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Postings Through March 5, 2015
Written by John Weeks   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014

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March 5, 2015

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Shankar: awakening to IHM
Pooja Shankar, MS, MD (student): Through the Looking Glass into Integrative Health and Medicine

I first encountered medical student Pooja Shankar, MS, when I was a guest lecturer at the Masters in Physiology-Complementary and Alternative Medicine program at Georgetown University. The program, co-founded by Hakima Amri, PhD and Adi Haramati, PhD, is a rare feeder program to health professional education. Students are opened up to engaging a broad array of potential tracks. I had a secondary reason for liking the ongoing relationship. All of these students must complete an two-month capstone project. ACCAHC had scored great work from one such intern and we were interested in more free labor ...

March 4, 2015

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GAHMJ CEO Mittelman: creating the opportunity
The Global Integrator Blog by John Weeks from GAHMJ

Three long-time colleagues recently made me a wonderful offer that met with a rising personal area of interest: the global movement for integrative health and medicine. This has been gestating in me particularly since 2012 when I was invited by the World Health Organization (WHO) to Hong Kong to serve on a working group for the now published WHO traditional medicine strategy: 2014-2023. Michele Mittelman, RN, MPH, the co-founder and CEO of the peer-reviewed and indexed Global Advances in Health and Medicine (GAHMJ), together with GAHMJ's co-editors Mary Jo Kreitzer, RN, PhD, FAAN and Robert Saper, MD, MPH, invited me to write an 8-10 time monthly Global Integrator Blog ..



February 15, 2015

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Health and Medicine Round-up #88: February 2015

Policy
-Toward Patient-Centered Federal Funding
: Chiropractors Going After Participation in Federal Student Loan Repayment Program
-Michael Levin: "NY Attorney General Issues Cease and Desist Order Against Retailers and Supplement Companies - Using a Screwdriver to Hammer a Nail?"
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NHSC: DCs try entering exclusive club
Organizations

-The Gift That Keeps on Giving: New Publication on Care Outcomes from the Penny George Institute
-Another Perspective on SIO Founder Cassileth's View of the Maturation of Integrative Oncology
Academics
-Albert Einstein College is the New Coordinating Center for the BraveNet Research Network
-Report Puts Economic Impact of New York Chiropractic College at $67-Million
Integrative Care Industry
-Consumer Use of Complementary Health Approaches Drops in Recent NCCIH Data; Increases for Yoga, Melatonin, Probiotics, Fish-oil
-Experience-Based Medicine: Share Practice App Continues to Pick-up Steam as Integrative Care Communicator for Clinicians
-The Most Visible PR for Integrative Medicine: Advertisements from Cancer Treatment Centers of America
-Home Depot Founder Gives $14-Million Gift to Jefferson's Myra Brind Center for Integrative Medicine
-Two More Children's Hospitals Announce Integrative Programs: Cleveland Clinic and U Minnesota
-City of Asheville Continues to Promote Itself as Destination for Integrative Care
-FON Consulting Publishes Updated Lists of 2015 Integrative Conferences
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New name for CAHCIM
Identity

-Analysis of Multiple Definitions of Integrative Medicine and Health Finds Significant -Differences
-While We Are at It (The M-Word): The Distinction Between "Modalities," "Therapeutic Procedures," and Human Beings
-Consortium of Integrative Medicine Academics Changes Name from CAHCIM to ACIMH and Takes on New Partners for 2016 Congress
-Don't Want to Be Part of Any Club That Would Have Me Department: Chiropractic Students See Themselves as Mainstream not CAM
People
-Tom Newmark Elected Board Chair at the American Botanical Council
-Richard Miller Named Acting Executive VP of American Chiropractic Association
-Standard Process Selects Ibrahim Abou-Nemeh, PhD as New Director of Research and Development


January 25, 2015

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Health and Medicine Round-up #87: January 2015

Policy
-NCCAM-"Alternative Medicine" is Dead, Long Live NCCIH-"Integrative Health"
-AIHM Urges NCCIH to Remain True to Mandated Diversity in the Make-up of its Advisory Council
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Briggs:oversees name change at NCCAM
Exhibit A on Why We Need "Alternatives" - Errors Linked to 440,000 Hospital Deaths
Natural Products
-Hatch and Harkin Anoint Heinrich as the Next Democratic Leader on Supplements
-American Botanical Council: Update on Adulterants Program
Integrative Medicine
-Seattle Children's Hospital Boasts Inpatient Acupuncture Program
-From Google Alerts:Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems, Communities and Internationally from November 2014
-Quick Links to Integrative Health News in Medical Systems and Communities: December 2014
Primary Care
-AANP's Natural Medicine Journal Offers Multiple Voices on Primary Care
-Center for Optimal Integration Builds Content on Integrative PCMHs and FQHCs
-Group Promotes Broad Scope Chiropractic via "First Chiropractic Physician Association of America"
-Michael Cohen: "Integrative Medicine Physicians Must Decide if You Embrace, or Disclaim Primary Care"
Education/Academics
-U Toronto Engages Inter-institutional Relationship with Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
-ICIM Promotes New Integrative Medicine Fellowship
-AOMA: First AOM Single Purpose School to Achieve Regional Accreditation Gains 10 Year Re-Affirmation
Organizations/Professions
-American Academy of Medical Acupuncturists Passes Resolution on Dry Needling
-Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US) Receives $150,000 Samueli Foundation Commitment
-Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Nets $100,000 Match Grant from Standard Process
-Calls for Comments: AAAOM's Competency Model for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Education
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Estimates an awful deathrate from regular medicine
International

