Al­ter­na­tives to Medicine

Alternative Medicine - - Publisher’s Letter -

Im­mune Sys­tem



The Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health (NIH) re­cently re­leased a re­port on well­ness re­lated to com­mon com­ple­men­tary health ap­proaches. The re­port fo­cused on se­lected well­ness-re­lated rea­sons for us­ing nat­u­ral prod­uct sup­ple­ments, yoga, and spinal ma­nip­u­la­tion. The NIH found that yoga ap­pears to of­fer the best per­ceived ben­e­fits among th­ese three prac­tices.

Th­ese find­ings are in­ter­est­ing but not sur­pris­ing. Un­like tak­ing a sup­ple­ment or see­ing a chi­ro­prac­tor, prac­tic­ing yoga is a life­style change and—there­fore—will have broader ben­e­fits. Yoga fo­cuses not only on ex­er­cise, but also on reliev­ing stress, which is a sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor in im­prov­ing health. Ap­prox­i­mately 82 per­cent of the yoga par­tic­i­pants in the NIH study be­lieved that their over­all health had im­proved be­cause of yoga and 67 per­cent felt bet­ter men­tally. Most im­por­tant, how­ever, is that 86 per­cent of the yoga prac­ti­tion­ers claimed they felt a re­duc­tion in stress. Other ben­e­fits from yoga in­cluded bet­ter sleep and mak­ing health­ier food choices. For more in­for­ma­tion about the study, visit al­ter­na­tive-medicin­, and click on “Health News.”

When Al­ter­na­tive Medicine mag­a­zine was launched, th­ese “al­ter­na­tive” modal­i­ties were prac­ticed on the fringe of the health­care mar­ket. Now we see in­te­gra­tive prac­tices among many tra­di­tional health­care providers. The con­tin­ued growth of func­tional medicine, holis­tic medicine, and tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine in­di­cates that more pa­tients are in­ter­ested in al­ter­na­tive treat­ments. As pa­tients, we un­der­stand that we are re­spon­si­ble for our well­ness, and we make life­style choices to sup­port our health.

We also un­der­stand that what we eat sig­nif­i­cantly af­fects a healthy life­style. At Al­ter­na­tive Medicine, we em­brace or­ganic food, sup­port trans­parency in la­bel­ing, and ques­tion the safety of GMOs. Food is the most pow­er­ful medicine avail­able to heal chronic dis­ease. All you need to do is eat your medicine and think of your gro­cery store as your phar­macy!

Th­ese con­sid­er­a­tions lead me to a ques­tion I have pon­dered for nearly a year: Are the top­ics we cover in this mag­a­zine re­ally “al­ter­na­tive medicine,” or are they “al­ter­na­tives to medicine?” Per­haps the lat­ter is the best way to de­scribe our mag­a­zine. Diet, life­style, and en­vi­ron­ment are all top­ics we cover on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. We en­cour­age read­ers to em­brace a healthy life­style, ques­tion their health­care prac­ti­tion­ers, and be­come ed­u­cated health­care con­sumers.

Thank you for your sup­port in 2015. We hope you found at least one ar­ti­cle in our mag­a­zine to help im­prove your health. Please share your thoughts with our team by email­ing ed­i­[email protected] al­ter­na­ or vis­it­ing our Face­book page.

Happy Hol­i­days!

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