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Issue #25 - April 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

April 16, 2007 mailing - Issue #25

April 16, 2007

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Nurse Florence Nightengale
Brief Notes: Unifying Chiropractors, Nurse-Led Nightingale-UN Initiatives, Pizzorno Leads Integrative Medicine at WebMD, Community Acupuncture Network and CAM Business

Individual chiropractors and the Congress of State Chiropractic Associations call for merger of the ACA and ICA  ... Nurses pushing the United Nations via the Nightingale Campaign to make 2011-2020 the UN Decade for a Healthy World ... Join holistic nursing at their June meeting ... WebMD taps Joseph Pizzorno, ND, as their integrative medicine lead ... Access a fascinating, if controversial, taped talk by Community Acupuncture Network co-founder Lisa Rohleder, LAc on the economics of acupuncture practice. More ...

April 16, 2007

ImageIntegrator Advisor Speaks: Benda on the Selection of the New NIH NCCAM Director

 
The selection of the new director of the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine may be the most important decision for integrative medicine in the next half decade. The Integrator has weighed in on the topic. Now Integrator advisor Bill Benda, MD, takes another look at its importance. Benda wonders if NCCAM has drifted in recent years from the "philosophical beauty and awe that comes from awakening to a new perspective for the first time" and offers ideas on what might right its course.More ...
 

April 10, 2007

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US Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)
New York Times Shuts Down US Senators Harkin and Hatch on Supplement Harm Issue

The Integrator closely followed efforts of advisor Michael Levin, a past executive for both dietary supplement and Big Pharma companies, to hold the New York Times accountable for allowing gross overstatements regarding the deaths and harm associated with the appropriate use of dietary supplements. It turns out Levin was in good company when his protests fell on deaf ears. A correction letter by US Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and US Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) was also turned down by the Times. Their rejected letter is printed here. More ...


April 10, 2007

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Marja Verhoef, PhD
Research Initiatives Update: IN-CAM Outcomes Tools, Next CAHCIM Conference, MTF & AANP Promote Research by Practitioners, Acupuncture Research 10 Years After ...

Happily, IN-CAM, the Canadian complementary and alternative medicine research network, has taken on the important work of developing a data base on outcomes tools that fit with complementary an integrative approaches  .. Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine announced dates and place for its second research conference ... The Massage Therapy Foundation and American Association of Naturopathic Physicians each are offering awards to stimulate research by practitioners ... 10 years after the NIH Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture, the Society for Acupuncture Research will reflect on advances, direction at it 2007 conference. More ...



April 10, 2007

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NY Governor Eliot Spitzer
New York State Governor Spitzer Focuses on "Patient-Centered" Care, Guts "CAM Office" - What's Up?

  In the best of all worlds, or even a reasonably acceptable one, the consumer-driven movement toward use of alternative, complementary and integrative medicine approaches would be actively considered in any effort to promote "patient-centered" care. But within the course of a week last month, New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer first announced his vision for patient-centered care for his constituents. Then he put the leaders of an emerging New York State "CAM Office" on notice that they had a week to clean out their desks. Here is the story of the departed. The Integrator has contacted Governor Spitzer's budget office but hasn't yet a response on his actions. The Governor's response will be added here later. More ...

April 9, 2007

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Integrator advisor Bill Manahan, MD
Integrator Advisor Speaks: Irishman Manahan on Tests and Surgeries Lacking Evidence

Integrator advisor and (sometimes ire-filled) Irishman Bill Manahan, MD, read Money is Not the Cure: Controversies in Healthcare by Seymour Handler, MD in the week before St. Patrick's Day. Manahan, faculty member at the University of Minnesota medical school and past-president of the American Holistic Medical Association, has four decades of practice informing his observations about US healthcare. So on the eve of St. Patrick's Day he was compelled to compile a short list of those medical procedures and test most likely to inflame his ire due to their lack of supporting evidence. More ...

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John Kepner, IAYT executive director
Your Comments: 3rd Way and Other Issues - Sherman Cohn, JD and IAYT Exec John Kepner

The Integrator interview with Pamela Snider, ND, on the maturation of the CAM professions stimulated Sherman Cohn, JD, former Watergate lawyer and a professor at Georgetown University, to question whether the discussion of a "third way" downplayed legal risks ... Then John Kepner, the executive director of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, which commissioned the series of Integrator articles which led to the Snider interview, took the time to walk through some hanging questions, for the emerging field of Yoga therapy, on which Snider touched in the interview. More ...

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