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COURTESY: ADVENTIST HEALTH - Dr. Daniel Ananyev is a proponent of integrative medicine, which is a combination of traditional and alternative health care.Now more than ever, Portlanders are in the driver’s seat to navigate the medical care market and discover what services best fit with their needs and lifestyle.


Advancements in medical technology continue to unlock secrets to human health and change the landscape. It’s not just technology, however, but the evolution of how we think of care that’s changing the industry. Many physicians at Adventist Health in southeast Portland are taking a “whole-person” approach to care.

Integrative medicine is a combination of alternative and traditional care that empowers people to take control of their health so it makes sense for them. Going beyond physical care, integrative medicine explores the mental and emotional well-being of a person to heal the whole body, rather than just a physical issue or symptom.

Adventist Health’s model already emphasizes foods and lifestyle as its own form of medicine. The approach helps avoid jumping too quickly to unnecessary treatment. More exercise, a healthier diet and other lifestyle changes have proven to help medical conditions and prevent unnecessary medicines, treatments or even surgery. Integrative medicine is an extension of this approach to continuing care that considers the whole patient, not just the immediate health problem.

“Integrative medicine puts people in the driver’s seat when it comes to finding the right medical care,” says Dr. Daniel Ananyev, a board-certified family medicine physician specializing in osteopathic and integrative medicine at Adventist Medical Center. “Patients should explore the type of medicine best suited for them and their lifestyle, while also relying on medical experts to guide them so they get to the right place and avoid any incorrect information.”

Ananyev also says it’s more of a “team approach” to care, so that your physician, dietician, acupuncturist, physical therapist or surgeon are all communicating and working together to improve patient health in a way that’s best for you.

Physicians and health experts are encouraged to grow and better their understanding of patients and their health through integrative medicine.

“By getting to know my patients better and growing my personal knowledge, I can help them live healthier in a manner that’s true to their medical care expectations and their spiritual or cultural background,” adds Ananyev.

While Portlanders often find comfort in their unconventional ways, including a more progressive view on alternative care, the movement isn’t just happening in the Rose City. Integrative medicine is spreading nationally as people find themselves more accepting of nontraditional forms of medicine. The concept and approach has been around since the early 90s, but didn’t hit its stride until recently.

Driven by patient demand and how successful the approach has been, integrative medicine centers are now popping up throughout the country.

“Rather than immediately prescribing a medication to a patient, I try to suggest more natural changes to diet and lifestyle as a first method to see if that will help,” says Ananyev. “Sometimes it just takes cutting out red meat, reducing the amount of certain foods you eat and adding more fruits and vegetables to improve a condition.”

Ananyev says that while not everyone is ready to take full ownership of their health, integrative medicine is growing more common for people of all ages, races and genders who are looking for a continuing care method to get in touch with their health on new levels, rather than just the surface.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Patient Benefits of Integrative Medicine:

  • Combination of traditional and alternative care
  • Proactive approach to health
  • Team of specialists working for you
  • Personal connection with your care providers
  • Whole body care that’s evidence-based
  • Finding the root of a problem
  • Anyone could be a good candidate
  • Typically covered by insurance
  • Low-risk care
  • Natural medicine
  • CHIP - Complete Health Improvement Program

    Adventist Medical Center is offering FREE information sessions about its 10-week lifestyle intervention program that helps people prevent and even reverse many of today’s common diseases. CHIP provides Portlanders with education, motivation and support to improve their health. The program is typically covered by insurance and the next course begins Oct. 6.

    Register for an information session on line or by phone.

    Web: adventisthealthnw.com

    Phone: 503-256-4000

    CHIP Information Sessions

    When: Sept. 8, 10 and 16, 6:30-8 p.m.

    Where: Adventist Medical Center, Board Room A

    10123 SE Market St., Portland

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