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Erica Thomas Kaplan University Bachelors Capstone Unit 5 Assignment

Course Syllabus: Course InformationDates: Feb 4th, 11th, 18th 2014 Course Title: Gaining Knowledge for CAM Practices

Instructor and Class InformationInstructor Name: Erica Thomas Contact information:, 555-698-2587 Class Time: 6:00 PM

Course DescriptionThis CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) class will focus on what CAM is and how to implement it into your daily routine. It will focus on the benefits of CAM and how natural methods can be just as effective as using prescription and over the counter drugs and remedies. The goal is by the end of this course you will gain knowledge in CAM practices and hopefully use them in your daily lives to help promote overall wellness. Week One (Feb 4th): Learn what CAM Week Two (Feb 11th): Using CAM remedies over prescription medications Week Three (Feb 18th): How to Implement CAM into daily routine.

GradingThere will be no grades given but it will be about completion of the course and gaining knowledge on course materials.

Lecture Notes and Hand outs:

Week One-Feb 4th

What is CAM?-CAM stands for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and can mean a variety of health care approaches with a vast history of origins from different cultures outside of the traditional medicine practices that we have grown accustomed to. The list of complementary and alternative medicine practices are almost endless.

Complementary VS Alternative Medicine-Complementary mainly refers to using non-traditional approaches combined with conventional medicines. -Alternative Medicine means using non-traditional approaches instead on using traditional medicines. -Complementary medicine is more common than alternative medicinal practices.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practices-Natural Products: This includes a wide variety of products such as herbs, minerals, vitamins and probiotics and are available to consumers and are often times referred to as dietary or natural supplements. You can find these in most places where vitamins are sold. - Mind and Body Practices: These practices come from a variety of places and include a huge selection of different techniques and procedures that are used by a trained practitioner. Other Health Approaches: Traditional healers, Ayruvedic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy and naturopathy. -Traditional Healers: Traditional healing is one of the oldest form of medicine and originated from semi-nomadic and agricultural tribal societies

and it dates back to around 14,000 B.C and its origins may even date back to the Ice Age. They use holistic practices and incorporate a mind-body relationship and focus the body as a whole instead of focusing on organs, joints, muscles and etc. They use natural treatments from nature and use herbal medicine, nutrition therapy and physical therapeutics. -Ayruvedic Medicine: One of the worlds oldest medical systems. It originated in India more than 3000 years ago. It focuses on using herbal compounds, special diets and other unique health practices to help cure illnesses and promote health. Some of the medicines and practices use herbs, minerals and metals that can be harmful if not used with the direction of trained practioner. -Traditional Chinese Medicine: It originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. The Chinese practitioners focus on using herbal medicines and a variety of mind and body practices such as tai chi and acupuncture to help treat and prevent illnesses and promote overall health. -Homeopathy: It is an alternative medical system that was developed in Germany more than 200 years ago. These remedies are regulated by the FDA but they dont evaluate the remedies for safety and effectiveness. -Naturopathy: This medical system came from a combination of traditional practices and healthcare approaches that were popular in Europe during the 19th century. It emphasizes on the healing power of nature. Ending Notes-Overall it is important to understand that there are many different medicine systems besides the traditional ones that we have grown accustomed to. It is fun to explore many ways to nourish your body and mind through these practices.

Week 2-Feb 11th CAM Remedies VS Prescription Drugs-Medicines both herbal and pharmaceutical are a huge business. Today, Americans spend almost 200 billion dollars per year on prescription drugs and 20 billion dollars on herbs and other natural supplements.

