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Postings Through July 2, 2015
Written by John Weeks   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014

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July 2, 2015

AIHM Starts Historic Interprofessional Fellowship with Tieraona Low Dog, MD as Director

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Tieraona Low Dog, MD: experienced fellowship director
On July 1, 2015, the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) announced that it is getting into the fellowship business. AIHM is doing so with a double splash. The interprofessional organization, founded in 2013 as a "big tent" for all in integrative health and medicine, plans to offer the fellowship to members of multiple professions including, according to the release, "medical, osteopathic, naturopathic and chiropractic physicians, dentists, advance practice registered nurses, physician's assistants, licensed acupuncturists, registered dietitians, pharmacists, licensed clinical social workers and psychologists." In addition, they have brought in as director Tieraona Low Dog, MD, the former head of the fellowship at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine who will team with AIHM's director of education Tabatha Parker, ND.

June 27, 2015

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Health and Medicine Round-up #92: June 2015

Policy
 -If I Ran the Zoo: Quality Measures in Accountable Care and the Fit with Integrative Health and Medicine 
-HHS Corrects FAQ on 2706/Non-Discrimination: IHPC's Traub Calls It a Victory
-North Dakota Becomes 45th State to Regulate Acupuncturists
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Webinar looked at integrative medicine and quality measures
-Maryland Becomes 29th State to Regulate Direct-Entry Midwives
Research Advances
-Systematic Survey of Naturopathic Whole Practice Research Published
-"To Pause and Protect" - Mindful Police Work Featured at Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine SPARC Research Conference
Integrative Services
-Casey Health Institute: Marrying Integrative Health and Values-Based Medicine
-Quick Links to Integrative Medicine News in Medical Systems and Communities: May 2015
Integrative Academics
-University of Western States in Partnership with Veteran's Group for Chiropractic, Functional Medicine and Massage Services
-Puerto Rico's University of Turabo the 8th Naturopathic Program to Gain Federal Recognition
-Midwifery Education Accreditation Council Seeks Executive Director
Organization and Professions
-Ryan Cliche, MBA, FAE Named Executive Director of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
-AAAOM Creates Three New Committees in Additional Priority Areas
-F4CP and the IAYT/Yoga Therapy Version of Five Stages of Professional Development
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Major strategic player in IM sunsetted June 30, 2015
-Integrator's John Weeks Leaves ACCAHC Executive Directorship after 8.5 Years
Philanthropy
-It's Official: Bravewell Collaborative Sunsets after $30-Million of Investment
-A Case of Ethical Relativity: Australian Natural Products Giant Blackmores Funds $1.3-million Chair in Integrative Medicine at University of Sydney
International
-The Global Integrator Blog Round-up from Global Advances in Health and Medicine: May 2015
-Guara Workshop: Traditional Midwifery and Holistic Medicine in Urubamba , Peru
People
-Robert Rountree, MD is the 2015 Linus Pauling Award Recipient from IFM
-AOM Pioneers Robert Duggan and Dianne Connelly Retire from MUIH, Formerly Tai Sophia Institute
-Bastyr University Names Charles "Mac" Powell as New President
-CAM Critic Wallace Sampson, MD, Dies


June 14, 2015

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Weeks with spouse Jeana Kimball, ND, MPH at Dr. Rogers' Prize event 2011
Complementary and Integrative Health Consortium Celebrates John Weeks' Contributions as He Steps Down from 8.5 Years as Executive Director


ACCAHC Media Release, June 2015 (Seattle). The Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC) proudly honors the contributions of integrative health and medicine pioneer John Weeks as he steps down as executive director on June 30, 2015 after 8.5 years in the position. The release documents the multiple impactful engagement of the consortium of now 58 member organizations, 18 national organization and 40 individual academic institutions. ACCAHC's Chronology of Accomplishment during Weeks' term ...




