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Issues #39 & #40 - Dec-Jan '08 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

Issues #39 & #40 - Dec '07-Jan '08

January 25, 2008

Oops, They Did It Again: Open Letter to the New NCCAM Director, Josephine Briggs, MD

On January 24, 2007, NIH Director, Elias A. Zerhouni, MD, named Josephine P. Briggs, MD, as the director designee of the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Briggs has expertise as a researcher. She's an NIH insider who ran a division at another institute. However, she has not evidently had any  professional relationship to integrative medicine or complementary and alternative health care. For the second time, the NIH has saddled the $123-million Center with a greenhorn. Everyone with whom I speak asked that she be given time. I agree. I send this open letter to Dr. Briggs regarding her new responsibilities and what she might do to limit the adverse effects of this error of omission. More ...

January 23, 2008

Coming of the Light: The Integrator Top 10 from 2007 as Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Enter 2008

Summary: On the winter solstice of 2006, an Integrator tradition began: the announcement of a Top 10 from the previous year which will most support the coming of the light in the new year. Here, a month late, is the Integrator Top 10 from 2007 which will shape integrative medicine and natural health care as we enter 2008.  What are the key actions in hospitals, with employers, in the community, in research, in the Nation's Capitol - and on Oprah - which will make a positive difference for 2008? Actually, just 9 are listed here. What are your suggestions for #10? Happy reading, and reflecting, on a hopeful year that was, and year to come. More ...

January 23, 2008

Guest Column: Mind-Body Pioneer Marty Rossman, MD, Welcomes 2008 Reflecting on the Heart of Integrative Practice

Just as the corner of the covers was lifted off 2008 earlier this month, mind-body medicine and guided imagery pioneer Marty Rossman, MD, sent the Integrator "a little rant." Rossman's statement of his credo from 40 years of holistic practice came as a response to an Integrator comment forum on the failure of business models for integrative clinics. Rossman's perspective is a good companion piece to the hopeful column by trends expert Gerald Celeste: Rossman describes what needs to be the center of a practitioner's commitment if he or she wishes to abet the arrival of the "Heal Yourself Health Care" Celeste sees coming. More ...

January 15, 2008

Medicaid Pilot, Part #4: Acupuncturists and Massage Therapists and the Underserved, Chronic Pain Population

A well-known adverse-effect of the cash basis for most complementary services is that use is skewed toward the wealthy. The Florida Medicaid Integrative Therapies Pilot Project Project, managed by Alternative Medicine Integration Group (AMI), suddenly changed the demographics of the practices of AMI's network of massage therapists and licensed acupuncturists. Part #4 of this series consists of interviews with 4 of these practitioners on their experiences with these patients, and their experience inside AMI's managed chronic pain plan. More ...

January 15, 2008

Do You Know Where Your Definition Is Tonight? Dana Ullman on the War over Homeopathy in Wikipedia

According to this fascinating and eerie account from homeopath and author Dana Ullman, MPH, "anti-homeopathic fundamentalists have hijacked the Wikipedia information on homeopathy." Ullman asks if anyone else in the complementary and integrative medicine world has encountered similar issues. (Do you know what is being said about your field?) In a time when more of us are relying on quick searches for information, the virtual battleground of Wikipedia is a place where many hearts and minds are being formed, if not won and lost. Take an inside look at Ullman's account of this battle over homeopathy in the Wikipedia world. Do you know who your definition is hanging out with tonight? More ...
January 14, 2008

People: Leadership Changes in Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Co-founder of
Bastyr University and the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium, Sheila Quinn, is in transition ... Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine announces key leadership roles ... John Weeks, a.k.a. "Yours Truly" appointed to national advisory board of the Corporate Health Improvement Program ... Cancer Treatment Centers of America's Lise Alshuler, ND, elected president of the AANP ... Beth Sommers, MPH, LAc, DSc in leadership roles with the American Public Health Association's CAM exploration plus more ...More ...

January 12, 2008

Forum on CAM/IM Practitioners-Natural Products Industry Relationship: 6 Voices

With six new voices, the Integrator conversation on the optimal relationship is enriched. Interestingly, 5 of the 6 wrote as educators. Commenting are Morgan Martin, ND, chair for natural childbirth at Bastyr University; Bill Manahan, MD, co-founder of the American Board of Holistic Medicine; James Winterstein, DC, president of the National University of Health Sciences; Sherman Cohn, JD, professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center; Lou Sportelli, DC, president of Integrator sponsor NCMIC; and an anonymous naturopathic physician. This is a rich selection of diverse perspectives. More ...

