CRC Press is pleased to share with you our Q&A session with Aruna Bakhru, Editor of Nutrition and Integrative Medicine: A Primer for Clinicians
Q&A with Aruna Bakhru
Congratulations on the upcoming publication of your book, Nutrition and Integrative Medicine: A Primer for Clinicians, what do you want your audience to take away from the book?
If we are to have a balanced medical care system, then we need to extend our understanding to the so-called CAM modalities that have in actual fact existed for thousands of years before modern medicine and continue to exist. The ancient healing modalities are there, the cutting-edge research into nutrition, the microbiome, biophotons, sound, epigenetics is all there, just not within the pages of our medical textbooks yet. We treat the mind as though the body does not exist, and we treat the body as if the mind does not exist. The powerful effects of the mind on the body are dismissed as the placebo effect. It is as though we are missing the forest for the trees. A dead body is dissected in medical school, but the living, vibrationally alive human is not yet fully understood.
What inspired you to write this book?
As a practicing internist for over 25 years, I realized long ago that standard medical care did not have all the answers. There were many times that I found myself unable to help chronically ill patients. Over the years of my practice, chronic illness and the toll it has taken on the population of the United States and the rest of the world, the cost of care, the burden on the caregivers has only continued to increase. The financial ramifications, for the industry, government, society, and families are unsustainable in the long term. We can kick the can down the road only for so long. Amazingly, the answers are available but in separate pieces: the ancient healing sciences of Ayurveda, yoga, Chinese Medicine, nutrition, homeopathy, plant essential oils, the use of light and sound in healing, mind-body medicine, the detrimental effects of toxins and electromagnetic/microwave frequencies on the human body. I could go on, but the list is in the book.
Why is your book relevant to present day?
While medical professionals continue to practice traditional allopathic medicine, the public has turned toward nutritional and integrative medical therapies, especially for addressing the proliferation of chronic diseases. Physicians, clinicians, medical students, insurance companies, as well as our government policymakers can benefit from this informative text, written by leaders in the academic and scientific world, that will help them understand and navigate the various modalities that are available usually at low cost to help restore health. Much of this research exists but is not available within a single textbook that sets us in the direction of a new paradigm, one that is inclusive and not divisive. Nutrition and Integrative Medicine: A Primer for Clinicians provides clinicians with a guide on evaluating and recommending nutritional and integrative therapies. In this manner, it connects the integrative model and the nutritional model with our traditional understanding of health.
This book discusses insights regarding the microbiome of the human body, examines the relationship of human health to the microbiome of the food we ingest, and introduces the concept of "food as information." Also included are cutting edge anti-aging modalities, mind—body medicine, and an investigation of psychological trauma as related to disease causation. Additionally, the book presents research documenting neurobiological and genetic changes from meditation. Integrative therapies including water, light, and sound therapy are discussed from a practical as well as research standpoint. Detailed information on healing chronic disease with nutrition, the tooth—body connection, the role of toxins in disease causation, electromagnetic field hypersensitivity, as well as its management, are also included. It contains new information on the bioenergetics of food and dietary approaches to healing. It connects medicine and dentistry and the relationship of the teeth to the body systems.
It features information on the scientific basis of Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine, Yoga, Sound Healing, a deeper understanding of water, the role of light and much more.
The concept of the human body as not just physical, but one that is responsive to electrical and magnetic fields. Plant essential oils are going to be valuable going forward as the rising cost of antibiotics as well as bacterial resistance and the destruction of the microbiome, force us to look at modalities that are cheaper, safer, and whose complex chemistry make it difficult for bacterial resistance to develop. This book, written by eminent scientists at the forefront of their respective fields with a deep knowledge of their respective disciplines, provides an excellent reference. It is full of practical insights along with research to support the book’s information.
What makes your book stand out from its competitors?
This book, written by eminent scientists at the forefront of their respective fields with a deep knowledge of their respective disciplines, provides an excellent reference. It is full of practical insights along with research to support the book’s information. Physicians, clinicians, medical students, insurance companies, as well as our government policymakers can benefit from this informative text, written by leaders in the academic and scientific world, that will help them understand and navigate the various modalities that are available usually at low cost to help restore health.
What is your academic background ?
I am Board Certified in Internal Medicine. Additionally, I was awarded a Fellowship from the American College of Physicians for “professional accomplishment, personal integrity and superior competence in Internal Medicine”. I have recently been named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who’s Who in 2017. I am listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who's Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in the World. I have also served as the Chair of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Subcommittee of the Dutchess County Medical Society one of the roles of which is to inform the public of legitimate CAM modalities vs the fraud in the field of CAM. In the past I have also served as “The Young Physician Section Representative” of the Dutchess County Medical Society for the Medical Society of the State of New York.
In the past I have served on the Ambulatory and Emergency Services Committee and the Medical Audit Committee as well as the Complementary Care Committee at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. I also served on the Utilization Review and Quality Assurance Committee of the Mohawk Valley Plan.
I did my medical training from Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India and Residency in Internal Medicine from Prince George’s Hospital Center, Maryland. I also conducted research with Valerie Johnson, M.D., PhD at New York Medical College, Lincoln Hospital and Medical Center.
My website is www.centerforenergymedicine.com.
Specialties: Board Certified in Internal Medicine
Fellow of The American College of Physicians
What is the last book you read (non-academic)?
The last book that I read (for the third time) was Gone With The Wind. I was young when I first read it, at that time, it was the storyline that grabbed me. I noticed, reading it this time that I paid more attention to history as it was being related. How it must have felt, actually living through those times. I sincerely hope that we no longer have wars and suffering in our world. Humans at their core, like to live in peace, joy and happiness. That is my wish for our earth; for all beings to live in peace, harmony, contentment, good health and joy.