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Media Pot Pourri: Bill Maher, Washington Post, Acupreneur, Bastyr & Mayo, plus PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

Media Pot Pourri: Bill Maher on Health Reform; Washington Post and Community Acupuncture; Acupreneur; Bastyr and Mayo in the Seattle PI; IMCJ on cGMPs, plus  ...

Summary: Hungry for a more substantive take on health reform? Check out the Bill Maher commentary ... If an idea's advance is marked by its uptake in mainstream media, Community Acupuncture Network scored a recent coup with a Washington Post article ...  When are Mayo Clinic and Bastyr University a complementary healthcare media team? Every Monday, thanks to the Seattle PI  ... Want a quick weekly scan of acupuncture related press? Check out Amy McCoy's work with the Acupreneur news ... Interested in Integrator content for your organization's or institution's website or e-newsletter? Integrative Practitioner Online is the latest to fatten their content with Integrator news links
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Bill Maher's Straight Scoop on Healthcare Reform

A half dozen people sent me a link to a Bill Maher editorial the last week of October, 2007. If you have ever yearned for the nation's health reform debate to have more substance, well, go to this YouTube address and enjoy the 4 minutes. Mayer starts with a view of a plate, with multicolored pills on it, then asks: "If you believe you need to take all the pills the pharmaceutical industry says you need, then you are already on drugs." This is powerful, irreverent commentary, cutting to the quick of a national pathology which just can't seem to embrace health. Enjoy - and send a comment or two, if you have one!

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Sponsor's Amy McCoy's weekly e-mailing
2.   Acupreneur Community News' Amy McCoy provides Friday updates of acupuncture news


Those interested in a quick skim of often interesting acupuncture stories in the media will find the Friday e-mailings from the Acupreneur Community News useful. The mailings are created as a labor of love by Amy McCoy who formerly produced them for the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance, one of the two organizations  which merged to form the re-united American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. McCoy scans recent news. Her selections range from international developments to research updates to notices of clinic openings and expansions. One sample: 
An article link from the Acupreneur site notes that acupuncture is back into workers compensation in California. Acupuncture was dropped in 2003 during a cost-related "reform" effort in the state ...


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Continuous focus on product quality
3.    Regarding the practitioner-products issue: Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal continues quality campaign


The push for natural products quality as an editorial line in Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal, was elevated one more time by a recent editorial in which editor Joseph Pizzorno, ND, teamed with Integrator adviser Michael Levin for a close look at the meaning of the current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) for dietary supplements. Levin has written on the topic repeatedly in the Integrator. Product quality has been highlighted in IMCJ through an ongoing series of articles by Rick Liva, RPH, ND. Pizzorno has lent his support to numerous quality efforts over the past 3 decades. The editorial is available here.


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Community acupuncturist Lisa Price, LAc, as pictured in the Washington Post
4.    Washington Post Features Community Acupuncture Network


In late 2006, the Community Acupuncture Network's approach to acupuncture services burst into the life of licensed acupuncturists as a controversial model charging $15-$35 per session to clients who receive care in community rooms. The model was damned by some and up-taken rapidly by others. No question, something in the model, featured last fall in the Integrator, caught on. (See
"Working Class Acupuncture: Revolutionary Model Creates Access, Fosters Business Potential," November 22, 2006.) Now the model has hit a new milestone, gathering national media attention through a November 18, 2007, story in the Washington Post entitled "Acupuncture Changed Lisa Marie Price's Life. Now, She's Helping to Change Acupuncture." The article featured a local acupuncturist who uses CAN methods. Thanks to Sherman Cohn, JD, for the link,

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5.   Integrative Practitioner Online a new Integrator partner


Integrative Practitioner Online
is the latest of media and organizations to take advantage of a freebie service of the Integrator. The new networking website, to be unveiled at their January Integrative Healthcare Symposium, will be posting new hot-linked Integrator headlines each month. Among other organizations using Integrator content in this fashion are the Washington State Chiropractic Association and the American Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. Contact is you are interested in exploring your institution or website receiving updates for posting on your website or  sent as part of an electronic newsletter.

6.  Other Media Shorts: Bastyr & Mayo in "complementary media" at the Seattle PI, plus  

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians notified all of its members when the Seattle Times ran a feature on the national issues involving certification and accreditation of so-called "naturopathic doctors" through mail order programs. The November 20, 2007 article, "
Teen's death hastened by practitioner who had bogus diplomas," was part of an investigative series ... Those in states  where there is no licensing of naturopathic physicians will be surprised to know that the other Seattle daily, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, runs a weekly Natural Medicine column by a member of the Bastyr University faculty. The Monday feature routinely runs on the same page with a column produced by the Mayo Clinic. There are those at Bastyr who like the placement, fancying the institution maturing into the "Mayo of natural health care"  ...  Among the case studies of "remarkable recoverings" in the new book by Julie Silver, MD, Super Healing, is that of Richard Materson, MD, former integrative medicine leader at Memorial Hermann Healthcare in Texas. Glad you are still around, Dick! The book is Silver's 10th. Silver, a former student of Materson, will be part of the program at the Integrative Practitioners Symposium in New York City January 17-19, 2008.

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