--EUROCAM Takes on Role of CAM in Microbial Resistance
Global News Quick Links in Traditional, Alternative and Integrative Health: December 2014
-United Nations Declares June 21 International Day of Yoga
-Canadian IN-CAM and Global ISCMR Explore Merger
Looking Forward, Looking Back
-Michael Cohen's Top 5 Legal Issues for Integrative Medicine Practitioners in 2015
-The Integrator Blog Offers Top 10 for Integrative Policy and Action for 2014
People
-Gail Christopher, DN Receives Top Grantmakers in Health Award
-Acupuncture and Public Health Leader Sommers in Book on AIDs


January 25, 2015

The Coming of the LightThe Coming of the Light: 2014 Top 10 for Policy and Action in Integrative Medicine and Health

In 2006, I began publishing, on or near the winter solstice, an annual Integrator Top 10 list for the emerging field of integrative health and medicine. Together these chronicle nine years of policy and action in this popular movement.  Here is the Coming of the Light Integrator Top 10 for Policy and Action in Integrative Health and Medicine for 2014 noting the work of the Joint Commission, the VA, the massage field, the (shocking) emergence of health as a theme in medicine, a US Senator named Thad Cochran (get used to him), a project on the economics of care, plus more. (This column was first published here in the Huffington Post, with now over 850 likes and 250 FB pushes.

January 5, 2015

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Indian PM Modi: his initiative leads to UN-declared Yoga Day
Global News Quick Links in Traditional, Alternative and Integrative Health: December 2014

This new monthly Integrator feature is now developed in partnership with the web presence of the peer-reviewed and indexed Global Advances in Health and Medicine. It represents a quick capture of highlights from a multitude of sources relative to dynamic developments globally in alternative and integrative heath due to such factors as the World Health Organization's past and recent traditional Medicine Strategy, economics, expanding globalization and the uptake of integrative medicine and health models. Here are 21 selections from India, Turkey, Qatar, Pakistan, Malaysia, England, Australia, Russia and elsewhere for December 2014.

January 5, 2015


ImageQuick Links to Integrative Health News in Medical Systems and Communities: December 2014

This typically monthly Integrator feature is a quick capture of highlights from the multitude of stories that flow in daily from various sources relative to "integrative medicine," "complementary and alternative medicine" and "alternative medicine." Once a month I cull through and make some selections.
Recently the field's cup seems to be running over. This is in part due to my use of a broader inclusion net for what I am selections. Here are 15 selections related to hospitals and medical organizations and integrative medicine, 13 from alternative and integrative medicine in community non-system practices and media for December 2014. (Note that: Global News Links are now separately posted.)

December 17, 2014

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Robust data on costs
Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Health and Medicine Round-up #86: December 2014

Policy
-Joint Commission Elevates Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Massage and Relaxation in Pain Care in Response to Integrative Team
-Herb Industry Pleased with Pallone as New House Commerce Minority Leader
-Educating Oregon's Medical Home Policy Leaders on Integrative Medicine and Health
-British Agency Urges Homebirths for Uncomplicated Pregnancies
Costs
-Website on Cost Studies Offered via ACCAHC's Project for Integrative Health and the Triple Aim (PIHTA)
Integrative Services
-Survey of AIHM Attendees Finds 67% of Integrative Practitioners Using or Planning to Use Telemedicine
-Silver Linings: Update on the Closure of Pathways to Wellness from Beth Sommers, LAc, MPH, PhD
-Reiki Gets a Little Respect in U.S. News and World Reports
- From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities from November 2014
Academics
-Update: The IFM-Tallahassee Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program
-Maryland University of Integrative Health and National College of Natural Medicine Announce Partnership
-Bastyr Initiates MPH and Two Additional Public Health Degrees
Research
-Not Exactly What We Anticipated Department: NCCAM GMOs Yeast into Opioids
Professions & Organizations
-Breakthrough Agreement between State Massage Therapy Boards and National Certifying Group
-Professional Self-Care:  Chiropractors Promote Bill to Improve Chiropractic Medicare Documentation
-From Holism to Love: Marking the Transition of the 36 Year-Old AHMA into the Emerging AIHM
-Wikipedia and Homeopathy: Ullman Makes Case for that Prejudice in Its Whole Form is Rampant
Miscellaneous
-Say What? Average Office Visit Lengthens Over Past 20 Years
-Consumers-Practitioners Together: Ann Fonfa's 9th Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Cancer Therapies Conference


December 15, 2014


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Cass: taking functional medicine to England
From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities from November 2014


This typically monthly Integrator feature is a quick capture of highlights from the multitude of links that flow in daily via Google Alerts for "integrative medicine," "complementary and alternative medicine" and "alternative medicine." Recently the field's cup seems to be running over. Tremendous level of news and developments. This is in part due to my use of a broader inclusion net for what I am selecting. At the same time, the activity level suggests that those who believe the movement is headed toward a "tipping point" may have something. Here are 15 selections related to hospitals and medical organizations and integrative medicine, 10 from alternative and integrative medicine in community non-system practices and media, and 21 developments from around the world for November 2014.


December 9, 2014

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New pain standard clarification
Chronicles of Health Creation: Joint Commission Issues New Pain Standards in Response to Integrative Medicine Team

[This article was first published here at the Huffington Post.] A Nov. 12, 2014 announcement from the principal accrediting agency for health care organizations could significantly impact access to integrative pain care throughout the United States. The agency is the Joint Commission. The revised accreditation standard will apply to all the institutions under the agency's guidance and review: hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, home health and senior homes. The focus of the change is great news for integrative health and medicine. The Joint Commission significantly elevated the potential value of "non-pharmacologic" approaches. Among those options directly called out are, in the terms used by the Joint Commission, acupuncture therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic therapy, osteopathic manipulative treatment, physical therapy, and relaxation therapy. The action was prompted by an integrative team led by Arya Nielsen, PhD, Ac.




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