Hello everyone, I am Professor Lee. I would like to start out by telling you a little bit about myself. I graduated from Kaplan University with a BS in Health and Wellness. After that I completed a Wellness Coach certification. I have lived in Linn County, Iowa my entire life. During my course work I learned that there were many programs and healthy lifestyle choices that my population needed assistance with. I found that lack of exercise, nutrition, disease prevention, and access to health care were some of the issues wrong with our community. It made me even more interested in helping those in need. Throughout this course you will see an overview of what complementary and alternative medicine is, be educated on stress management, and will become aware of local resources in our community that tie into the topics at hand. Any questions? Alright lets get started.
There are multiple ways of using CAM and Conventional Medicine together or apart. The key to using the practices safely is by completing research as a consumer. Never trust what a CAM or prescribed medication claims to do on its bottle. No company has your best interest at heart, that is why you have to become your own advocate in life.
Probiotics are the “good” bacteria (microorganisms) that live in the digestive tract. They help benefit your body and can be found in yogurt and dietary supplements.There are different health care practioners that complete different types of CAM. For example, a chiropractor or physical therapist may complete spinal manipulation. A certification or degree is required for many practices of CAM.
Make sure the research you are looking up is peer reviewed. This means that the author of the article or information had to submit their work to be reviewed among other health care professionals in their field to determine validity. Many medical journals require this before it is published. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is if the web address is not an .edu, .org, or .gov there is a high likelihood it is not peer reviewed. It pays to double check and make sure, so the information you receive is valid.
The National Health Interview Survey is a useful resource to see current information on CAM practices.
Each student in the class will come to the front of the room and tell others what types of CAM practices they have received, want to try, are scared to try, and which ones they have not heard good things about. At the end, the class can make comments or ask questions about the student’s personal thoughts.
Jennifer lee hw499-bachelor's capstone in health and wellness-unit 5 powerpoint
COMPLEMENTARY ANDALTERNATIVE MEDICINE Professor Lee SM260 Stress Management
INTRODUCTION Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is considered health care practices, products, or systems that do not fall under “conventional medicine.” Conventional means well established medical practices provided by health care professionals in the medical field such as physicians, physical therapists, and other professions that treat the physical symptom of illness. The “complementary” wording means that the CAM practice is used with conventional medicine. “Alternative” implies that the individual is replacing conventional medicine with CAM practices. Integrative Medicine is the use of CAM and Conventional Medicine when there has been studies that prove the safety and ef fectiveness of the treatment (NCCAM, 2008).
T YPES OF CAM Natural Products: herbal medicine (botanicals), vitamins, minerals, probiotics, dietary supplements. Mind and Body Medicine is the interaction between the brain, mind, body, and behavior. The use of the mind is incorporated to promote health. Examples would be: meditation, acupuncture, yoga, tai chi, guided imagery, and deep breathing exercises. Manipulative and Body Based Practices focus on the anatomy of the body. Examples are: spinal manipulation (used to relieve pain and increase positive functioning of the body) and massage therapy (applying pressure to muscles and soft tissue of the body to relieve pain, injuries, and increase relaxation) (NCCAM, 2008).
PRECAUTIONS Anyone can claim they are a professional that provides CAM practices, so do your research. Before undergoing any treatment, request the health care professional’s credentials in the field and look them up for accreditation. Before taking a dietary supplement, herb, or vitamin, first ask your physician if it will negatively af fect your prescribed medications ef fectiveness. Also be honest with your physician about the CAM practices you utilize, it could make a dif ference in your treatment. Always research a CAM practice before you undergo one. There may be complications, or risk factors that the practitioner does not disclose to you. It is VERY important to know what you are getting yourself into and if it is life threatening (NCCAM, 2008).
POPULATIONS There are many diverse populations that try Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Dif ferent cultures may believe that the use of herbs by their ancestors is the only way to heal. Due to this belief, conventional health care providers need to take this into account and try to educate the patient about their practices and how it would af fect them. Several physicians in conventional medicine are convinced that their way of treating illness or disease is the ONLY way, therefore they may not be open minded about what patient’s religions or beliefs may tell them about treatment. What conventional medicine does not take into account is that in order to heal the mind, body, and spirit all need to be treated, not just the physical symptoms (NCCAM, 2008).
STATISTICS The 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) showed that 38% of adults used a form of CAM. The 2007 NHIS also showed that 17.7% of American adults had used a nonvitamin/nonmineral natural product. The most commonly used natural product adults consumed was fish oil at 37.4%. The 2007 NHIS showed that 12.7% of American adults used deep breathing exercises, 6.1% had participated in yoga, and 9.4% had practiced meditation (NCCAM, 2008).
YOUR CHOICE No matter what treatments or practices you engage in, make sure to not put yourself in danger. Educate yourself and others on the risks, benefits, length, healing period, and negative ef fects it may have on you. Make sure you know if you have allergies to a specific product, medication, or food before undergoing treatment. What type of CAM treatments or techniques have you undergone?
REFERENCES NCCAM. National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. (2008). What is complementar y and alternative medicine? (D347). Retrieved from website: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/whatiscam