Explanation of Integrative Medicine

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Functional Medicine: One of the most rapidly expanding fields of Medicine

In 2014, with the World Wide Web of information at our fingertips, considering the convenience, variety and reliance of knowledge available to the average individual, there is little excuse for remaining in total darkness about much of anything imaginable. This would surely include the opportunity and ability to arm ourselves with enough health facts and medical data to finally and adequately be our own best health advocate.

Thankfully, gone are the days we would enter the Dr's office, merely able to point to where it hurt and tell our family physician how long we had been feeling poorly, adding only that everything we've tried has given no relief. There we sat, concerned, helpless and at the mercy of this person with a stethoscope around his neck. We simply had little to add to the examination and even less ability to understand the medical language being spoken.

Things have changed. Not only in terms of being an active participant in describing our symptoms, using accurate terminology for various parts of our anatomy, but we have a fairly good grasp on any treatments, tests and medications our doctor may discuss with us. This has created a huge improvement in Doctor-patient relationships and overall advantages to our health care. This is especially evident in the practice of Preventative Health programs.

Medical Doctors, family Physicians, Internists, general Practitioners as well as Specialists in numerous fields, have begun to accept and recommend the inclusion of alternative therapies in combination with traditional medicine. It's about time. In fact, as many believe, this is overdue.

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Many patients describe acupuncture as, "Magic."
Many patients describe acupuncture as, "Magic." | Source
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Chock full of nutrients...plus fiber

Inside Each of us is Perfect Health

Integrative or Functional Medicine combines traditional and alternative (aka holistic or complimentary) medical therapies as well as investigation of the complex effects of nutrition on disease and health. These therapies include but are not limited to a combination of traditional therapies and Electro-acupuncture, Botanicals, Chinese Medicine, Arurvedic Medicine, Energy Medicine, Meditation, Hypnotherapy and Nutritional Analysis.

All of the old adages we've heard repeated for years are quite true. "We are what we eat. "An apple a day......" "Moderation in all things" ....the list goes on. The American consumer has become much smarter when choosing the healthier, fresher foods and avoiding sugars, too much fat, high salt content and heaven forbid, artificial flavoring and color! They are filling their grocery carts with fresh, organically grown fruits and vegetables, wholesome grains sugar-free and trans-fat-free products.

Does this all really matter in terms of our overall health condition? In study after study of the American diet and it's effects on the human body in every age bracket, those people armed with the knowledge and nutritional facts on purchasing, storing, preparing and consuming food products, showed stunning results. This enlightened group suffered 55% fewer common ailments, 48% fewer critical illnesses and 40% fewer catastrophic disease over a period of a year, when compared to those with a haphazard dietary program. Those are impressive numbers..

When your doctor recommends you see a Nutritionist, pay attention and follow through. Should your Dr. neglect to do this and you feel it is a wise move, find one on your own and make an appointment. You have the right as well as the responsibility to take steps to guard your own health.

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We Like to Move it, Move it......Physical Activity

If asked to make a list of some benefits to our bodies and overall feeling of wellness achieved through frequent exercise, what do you think you'd include on that list? Would you mention the boost to your circulatory system and agility of range of motion? What of the spring in your step and improved posture? Perhaps you've trimmed down a bit and become more compact.....maybe feel your strength has greatly increased. Let's not forget less joint discomfort and muscle stiffness. If you jotted all of these down on that list, you'd be absolutely correct and given more time to think about this, would come up with several more benefits.

Whatever your reasons (excuses) are for not exercising on a regular basis for at least, 15 continuous minutes, toss out those reasons! Snap out of the fog, get off the couch, make a commitment to yourself and Just Do It! There will be no regrets ever, for this wise decision.

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Supplements: Vitamins Minerals, Chinese Herbs

How can we know if we have a good balance of vitamins and minerals in our system to achieve optimum energy and vitality? What if we notice some hair loss, a dullness to our complexion or perhaps dry, scaly patches of skin? Providing these are minor issues and you're experiencing no other troublesome symptoms in addition, most of these can be repaired and/or cleared up by adding supplemental products to our daily routine.

