go to browse whatever means of healing you are interested in and find people that you want to learn more from. Each person has samples of their writing, videos and you can find experts on everything from EFT ,meditation, Goal Setting, Happiness, Hypnosis and MUCH more.
Sites to Check out
I am now affiliated with a few sites that are just incredible and I am humbled to be a part of them. My blog posts are featured on all of the below:
Wellsphere‘s summary on WHO they are is as follows; “Wellsphere builds online healthy living communities that help people ‘Get active, Eat better and Unwind’. Wellsphere’s groundbreaking platform works by connecting each member with local health and wellness resources, classes and activities that match their unique interests and goals, and with the personalized advice and social support they need to sustain healthy habits.”.
Wellsphere is so much more. Wellsphere also has you set goals and rewards for yourself and gives you a place to track goals. Wellsphere also offers a free service you can use with any cell phone called Wellphone that can send you reminders via ANY cellphone. Below is a video of the Wellphone being featured on NBC News:
I have my weight loss goal up at Wellsphere and I am rewarding myself with a “girl’s night out” when I lose that “last 10 pounds”. They offer the ability to have team members remind you as well as your cell phone and the incentives to keep you on track!
My blog is also now featured on ABS NEWS ON CALL for Pain Management. They have a comprehensive site where you can ask questions about pain and receive live answers from nurses standing by. You can also look at many videos and get an unlimited amount of information on living with or treating pain.
Last but not least you can check out where to find a doctor or check symptoms there is Health Care.com. Here you can find out which doctors will accept your insurance, are recommended as well as browse countless health blogs. You can also find out what kind of doctor you are looking for based on symptoms. This site is not totally holistic but has some wonderful holistic doctors listed as well as chiropractors and acupuncturists and other specialists in natural healing.
Real Stories for Inspiration
There is nothing more motivating than hearing from someone that you can relate to that they did exactly what you are hoping to do. I am honored and privileged to be a part of the first book out, “Living the Law of Attraction” that has over 50 stories of real people who applied the Law of Attraction to their lives and changed forever. The forward is done by Bob Doyle of “The Secret” who also has the free “Boundless Living Challenge” going on right now. It also has Marie Diamond of “The Secret” behind it. The people that put it together; Rich German and Robin Hoch are spectacular. I was on the launch call and this book has some truly amazing stories in it that will keep you inspired no matter if your goal is physical healing, weight loss, financial, spiritual, emotional or relational. I am sure to do a whole post on this book soon but couldn’t write a post of resources without mentioning this incredible collection. I am also for a limited time giving out a free copy of “Living the Law of Attraction: Real Stories of People Manifesting Health, Wealth and Happiness” for people that sign up for my coaching program with me as their Mind Body Connection Mentor. You can email me at email@example.com for more information and read about my Paging Me System here.
Okay I think that’s enough to get you all started! Remember that we are constantly learning more about how the mind affects the body. Most people have some healing (whether it be emotional or physical) to do in their own lives and it is my hope these resources can help you on your path.