June 8, 2015

ImageQuick Links to Integrative Medicine News in Medical Systems and Communities: May 2015

This typically monthly Integrator feature is, for May 2015, a quick capture of highlights from the stories that flow in daily from various sources relative to "integrative medicine." A couple of significant themes and events from May are the Tracy Gaudet-Bernie Sanders chat about integrative VA care, an interesting reference to a Joint Commission note on dietary supplements, the new website for the new ACIMH a.k.a. "The Consortium," a new clinic for the Weil/U Az program, an intriguing John Templeton Foundation grant to better arm chaplains for work in the evidence-based medicine (EBM) environment. (Note that Global News Links are now posted at The Global Integrator Blog for Global Advances in Health and Medicine - see related notice here.)

June 8, 2015

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Global links for traditional and integrative health and medicineand
The Global Integrator Blog Round-up from Global Advances in Health and Medicine: May 2015


In January 2015, Integrator publisher-editor John Weeks began producing "The Global Integrator Blog" for the web portal of the exceptional Global Advances in Health and Medicine Journal. The month of May 2015 offer posts that are gathered into the May 2015 Global Integrator Blog Round-up.  Posts include: "What Insurance Records Say about Homeopathy in France;" "US Agency Upholds Discrimination against Licensed Integrative Health Professions;" "Swiss Government Will Recognize Practitioners of TCM, European Traditional Medicine, Homeopathy, and Ayurveda;" "The Inspiring Tale of a Nigerian Monk, Sustainable Herbalism, and the African Research Institute;" and "Canadian College Offers Naturopathic Medical Bridge for International Medical Graduates;" and "Quick Links to Global News in Traditional, Alternative, and Integrative Health and Medicine for April 2015."

May16, 2015

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Health and Medicine Round-up #91: May 2015

Policy
-YOUR PERSPECTIVES NEEDED: Comment Periods End for NCCIH Research Strategy (May 18) and HHS Pain Strategy (May 20)
-HHS Shuns Congressional Intent on "Non-Discrimination in Health Care" and Refuses to Clarify Position
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Features James Gordon's Gaza work
-PETITION: Congressman Ryan, Hyman, Promoting Measure to Force Nutrition Education in Medical Schools
-Change from the Inside Out: Berwick Group's Pushes New Delivery Principles "Beyond the Triple Aim"
Economics
-Health Creation Economics: IHPC Publishes Cost-Effectiveness Booklet
-Integrator Columnist Michael Levin: How $2.00 of Vitamin C Can Save Thousands of Dollars for Patients Following Cardiac Surgery
Research
-Bravewell Publishes Promising Results of PRIMIER Practice Based Research Network in IM
-Where the Rubber Meets the Road:  AANMC, AANP and ACCAHC Urge Interprofessional Make-up of NCCIH Advisory Council
-Oregon's Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary OCIM Hosts June 2015 SPARC Conference; Sternberg Featured
-$4.5 Million in Templeton Grants to Fund Research Literacy for Hospital Chaplaincy
Integrative Delivery
-Four Major Delivery Systems Contract with Healthways for the Ornish Heart Program
-Quick Links to Integrative Medicine News in Medical Systems and Communities: April 2015
Integrative Academics
-Duke Leadership in Integrative Medicine Program Strikes up Deal with Today's Practitioner
-Two Presentations from Integrative Health and Medicine Academic Programs and Bridgeport and Arizona Featured at an IOM Forum
-Can a Naturopathic Degree Be a "Bridge" for an International Medical Graduate?
-New England School of Acupuncture to Combine with MCPHS University
-American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine to Merge with CIIS
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Meg Jordan: figures in 3 Round-up stories
-Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) Initiates "COMTA-endorsed Curriculum Status" Program
Organizations
-60 Minutes Features James Gordon's Center for MindBody Medicine's Gaza Work in "Lessons of War"
-New Website of Consortium of Academic Centers Announces Organization as "Collective Voice"
-Sutter Health Systems Joins Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health
-AIHM Portrayal in IMCJ Interview with Executive Director Nan Sudak, MD
-GAHMJ Special Report: Foundational Work of the National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches
International 
-The Global Integrator Blog Round-up for April 2015 from Global Advances in Health and Medicine 
Miscellaneous
-Harmonic Emergence?  The Late 1970s Birth of the Organized Movement for Integrative Health and Medicine
People
-Meg Jordan, RN, PhD in Co-Presidency of the National Wellness Institute
-Honoring Dan Cherkin, PhD in His (Partial) Retirement and New Consulting

