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Educating World Leaders in Natural Healthcare

Background
There is a global revolution in medicine where a change in treatment paradigm has shifted increasingly from allopathic models of conventional medicine towards increasing use of Natural Medicine or a blended form of medicine (IM). Disenchantment with the classic conventional medical approach, involving pharmaceutical treatments or surgery has occurred in the past decade. Many factors have caused this shift of interest among healthcare consumers, including the cost/benefit ratio of drug treatments and a desire to receive non-invasive interventions. In fact, modern surgery has moved towards the “avoidance of the flash of the surgeon’s knife” with the advent of keyhole or laparoscopic surgery.

Several pioneers of Integrative Medicine have practiced their specialty for more than 30 years with much encumbrance. There has been a failure of conventional medicine to acknowledge the growing evidence base for alternative medical intervention. Sanctions have been taken against alternative-thinking physicians who do not wish to comply with anything other than a patients demand for their chosen type of intervention. At first sight, one may belief that the advent of Natural Medicine has been influenced greatly by practicing physicians, but the real circumstance is the increasing demand by the healthcare consumer for alternative medical treatments that they perceive to be simple, gentle and more natural. In fact, it is impossible to quantify the number of individuals who seek alternative healthcare strategies on an annual basis. Various epidemiological studies imply that as many as 80% of all patients attending a hospital outpatient facility have used or sought to use one or more forms of alternative medical treatments, most notably dietary supplements.

The conventional medical lobby still reacts adversely against the use of many alternative medical practices, but this is changing as an increased evidence-base emerges for the use of holistic healthcare. It is notable that within the past 5 years, almost every medical center of excellence or medical university has developed departments of Integrative Medicine with variable interest in different forms of non-traditional medicine. The current allopathic model of healthcare delivery has been described as failing on a recurrent basis by political pundits for about 50 years. The notion that many healthcare systems are failing in various countries is expressed regardless of the form of healthcare delivery. In other words, countries such as the United Kingdom with a nationalized health service (NHS) describes failures of portability of healthcare as often as countries such as the U.S. with its capitalistic model or even countries such as Canada or Scandinavian countries that have intermediate types of healthcare delivery ranging from socialistic medicine to fee for service healthcare.

The Founder of HIOM has had the unique privilege to practice or experience medical practice in nationalized healthcare services, intermediate forms of government or insurance reimbursement and several traditional medical systems in third world countries, over a period of 40 years. This experience is transmitted into the mission statements of HIOM which is a world-leading institute of Natural Health, embracing eclectic medical practices on an international basis.

Mission Statements
-To provide a convenient learning experience for all students of Natural Medicine, independent of their level of academic standing, but matched to their career ambitions.

-To demand respect for the practice of all medical disciplines when used appropriately and triaged to patient care with knowledge.

-To provide education in Natural Healthcare at all levels in order to permit medical and non-medical personnel to take control of diseases and disorders that robs quality of life or result in premature death and disability.

-To focus training on advanced preventive medicine strategies which are designed to decrease the prevalence of sickness and allow patients to take more control of their healthcare needs in a well developed healing/client relationship.

-To permit a student and patient to understand the importance of participation in healing environments or domains.

Educational Objectives
It is estimated that millions of people seek education in medical practices to support their quest for health and well-being. Increasingly, the demand for education has centered on the Natural Healthcare revolution. Medicine has been described as being “at the crossroads” between conventional and alternative medical strategies. The circumstances are more than a simple dichotomy and they appear to be a “spaghetti junction”, rather than a simple division in a medical highway. There are as many several hundred different types of medical practice which scholars have attempted to define as evidence based or non-evidence based. Obviously, the perception of evidence-base depends on the current level of scientific knowledge or the model of scientific inquiry that is applied to define an evidence base. A powerful economic set of interests define the application of different types of healthcare.

Westernized medicine has been dominated by an economic model that promotes drug prescriptions or over the counter use of drugs. The fallacy of this system is obvious, but not often readily apparent to the healthcare consumer. On the one hand, the United States has the greatest per capita use of pharmaceuticals, but, on the other hand, levels of general health and well-being are lower than approximately 40 other countries in the world who do not share the thirst for drug taking. Integrative Medicine is the model chosen by HIOM and there is no attempt in teaching programs to reject the practice of conventional medicine. Certainly many natural treatments have no role in emergency medical care, but nutrition and herbal medicine is starting to play an increasing role in preventive medical strategies such as the management of high blood cholesterol, dealing with the transition of the menopause etc.

