ISci 701 Introduction to Statistics, Research Design, and Information Literacy

According to the course description,

This course supports critical analysis of a wide range of integrative health studies. It provides future integrative medicine professionals with the foundational knowledge and skills to identify and evaluate research design and basic statistics. Students develop skills in searching databases as well as critical appraisal of clinical and epidemiological research. Students will find and evaluate published information on health topics then summarize and share their findings.

This course was much more challenging than anticipated. Successful completion of each assignment required demonstration of all of the skills covered in the class to date.  An example of the this is the last individual assignment we did prior to the group project presentation.  The assignment was to evaluate two scientific studies and determine if they would be clinically relevant to a practitioner’s client population.

ISci 701 Whitney_Palacios_Assignment2

HRB 605 Materia Medica

This course investigates approximately 30 of the most commonly used herbal medicines and related supplements in the United States. Each herb will be discussed from the ethnobotanical perspective as well as the modern phyto-therapeutic perspective, with a focus on pharmacological understanding and relevant clinical trials. Special emphasis will be placed on topics relevant to the contemporary clinician, including quality control, interactions, and other safety parameters of each herb covered. This course provides the student with the necessary skills to effectively research herbs not covered in the class.

This class quickly takes a deep dive into the very detailed world of each herb covered.  Over the duration of the course we worked on a project where we had fictional patients that we had to treat.  As the course progressed and our understanding of the therapeutic actions of the herbs deepened, we reflected on our initial protocols and discussed lessons learned. This paper is an example of this work throughout the course.


Research Paper Part C


HRB 622 Herbal Pharmacy and Product Presentation

This artifact is the documentation of two herbal products that I formulated and created to illustrate the skills I gained through HRB 622 Herbal Pharmacy.   The first product required time and planning as I created separate hydroethanol extractions for five different ingredients to create the final product. The product turned out very well and provided me with some great learning experiences.

The second product included in this artifact was the less successful of the two. I utilized skills I learned about topical infusions and essential oils to create a bath blend. While the aroma and therapeutic properties met with the intended expectation, I had not given any thought to pharmaceutical elegance.  Ultimately, I had a very nice product that could have been much better.  This endeavor illustrated that attention to detail is crucial in product design.




HRB 600 Foundations of Herbal Medicine

This artifact is research that I conducted in one of my first herbal classes. To complete the assignment we had to locate both primary and secondary literature to support my research.  Locating primary research ended up being much harder than anticipated.  During this process I learned how to obtain an identification card so that I could use the Library of Congress to look through the numerous primary texts available on early Native American cultures so that I could better determine their medicinal uses for verbascum thapsus.

HRB600 Native American Herb Use