Integrative medicine – A way forward for public health
The workshop focusses on two major topics: Integrative medicine (IM) and CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) and their potential to reduce antimicrobial resistance (AMR) on the one hand and the contribution of anthroposophic medicine (a special therapy system of integrative medicine) to public health in the EU on the other hand.
Anthroposophic medicine (AM) is a system that fits into integrative medicine as a best practice model. It’ special medicines and therapies (including art therapies, eurythmy therapy and many others) are practised world-wide. The International Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations IVAA (www.ivaa.info) is a member of ELIANT. It will be discussed in which medical fields AM is well placed to add value to the European public health system.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has become a very serious threat world-wide. In the EU approx. 25.000 people die each year from an infection due to AMR. EU health politicians and authorities are fully aware of the alarming situation and are looking for alternatives to reduce AMR in the field of human and veterinary medicine. IM and CAM can contribute significantly preventing and reducing the use of antibiotics. Current CAM research and best practice examples will be presented and discussed.
Dr. Thomas Breitkreuz was born in 1964 in Münster, Germany. Dr. Breitkreuz specialised as an internist with oncology, gastroenterology, cardiovascular disease, and general internal medicine as the main areas of clinical expertise. Since 2010 Dr Breitkreuz is Senior Consultant at the Paracelsus Hospital, Unterlengenhardt, Germany. He is President of the Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations (IVAA) and Member of the Executive Board of the Physicians' Association for Anthroposophic Medicine in Germany (GAÄD).
Professor Erik Baars was born in 1961 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. For 16½ years he worked as an anthroposophic physician at the Zeylmans van Emmichoven Clinic and the Bernard Lievegoed Clinic in Bilthoven, The Netherlands. He is Master of Science in epidemiology and he has a PhD in curative health promotion. Since 2007 he is a part-time Professor of Anthroposophic Medicine at the University of Applied Sciences, Leiden, The Netherlands. His particular research interest includes epidemiological and clinical studies, case-studies, health promotion, holism-reductionism, anthroposophic medicine, concept development and methodology development for research and clinical practice.