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  1. Intro to CAM Jennifer Carmichael

  2. Introduction Jennifer Carmichael Studied at Kaplan University Majored in Health & Wellness Certified instructor in Hatha Yoga Certified PiYo instructor

  3. CAM Introduction • CAM = Complementary and Alternative Medicine • What is the reason you are taking a class on this topic? • Are you currently using complementary or alternative medicine ? • What do you know about CAM?

  4. CAM Defined • Allopathy(Conventional medicine):common or a usual practice • Complementary medicine: Used in conjunction with conventional medicine • Alternativemedicine: Used in lieu of conventional medicine • Integrative medicine: combination of both conventional and complementary medicine

  5. What is CAM? • CAM is a group of practices and or products that are not part of conventional medicine. Physicians do not use CAM regularly because there is not enough scientific evidence to support the safety and effectiveness of CAM.

  6. Characteristics of CAM • Treatments are individualized & promote good nutrition and preventative health practices • Holistic practice: treats the whole person not just the symptoms • Promotes self-healing; belief that the body can heal itself if given the proper care and tools

  7. Categories of CAM • Mind-body interventions • Biologically-based therapies • Manipulative and body-based methods • Energy therapies

  8. Mind-Body Interventions • Enhances the mind’s ability to affect the bodily functions and symptoms • 35% of therapeutic response is due to the belief that the therapy works • Most common forms of CAM: - Yoga - Prayer - Hypnosis - Medicitation - Biofeedback

  9. Biological Therapies • Most substances used are found in nature: • Foods • Supplements: not proven to be safe or effective by FDA - Vitamins and Minerals have recommended daily amounts established by the FDA • Herbs and herbal products - do not have established RDA by FDA

  10. Body-Based & Manipulative Methods • Massage • Chiropractic • Reflexology • Craniosacral

  11. Energy Therapy • Bioelectromagnetic • Biofield therapies • Reiki • Therapeutic touch

  12. Why choose CAM? • Less expensive than allopathic medicine • Fewer side effects • Easily accessible • Increases spirituality • Preventative methods • Allows for personal growth • Traditional medicine has failed • Treats side effects of allopathic medical treatments/prescriptions • May improve quality of life • Abilities to deal with stress is improved

  13. Insurance coverage? • Based on the lack of research and the proof of its effectiveness CAM therapies are not currently covered under most insurance plans • There are an incresing number of alternative health insurance companies on the rise with the rising demand of CAM therapies

  14. Further reading • NCCAM is the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine • This organization provides research, training, educational programs, hosts conferences, and offers more knowledge to the general public seeking information on CAM • WHCCAMP is the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy • This organization provides funding for research, provides communication between allopaths and Cam practitioners • Provides reviews and evaluations of CAM practitioners

  15. Resources Micozzi, Marc S. (2011). Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. St. Louis, MO: Saunders Elsevier. Retrieved from http://www.nccam.nih.gov Retrieved from http://www.whccamp.hhs.gov