Subject: Eastern and Western Medicine Come Together At New San Diego Center


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Monday, Apr. 14, 2008

Eastern and Western Medicine Come Together At New San Diego Center

Institute for Specialized Medicine a First for Patients with Arthritis and Autoimmune Disorders

DEL MAR, Calif. — The Institute for Specialized Medicine, a new, state-of-the-art medical center for integrative care of arthritis and autoimmune disorders, has opened under the guidance of internationally recognized specialist and founder, Alexander R. Shikhman, M.D. The Institute -- the first of its kind in the San Diego area -- is devoted to changing the focus from "treating disease" to creating optimal health and wellness, keeping patients on the road toward an improved quality of life. The Institute's philosophy is to utilize the latest advances in Western medicine, historic Eastern medicine, and a European patient centered approach. The facility focuses on people affected by arthritis, inflammatory and metabolic disorders, autoimmune diseases, and immune system issues driven by foods and chronic infections.

A landmark study conducted by the American Hospital Association in 2007 concluded that by the year 2030, the average Baby Boomer will be living with three chronic diseases -- cardiac disease, diabetes and arthritis -- and each will need to be closely managed. The study recommends patients become more proactive in their health management by using all treatment methods at their disposal. With this approach in mind, the Institute for Specialized Medicine offers accurate diagnosis and treatment, active patient involvement and an integrative and specialized approach.

"I practice evidence-based and common-sense medicine first, and I maintain my focus on the needs of the individual," said Dr. Shikhman. "We realize the best patient outcomes from a blend of Western and Eastern medicine with conventional and complementary therapies."

Each new patient receives a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation consisting of a complete physical examination, biochemical, immunological and genetic testing, as well as state-of-the-art ultrasound and radiographic assessment. Based on the diagnosis, the Institute offers patients a truly individualized therapy program that may incorporate traditional pharmacology, a customized diet, appropriate food supplements and herbal remedies -- along with a personalized regimen for physical activity and daily exercises.

The Institute combines the best practices and medical knowledge available with support from a team of specialists, including: a licensed dietician and nutritionist specializing in anti-inflammatory and elimination diets; a massage therapist trained in Tuina (a form of Chinese manipulative therapy); a muscle physiologist; and an acupuncturist. In addition, the Institute for Specialized Medicine collaborates with renowned specialists in orthopedic surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, endocrinology, dermatology and physical therapy.

Dr. Shikhman is also medical director for Restorative Remedies, a newly formed nutraceutical company in San Diego. The company offers an extensive line of professional-grade, guaranteed-quality food supplements and herbal preparations focused on arthritis, inflammatory and metabolic disorders, autoimmune diseases, and immune system issues and related conditions. Each ingredient has been meticulously researched and selected by Dr. Shikhman to create products with unique composition, improved absorption capacity and optimized strength. These products are being manufactured at top-certified nutraceutical facilities. The information on each ingredient and its scientific significance will be made available online when Restorative Remedies is officially launched this summer. The first set of Restorative Remedies products will be available exclusively at the Institute for Specialized Medicine.



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About Dr. Alexander Shikhman

Dr. Shikhman graduated cum laude with medical and doctoral degrees from Russian State Medical University in Moscow. In 1990 he immigrated to the United States and served his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. He completed his clinical fellowship in rheumatology at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California. Subsequently, he became a member of Scripps Clinic Division of Rheumatology and a faculty member in the Department of Arthritis Research at the Scripps Research Institute. He is Board Certified in internal medicine and rheumatology and is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology.

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