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Horton Hears a Zhu

Specifically Horton heard a doctor Zhu getting a prize for integrative medicine.

Dr Zhu gets anintegrative medicine prize:

A former Alexandra woman who arrived in New Zealand aged 6 unable to speak a word of English, has just graduated from the prestigious University of Melbourne School of Medicine.

Jia Ni Zhu, known as Jarnie, was educated at Alexandra Primary School and Columba College.

Dr Zhu (24), was one of thousands who applied to gain entry to the medical school in 2004 and one of the three New Zealanders accepted.

She started learning English when she arrived in this country and was a familiar sight behind the counter at her parents' Chinese restaurant and takeaways shop in Alexandra, working there from "when I could just see over the counter" through until the end of her secondary schooling.

Dr Zhu now volunteers as an English teacher for elderly migrants.

She was awarded the proxime accessit prize in her final year at Columba College and paid tribute to her teachers over the years - "especially those at Columba College, whose excellent teaching made it possible for me to gain entry into the school of medicine at the University of Melbourne in the first place".

While completing an Advanced Medical Science year to gain an additional degree - a Bachelor of Medical Science - Dr Zhu won the prize for best student research presentation and also won the annual Australasian Integrative Medicine Association Medical Student Essay competition.

Her essay was titled "My vision of integrative health care in Australia" and the competition was contested by medical students throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Athletes use functional medicine:

VAIL, Colorado — As the margins of competition become ever tighter, athletes in the Vail Valley and beyond are looking for more innovative and natural (and legal) ways of gaining an edge. Along with traditional training, there are other key challenges to be mastered; eating well, strengthening the immune system, improving mental clarity, and getting restful sleep while traveling through different time zones. All of these factors are as important to the professional athlete as fine-tuning of technique through practice.

Physical training is imperative, but I believe that maximum results can only be achieved by improving “cellular performance” as well. Body chemistry, along with nutritional demands and deficiencies, influence how an athlete feels, performs and recovers. As we've seen many times, even the best athlete can lose the day because of a simple cold.

More top athletes are starting to recognize the importance of integrating a functional medicine approach into their training strategies. Functional medicine focuses on treating the underlying causes of disease rather than the symptoms. It involves several key principles that also seem to mirror competitive athletic principles; a view that every system in the body is connected rather than operating on its own, that each person possesses a unique set of physical variations that must be evaluated and considered, and that there is a constant yet dynamic balance of internal and external factors at work. Similarly, any imbalance in the interconnected system will hinder optimum performance. The heart of functional medicine treatment lies in nutrition, using targeted nutrients to overcome deficiencies and fight disease.

Top athletes know that a detailed, comprehensive and health-oriented training regimen leads to improved performance and longevity of career. Perhaps the best example is Lance Armstrong, who has worked closely with functional medicine doctors and nutritionists not just in his fight against cancer, but also to improve performance through diet and prevention. Clearly, he's been so successful with this approach that even his mitochondria are wearing yellow jerseys! Mr. Armstrong's understanding and use of “alternative” strategies have helped him reach amazing success even after cancer, and has changed the way many professional athletes now go about their business.

Athletes are indeed fit, but not always healthy. They demand a lot from their physical machinery, so its imperative that they obtain knowledge not just from their coaches and trainers, but also from their doctors. When working with athletes I start by getting important information on both their competitive career and their ‘civilian' life. I treat them as comprehensively as any other client, but with close attention paid to the extraordinary physical stress they experience. I collect laboratory evidence that reveals accurate data on how the body is functioning and repairing itself. Detailed results from specific blood tests administered for each individual reveal the first signs of hidden breakdown in the body, and provide a road map for treatment, enhancement of overall health and ultimately, to the podium.

Despite the façade, athletes can develop problems quite easily, and may do damage to their bodies that will manifest later in life. But through individual biochemical analysis, we can identify and address functional and nutritional deficiencies in order to help prevent illness, improve cellular function and repair, boost energy levels and enhance mental acuity all at once. Everyone, athletes especially, should not just be concerned about getting the right mix of proteins and carbohydrates, but also taking in the right amounts of high-quality micronutrients, vitamins and minerals. (A list of my top 10 nutrients can be found on my Web site).