May 3, 2015

Quick Links to Integrative Medicine News in Medical Systems and Communities: April 2015

This typically monthly Integrator feature is, for April 2015, a quick capture of highlights from the stories that flow in daily from various sources relative to "integrative medicine." A couple of significant themes and events that showed up significantly in April were the controversy surrounding the efforts of Columbia medical school faculty to oust TV celebrity Mehmet Oz, MD and the April 20-21 FDA hearings on homeopathy. Good to see four delivery systems contracting with Healthways for the Ornish program. (Note that Global News Links are now posted at The Global Integrator Blog for Global Advances in Health and Medicine - see related notice here. Exciting development.)

May 3, 2015

The Global Integrator Blog Round-up from Global Advances in Health and Medicine: April 2015

In January 2015, Integrator publisher-editor John Weeks began producing "The Global Integrator Blog" for the web portal of the exceptional Global Advances in Health and Medicine Journal. For the month of April, this included 6 posts that are gathered into the April 2015 Global Integrator Blog Round-up.  Posts include: Acupuncture Without Borders in Nepal; Britain's refusal to regulate herbalists; the dynamism in AYUSH in India since the distinct department was created; the international reach and influence of the Pizzorno/Murray Textbook and Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine; and areflection on the power of traditional medicine in universal healthcare as projected in the WHO Strategic Medicine for Traditional Medicine. For the 7 articles in the March 2015 Round-up, click here.

April 9, 2015

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Health and Medicine Round-up #90: April 2015

Policy
-Comment Period until June 22:  FDA Calls for Comments and Announces April 20-21 Hearing on Regulation of Homeopathics
-Comment Period until May 20: HHS Publishes DRAFT National Plan for Pain Care
Economics
-Column Available: "Perverse Incentives and the Triple Aim: Overcoming the Troubled Path to Economic Integration for Integrative Medicine and Health"
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Goldman: insightful reporting on Cleveland Clinic
Clinical

-Erik Goldman's Fascinating Portrait, for FON Consulting, of the Cleveland Clinic's Integrative Program
-Quick Links to Integrative Medicine News in Medical Systems and Communities: March 2015
Research
-Briggs Blast Over-Prescribing of Opioids and Announces NCCIH Initiative to Explore "Misplaced Fear" of Drug-Botanical Interactions
-$3-million Grant to Ottawa Integrative Center for "Real World" Look at Outcomes of Advanced Integrative Oncology
-Regarding Dugald Seely, Polarization-based Medicine Bloggers, and the Integrative "Mud Smudge of Courage"
-AANP President Pournadeali's Letter to NCCIH Requesting Increased Licensed Complementary and Integrative Practitioners on Advisory Council  
-Award of $415,000 Supports Research on Via CCNM and Toronto's Brampton Hospital on Naturopathic Care for Type 2 Diabetes
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Pizzorno: major impact of volumes co-authored with Murray
Academics

-Bastyr President Dan Church, PhD: The Natural Medicine Journal's Candid Exit Interview after His 10 Years at the Helm
-Naturopathic Mothership NCNM to Add Bachelors' Programs to Expanding Graduate Offerings
Organizations
-American Medical Student Association/ACIMH Open LEAPS Program to Students from Non-MD Fields
-IAYT Takes Next Steps in Certification Program for Yoga Therapists
International 
-John Weeks' The Global Integrator Blog Round-up for March 2015 from Global Advances in Health and Medicine
-Australian Agency: "No Good Quality Evidence that Homeopathy is Effective in Treating Health Conditions"
Miscellaneous
-The 30-Year, International Reach of Pizzorno-Murray's Textbook and Their Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine
People
-Penny George Institute's Greg Plotnikoff, MD Honored as an "Inspiring Physician" by the Minnesota Medical Association
-Tieraona Low Dog, MD Granted Herbal Insight Award by the American Herbal Products Association
-Frank Nicchi, DC, MS Honored by the Association of Chiropractic Colleges
-Loren Israelsen Receives American Botanical Council's Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award
-Terry Lemerond Honored by American Botanical Council with Inaugural Champion's Award