January 12, 2008

Trends Maven Gerald Celeste Highlights "Heal Yourself Health Care" in 2008
Gerald Celente, a trends maven familiar to Oprah listeners, major corporations and numerous national media, is bullish on natural health care. Among his top trends for 2008 of any kind - touching on finances and politics and diverse themes - is one he chose to call "Health Yourself Health Care." For a boost that suggests you are on the right track, take a look at Celeste's column which references healing-oriented medical doctors,chiropractors, naturopathic medicine, vitamins, herbs, yoga and more. More ...

December 13, 2007 mailing - Issue #38

December 13, 2007

Shifting the Heartland: Deep Lake's Plan for a Sustainable, Integrated Resort Community and Clinic in Michigan

When the heartland shifts, that's when the nation leaps forward. So assert Meg LaRou and Russ Valvo, the founders of the ambitious Deep Lake project near Battle Creek, Michigan. Deep Lake is a combination of destination resort and spa, integrated wellness center, and residential community. The project is planned as an eco-friendly, restorative and sustainable enterprise which will appeal not just to the well-to-do but also to the region's "mid-market." Deep Lake's team includes University of Michigan integrative medicine leaders Sara Warber, MD and Rita Benn, PhD. Peter Amato and the Inner Harmony Group are consulting on the business model for the integrated wellness services. L. Hunter Lovins, the natural capitalism leader, is an adviser. Is Pennfield County, Michigan ready for this? More ...

December 13, 2007

Integrator Columnist: Michael Levin on CAM Practitioners & Natural Products Companies

There is no question that the holistic, naturopathic, Oriental, chiropractic and integrative medicine professions are in bed with pharmaceutical companies ... natural pharma, that is. The question is, how is this relationship best effected? Put differently, can these professions avoid the pitfalls of the MD-Big Pharma marriage and take advantage of each other's strengths? In this third column in an ongoing series on the topic begun by David Matteson, Integrator adviser Michael Levin - who has held executive positions for both Big Pharma and natural products firms - weighs in on the issue. More ...

December 12, 2007

Integrative Academics & Resources: Advocate's Spectrum, U Minn Health Coaching Certificate, UC Irvine SPA, Samueli Supplements, plus K-12 Yoga
Two part onsite, part distance learning initiative. First, integrative medicine clinic leader at Advocate Health, Donald Novey, MD, announces new Spectrum Initiative" which includes "mini-internship" for practicing physicians. Second, Karen Lawson, MD heads up a revamped U Minnesota certificate program which aims to enhance practitioner abilities to facilitate life changes  ... In addition, Marc Micozzi, MD, MS, comments on the new CAM interest which characterizes a UC Irvine spa management program. Plus, yoga resources for K-12 programs and a Samueli Center scientific conference on supplements. More ...

December 11, 2007

Holistic Medical Association's "Transition" Leads to Linking up with AANP's 2008 Naturopathic Convention

The board of the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA) has chosen to link up with American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) for their 2008 convention. The 30th anniversary of the AHMA will affirm the potential value of alliance between the two physician-level organizations. The AHMA move is also a sign of AHMA's efforts, under the leadership of Hal Blatman, MD, to modernize and "transition" the organization to create present value for it members, and for the healthcare system. More ...

December 11, 2007

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  ...

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. More ...

December 11, 2007

Your Comments: 4 Voices on Wellspace and Integrative Clinic Models

The recent Integrator article on the ultimate demise of Wellspace, a pioneering, venture capital-backed integrative clinic venture ("Wellspace/SickSpace: Reflections on a Pioneering Integrative Clinic Gone Down for the Count," November 27, 2007) provoked responses from former integrative clinic leader Michael Shor, MPH, former client Niels Bodecker, recent acupuncture school graduate Jessy Woodson and Mary Lawlor, CPM, the president of the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives. Lawlor's reflects on the economic and cultural the parallels that the integrative clinic movement has with the birth center movement. More ...
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