Alternative medicine goes mainstream in the uS.
About a month ago, she went to Estores, who prescribed botanical supplements, including selenium and seaweed containing iodine. Duffy tolerates the combination well.
“I was so lucky to find a doctor like her. I want to try everything first that’s not invasive, but regular doctors do not understand about supplements, and few believe in meditation and yoga,” said Duffy, a Brazilian native who has practised yoga, meditation and tai chi for decades.
That acceptance will likely increase as, across Florida, more medical students are being trained in the emerging field of integrative medicine.
This fall, Estores will teach a course on the subject to fourth-year UF medical students.
At UCF’s College of Medicine, Dr Lisa Barkley, assistant dean for diversity and inclusion, said, “We teach our medical students to incorporate complementary methods into their care plans along with more traditional approaches. It’s important they understand other perspectives, alternatives and cultures.”
Ricci is grateful for the philosophical shift. After her double mastectomy in December 2011, the business analyst and mother of three grown daughters experienced painful muscle spasms and skin tightening around her chest and back.
She took pain medication and muscle relaxants but didn’t want to become dependent on pills. “I was pretty miserable,” she said. “The muscles were so tight through my breast and back that it was a struggle to
Alternative remedy: Kim ricci relaxes with acupuncture needles in her ear while receiving a treatment. ricci, a breast cancer survivor, started acupuncture to relieve pain after a recommendation from her oncologist. — MCT