Allopathic medicine has a limited number of “tools” to use in helping their patients to gain health. Surgery can be life-saving, but is not without significant acute risks of bleeding, infection, death, etc. Surgery can also be associated with long-term adverse effects (such as lymphedema and the body’s immune reaction against the meshes and other “foreign” materials used in the surgical procedure).
Another of allopathic medicine’s tools, radiation therapy, can be life-saving for rapidly-expanding brain tumors and can help to avoid pathological fractures from bone tumors, but is often associated with chronic pain, tissue burn-scars and other serious adverse effects. Pharmaceuticals can be life-saving, such as antibiotics for sepsis, pneumonia and other severe infections, but there are more than 100,000 deaths per year in the USA from adverse reactions to pharmaceuticals. Integrative medicine doctors use these allopathic tools sparingly. Integrative practitioners have MANY more categories of therapeutic tools than allopathic doctors and these can often improve a patient’s condition when allopathic tools have failed to do so. ACIM’s annual international conference in 2019 is about some of those “Favorite Integrative Tools”.
ACIM’s goal is for conference attendees to learn enough about these presented tools to start using some of them in their offices during the week after the conference (or at least VERY soon thereafter). I hope to see you there in Orlando on November 14-16th, expanding your toolbox.