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Issues #9 and #10 - August 2006 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

August 20, 2006 mailing - Issue #10

August 20, 2006

ImageNew Integrator Poll: Establish a Federal Complementary/Integrative Health Care Office?

The idea of establishing a federal CAM-IM office has been kicked around policy circles in complementary, alternative and integrative medicine communities at least since the report of the White House Commission on CAM Policy (2002). This article is a bit of voters guide, with some of the pro and con. Participate! The outcomes are more fun the more of you who do.

August 19, 2006

Readers Say Research "Whole Practices" - NCCAM Needs Focused Program

Two-thirds of participants in an Integrator Poll "strongly agree" that we need to prioritize funding of "whole practice" research over reductive, single agent trials. Proponent Carlo Calabrese, ND, MPH, a member of the NIH NCCAM national advisory council, suggests NCCAM needs a focused project ...

August 18, 2006

Peter Amato
Peter Amato: Inner Harmony's Winding Road to Health (and Profitability)

Peter Amato's integral health clinic, founded in 1997, has become a piece of a multi-faceted Inner Harmony Group consciousness transforming effort that includes recovery programs, a CDC-funded integrated oncology program, a US DoE grant to better educational environments through mindfulness training, and more. Meantime, the clinic, redesigned, is operating in the black ...

August 18, 200

ImageInner Harmony Group: Outcomes of a Mindfulness Program in an Elementary School

An "integral education" pilot program developed by the Inner Harmony Group and funded by the US Department of Education, for a Scranton, Pennsylvania public elementrary school, finds that teachers observe profound, positive changes in student learning and behavior through mindfulness techniques. Interestingly, there appears to be a kind of healing crisis along the way ...

August 16, 2006

Integrator Blog Postings Organized by Subject Matter, March-August 16

To facilitate finding articles of most relevance to your work and interest, all Integrator posting to date are organized according to subject matter: federal policy, health systems/integrative clinics, people, AMA Scope of Practice campaign, insurance/employers/payers, research and etc. ...

August 15, 2006

U Minn researcher Karen Lawson, MD
The Future of MD Education: Empathy, Roses and Respect via Georgetown and U Minnesota Pilots

Two fascinating studies of a mind-body curriculum piloted and Georgetown and a collaborative project involving U Minnesota and Northwestern University of Health Sciences point the way toward the betterment of medical education. The AMA's edits on the recent Student Section Resolution #306 suggest we shouldn't hold our breath ...

August 15, 2006

Retiring GHC CAM benefits leader Laura Patton, MD
Brief Notes: Merrell/Martha Stewart, AANP/Benda, Benjamin/Humana, Patton/GHC, Abrams/Osher, plus ...

Acupuncture without Borders still working New Orleans, HerbDay grows, musical chairs in IM programs as Donald Abrams, MD takes Sylver Quevedo's role at UCSF-Osher and Quevedo moves to Duke, Bill Benda, MD, makes a little history as the first MD on the AANP board, Laura Patton, MD, leaves Group Health and more ...

August 8, 2006

ImageImageAMA Targets Nursing Doctorate and ND Licensing: Old Boys vs. the Emerging Medical Matriarchy?

The full scope of the AMA's Scope of Practice Partnership campaign continues to unfold. Two additional Resolutions target the rapidly expanding Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees, and new licensing for naturopathic physicians. Given the apparent lack of significant evidence of harm motivating the AMA's action, and the predominantly female make-up of the two targeted disciplines, is what is really going on here a war of the sexes? Is the effort against an emerging healthcare matriarchy crowned by nurse-ND leadership? Oh, there are also turf issues of the economic sort ...

August 6, 2006 mailing - Issue #9

August 6, 2006

ImageJon Tester, Organic Farmer, Friend of Natural Health Care, Leads in Montana US Senate Race

Third generation organic farmer Jon Tester is favorably disposed toward support of CAM-IM-related federal policy due to professional experience, family experience, and abiding interest in promoting policies which are preventively-focused and respect patient choice. He's currently running ahead of incumbent Conrad Burns ...

August 4, 2006

Yoga researcher Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD
International Association of Yoga Therapists, sponsor of an Integrator series on the Future of Yoga Therapy
Harvard Researcher Sat Bir Khalsa on
"Hygiene for the Body-Mind" and Yoga's

Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD, the moderator of the research panel on Yoga therapy at the North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine, speaks out of Yoga's "hygiene for the mind" role in US health care and and the strategic role of research in the process. This article is part of the Integrator series on the Future of Yoga sponsored by the International Association for Yoga Therapists.

August 2, 2006

ImageCAM-IM Responses to the AMA Scope Campaign; Coalition Plans Next Steps

CAM educators, a national CAM-IM policy group, organizations representing naturopathic physicians and others of AOM practitioners have all endorsed the work of the Coalition for Patient Rights to oppose the AMA's Scope of Practice Partnership campaign. But will these CAM-IM organizations be welcome into the Coalition?

August 1, 2006

CAM "Insurance Laboratory" Finding:  Limited $$ Risk from ND, DC,  LMT and LAc Services

Due to legislation passed in Washington State in 1995, that state has become an "insurance laboratory" for looking at the utilization and cost of covered CAM services. This peer-reviewed report from the American Journal of Managed Care 2002 should quiet insurers who resist inclusion based on fears of huge cost escalation.

July 26, 2006

AMA Resolution Urges MDs/Students Receive Info on CAM Benefits & Risks

Led by their Student Section, the AMA House of Delegates adopted Resolution #306 which urges education on risks and efficacy of CAM, and for the first time, the potential benefits ...

July 24, 2006

NCCAM Blasted, Defended, in Science Magazine (July 21, 2006)

Two medical doctors with a history of antagonism regarding complementary, alternative and integrative medicine  call for an outside review of NIH NCCAM.  The Center's leadership ably defends their actions ...

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