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Ileal

Pert. to the ileum, part of the small bowel.

Iliac Crest

The high point of the hip bone which can be felt just below the waist.

Immunology

Is the science dealing with the specific mechanisms by which living tissues react to foreign biological material in a way that may enhance resistance or immunity.  In mainstream medicine, such treatmeants include the use of monoclonal antibodies, interferon, interleukin-2, and TNF (tumor necrosis factor).

Immunotherapies

Are those therapies that strengthen the immune system.  There is a wide range of therapies that are said to operate this way.

Inguinal

Pert.  to the region of the groin.

Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT)

Uses the hormone insulin, followed by glucose, to make drugs work more effectively in the treatment of cancer.  The insulin is thought to cause cancer cells to more rapidly absorb chemotherapy from the blood.

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

Is an advanced form of high-precision radiotherapy that utilizes computer-controlled x-ray accelerators to deliver precise doses of radiation to a malignant tumor or to specific areas within the tumor.

Interferon

Is a protein molecule that is created by white blood cells.  It acts to keep viruses from multiplying.

Intergrative Medicine

Is the use of both old and new healing techniques, including conventional Western medicine, Eastern medicine, and a full range of alternative treatments.

Interleukins

Are hormone-like substances produced by lymphocytes.  They are often used in mainstream biological therapies having strong side effects.

Invasive

Entering nerby tissue.

Iridology

Is the science of determining acute, sub-acute, chronic, and destructive stages in the affected organs of the body by examining their corresponding areas in the iris.

Iscador

Or mistletoe, is an herb that is used mainly as an anti-cancer agent in anthroposophorical medicine.