Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Patient Evaluations

During an initial evaluation here, you will spend time with two healthcare professionals: 40 minutes with a natural medicine doctor, and 40 minutes with a conventional medicine specialist. After the two professionals meet with you, they meet with the Center Directors in a consensus conference. At that time, the doctors will discuss your situation, goals, preferences, and potential treatment options. A care plan will be developed and reviewed with you before you leave the Center.

A scientific paper describing our model of care is available here.

Treatment approaches available at the IMC include internal medicine, naturopathic medicine, preventive medicine, nutritional counseling, nutritional supplements, nutriceuticals, herbal medicine, acupuncture, therapeutic touch, homeopathy, intravenous micronutrient therapy, relaxation therapies, as well as referrals to counselors, trauma therapists, and chiropractic.

Services for Cancer Patients

In conjunction with the Cancer Center at Griffin Hospital, the IMC offers individualized holistic therapies for current patients undergoing conventional cancer therapy. We can help minimize side effects with strategies for pain control, weight maintenence, increasing energy, and optimizing immune function. We can provide expert dietary advice and recommendations for nutritional supplments with particular emphasis on synergistic benefits and avoiding interactions with conventional therapies. Other aspects of treatment include stress reduction and wellness promotion through acupuncture, meditation, imagery, and breathing techniques.

Preventive Interventions

The IMC offers individualized recommendations to reduce risk for cancer. These recommendations take into account family history, genetic factors, lifestyle practices, and environment. We work with people with no known risk factors and aim to optimize health. We also work with people with specific family history, including family members of current Griffin Cancer Center patients, to minimize risk. Recommendations incorporate lifestyle, diet, nutritional supplementation, and other preventive and complementary/alternative techniques as needed.

Common Medical Complaints Treated at the IMC

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraine
  • Allergies
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Diabetes
  • Lyme disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain
  • General wellness
  • Menopause
  • Weight management
  • AsthmaIrritable bowel syndrome
  • Anxiety and depression
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