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Article by Sonja Bella

by Dr Cris Beer, Keynote Speaker at the 2015 Global Weight Management Congress (
The field of integrative medicine is a growing one with more and more general practitioners seeking to incorporate a blend of evidence-based complementary and conventional medicine practices. For this reason patients benefit from the best of both worlds and no longer have to choose between complementary and conventional and yet can have the full confidence that the advice given and treatment plans offered are sound, safe, and proven to work.
Integrative medicine doctors also incorporate in their practice a great deal of preventative and lifestyle health approaches and in doing so the root cause of a patient’s health condition is fully explored and addressed rather than just treating the symptoms. Many a times this results in great improvement, if not full resolution, of a patient’s condition without the need for invasive procedures, expensive treatments, or medications.  
The particular conditions which are dealt with effectively by integrative medicine doctors include:
  • Hormonal Imbalances 
  • Fatigue including chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Difficulty or inability to lose weight encompassing health conditions such as the metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, polycystic ovaries, and chronic stress.
  • Digestive health issues
  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Chronic health conditions including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and osteoporosis.
  • Brain biochemical imbalances including depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.
These conditions are often addressed in a stepwise fashion revealing if possible the underlying cause along the way and healing from the inside out. Investigations are kept to a minimum but when performed many are able to be billed to Medicare with a few extra billed privately. These investigations may include a range of blood, saliva, stool, urine, and hair testing depending on the patient’s presentation. 
Choosing an integrative medicine doctor to refer your clients to means that they will receive comprehensive care and have all aspects of their health addressed. This is especially helpful if your clients are just not getting the expected results, if results are slow, or if you suspect that there may be an underlying health condition impairing their overall health or wellbeing. For a list of integrative doctors in your local area go to the Australasian College of Nutritional & Environmental (ACNEM) website at  

2 Mar 2015

Article/Information supplied by Sonja Bella

Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.