Young At Heart - Unified Newspapers Group
- March 20, 2014
Take control of your health with integrative medicine
Health is our most important concern, for without health what do we have? As we age, our focus is on saving money for retirement, building a net for unforeseen problems and working for the future. Are we focusing on what is most important - our health? In America, our health care system has been described as anything but healthy. It is time we spend some time focusing on taking control of our health. Integrative medi-cine is the lens through which we can focus, and we can have integrative medicine at our fingertips to build a healthy future.Integrative medicine is a holistic movement, which has left its imprint on many of the nation’s hospitals, universities and medical schools. Doc-tors and patients alike are bonding with the philoso-phy of integrative medi-cine, which is designed to treat the person, not just the disease. IM, as it’s often called, depends on a partner-ship between the patient and the doctor, where the goal is to treat the mind, body and spirit - all at the same time. In the effort to treat the whole person, IM combines conven-tional Western medicine with complementary treat-ments such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, tai chi, qi gong, yoga and meditation. Today, we have the power to take our health into our own hands. There are many tools out there to do this, and the more we learn, the better off we can be. In a recent survey, the National Center for Com-plementary and Alterna-tive Medicine (part of the National Institutes of Health) found 41 percent of peo-ple 60-69 years old, 32 percent of those 70-84 and nearly 25 percent of people 85 and older used some kind of integrative medicine. The most com-mon barrier isn’t lack of awareness or infor-mation, or an unwilling-ness to try new things. The biggest obstacle for seniors, particularly those on a fixed income, is cost, as many health insurance plans do not cover the full range of IM treatment options. There are possibil-ities for getting the health you deserve, and options to take your health into your own hands, though. Non-profit and Commu-nity Acupuncture clinics are offering treatments to fit into any budget. Herbal Medicine is very afford-able, and extremely effec-tive. Tai chi, qi gong, and yoga classes are offered all over, and many are free. Meditation can be done anywhere, anytime, it costs nothing, but has an amaz-ing power.Take control of your health, boost the efficacy of your medicine and be your best through IM. The options are end-less, and it is time you get the health advantages you deserve. Ask your doctor about what programs they have to offer, or call your local acupuncturist to find out more how you can live a healthier life. Even though our health-care system may be a mess, there is light show-ing the way to a balance western medicine with eastern medicine. There is a way to have health and wellness, and you can have it now.
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Celebrating another 5 years of National & State Accreditation!
Call 873-8585 to register for these upcoming activities:
Mondays, April 7th-May 5th, 3:00 PM
Car Cleaning Clinic with High School Student Senate:
Saturday, April 5th from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
AARP Driver Safety Class:
Thursday, April 10, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Memory Screening with the Dean Foundation:
Wednesday, April 16, 1:00-4:00 PM
Over 90 Luncheon & Entertainment with John Duggleby:
April 25, 12:00 PM • Register by April 23
Registration is required for many of these events. Please call or see our newsletter for details.
248 W. Main Street, Stoughton WI, 53589 • (608) 873-8585 www.ci.stoughton.wi.us/senior
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