Four Myths About Holistic Medicine Debunked!

While ignorance may be bliss in some arenas, ignorance about holistic medicine could mean you are missing out on the significant health benefits that it offers.

I have to admit being one of those who’ve harbored misconceptions about the practice of holistic or alternative medicine and therapies. Luckily for me, I happened to come across a DVD-based education program offered by The Center for Healing Arts, which offers a unique way to learn more about this mysterious practice in the comfort and privacy of your own home. These DVDs helped me not only to explore for myself the truth behind many of the most common misconceptions but also opened my eyes to the wisdom of holistic health philosophies that have been in existence for centuries.

To all of you who still believe that holistic therapies are a crazy fad practiced only by desperate people and weird people; this article looks at the truth behind some of the myths surrounding holistic care. For those of you who want the -Whole Truth and nothing but the Truth’ beyond the 4 myths examined in this article, learn from the carefully selected expert healing arts practitioners offered on The Center for Healing Arts film sessions by simply becoming a member of their DVD series. Over time you’ll have the information and guidance to go in-depth, find your own way and find what’s right for you.

Myth #1- People who use holistic therapies are either ignorant or desperate

Nothing could not be further from the truth! A 2005 study by the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences estimated that 15 million adults take herbal remedies and/or vitamins in conjunction with their prescriptions. Moreover, at least one-third of American adults reported having used at least one type of complementary or alternative medicine in their lifetime. These adults were neither ignorant nor desperate; they just strongly believed in the power of alternative medicine.

Myth #2- Holistic health care is steeped in evil. It is the stuff of witch doctors and the occult.

This misconception is typical of a society that has been taught to rebuke and fear native and indigenous cultures where the original medicines of the earth originated. While many holistic practices were founded by those of the Buddhist, Hindu or other belief systems, it is important to remember that in ancient cultures the native shamans and spiritual leaders were often the most well educated members of society. Further, these holistic methods are founded on the concept of creating harmony of the mind, body and spirit. This makes the fact that they were tied to their culture’s spiritual belief system much more easy to understand.

Myth #3- Holistic medicine is just a fad that will eventually just fade away.

Firstly, -holistic medicine- is an umbrella term that is typically used in the west to encompass a large number of methods that share the common bond of working to harmonize the mind, body and spirit into one health and whole being. It is important to note that as many as 90% of the people in the world are using holistic and other -alternative- methods for their health care. The majority of these methods are derived from centuries-old healing practices around the globe. The western idea that these methods are a fad is based on the fact that these methods are new to us. Make no mistake about it- holistic medicine is neither new, nor a fad.

Myth #4- I’m too old to try holistic medicine

Age should never be an excuse when it comes to embarking on a new adventure, especially when that very something has the potential to improve your health & quality of life and increase your lifespan! Some holistic practices – like Yoga for instance – require very little dexterity from beginners and can actually improve your overall flexibility faster and more easily than you might have imagined. Don’t ever let your age limit your desire to learn – to stop learning is to stop living. Regardless of what you may believe, old dogs can- and do- learn new tricks!

Ultimately, the best way to separate the myth from the reality of holistic medicine is to explore and educate yourself so that you can make your own decisions. The truth is that you simply cannot afford to revoke your own inner guidance relating to the health and well being of yourself and your family to anyone else. In my opinion, the in-depth series offered by The Center for Healing Arts is an incomparable resource for beginner and expert alike to drink the refreshing waters offered by heart centered healing arts practitioners steeped and anchored in ancient esoteric wellness traditions. Exposure to a wide range of healing arts modalities over time allows you to find what resonates most with you and the confidence to follow your own path toward overall health. Keep debunking any internal myths that prevent you from following your heart’s health desires.

Alternative, Integrated, Holistic, Complimentary Vs. Orthodox Medicine History Repeats.

Webster defines orthodox as adhering to what is commonly accepted, customary, or traditional. Today, 36 U.S. teaching hospitals are pushing the orthodox envelope to blend complimentary medicine with traditional care. No longer treated like unwanted relatives, this is the largest growing area of medicine. Hundreds of thousands of scientific studies are published annually, with millions of people receiving such treatments for back and neck pain, common colds, anxiety, depression and even cancer.

Therapies are termed Complementary when used in addition to conventional treatments and Alternative when used instead of conventional treatment. If that isnt sufficiently unclear, either category may include nutritional, holistic, naturopathic, chiropractic, acupuncture, herbal and other forms of medicine. Commonly labeled unconventional or unorthodox by the conservative mainstream, are these approaches valid?

Instead of wholesome foods and natural supplements, we have only drug studies paid for by the drug companies. Big pharma spends tens of thousands of dollars per doctor and $1.8 billion on public advertising to ensure their market is maintained. answers Conrad Maulfair, DO at a recent Integrated Medicine conference. Opinion and economic interests have fashioned what is considered acceptable medical practice.

