Category Archives: Integrative Medicine

Integrative Allopathic and Eastern Medicine:
It’s Just Good Practice



When someone comes to see me I’m not just interested in the physical dimensions, I’m interested in all of the other dimensions.

I see my patients as a whole, as a whole woman, as a whole person.

The concept of an integrated approach, which is evidence-based is a powerful antidote to a lot of the stress that health consumers feel.  And it was a relief to me to also practice what I believe.

Evidence-based means that there is medical literature, there are clinical studies that have been done that show that whatever we’re talking about, whether or not it’s mindful, it’s medication or Tamoxifen is a safe and effective therapy.

 

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Using Complementary Therapies to Reduce Side Effects of Radiation

I love integrative oncology because it allows me to interact with my patients in a holistic manner.  And holistic is a word that means taking care of the whole patient.

I use complimentary alternative medicine therapies with radiation for a variety of reasons.  I’ve found that they may be helpful to reduce the side effects of radiation treatment.  For example I might use a botanical based cream to apply to the skin that we’re radiating.  Calendula is the name of the cream that I like to use.  Aloe vera is another one.  Both of these have been shown to reduce the radiation skin reaction that is fairly common during radiation treatment to the skin.


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Therapeutic Fasting and Chemo Side Effects

Supporting the whole person and managing the side effects of chemo is important in cancer care.

Listen as Dr Dave Allderdice, ND, FABNO, explores how nausea, fatigue, hair loss, neuropathy, vomiting and other chemo side effects can be reduced by utilizing therapeutic fasting along-side treatment.  Learn how naturopathic doctors support the whole person and provide healthy building blocks during cancer care.  Dr Alderdice also shares the importance of nourishing the body in-between chemo to undergo treatment in as healthy a manner as possible.