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Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center

The Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center is dedicated to supporting the health education needs of the community. An annual benefit funds the Resource Center as well as the Living in the Future (LIFE) Cancer Survivorship Program, including sponsorship of the Myra Rubenstein Weis Cancer Survivorship Seminars.

Located at Highland Park Hospital, the Resource Center is a private place to obtain information when making healthcare decisions.

Visitors are welcome to stop by to browse our collection and enjoy our relaxing environment between appointments or during other idle time in the hospital.

Our personal, confidential assistance is available free of charge to help you find the health information you need. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to request services, call the Resource Center Coordinator at 847.480.2727 or email

January's Spotlight "Complementary, Alternative & Integrative Medicine"

Many Americans, about 30%, use medical treatments that are not part of mainstream medicine. When you use these types of care, it may be called complementary, alternative and/or integrative medicine.

Complementary/Integrative Medicine may consist of any or a combination of acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation, vitamins/minerals & herbal supplements, Ayurvedic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy and naturopathy and massage- just to name a few.

If a non-mainstream practice is used together with conventional medicine, it’s considered "complementary."

If a non-mainstream practice is used in place of conventional medicine, it’s called "alternative."

*True alternative medicine is uncommon. Most people who use non-mainstream approaches use them along with conventional treatments.

An example of complementary/integrative medicine would be utilizing acupuncture to help with side effects of chemotherapy for cancer treatment. To minimize the health risks of a non-mainstream treatment

  • Discuss it with your doctor. It might have side effects or interact with other medicines.
  • Find out what the research says about it.
  • Choose practitioners carefully.
  • Tell all of your doctors and practitioners about all of the different types of treatments you use.

To find a Northshore physician who practices Integrative Medicine, use our find-a-doctor search.

For more information or to learn more about a variety of different health topics, please browse our encyclopedia, or visit Healthy You, our resource for timely health and wellness news, inspiring patient stories and tips to lead a healthy life.