This can easily be done with a little independent research, using authenticated articles via the internet and any number of books on the subject written by Holisitc Practitioners, Professional Health Experts and other Certified Clinicians. If you feel you need to consult a Holistic Professional, by all means, go for it.

Chinese Herbalists are a whole other group of experts, who are wonderful diagnosticians. These talented individuals have dedicated many years to extensive and continual study of Herbal remedies and mix their own specially made prescriptions for specific health issues and individual clients. Needless to add, this can get costly.

However, just a word to the wise. A little money spent on the maintenance of our health and toward the concept of prevention, is cash well spent now, in comparison to possible future and astronomical Medical bills.

The Birth of Manipulation/Magnetism Therapy. Current Use and Success.

Franz Anton Mesmer, 1734 -1815, was a German Physician who ultimately came to be referred to as the Father of Hypnosis. Derived from his surname, we acquired the term, "mesmerize," meaning to create a fixed and trance-like condition in a person.

Throughout history and still today, hypnosis is used in hands-on therapy to assist in any number of mental/emotional related issues pertaining to the human psyche and the use of the power of suggestion. Hypnotherapists have been consulted by individuals hoping to achieve the appropriate level of hypnotic stage conducive to powerful suggestion upon the conscious and sub-conscious state of mind. Just a few of the numerous areas that can and have been treated by hypnosis are smoking cessation, control of phobias, weight loss and general relaxation focused on stress-related problems.

Hypnosis sessions have been used quite successfully on victims of crimes and/or severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, to assist the client with recalling details of an event, such as faces, colors and particular words or numbers associated with a scenario.. Many documented legal cases of victims being able to recall the sight, sound and smell of an attacker have led to the ultimate discovery of crime suspects. Hypnosis is a powerful tool within Integrative medicine when done properly by an experienced, accredited Hypnotherapist.

Feel free to dig deeper into the study of Functional Medicine. For now, you have a fairly inclusive study of the basics of what is Integrative Medicine. This should encourage you to set up a reasonable program to discuss with your Dr and enough information to know how to collaborate with him/her to insure the very healthiest outcome for you now and into the future of your long and productive life.

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fpherj48 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

This is wonderful, Jewels. These types pf clinics are spreading and fast becoming a welcomed alternative to conventional medicine. At the very least, people are understanding the incredible benefits to holistic concepts in terms of optimum health.

It only stands to reason and makes common sense that we should combine both orthodox and integrative medicine in terms of both preventative and curative results. We will see more and more naturalistic practitioners working in conjunction with mainstream medicine and proving once and for all that patients have a clear choice.

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Jewels 2 months ago from Australia

I have a dermatologist friend in Houston who has just started up an integrative clinic. For years she has serviced the hospital system and is applying her holistic knowledge in a private practice.

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fpherj48 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hello dear Ruby.....I find older hubs that I missed every single day. I try to keep up but I fail miserably.

Glad you found this interesting and I'm sure the video impressed you. That woman really blew me away! Our eating habits so have a huge impact on most all aspects of our well-being. I have a close friend in the Holistic Field. I'll share a secret he told me.

He claims that Yes, what we eat & drink is very important, we should take extra care to AVOID certain things. There's a long list of Official "No-No's" and most of us instinctively know what most of them are....like: Over-salting, avoiding refined sugars, trans-fats, prepared foods loaded with sodium and preservatives. For me, when I keep that simple stuff in mind, I feel I'm in good shape without sacrificing or denying myself! Thanks for visiting, Ruby-girl! Hugs, Paula

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always exploring 2 months ago from Southern Illinois

I do not know how I missed this? I must have not been following you two years ago. I'm so glad you shared it again in the feed forum. I watched the video and was blown away by her transition from a wheelchair to walking and all through her diet. I just started on organic honey for my allergies. I do eat healthy, but I do not eat that much greens. I do eat a lot of fruit and fish. I am a firm believer that we are what we eat. Thanks again for sharing this very informative hub.

