Our Philosophy

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A passion for natural healing

Jeanne Drisko, MD, founded KU Integrative Medicine in 1998, with a passion for helping patients heal themselves naturally by meeting the body's foundational needs: good nutrition, quality sleep, joy and movement.

Since then, she has built a department that shares that passion, including:

  • A research team that has become a world leader in the area of intravenous vitamin C as a complementary cancer therapy, conducting basic research as well as clinical trials;
  • An education program that works to spread the use of integrative approaches through an elective rotation for KU medical students, a physician fellowship program, and a graduate certificate program for Dietetics and Nutrition students;
  • And a clinical operation that provides a variety of integrative health services through The University of Kansas Health System.

What is integrative medicine?

As defined by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), integrative medicine brings together mainstream medical approaches with complementary approaches not considered part of conventional medical care. Integrative medicine can incorporate:

  • Biomedical practices such as vitamins, minerals or other natural products
  • Mind-body therapies such as yoga or acupuncture
  • Manipulative and body-based practices such as chiropractic manipulation or massage therapy
  • Movement therapies and exercise, such as pilates or high-intensity interval training

At KU Integrative Medicine, our focus is on nutrition and biomedical therapies.

Last modified: May 17, 2017
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