Understanding the Role of Integrative Medicine

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital September 16, 2014

Osher Clinical Center leadership (left to right): Donald B. Levy, MD; Helene Langevin, MD; and Peter Wayne, PhD

Many of us believe integrative medicine is an alternative to traditional medical therapy or a complement to it. Yet, neither of these is an accurate description according to Donald B. Levy, MD, Medical Director, Osher Clinical Center for Integrative Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH).

Dr. Levy defines integrative medicine as a philosophy of healing that focuses on non-invasive therapies and lifestyle habits to enhance the body’s ability to heal. Integrative medicine, which includes therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, and massage, is particularly beneficial for patients with chronic health conditions, says Dr. Levy.

In this video, Dr. Levy describes the role of integrative medicine and how physicians at the Osher Clinical Center work collaboratively with physicians in other medical specialties at BWH to optimize patient care.

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Eating and Living to Keep Your Eyes Young and Healthy

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital August 19, 2014

A variety of lifestyle changes can help improve your eye health.

Today’s blog post comes from Dr. Donald B. Levy, Medical Director of the Osher Clinical Center for Integrative Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of visual loss in older adults. Your risk of developing AMD is related to genetics, diet, blood pressure management, smoking, and other factors.

Diet and Exercise

A healthy diet, especially one rich in green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, Swiss chard, and collard greens, along with whole grains, nuts, and some fish, is good for eye health. Regular physical activity and avoidance of tobacco products also is recommended to avoid or slow the progression of AMD.

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Enjoying Great Outdoors Month Safely

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital June 19, 2014

Before celebrating Great Outdoors Month during June, read health and safety tips from our experts so you and your family can enjoy yourselves safely.

Eating Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Safely

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six people suffer foodborne illnesses each year.  If you’re planning a picnic, follow our tips to prepare and pack your food, especially fruits and vegetables, to avoid foodborne illness.



A Healthy Summer Outdoors

Most of us will endure many bug bites and stings, and an occasional overdose of the sun, during the summer and fall. Dr. Donald B. Levy, Medical Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, offers some tips on using sunscreen and insect repellent properly.

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It’s a Wrap – Top Blog Posts in 2013

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital December 30, 2013

The blog team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is wrapping up 2013 with a selection of our most popular posts.  We’d also love to hear from you – what blog topics would you like to see in 2014?

We wish you a safe, happy New Year and thank you for your support.


Face Transplant Recipient Focuses on Her Gifts

Carmen Tarleton, got a new start on life when she became the fifth BWH patient to receive a face transplant. A team of more than 30 physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists and others worked for 15 hours to complete the surgery. Carmen’s story demonstrates how the generosity of neighbors, friends, and strangers can restore hope and healing.


Morning Heart Attacks: Blame It on Your Body Clock

Have you ever wondered why most heart attacks occur in the morning?  According to recent research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Oregon Health & Science University, you can probably place some of the blame on your body clock which drives day/night variations in a protein known to be a risk factor for heart attacks and ischemic strokes.

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