With a solid foundation of health, athletes can enjoy the challenges and successes of their disciplines without the distraction of getting ill or run down. More importantly, they can enjoy a good level of fitness and health way beyond their competitive years. To be active and able into older age is the true reward. Researchers are discovering how many ways we depend on specific nutrients to promote optimal physical performance, and many findings are coming from the front lines of elite athletic training. Working with people who are as much interested in their health as you are in their health creates a true, partnership model of healthcare in which the patient and doctor combine their knowledge not just for the sake of a “winning mentality,” but also for a “winning vitality.”

Dr. Elina Chernyak is an Osteopathic Doctor specializing in Integrative Medicine in Edwards. For more information, call 970-306-2737970-306-2737 or visit www.WholisticIntegraCare.com. If you have a question you'd like to ask Dr. Elina, please e-mail DrElina@WholisticIntegraCare.com.
 
Holistic health joint venture here:

Holistic Globe Networks broadcasting and publishing company announced this week that it has now merged with Quantum Life, the holistic directory publisher. Quantum Life directories are published in multiple metropolitan areas in the USA, while Holistic Globe Radio is broadcast via the Internet, reaching listeners in dozens of countries. Quantum Life is distributed at many Publix stores in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, as well as health food stores, holistic clinics, yoga centers, and other locations. Holistic Globe Radio is poised to broadcast a wide range of audio content in three languages, beginning in 2010. Holistic product and service providers often use these focused media resources to inform health conscious segments of the public about health and wellness topics while marketing their businesses.

This announcement comes from Maria Baez, programming director and publisher at Holistic Globe Radio, and Bryan Weissman, D.C., publishing consultant and director of Quantum Life in South Florida since acquiring the publication from Steven Wentworth. Holistic practitioners themselves, Baez and Weissman seek to increase the impact of promotion for holistic wellness products and services by creating this merger. Public interest in holistic health and wellness continues to grow, as the limitations and corruption seen in conventional medical care lead many to use alternatives that they see as safer and more likely to truly resolve their health challenges. Holistic wellness approaches are numerous, and include modalities such as homeopathy, naturopathic medicine, ayurveda, oriental medicine, integrative medicine, alternative medicine, complementary medicine, energy medicine, spiritual healing, mind-body medicine, herbalism, nutrition, diet and cleansing, hypnosis, massage and bodywork, chiropractic, biofeedback, aromatherapy, energy psychology, and more.

 

British Columbiapioneers an information system alerting patients to CAM options:

Through a collaboration between the cancer agency and the University of B.C. School of Nursing, information-seeking patients will get the latest, unbiased, credible evidence about complementary medicines from a handful of nurses and other experts. They will not endorse anything nor will they make recommendations. Instead, patients will get the straight goods on the evidence available for each type of therapy.

CAM is generally defined as diverse health care practices and products that are offered by allied health professionals. It includes such things as physical therapy, mind-body therapies like meditation, naturopathic medicine, energy medicine such as reiki and therapeutic touch, acupuncture, chiropractic medicine, homeopathy traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine and first nations traditional healing.

Complementary medicine is used with conventional medicine while alternative medicine may be used in place of conventional medicine. The CAMEO program intends to emphasize complementary, rather than alternative medicine.

Lynda Balneaves, an associate professor of nursing at UBC, is the principal investigator in the CAMEO program, which has received a major financial boost with a $1-million grant over four years from the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation, along with additional support from the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Balneaves said in an interview Tuesday that the mandate of the program is to educate patients about evidence, benefits and potential risks of complementary therapies.

"With cancer patients, the general rule around CAM is that if you are going to consume or ingest anything you should have a discussion with your health providers about that," she said, adding there are pharmacists at the cancer agency who are well informed about potential interactions. Herbs like St. John's Wort, for example, taken for depression, might have a negative effect on the intended action of chemotherapy drugs.

CAMEO will also conduct research. In one project, active ingredients in pomegranate juice will be studied to determine if they have a beneficial effect on men undergoing prostate gland removal. Balneaves said researchers want to know if the compounds in the fruit help limit cancer cell growth.

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