Integral Medicine of Sarasota and Manatee Co.

This is Alex Smithers.  I founded the Integral Medicine clinic in an attempt to bring an intelligent, practical, and refined integration of Conventional and Complementary, Western and Eastern medicine to the community.  My goal is to offer more with less. In other words I aim to bring the patient to a state of well being as quickly as possible, while keeping the treatment plans as practical, as simple, and as cost effective as possible.  I believe that this is what enhances patient compliance and compliance is essential for positive outcomes.

The clinic will use an Integrative Medical approach to treat all forms of illness, disease and dysfunction.  At the same time, we will explore the broader implications of disease and shine light on how and why certain diseases originate and develop.

Founded on the principles of compassion, honesty and responsibility, Integral Medicine will engage in a new system of health care that is emerging in this country.  One based on actual health care rather than that of disease care.  A system in which the entire person is acknowledged in the treatment of disease rather than merely the symptoms they are presenting with.  Cooperation from both Eastern and Western practitioners will be necessary, however, as it is only in the integration of both of these systems, integrating the best of both worlds, that will offer the patient the most benefit.  This is the vision and hope of Dr. Smithers and Integral Medicine.

Sweetened Beverage Consumption and Risk of Heart Failure

Heart (British Cardiac Society)   TAKE-HOME MESSAGE The authors of this prospective, population-based cohort study assessed the association between consumption of sweetened beverages and risk of heart failure (HF) in men. Over a mean follow-up period of 11.7 years, drinking sweetened beverages was associated with increased risk of HF. Compared with men who did not consume sweetened beverages, men who […] » Continue reading

Newborn Probiotic Use Tied to Lower Risk of Type 1 Diabetes

Adding probiotics to an infant’s feedings in the first month of life may reduce the risk of type 1 diabetes for those genetically predisposed to the disease, according to research published online Nov. 9 in JAMA Pediatrics. THURSDAY, Nov. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Adding probiotics to an infant’s feedings in the first month of life may reduce the risk […] » Continue reading

Curcumin Modulates Colonic Microbiota During Colitis and May Prevent Colon Cancer

Published in Gastroenterology Journal Scan / Research · November 17, 2015 TAKE-HOME MESSAGE In this study, wild-type or Il10 (a model for colorectal cancer associated with colitis) mice that received six injections of azoxymethane (or a negative control) were fed curcumin-supplemented or control food to investigate its effect on the microbiota. The diet with curcumin prolonged survival, lowered colon weight/length […] » Continue reading