When you first hear a cancer diagnosis, the first thought in your mind should be about recovery. High LDL cholesterol in itself doesn’t mean a person is going to develop heart disease,” says Mark Hyman, the director of the Center for Functional Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic (and Bill and Hillary Clinton’s doctor ). Before he prescribes statins, he looks at a number of other factors, including the amount of plaque already in the heart, the size of the cholesterol particles, the degree of insulin resistance or pre-diabetes, and the overall level of inflammation in the body.
For example, introducing teaching on how to take an effective history of a patient’s use of CAM modalities into the interviewing course has been an effective strategy; another example would be integrating a patient’s use of CAM modalities into an existing standardized patient encounter or problem-based learning case rather than trying to ?nd room for an entirely new session covering only an integrative medicine topic.
By feeling these pulses, the practitioner can detect fine qualities of the pulse that reveal information about the conditions of different organ systems, and treat those that may be weak, or overactive, using herbs, acupuncture, or other types of treatment to strengthen organs or calm overactive organs and areas of the body.
But some of the most important changes—from Abraham Flexner’s medical-school reforms to the evidence-based medicine moveme nt of the 1990s—have been cultural ones, based on moments of self-reflection that led the medical community to think differently about its role.
Not Kidney weakness in the way that we think of it in Western Medicine, requiring dialysis or surgery or medication, but a fundamental weakness in that organ system that would most likely escape the notice of a Western practitioner entirely, or perhaps eventually manifest as more serious symptoms that would then show up in Western testing.