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fpherj48 5 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Yes, Jay. I do believe I was aware of this about Cayce. I have read a good deal about him and his special gifts.

Thanks for stopping by and showing interest in my work. Peace, Paula

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Jay C OBrien 5 months ago from Houston, TX USA

Edgar Cayce has been called the "sleeping prophet," the "father of holistic medicine," and the most documented psychic of the 20th century. For more than 40 years of his adult life, Cayce gave "readings" to thousands of seekers while in an unconscious state. The majority of Edgar Cayce's readings deal with holistic health and the treatment of illness.

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fpherj48 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Alicia...Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comment. For the past 10 years, I have taken integrative medicine much more seriously than I had in the past. I've experienced numerous benefits.

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AliciaC 13 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is an interesting and thought provoking hub, Paula! Preventative medicine is so important. Thank you for sharing all the information and great suggestions.

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fpherj48 15 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Obviously I agree totally with your wise comment. Thanks for the visit! Please stop by anytime. Enjoy the week-end. Paula

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Peggy W 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

I think that integrating both types of medicine is the best of both worlds. We should all take an active roll in our own personal health and be as best informed as possible. More people are paying attention to holistic methods as compared to the past. Of course in other cultures that has been the norm for a long time. We should integrate what works no matter where it originates. Excellent hub! Happy to share.

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fpherj48 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

peach......I am thoroughly convinced there are benefits to including integrative medicine in our health care, along with orthodox methods.

It is especially vital in being proactive and helping to prevent some illnesses... Thank you for your comment.

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peachpurple 17 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i think it is time to make some changes with the medications, wee had relytng on dr meds too long

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fpherj48 20 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Good for you Catherine, for being on top of things as well as agreeable to make changes. I feel confident what you hear and/or read regarding Red Yeast Rice will be all positive. Several people I know switched from statins to RYR...and all of them experienced the significant decrease of LDL. It's not a coincidence!

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CatherineGiordano 20 months ago from Orlando Florida

I'm going to ask my doctor about the Red Yeast rice.

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CatherineGiordano 20 months ago from Orlando Florida

It seems statins were raising my blood sugar. I discussed it with my doctor, stopped taking statins, and lowered both cholesterol and blood sugar with exercise.

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fpherj48 20 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thanks, Au fait. Obviously I agree. Good to see you!

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Au fait 20 months ago from North Texas

Sometimes there are better solutions than a magic pill. And why take the pill anyway if it isn't really needed? Glad to learn that some doctors are getting more open minded and willing to try more natural treatments.

Well written as always.

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fpherj48 20 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Actually Catherine, most people (who maintain a healthy diet & eating plan) do supply their bodies with the appropriate nutrition. There are exceptions since we are all so different. I feel lucky to have the PCP I have because she is very agreeable to Integrative Medicine. For instance, she & I thoroughly discussed my refusal to take a statin & agreed I would take Red Yeast Rice for 3 months straight, instead. The results were amazing and exactly what I had hoped to prove to her. My LDL lowered considerably for the first time in years. The pharmacuetical companies don't like people like me, that's for sure, but I couldn't care less what those thieves think!

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CatherineGiordano 20 months ago from Orlando Florida

I try to use holistic medicine as much as possible, but I also try to stay away from fads. I only take vitamins as a supplement if my doctor recommends them. I believe you get enough vitamins from food. It gets tricky sometimes.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

You got that right Sister Tillie! (and I don't mean to imply you're a NUN!) LOL.......Glad to hear you're going to go the Red Yeast Rice route. NOTE: Get capsules....not pills. The pills are HUGE and if you chew them they're very BITTER! My Dr. was duly impressed that I was able to lower my bad cholesterol without the damned poison she had prescribed. I've read far too much negativity on statins.

I will take necessary meds of course. However, those that can be substituted with same or better results (and no fears of serious side effects) why NOT go the alternate?