And so history repeats. Consider Claudius Galen, a Greek doctor who lived in the second century AD, Galen spent his lifetime in observation of the human body and its functioning. He performed extensive research and dissections to better understand the functions of the body. After he died, serious anatomical and physiological research ground to a halt. Orthodox medicine believed that everything there was to be said on the subject had been said. Although very enlightened for his time, Galen made certain serious mistakes mistaken ideas which medical experts upheld centuries.

For nearly 1400 years, orthodox medical experts followed Galens teachings that the tides of the blood sloshed back and forth through the body, passing through the heart, where it was mixed with air, by pores in the septum. The lungs were responsible for moving the blood around the body. In 1628 William Harvey, an English doctor and researcher, published his findings that the heart, not the lungs, circulated the blood through a closed system of veins and arteries. His research notes first show this finding as early as 1615. Although a respected member of the Royal Medical Academy, Harvey waited 13 years, until 1628, to publish his findings. He closes his findings with the statement Farewell, most worthy Doctors, and think kindly of your Anatomist. His findings were never accepted during his lifetime, rather he was broadly attacked.

Why on Earth did the Galenic model last almost 1,400 years? It was obviously baseless. Many anatomists, including the great Leonardo da Vinci, Andreas Vesalius a respected Belgian anatomist, and others had failed to find holes in the intraventricular septum for well over 200 years before Harvey. In fact, it seems certain that these were never even found by Galen; these anomalies, however, did not seem to trouble the faithful! No one dared challenge popular opinion.

One important school of thought has withstood centuries of research. Considered the Father of Medicine, Hippocrates of Cos II made lasting contributions. The Hippocratic school held that all illness was the result of an imbalance in the body.When the four humours, blood, black bile, yellow bile and phlegm, were not in balance, a person would become sick and remain that way until the balance was somehow restored. Hippocrates or his students hold the earliest recorded use of vitamin C (citrus) to address the common cold.

Today, an integrated, holistic approach to healing recognizes that the emotional, mental, spiritual and physical elements of each person comprise a system. Working with this systems approach, Dr. Maulfair treats the cause of an illness rather than just the symptoms. Services at Maulfair Medical Center focus on integrating complimentary and alternative medical approaches, rather than drug-oriented medicine with its emphasis on pharmaceutical drugs. Clients of Maulfair Medical Centers comprehensive programs regain their quality of life by restoring their health balance.
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Medicines And Drugs Used In Amoebiasis

Amoebiasis is a worldwide disease, particularly common in tropical countries and places where public hygiene and sanitation are poor. Amoebic infection is caused by an organism, Entamoeba histolytica (EH) which usually spreads through contaminated food and water. Since the causative organism of amoebiasis derives its nutrition from the normal bacterial flora of the large intestine, the latter is the chief site of infection. However, in some cases it may spread to other organs of the body, liver being the most susceptible to infection. Based on the site of the infection, the disease has been divided into intestinal and extra-intestinal amoebiasis.

Intestinal Amoebic Infection: During the acute phase of intestinal amoebiasis the patient may have loose motions, with or without mucus and blood, besides griping pain in the abdomen which may be severe at the time of evacuation. In chronic amoebiasis, a patient may complain of a dull pain in the lower abdomen, alternate constipation and diarrhoea, foul smell in the stools, formation of gases, and loss of appetite. Some people with amoebic infection may remain symptom-free or experience little discomfort but they may pass cysts in their stools (free cyst passers) and are potential carriers of the disease which spread it to others.

Extra-intestinal Infection: This amoebiasis infection is usually associated with a previous history of intestinal amoebiasis. When the liver is involved, the patient ‘may have pain in the right upper abdomen, fever, sweating, loss of weight, and anaemia.

Importance of Diet: Successful treatment of amoebiasis depends both on drugs and on proper diet and good hygiene. For quick recovery it is best to eat a protein-rich, low-roughage and lowcarbohydrate diet. Use of clean drinking water and avoidance of contamination are important.

Drugs for Intestinal Amoebiasis

The drugs used in treating amoebiasis can be divided into three categories according to their effectiveness.

Metronidazole (Flagyl, Metrogyl, Unimezol)

This is a drug of choice in all forms of amoebiasis except in asymptomatic cyst carriers. Since most of it is absorbed in the intestines, another drug which acts in intestinal amoebiasis should be used along with it to avoid relapse and to eradicate the disease. It is given in a dose of 400 to 800 mg, 3 times a day, for 10 days.

Adverse Effects: The incidence of adverse effects is low and include nausea, an unpleasant metallic taste in the mouth, a furry tongue, ulcers in the mouth, loss of appetite, distress, and pain in the abdomen. Sometimes it may affect nerves and may, in rare cases, cause convulsions. Depression of the bone marrow may lead to a short lasting fall in white blood cell count. A relapse can occur if the full course is not taken.

