IHM (Integrative-Holistic Medicine) Services offered and fee schedule:
IHM Consult / Treatment Plan*: $100 (per diagnosis) IHM revision of Treatment Plan $ 50 IHM renewals on compounded prescriptions $ 25 for 3 months IHM requisition for Food Sensitivity/ discussion $ 50
* OHIP consultations may be required before or after IHM consults per the Ontario College of Physicians policy on Complementary/Alternative Medicine. The OHIP visit ensures the case has been fully explored from a conventional medicine framework and that contrast is provided into "what most doctors would advise" vs. the IHM recommendation. In some cases labwork (such as kidney/liver function tests etc.) would also be ordered under OHIP to monitor for safety.
Areas of interest: IHM for Thyroid or Autoimmune Disease IHM for Chronic Fatigue IHM for Digestive System Problems IHM for Drug-Supplement Interactions and analyze supplements
About Integrative Holistic Medicine (IHM)
Integrative Holistic Medicine (IHM) combines diagnostic tests and treatments from both Conventional/Allopathic Medicine and Complementary/Alternative Medicine (CAM). CAM therapies are increasingly being utilized by the public (in some studies as much as 75% of the public on a regular basis), and many are afraid to tell their doctors. J Altern Complement Med. 2007 Nov;13(9):997-1006.
Canada unfortunately provides little support to doctors with interest in Integrative Medicine. Physicians wishing to pursue a peer reviewed exam or formal certification must do so in the USA (via the ABIHM previously ,and now the ABPS). In Ontario, an OHIP visit only covers care provided through the lens of conventional medicine. For this reason Integrative Medicine is often misunderstood and viewed with skepticism and ignorance by some physicians.
Where do I fit in? As a diplomate of the ABIHM, I aim to provide a responsible balance of care, ensuring first that acute and serious medical conditions are managed by the conventional medicine approach. I practice conventional medicine most of my day, the volume and pattern recognition facilitates decision making about whether a strictly conventional or IHM approach best suits the patient. Integrative-holistic techniques are best applied to chronic diseases that have failed the conventional approaches, especially conditions labeled or classified as a "wastebasket diagnosis".
What is a wastebasket diagnosis? A diagnosis given to a constellation of symptoms that have no physical origin or supporting evidence through diagnostic tests. I have contributed to this wiki on the topic. Patients describe feeling dismissed, being given a handout as the only treatment, and many times are left with the impression nothing more can be done. A list of wastebasket conditions I come frequently across in Family Practice: - Adult ADD - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Fibromyalgia - Subclinical Hypothyroidism - Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis - Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Chronic pain syndromes - Interstitial Cystitis
Integrative-Holistic Medicine provides an arsenal of approaches to managing these symptoms and improving the quality of life of patients who otherwise have no answers. The "Functional Medicine" diagnostic approach aims to search for common links between body systems and ailments, hoping to relieve health problems at the root.
If you desire help with an Integrative-Holistic focus, do not hesitate to contact me.
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