April 4, 2015

Quick Links to Integrative Medicine News in Medical Systems and Communities: March 2015

This typically monthly Integrator feature is, for March 2015, a quick capture of highlights from the stories that flow in daily from various sources relative to "integrative medicine." Here are 26 selections related to hospitals and medical organizations and integrative medicine, plus 5 from alternative and integrative medicine in community non-system practices. (Note that Global News Links are now posted at The Global Integrator Blog for Global Advances in Health and Medicine - see related notice here. Exciting development.)

April 1, 2015

John Weeks' The Global Integrator Blog Round-up for March 2015 from Global Advances in Health and Medicine 

Integrator publisher-editor John Weeks began producing "The Global Integrator Blog" for the web portal of the exceptional Global Advances in Health and Medicine Journal. Each month, Weeks produces 7-10 posts that are gathered into a monthly Round-up.  The writing includes a monthly "Round-up" with headlines succinctly delivered. For March, these includes posts on a Chinese group obtaining WHO status, new web resource from Norway on "CAM" regulation in Europe, the medicinal trade in animal parts, from the USA and Australia, the battle over homeopathy, and 50 hot links to developments. For February’s Round-up, click here.




For earlier articles:

Issues #134-#136 April-June 2015

Issues #131-#133 Jan-March 2015

Issues #127-#130 Sept-Dec 2014

Issues #123-#126 May-Aug 2014

Issues #119-#122 Jan-April 2014


Issues #116-#118 - Oct-Dec 2013

Issues #113-#115 July-Sept 2013

Issues #110-#112 April-June 2013

Issues #108-#109 Jan-March 2013

Issue #105-#107 Oct-Dec 2012

Issues #102-#104 - July-Sept 2012


Issues #99-#101

Issues #96-#98

Issues #94 & #95


Issues #92 & #93

Issues #90 & #91 - July Aug 2011

Issues #88 & #89 - May June 2011

Issues #86 & #87 - March Apr 2011

Issues #84 & #85 - Jan Feb 2011

Issues #82 & #83 - Nov Dec 2010


Issues #80 & #81 - Sept Oct 2010

Issues #78 & #79 - July August 2010


Issues #76 & #77 - May June 2010


Issues #74 & #75 - March April 2010

Issues #72 & #73 - Jan-Feb 2010

Issues #69, #70 & #71 - Nov-Dec 2009

Issues #67 & #68 - Sept-Oct 2009

Issues #65-#66 - July-Aug 2009

Issues #63-#64 - May-June 2009

Issues #57-#59 - Jan-Feb 2009

Issues #55-#56 - Nov-Dec 2008

Issues #51-#54 - Sept-Oct 2008

Issues #47-#50 - July-August 2008

Issues #45 & -#46 - May-June 2008

Issues #43-#45 Mar-April 2008

Issues #41 & #42 - Feb 2008

Issues #39 & #40 - Dec-Jan '08

Issues #37 & #38 - Nov 2007

Issues #35 & #36 - Oct 2007

Issues #33 & #34 - Sept 2007


Issues #30-#32 - July-Aug 2007

Issues #28 & #29 - June 2007

Issues #26 and #27 - May 2007

Issue #25 - April 2007

Issues # 23 & #24 - March 2007

Issues #21 and #22 - Feb 2007

Issues #19 and & 20 - Jan 2007

Issues #17 and #18 - Dec 2006

Issues #15 and #16 - Nov 2006

Issues #13 and #14 - Oct 2006

Issues #11 and #12- Sept 2006

Issues #9 and #10 - Aug 2006

Issues #7 and #8 - July 2006

Issues #5 and #6 - June 2006

Issues #3 and #4 - May 2006

Issues #1 and #2 - Apr 2006


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