Believe it or not Til, I can get through a hub now and then without injecting my infamous humor. It's tough but I know I have to do it now and then.!! LOL Love ya girl.

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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

What? A serious Paula? This is scary GF. Your hub here is so true and laden with good information. Certainly a departure but then, not, as you've written many serious hubs. The thing is, no matter what you write we benefit! I'm going to buy some Red Yeast Rice capsules and tweak the diet. Who said these were the Golden Years? I think they're the Golden Years for our doctors!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida

fpherj48- Great article, and right down my lane of interest.

In fact, I have a book on Amazon called The Retro-Survivalist that espouses just such methods of treating our health problems.

Voted UP and Interesting. And of course Shared!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hi cam...thanks so much for visiting and the very nice comment. I've been known to research for months and perhaps go to extremes to substitute an Rx with a more natural solution if at all possible. IMHO, there are FAR too many pharmacueticals that will kill us while allegedly healing us.

FYI....I refused to take a "statin" drug after suffereing with side effects only to find my cholesterol readings didn't budge. After a bit of work, I started taking Red Yeast Rice capsules daily. During my next blood work analysis, My Dr. said she was "pleased" that my bad cholesterol was significantly lowered (due to what she believed were the statins)....I smiled big and said, "Doc, have I got a surprise education for you!".....Fortunately she is good natured.

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cam8510 2 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

I've been hearing more and more about integrative medicine on the Philadelphia public radio station. This will actually make us healthier, not simply feel better. Excellent, informative article. Thanks for sharing with us.

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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

LOL! so....an article about chocolate is a vegetable! well that sounds great to me, even if you did write it, the idea must have just popped into your mind, so its got to be right hasn't it? LOL!

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

You're a very good girl, Miss Nell. Eating properly and exercising every day. That in itself is a huge leap to staying healthy. I just read an article that says chocolate is a vegetable. Gobble up, honey! OK....so I wrote the article. Big deal.

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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

I love what I call 'personal or new' medicine, and yes I do exercise every morning, mind you my legs today feel like lead as I did too much this morning! lol! as for eating, well I try to eat the proper stuff, honest I do, but chocolate seems to be the hypnotist in my home! lol! fascinating read, nell

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Not too many people can say that they don't take any medications.. Good for you, Devika. Stay Healthy! Peace, Paula

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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I don't take any medication and try to live an active lifestyle. A very interesting hub with great points to think about here.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Dianna....and that's why you're so lively and beautiful!! Keep smiling.

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teaches12345 2 years ago

Paula, I'm all about alternative medicine mixing with traditional. I take natural supplements, exercise and follow a natural healthy food diet plan. I'm happy to say that so far I'm healthy and keeping the meds at bay.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Pamela...of course A sharp woman like you has known these things for years....which is why you'll be young, healthy and energetic ...and hopefully, still writing your fabulous hubs ...forever. Thanks Pam....always glad to see you. Keep that beautiful smile.

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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States

Paula, This is a fantastic hub as you covered so many aspects of what anyone can do to be healthy or get help. So many people are eating junk, not exercising and therfore not very healthy. The multiple choices you explained were terrific. Awesome hub and shared.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I understand alcohol has MANY medicinal purposes. I know some people who use it as "general anesthesia." .....even as they continue to walk and talk!! Amazing! Most of them are Politicians. LMAO

Breakfastpop 2 years ago

Of course we serve protein shakes. Sometimes we spike them with vodka!

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

ann.....You've got it all down to a perfect science! No worries about you being savvy on healthy and sensible self-maintenance! I'm sure your body thanks you! Thanks for stopping by. Your comments are always valuable.

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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Great message. I use vitamins, cod-liver oil capsules and glucosamine tablets and I know they work because I've had to do without them when I ran out once on holiday! I believe we know our own bodies better than anyone else.

Exercise and laughter are my best medicines. I feel so much better after both these activities and they're usually shared with others so we all benefit!

