Integrative Medical Doctors
Hunter Yost M.D. is an instructor with the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson founded by Andrew Weil M.D. The program has trained hundreds of doctors over the past 14 years in Integrative Medicine. Integrative Medicine combines treatments from conventional medicine and complementary and alternative or CAM for which there is some high-quality evidence of safety and effectiveness. It is also called integrated medicine. Many health care institutions have begun integrating therapies that aren’t part of mainstream medicine into their treatment programs. A number of medical schools now include education on nontraditional techniques. As complementary and alternative therapies prove effective, they’re being combined more often with conventional care. This is known as integrative medicine. After their training in Tucson, these integrative medical doctors return to their home states to practice.
Dr. Yost specifically teaches his area of Functional Medicine. Functional Medicine is a patient-centered approach that goes beyond a typical holistic model to balance core functional processes in the body such as cellular metabolism, digestive function, detoxification, and control of oxidative stress. A combination of elements comes together in the functional medicine model:
- A thorough understanding of physiological and biochemical function, from cellular to organ levels.
- Knowledge of well-established interventions for altering gene expression; and
- An intensive study of the fundamental biological processes that can cut across organ systems and medical specialties.
- Produces a unique approach to health care that focuses on achieving health through optimizing physiological function.
Functional Medicine can be thought of as a specialized area under the broader context of Integrative Medicine. Closely associated with Integrative and Functional medicine is Mind Body Medicine which focuses on the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behavior, and on the powerful ways in which emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral factors can directly affect health. It regards as fundamental an approach that respects and enhances each person’s capacity for self-knowledge and self-care, and it emphasizes techniques that are grounded in this approach. Mind body medicine Includes relaxation, hypnosis, visual imagery, meditation, yoga, biofeedback, tai chi, spirituality, etc. Well trained integrative medical doctors will be familiar with all of these areas.