-When choosing the best remedy or preventative medicine a majority of the population just want the simplest, safest and most effective option available, whether it is herbs, food or a prescription drug. -People like to turn to natural and herbal supplements because they are more natural to pharmaceuticals, cost less and have fewer to no side effects. -For example, Celebrex, which is used to treat moderate to severe forms of arthritis costs more than 5 dollars per day. Thats around 150 dollars a month when you can use ginger which is a very popular herbal remedy for treating inflammation and that would cost you around 38 cents a day. The very high cost of pharmaceuticals can cause many people to turn to natural supplements. -Natural supplements arent always safe though, both prescription drugs and natural supplements can have harmful pharmacological effects and cause problems if taken incorrectly. So it is best to consult a physician before trying new supplements that can potentially be harmful. -Natural supplements are very thoroughly investigated by the FDA and are safer because it is very rarely a cause of death in a person. The American Association of Poison Control Center statistics show that back in 2009 a 174 page study found that not even one death was caused by any dietary supplements. The list of supplements not linked to any death includes vitamins, amino acids, creatine, glucasamine, melatonin and Homeopathic medicines. Herbal products were also contributed to no deaths such as Echinacea, ginseng, Traditional Chinese Herbal medicines, ayuvedic medicines and other botanical herbs. -The downside of natural supplements is that can interact with medications and may make the medications somewhat less effective which can be dangerous. The best way to prevent this is to do your research and ask your physician or a highly trained holistic health practitioner for guidance if you are currently using prescription drugs. -Dietary supplements are considered unsafe until they are proven unsafe according to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) and they are put in the same category as food and they cannot contain anything that may have a significant risk of illness or injury and the supplement is to be used as directed on the label. -The DSHEA gives the FDA permission to stop a company from making a dietary supplement but only when the FDA proves that the product poses a

threat to the health of the people using it. They are found unsafe after the fact of causing harm to people and this approach is the reversed method of the way prescription and non-prescription drugs are treated. -Conclusion: Many dietary supplements do have clean histories but not everyone has the same side effects as the next person using a dietary supplement. It is important that you consult a physician or a highly trained holistic practitioner if you have questions regarding dietary supplements.

Week 3-Feb 18th How to Implement CAM into daily routine.-Consider the following examples: -Do you put an ice pack on a hurt ankle? -Do you massage your neck at the back when you have a splitting headache? -Have you ever taken honey when you have a sore throat? -Have you ever taken chamomile tea for de-stressing your body? -These remedies represent a few of the ways we use CAM in our everyday life. You might be using these remedies and just dont know it! Sometimes when you think of alternative medicine or remedies we think of crazy practices. Of course, alternative medicine can be a more unconventional such as past life regression and energy healing but in most cases they are not. -The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that between 6580 percent of the entire worlds population use alternative medicine as their primary form of healthcare. -Many of us tend to lean towards conventional medicine because it is backed by documented research, statistics and proven theories. Alternative medicine is still not backed by statistics and theories but more and more scientists are looking into more natural remedies. -There is no denying that that alternative remedies help provide some form of relief and treatment and they cost much less than prescription drugs as well.

Conclusion- Overall I feel that we have learned a lot these past 3 weeks from the origins of CAM practices to how to use them in our daily lives and most of the time we didnt even know it! So the next time you drink your green tea, remember that that your are gaining many health benefits that you are not even aware of!

Handouts: 1.) CAM and YOUWhat ways do you feel like you use CAM on a regular basis? Do you prefer to use CAM remedies over conventional remedies? What ways do you feel that you can incorporate CAM into your daily routine? What are some natural remedies would you use to help treat high cholesterol? How do you think CAM practices can benefit your health?


Origins of CAMWhat was the most interesting topic you learned in week 2s lecture?

Would you be interested in learning more about one of the Alternative Medicine practices such as Chinese Traditional Medicine? Have you ever gotten treatment from one of these Alternative medicine practices? Is there any of these Alternative medicine practioners in your area?

3.) Daily RoutineWhat was your favorite part of this 3 week class? What part of this class will you implement into your daily routine? Why do you feel that CAM is important?

Do you feel that CAM practices are given the credit they deserve? Rate this class on how you feel it went (circle the correct number. 1 being lowest and 5 highest) 1 2 3 4 5

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