I would always consult the doctor for something serious but even then it's a two-way conversation these days, thank goodness.

Superb advice! Ann

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Sha.....Your Mom: A Living breathing Billboard for the True Testament of how we can basically Care for our own well being with knowledge, the proper attitude and the will power. You have the best role model. It's unusual too, for someone from your Mom's generation to be that open to alternative methods.

My sister and I pulled our hair with our Mom. She thought her Dr was a GOD and I swear, just followed blindly, no matter what he said or gave her to take!! She certainly wasn't the Lone Ranger......I see this with many many people. It's too bad, really.

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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Paula, my mother always says if you color coordinate your meals you get all the benefits Mother Nature intended. Meaning, add color to your plate. Don't mix starches (whites). For instance, you don't want rice AND potatoes, or pasta AND potatoes. Have a green, yellow or white, red or orange food on your plate in addition to the main attraction.

She also swears by acupuncture. She's been seeing an acupuncturist for over 15 years for high blood pressure and bursitis. She hates taking medication and refuses to do so. Eating properly, being active in her garden, and seeing her acupuncturist when anything goes awry has kept her extremely healthy. At age 76 she's on absolutely no medication whatsoever. She's trim, healthy and beautiful!

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Good...glad to hear it, Sheila...because I don't know how to speak Arabic!

sheilamyers 2 years ago

fpherj: ROFL!!! Having my name mispronounced or spelled incorrectly is nothing new to me. I knew your response was aimed at me.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

pop......seeing you here, reminds me I probably should have announced to our Hub buddies that "The Inn," serves Protein shakes. It does, right?......:)

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breakfastpop 2 years ago

At this point in time we should all be open to a multifaceted approach to medicine and healing. Your hub is important, loaded with fabulous information and commonsense. Voted up, useful, interesting and totally awesome!

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

FA.....You and a growing number of people throughout the Nation. In fact, I seem to encounter people everyday, discussing their acupuncture sessions, where to shop for the best organic veggies, having full-body massage.....It's evident that we are taking better care of ourselves.

THIS is a really good thing! Thanks for stopping by. Always good to hear from you.

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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

You are absolutely right about investing in preventive maintenance now so you can avoid huge bills later on. There's more than just conventional medicine to draw from. I'm open to other options.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

LOL...If anyone could change history.......you can SFAM!

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Oh heck, I had them amend that tradition years ago. I changed history. At least in my family :)

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Please.....I think I may have just opened a can of worms......that's all we need is more "nicknames" for each other! However, GF....."Sheika" suits you well.....Your Highness. Being the daughter of a sheik might get a little hairy. In their culture and tradition, aren't women considered a little less than and "beneath" the treasured MALE?

Well DAMN, girl! I guess we'd have to just SHOW them who the superior sex is!

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

LOL!!! I've been called a Sheika before, I think I just might like it... I also think I want to be a Sheika! But I's rather be a daughter of the Sheik and not his wife and I'd want my own harem starting with Keith and Tim!:)

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Sheika????!!! Sorry, Sheila.....I think I just transformed you into an Arab!! Oops.....that would be YOU, Linda Sue.....you're our "SHEIKA!" LOL

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thanks GF !! No worries about YOU keeping in shape...that's for sure. I think you have the market cornered on "activity.".....Have you ever been hypnotized....or just when you see Keith?

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

D.J....YOU are hilarious! I am LMAO!.......I would stay in shape just laughing at you.......!

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Shekia...As I understand it..."It's never too Late to do anything worthwhile!" And then there was this book I read many years ago, "It's Only Too Late, If You don't Start NOW!" Wish I could remember the author!

Good Luck.....I know you're a person who goes for the goal!

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Outstanding research and information! Well done, Effer :)

DJ Anderson 2 years ago

Flying around on my broom stick is the most activity I get these days.

Cannot remember which decade I lost the ability to touch my toes.

At some point in time, it hardly seemed desirable any longer.