Arguably, the most important disorder facing industrialized society is the occurrence of Metabolic Syndrome X. Despite the knowledge that about 17 million Americans may have Syndrome X (defined as the variable combination of an overweight status, have normal blood cholesterol and high blood pressure, linked by insulin resistance), this diagnosis is not frequently noted in medical charts, perhaps because there is no easy quick fix with a drug or surgery. The management of Metabolic Syndrome X illustrates the power of Integrative Medicine where socio-behavioral, lifestyle and nutritional changes are required to combat this “ugly syndrome” (X).

Against this background the HIOM is dedicated to leading a Natural Healthcare revolution in which all people can participate, at their sole discretion, at multiple levels of educational activity. The HIOM is striving to be one of the world’s leading institutes of natural health, in order to meet the growing needs and desires of healthcare consumers. Whether you’re seeking to change careers, add new areas of expertise to your existing healthcare practice, or simply learn good health practices for yourself and your family, HIOM has a self–paced certification, classroom and distance learning program for you.

Customize Your Education to Fit Your Needs
HIOM’s trained admissions advisors are available to answer your questions about the costs, time involved, financing options, and prerequisites for each program. The staff of HIOM will help you explore how to create an education plan that fits your individual goals, personal schedule and budget. You can contact an admissions advisor by email: admissions@hiom.org

The Holt Institute of Medicine (HIOM) makes earning a certification or degree exciting and convenient. HIOM offers more benefits than the average traditional schools of naturopathy, as a consequence of its focus on Integrative Medicine. HIOM offers an entry level enrollment in a Dietary Supplement Counselor Course. The educational programs for natural health are integrated to a variable degree with allopathic medicine. HIOM offers innovative distance learning programs that allow students all over the world to pursue a certificate or degree program in a natural health discipline. The courses are for all people from all “walks of life. It permits the student with onsite requirements tailored to educational ambitions. If you have ever dreamed of starting a career as a natural health consultant, this is your opportunity to make that dream come true. Explore your future in natural health, and alternative health careers by reading HIOM’s library of informative articles.

General Characteristics of HIOM
The curriculum provided at HIOM is quite variable and teaching material is selected from valid sources of information on natural health. HIOM is an international comprehensive learning institute, with award-winning, academic programs. At the HIOM, students can earn a certification or degrees in a variety of innovative undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

HIOM is committed to educate students from all countries and it is affiliated with the World University of Natural Medicine. Through its portable International Programs, the Institute provides academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities which support a commitment to education in natural medicine. Known for its competent, committed, caring faculty, the Institute prides itself on its student-faculty ratio. It also takes pride in its commitment to diversity. Some 27 percent of its students are selected members of minority groups.

Committed to creating new learning venues, the HIOM of Continuing and Professional Studies and its Office of Distance Learning is pioneering a variety of online medical courses and certificate programs.

Absolute Pre-requisites to Enrollment at HIOM
All students at HIOM must understand that it is a condition of their enrollment that they solemnly declare allegiance to the ethical practice of medicine in their chosen format and that they will always seek to behave in a caring and understanding manner for the sick, ill or destitute. The students of HIOM must agree to serve children and elderly, regardless of financial consideration where necessary and the HIOM student must do everything in their power to contribute to everyone’s well being. The student of HIOM must conduct themselves in accordance with the highest morals and ideals of life and they will uphold the practice of medicine, as far as is consistent with their duty to their God and country.
HIOM follows the Hippocratic Oath and it has taken a focus on the dictum “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. To further understand the philosophy of HIOM some selected quotes or aphorisms of Hippocrates are highlighted below:

Reflections from Hippocrates

A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.

Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always.

Everything in excess is opposed to nature.

Healing in a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.

If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.

It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.

Keep a watch also on the faults of the patients, which often make them lie about the taking of things prescribed.

Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgment difficult.

Make a habit of two things: to help; or at least to do no harm.

Many admire, few know.

Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.

Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a man should himself lend a hand.

Science is the father of knowledge, but opinion breeds ignorance.

The chief virtue that language can have is clearness, and nothing detracts from it so much as the use of unfamiliar words.

The life so short, the craft so long to learn.

There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the later ignorance.

To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy.

Walking is a man's best medicine.

Whenever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm.

Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.