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Brief Notes: Professional Organization Action in Integrative Medicine and Natural Health Care PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

Brief Notes:  Professional Organization Action in Integrative Medicine and Natural Health Care

Summary: AAAOM pushes acupuncture codes at WHO ICD meetings ... American Holistic Nurses Association and American Nurses Association publish holistic nursing text ... Leaders of homeopathic organizations see outreach power in Dana Ullman, MPH book on famous people who use homeopathy ... American Association of Naturopathic Physicians to assist US Department of Labor in definition project ... Multi-disciplinary Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium reports plan to push anti-discrimination legislation at the federal level ... American Massage Therapy Association media campaign awarded ... American Holistic Medical Association leader reports satisfaction with legislation passed in Louisiana in 2002 which protects integrative and holistic practices by MDs ...
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ImageThe American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine sent a September 13, 2007 notice to members with useful analysis of the current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) for dietary supplements document issued by the US Food and Drug Administration. The AAAOM action, which is particularly instructive relative to the impact of the cGMPs on practitioners and educational institutions, was covered in a separate Integrator notice.

The AAAOM also recently published a report by Jeannine Kang, LAc, AAAOM's representative to the World Health Organization. Chang wrote on AAAOM's efforts to get "Oriental medicine diagnoses" included in the International Classification of Disease (ICD) system. Chang asserts that, with success, "
Oriental medicine would find a new home shoulder-to-shoulder with Western medicine like neurology, internal medicine, pediatrics, etc."

ImageThe American Holistic Nurses Association announced that a new issue of their Holistic Nursing Standards, co-published the American Nurses Association, has been released. This scope of practice and standards of practice document serves as the key regarding holistic nursing. The document was a major part of the AHNA's successful application to the ANA to become a board certification. The AHNA was successful in late 2006, giving "holism" it's most significant perch in US medicine.Copies can be ordered through (800) 278-2462 Ext. 10

Dan Ullman, MPH, homeopathic writer and publicist
Leaders of the
National Center for Homeopathy, American Institute of Homeopathy and the North American Society of Homeopaths are actively promoting the October release of a new book by author/publicist Dana Ullman, MPH. Ullman's book is entitled The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy. The homeopathic leaders see Ullman's book as a significant opportunity to organize media and visibility for homeopathy. The book will be published by North Atlantic Books (a new division of Random House), with a foreword by Dr. Peter Fisher, the physician to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. There isn't a soul alive who won't be surprised by the stories Ullman has gathered of celebrities - from sports to arts to science and medicine to national and international politics - who turned to homeopathy during their lives and commented positively on its benefits. Comment: Speakers on homeopathy routinely march out the use of homeopathy by the British Royal Family. I recall a reference to the British Royal Family's use of homeopathy at a conference that roughly coincided with the drama of Prince Charles' divorce from Lady Di. Someone responded: "Are you sure you want to take credit for that?" Humor aside, the list Ullman has assembled from diverse sources is fascinating - Charles Darwin, John Wayne, Washington Irving, Jennifer Anniston, C. Everett Koop, Arthur Conan Doyle and, and ... Hit the link and take a look.

ImageThe American Association of Naturopathic Physicians announced in its August 2007 member newsletter that the association is "thrilled to announce that the United States Department of Labor is partnering with AANP to formally define naturopathic physician." The AANP is providing a list of physicians who will be surveyed for information which will eventually be used by employers and others as a definition of naturopathic physician through the Department's Occupational Information Network program.

ImageThe August 2007 newsletter of the American Massage Therapy Association noted that the professional association won a Gold Healthcare Advertising Award from the Healthcare Marketing Report for its advertising campaign. The AMTA ads feature AMTA members and their clients and have appeared in national magazines including Alternative Medicine, Body+Soul, Health, Fitness, Shape, Redbook and Working Mother.

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Janet Kahn, PhD, driving the anti-discriminaiton initiative
The first issue of a new quarterly newsletter from the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) announced that the 501c4 organization is building"a coalition to prevent discimination." The newsletter states that the goal is federal activity "to ensure that federal healthcare programs do not discriminate against licensed providers or their institutions." The IHPC's argues that current policy tends to discriminate in favor of certain provider types. The multi-disciplnary and multi-stakeholder organization's goal is to ensure that the federal government "will no longer be in the business of deciding which practitioners a patient may see." The action will thereby "give Americans considerably more choice about their health care." The newsletter notes that IHPC's first step is likely to be to develop a concurrent resolution for the US House and US Senate. IHPC's executive director is Janet Kahn, PhD.

Image An area of interest of the
American Holistic Medical Association is state legislation which helps protect integrative medical practices. I contacted AHMA board member Henri Rocca, MD, about the experience in Louisiana since a model bill  passed in 2002. That bill established an Integrative and Complementary Medicine Advisory Committee to the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. Reflected Rocca: "It has made it easier to practice holism and integrated medicine and has given it 'the seal of approval' of the Board. Whenever a complaint is filed on the basis of holism/standard of care issues, it is evaluated by peers." He notes that there has only been one case filed, and that for deceptive billing. More on the AHMA involvement will be coming soon.

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