As far as diet goes, I must admit that I do enjoy beans. Cocoa beans

are my favorite and Hershey's had a nice one out, 'chocolate with almond'. They call it a "spread", and I have to agree, I have.

Whoever said that '60 is the new 40' deserves a swift kick in the

teeth. Everything on this body is heading south and seems to be in a race to reach my knees. The caboose is dragging the ground behind me. With a little practice, I should be able to write my initials in the sand, (by the time we return to FL. for the winter). Practice makes perfect......and, we all should be good at something!


sheilamyers 2 years ago

Very interesting and informative. I haven't really searched the internet for ways to treat myself or to help me determine what might be causing an illness, but I have made use of it to more fully understand what a doctor has told me about illness. Probably one reason I haven't done more before seeing a doctor is because I've spent some time working in the medical field and already know the basics when it comes to illness, injuries, and terminology. What I haven't really looked into and will now since I've read your article is the information provided about prevention and alternative treatments.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Donna....So good to see a fellow hubber from a New England town. I suspect your environment is a wonderful area for being healthy and happy!.....Peace, Paula

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Martie & Maria......You 2 ladies look terribly familiar.....Hmmmm, where is it I know you from? Perhaps the Big Screen? A former life? Did we grow up together? No, that's not possible.....I haven't actually grown up.

There's just something about both of you that tells me.....given the opportunity....we could really raise some hell. Do you get that feeling too? Be GOOD, Angels.........:)

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

James.....Your words are very true! Thank you.......Peace, Paula

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thanks bill......serious comments are allowed only once a year. Remember that. ......after all, Laughter is a very "healing" activity.

I don't know who said this clever quip, but I'm sure you've heard it: "If I had known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself!!"

I think everything we do the second half of our adult life is considered REPAIR WORK!! LOL

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I'm with you, Sis! I haven't been to a doctor in twelve years...I have no idea when it was that I was last sick. I exercise, I eat right, I have a positive attitude, and I love. I am a firm believer in taking care of this machine and it will take care of me. I have no smartass comment on this one because I believe strongly in doing the job and reaping the benefits regarding health. Love the message here, Paula.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Kathleen......Thanks for your input. Personally I have a bit of an issue with ingesting a rainbow of pharmaceuticals daily. A few years back I set about to do some heavy homework and rid myself of 2 prescription meds that had excellent holistic replacements. The results have worked out ideally!

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James-wolve 2 years ago from Morocco

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.Voted up!

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DonnaCaprio 2 years ago from Newburyport, MA

Paula - your post makes a lot of sense to me. Thanks for sharing the statistics concerning good nutrition. I try to focus on eating food without a lot of chemicals and preservatives. It is easier in the summer as I can go to the local farms to shop. The winter is a challenge. Great article!

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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Paula,

Holistic medicine is my cup of tea these days, actually I have been sold for the last 10 years or so.

There is absolutely a place on the health spectrum for both allopathic strategies (like surgery and medicine) and holistic ones such as you have outlined so well. I love how you emphasize our role in our own health...indeed, we need to be our best advocate.

I, for one, am looking forward to an acupuncture treatment I have scheduled in the upcoming week for a painful condition. And I got the movement thing down now thanks to a black bundle of energetic fur named Andy.

Great, well-detailed information and will be sharing. Voted UP & UABI.

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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

Dear fpherj

This is a very useful and informative hub, covering the basic steps of personal health care. I should actually print it out and pin it to my fridge, as I don't pay too much attention to what I eat - I simply eat what I feel like eating, and besides normal movements exercising is not on my agenda. Oh, and what is 15 minutes a day? Let my get myself in gear!

Sadly some doctors have this ego-thing - They get pretty upset when their patients possess information that was previously only obtainable by doctors, and quite expensive. These doctors regard the Internet and self-diagnosing in a negative light. But they are also the doctors who had regarded all knowledge, except their own, as 'rubbish' in the past. Fortunately, thanks to the Internet, the man in the street can arm themselves with significant knowledge.

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Kathleen Odenthal 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

great hub! i love holistic medicine!

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