Kathleen M. Fairfield MD MPH DrPH


Types of Complementary Medicine

People often use the terms complementary medicine and alternative medicine in place of each other. But there is a difference. Understanding the difference will help you to become more informed about this type of medicine. Complementary medicine is a nonstandard treatment or medicine that is used together with…

Types of Complementary Medicine

People often use the terms complementary medicine and alternative medicine in place of each other. But there is a difference. Understanding the difference will help you to become more informed about this type of medicine. Complementary medicine is a nonstandard treatment or medicine that is used together with…

Homeopathy

What is homeopathy? Homeopathy, or homeopathic medicine, is a medical philosophy and practice based on the idea that the body has the ability to heal itself. Homeopathy was founded in the late 1700s in Germany and has been widely practiced throughout Europe. Homeopathic medicine views symptoms of illness as normal…

Izzy’s Story: Living With the DASH Diet

“I’m a believer!” That’s the proclamation from Izzy, a 60-year-old clerk from Petaluma, Calif. She’s talking about a way of eating that helped her lose weight and brought her blood pressure way down. “If there were a commercial for the DASH diet, I’d volunteer to be a spokesperson,” says Izzy. The DASH diet is an eating…

Reiki

What is reiki? Reiki means “universal life energy” and is an ancient healing method that manipulates energy flow in the body. Reiki practitioners believe there is an energy force in and around the body. They believe that there is a flow of energy between the reiki practitioner and the receiver of the treatment. It is…