Introduction

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You are in charge of your own health, and Complementary Healing practitioners are here to help you. The body is a self-healing, self-maintaining mechanism as long as there are no interferences in its ability to function normally. Your body has patterns in which it learns to operate. If the patterns are good for the body, the result is good health. If not, the accommodation of the patterns can cause discomfort, pain, illness or worse. Establishing new patterns of health is often the best defense against minor and major illnesses and unhealthy conditions.

We’ve all been admonished to eat right, exercise regularly and keep stressors to a minimum – very important to any health program. However, we often do not know what the rightfoods are, what is optimum exercise for us, or how to reduce or soothe the stressors. Complementary Healing eGuide modalities help in all these areas.

Complementary means acting as a complement to, or completing, one another. Complementary Healing eGuide is an inclusive term that recognizes the interaction of many modalities in assisting an individual to healing. It implies a holistic approach that encourages a cooperative spirit among healing practitioners and is preferred to the term alternative, which creates a separation among healing modalities. Alternative Healing eGuide means not conventional, that is, not using the procedures that are common to Western allopathic medicine.

Western allopathic medicine – conventional medicine – is associated with therapies that frequently require prescriptions for drugs and sometimes surgery. Conventional medicine holds a valuable place in the total spectrum of healthcare, especially for emergency situations and catastrophic illnesses.

Complementary Healing eGuide is a holistic approach to healing which integrates with conventional medicine, and does not replace it. Holistic means treating the whole person: body, mind, emotion, energy and spirit. Treating only the physical body allows many of the unhealthy patterns to continue. Therefore, many more conventional practitioners are learning and practicing holistic methods.

The goal is for all healing practitioners to work together, assisting you with recovery and prevention and using theleast-aggressive therapies available to treat injuries, illness and other conditions. This will lead to a complete Wellness plan.

Wellness

Wellness is the state of reaching a healthy level and staying there in an active manner. It is a four-part program to assure health throughout life:

  • Nutrition – what and how much you consume effects how you feel, how long you’ll live and how you deal with illness and disease, and includes: healthy foods, supplements and the all-important water.
  • Fitness – your body needs 20-30 minutes of exercise about 5 days per week. 60% of US adults do not exercise enough.
  • Attitude – regular non-physical exercise of the mind and spirit effects your mental and emotional state, integrating your nutrition and fitness efforts.
  • Help – regular visits to complementary healthcare professionals who assist you to a healthy state as well as customize your wellness plan.

Complementary Healing Movement

There is a strong Complementary Healing movement in Colorado and the rest of the United States. The press, radio, television and the legislature, as well as companies, unions, associations and insurance companies are beginning to understand that Complementary Healing is as equally effective as exclusively conventional medicine for the majority of our health conditions, with the bonus that Complementary Healing is usually less expensive. Doors are opening, information is becoming more public, and activity is increasing to accelerate this Movement.

In March of 1997, the Colorado Legislature passed a milestone bill, HB1183, called the Alternative Medicine bill. It was signed into law in April, and went into effect in August. It allows Medical Doctors to practice Complementary Healing modalities without having to worry about disciplinary actions by the Colorado Medical Board, solely on the grounds that an MD practices Complementary Medicine. Historically, Medical Boards in all states have taken aggressive action against MDs practicing outside conventional standards of practice.

Since that legal worry is behind MDs, they can not only practice Complementary modalities, but feel more comfortable discussing and recommending Complementary modalities to their patients. It will take some time to see a major change in the attitudes and practices of MDs, but now the door is open. This creates several opportunities on which we can all capitalize:

  • More cooperation between the conventional medical community – MDs, nurses, physical therapists, clinics, hospitals and journals – and the Complementary Healing community.
  • More Wellness Programs implemented in small, medium and large organizations – corporations, unions, associations, school districts and family businesses – which combine conventional and Complementary modalities for prevention and cure.
  • Reduced healthcare costs.
  • More insurance coverage for Complementary modalities
  • Creative insurance plans covering conventional medicine at much lower rates – initially with higher deductibles and co-payments – leaving 50%-60% of normal insurance outlay available for using Complementary Healing modalities.

This will not come easily, but it will come naturally as both the public, the media and our health infrastructures discover – first hand – that Complementary Healing works, and works well(ness).

Please join us in this movementShow others this book-on-the-web and encourage them to learn more about and the use of Complementary Healing modalities for themselves, their families and their organizations.

Recommended Practitioners

There are many Complementary Healing modalities and practitioners to help you in your quest for good health. Many modalities are discussed in following chapters, in which highly-recommended practitioners are featured.

We have strict standards for the practitioners. They must be:

  • Highly recommended by a trusted source, in our group or in our professional relationships
  • Properly educated in their modality, with appropriate credentials
  • Registered or licensed in their locality, as available
  • Housed in suitable office space, at home or in an office building

These practitioners have contributed:

  • Time – to author, contribute or review their chapter(s)
  • Money – to support our projects
  • Energy, enthusiasm and some more time – to carry the Complementary Healing concept to other practitioners and professionals, influencing our health information and delivery systems.

With the recommended practitioners, you will find the modalities and the practitioners that work best for you.
Use these practitioners regularly.

Source: Kenton Johnson, Executive Director.

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