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Issues #1 and #2 - March-April 2006 PDF Print E-mail
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March 27, 2006 mailing - Issue #1

Welcome to the Integrator Blog News and Reports

Welcome to the Integrator Blog News and Reports, Issue #1

Publisher-editor John Weeks, back from a 3-year working sabbatical in Central America, speaks of vision and the mission of the IBN&R site, target participants, initial sponsor NCMIC Group, the blog form offerings of polls and forums, and his "Blanche DuBois business model" ...

ImageBravewell-backed "The New Medicine" Debuts March 29 on PBS

The long-awaited follow-up to the Bill Moyers' 1994 "Healing and the Mind" will introduce a broad audience to "integrative medicine." The show and related websites are proving controversial for the MD-centrism of the new medicine presented.

Medicare/CME Memo Offers New Niche for Multidisciplinary Care in Cardia Rehab

CME demonstration projects on multi-disciplinary cardiac programs developed by Dean Ornish, MD, and the Harvard Mind Body Medical Institute are part of the reasons for this historic step in coverage of multi-disciplinary, natural health care for a chronic condition.

ImageBrave New World: AOM Institute Offers 100 Hour Training for MD Acupuncturists

A subset of licensed acupuncturists have fought for years to keep needles in the hands of only distinctly-licensed practitioners. Now an AOM school, the Five Branches Institute, is directly training MDs in a short course in acupuncture. Course leaders suggest that it might be a smart strategy for mainstreaming not just acupuncture but the licensed AOM profession.

Susan Folkman, PhD, Consortium chair
Conventional Academic Consortium Chair Susan Folkman Shares Group's Priorities

Perhaps the most influential current player in the "integrative medicine" world is the 30 member Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, backed by the Bravewell Collaborative. IBN&R interviews Consortium's chair Folkman on the group's priorities.

GMEF Initiates 18-Month Program in "Transformative Medicine"

The not-for-profit Global Medicine Education Foundation plans to begin offering a new course to help with the transition of physicians and other practitioners into an integrated health care world. The course, developed by and open to all licensed disciplines, may prove a useful choice to many looking into the field.

Chiro Group Consensus - Priorities on Public Trust and Equity

Some leaders of the chiropractic profession view this as the midnight hour for chiropractic - a time when the profession needs to engage more profound self-regulation and also find greater access to public resources. This article reports outcomes of the first step of a consensus conference of 70 leaders.

Clem Bezold, PhD, reducing disparities
Bezold-Alternative Futures Project Seeks Data, Partners on CAM for Disparity Reduction

Clem Bezold and the other futurists associated with the Institute for Alternative Futures have assisted dozens of national organizations, corporations and federal agencies in creating their preferred futures. Now IAF, as part of its own program for reducing disparities, is calling for CAM data and partners ...

Consortium of Organizations Offer Proposal for Regulating Traditional Medicines

An unusual collaboration of nine national CAM organizations, led by the AOM field, have put forth a joint proposal for a new way to regulate "traditional medicines". The proposal is open for comments.

Let me know if you have an article or poll idea, interest in starting a forum, or news to report.

April 19, 2006 mailing - Issue #2

Special Report: The De-Facto 2006 Federal Agenda for CAM and IM, Part 1Image
Federal priorties for the conventional academic consortium (funding a practice-based research network), AANP (Indian Health Services), ACA (DoD, Veterans), AAOM (Medicare) and AMTA (IHPC). Is this an agenda you would support? Would success in the priorities of all these disciplines move us in the direction of your view of optimally integrated care?

Brief Notes, Links and Personnel News - April 19, 2006

Okay, the good stuff early: short notes for the time-challenged and ADD-addled --  on your colleagues, and brief notes on other recent developments in the areas of clinical practice, education and policy.

Tino Villani, DC, Triad chair
Triad Healthcare Joins Integrator Blog News & Reports Sponsor Group

Connecticut-based managed specialty care organization Triad Healthcare, led by Agostino Villani, DC, helps make the IBN&R reports and services available to you.

Nutrition Business Journal's Aarts on Trends in Natural Products Sales

The supplement and natural food industries are both part of quality CAM and IM practice. Tom Aarts of Nutrition Business Journal provides hard data on growth and losses in different categories, plus industry perceptions of challengs ahead.

"Physicians on the Take" or, Disciplines Heal Thyselves ...

Jerome Kassier, MD, takes conventional medicine to task about corruptive industry relationships in a Medscape editorial which also raises issues about other CAM disciplines, and even the sponsored IBN&R ...

ImageAmerican Medical News Focuses on MD Resistance to ND  Licensing

The weekly newspaper from the American Medical Association takes a look at naturopathic physician state licensing campaigns and ND scope of practice issues raised by some conventional doctors. Neither the AMA or the AAFP is formally opposed to ND licensing but ...

IBN&R Blog Notes #1 -- Initial Use Patterns

Poll #1 results. Page views: what are you reading? And how many have you crossed over the threshhold to actually look at the IBN&R Forums. One "Sophie" from Canada, is the first of you to open a forum in an area of her research and practice interest, on developing quality inter-professional relationships in an integrated clinic setting ...

Bill Manahan, MD, on the "new medicine"
Forum Feature:
Bill Manahan MD, on His View of The New Medicine

In the IBN&R Forum on Bravewell and the PBS The New Medicine, past president of AHMA and co-founder of the ABHM Bill Manahan, MD, shares his vision of what it will take to transform heathcare. We highlight it here ... as we will highlight other strong and useful (if not necessarily agreeable to you) views which are expressed in one or more Forum.

Let me know if you have an article or poll idea, interest in starting a forum, or news to report.

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