Precautions

Alcohol consumption should be avoided with this drug as it causes a severe reaction leading to vomiting and flushing. Also avoid its use during initial months of pregnancy.

Those suffering from epilepsy or any other nervous system disorder should avoid it.

It depresses the bone marrow. White blood cell count must be monitored by those taking the drug repeatedly.

Ayurveda, Still The Most Trusted In The Medicine World

Ayurveda, the ancient Indian treatment is well known as one of the major systems of alternative medicine. The treatment is based on usage of indigenous herbs. In the recent while, the interest in Ayurevda has been on a rise. In the past, it was considered as being truly undeserving to be called as a medicinal system, due to lack of lab trials. But, times have changed and now is taken more seriously with various researches on ayurvedic herbs that are used as medicines being conducted.

Recognised by World Health Organisation, Ayurveda is certified by the Government of India as well. The holistic healing approach that it follows is more than just mind-body sync, it aims at achieving overall good health inclusive of emotional and spiritual aspects as well. Unlike other medicinal systems which rely on medicines, Ayurveda treatment takes a slight different turn. The treatment combines herbs, yoga, exercises and dietary changes to treat disease on a holistic base.

Though mainly considered as totally harmless, Ayurveda does has its share of side effects. Alike everything which in excess causes harm, ayurvedic herbs if exceeded more than recommended can do harm. Consider the case of Garlic bulb. When consumed in excess amount, garlic is observed to cause post- operation bleeding. If consumed on empty stomach, the side effects include vomit and chest burn. Odour problem is another issue with excess garlic consumption. Another in the list is licorice root. Far too consumption can result into swelling of hand and feet due to water accumulation. Use of excess licorice should be avoided specially in cases of high blood pressure.

Obesity is a major trouble for masses around the globe. Modern day health care systems still have not been of much use to many and is slowly being replaced by Ayurveda for cure. The major thing working in favour of ayurvedic healing are the effective results. Practitioners offer treatment based on the assessment of different body types. Importance is given to achieve overall health, which often is neglected in conventional treatment for troubling obesity. The Ayurveda treatment may vary from each person, yet, the basic objective is overall healing.

Ayurveda massages are known to facilitate blood circulation, which helps in fresh and regular supply to tissues functioning in the body. Massages cure the problems of insomnia, high and low blood pressure, ulcers, disorders of urinary bladder and kidney. Ayurveda massage therapy is mainly known for the rejuvenating spirit it incites.

Assumable Mortgages In Lethbridge, Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, And Medicine Hat Alberta-00-3190

Robert May, Lethbridge Realtor & Mortgage broker

MYTH – Assumable Mortgages Are No Longer Available in Alberta
False But qualification may be required.

A mortgage in Alberta is a covenant that attaches itself to the land and stays there, even if the ownership
of the land changes. In this sense, mortgages are assumable. Albertas Law of Property Act makes the province unique from the rest of Canada in that the lenders recourse against the defaulting individual is limited to high ratio mortgages. However, most mortgages in Alberta, whether conventional or highratio, contain a due on sale clause stating that if the mortgagor transfers the property to a new owner, the lender has the right to require the new owner to qualify or the right to declare the mortgage due in full. There is nothing in Alberta legislation that prohibits lending institutions from enforcing this clause, although a sound reason for rejecting a buyer (i.e. poor credit, adverse terms of sale, mortgage in default, indications of mortgage fraud, etc.) is required.

Whether or not the buyer has adequate financing or is willing to engage
in legal proceedings to force the bank to allow the assumption to proceed
is another story. Robert May has significant first hand experience both assuming mortgages and allowing mortgages to be assumed. “As long as you know what you are doing and have expert advice, assumable mortgages can be a great opportunity.” according to Lethbridge real estate expert Robert May of LethbridgeLoans.com

Risks
There are several risks involved with mortgage assumption for both the
buyer and the seller. The borrower (seller) and anyone who assumes the
mortgage, are personally liable for any deficiency suffered by the bank,
should default occur on a high ratio mortgage. Another problem is that
the principal balance of the assumed mortgage displayed in the Finance Schedule and the Purchase Contract is only an approximate figure and may be understated. Buyers should also be wary of assuming cash-back mortgages which typically have higher interest rates and penalties for pay outs prior to maturity. Cash-back mortgages offer a compelling reason for the lender to enforce a due on sale clause, due to the large profits that can result. “Do not allow your mortgage to be assumed without proper expert advice”, says Lethbridge Real Estate expert Robert May.

If you are seeking new mortgage financing, Lethbridge mortgage and real estate expert Robert May of Verico Canada First Mortgage is available to help. Contact him directly at www.LethbridgeRealEstateBlog.com for personalized and confidential service.