Why is Integrative Medicine Important?

Integrative medicine is the future paradigm for holistic health care.The cornerstone of care is preventive medicine. The focus is identifying the root cause of disease or symptomatology. Patients are more educated than ever before and desire to be a partner in their healthcare decisions. Many patients that seek IM are interested in a patient-centered relationship, whereas there are informed decisions and treatment options. They value spending time with their provider, feeling heard and developing a trusting relationship where healthcare beliefs are considered and valued.

The CDC reports that baby boomers are between the ages of 50 and 68 as of 2014, increasing the possibility of multiple co-morbid conditions.  IM has a particular significance in this day and age as our baby boomers have reached the age of typically having chronic medical conditions.

Due to the American lifestyle and diet, we are experiencing an increasing amount of pediatrics with chronic disease.  In fact, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 44% of children have some type of chronic condition. We are also seeing increasing rates of autism, ADHD and mental health/behavioral alterations in pediatrics, which makes them excellent candidates for the comprehensive lens of IM.

The Affordable Care Act has put a strain on the medical system with an increasing population of patients entering the healthcare system, coupled with a primary care provider shortage. All of these developments support the comprehensive concept of IM, where there is a patient-centered paradigm along a seamless continuum that affords time to comprehensively evaluate the multivariate root cause(s) of disease manifestation.