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Integrative Medicine & Integrated Healthcare Round-up: May 15-31, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

Integrative Medicine & Integrated Healthcare Roundup: May 15-31, 2008

SummaryThe pace of action in integrative medicine and integrated healthcare picks up monthly. This article begins a new, regular feature of the Integrator. I scan the incoming and offer quick links on the business, academic, research, professional, integrative, media and employer actions relative to these fields. You click into the longer stories of interest to you.   20 short notes here. I hope this new services is useful.

Professions & Associations 

The American Chiropractic Association and the Association of Chiropractic Colleges are celebrating the advance of legislation (HR 5658)which, if passed, will make chiropractic a standard benefit for all active duty military personnel ... A recent newsletter of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians reports that one outcome of the profession’s strongest lobbying event in Washington, DC. was that an Arizona legislator reportedly embraced their School Wellth program, which seeks to create partnerships for the health of school children, and may sponsor one in an Arizona legislative district …

New employer services
The American Herbal Products Association took a step toward supporting individuals interested in working in the herbal products industry by creating a job board via a partnership with CPGjobs. AHPA President Michael McGuffin states that “the AHPA Job Board’s unique focus on herb-related career opportunities has always made it a valuable resource for companies in the natural products industry”  ...
The American Holistic Nurses Association is celebrating the life of founder, Charlie McGuire (1941-2008), who, according to a notice to members, “transitioned from this life into the light early this morning May 15, 2008.”  McGuire founded AHNA after a career in nursing and work with a for-profit hospital company. AHNA notes that “realizing that something was missing from her life, and disappointed with conventional healthcare, she sent out a call to fellow nurses” in 1981. Seventy-six nurses showed up and founded AHNA which now numbers 4,000 members in the US and abroad.

Acupuncturists Without Borders reports that it's Veterans' Project has now expanded into 15 Veterans clinics nationwide ... Speaking of acupuncturists in Veterans facilities, Jason Wright, LAc, shared with me recently that students and faculty in the acupuncture program at the New York Chiropractic College have piggy-backed onto that school's leading role in the chiropractic-VA program and are now offering some acupuncture services ...

Policy & Politics

Loren Israelson
sent along to his list notice of
blog from US Sercretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt on his visit to explore Traditional Chineses Medicine in a recent visit to China. Accompnaying him wsa new NCCAM director Josephine Briggs, MD.

Academics and Education

ImageThe International Association of Yoga Therapists engaged a survey of Yoga therapy training programs as background to convening a historic meeting of these program leaders in early March. The survey, headed up by Claire Collins, RN, PhD, and IAYT’s executive director John Kepner, MBA is on their website. Most schools have 300-450 hours ...   Efrain Rodriguez, ND, sent a note which stated that “the Puerto Rico Higher Education Council (PRHEC) granted to Universidad del Turabo, Caguas, Puerto Rico a license to offer a Doctoral Degree in Naturopathic Medicine”  ...

On May 15, 2008 the National Library of Medicine informed the Journal of Chiropractic Education that it has been included in PubMed Central, the U.S. National Institutes of Health free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. The current, future, and, back issues of the JCE (since Fall 2006) are indexed in PubMed and available as free full text files. Congrats to Bart Green, DC, MSEd, editor-in-chief and his team. JCE is funded through the Association of Chiropractic Colleges and is the only academic journal published through the complementary healthcare fields .. 

New integrative certificate programs - social work and pharmacy

The Arizona State School of Social Work is offering a graduate certificate program in the Assessment of Integrative Health Modalities. The 15 credit program targets social workers and nurses. The stated purposed is “to provide students with extensive knowledge of integrative health practices through directed readings in evidenced-based journal articles, expert lectures from community health professionals and ASU faculty drawn from across disciplines, field observation, an individual research paper, and a mindfulness in-class practice and class interaction which can enhance the quality and effectiveness of treating clients holistically.” (Thanks to Karma Carpenter for sending this information.)

According to program director Lana Dvorkin-Camiel, PharmD, starting this fall the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has
just had a new 9-month Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Natural Products approved by the Board of Trustees for the Fall 2008 implementation date. The certificate expands on the region’s first Master of Applied Natural Products (MANP) Degree program. The certificate program consists of 3 courses in herbal and dietary supplements and functional medicine and aims to "enable practitioners to develop basic clinical skills in the area of natural products"


The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR) has received an award to establish a four-year, multidisciplinary Developmental Center for Clinical and Translational Science in Chiropractic from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). According to the Palmer release, the first year of the grant award is funded at $148,435, with the remaining $2.6 million to be awarded following successful completion of year one planning efforts. Christine Goetz Choate, DC, PhD is the principal investigator on the grant ...
Reed B. Phillips, DC, PhD, retired president of Southern California University of Health Sciences and a noted chiropractic educator and researcher, was named to serve as the new director of international programs and research development for the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research (FCER) … 

Hospitals & Health Systems

Image The Institute for Family-Centered Care announced in a May 22, 2008 release that it is partnering with the Samueli Institute, headed by Wayne Jonas, MD, for the May 27-30, 2008 Intensive Training Seminar, Hospitals and Communities Moving Forward with Patient- and Family-Centered Care, in Bethesda, MD. The move marks another extension of Samueli’s Optimal Healing Environments initiative …
Belleruth Naparstek, PhD, writes in a Health Journeys newsletter that Mayo Clinic has "sprinted far ahead of most" hospitals and health systems in the embrace of mind-body therapies despite being "late in coming on board" ...  Sita Ananth, MHA, in her regular column in the American Hospital Association's Hospitals and Health Networks writes on some initiatives in which hospitals are using CAM in treating chronic conditions ...  


, a website and service led by Andrew Brandeis, ND (cand.) reports that the service is currently populated with 4306 practitioners, a 7th of which (602) are naturopathic doctors. The Medfinds team is also working on a provider referral network program, that supports Medfinds practitioners choosing other practitioners they would recommend …  Also on the web front, Taylor Walsh reports that two new-old sites have recently come online, AltMD and The Holistic Option
Walsh notes that "both have built pretty substantial content bases on therapies and conditions, and have what purports to be 'find a local practitioner' sections of varying completeness" ... The American Botanical Council reported in its most recent HerbalGram that total sales of herbal dietary supplements within all sales channels of the US market reached approximately $4,791,000,000 in 2007, a 4.4% increase over 2006. The 4 page report was provided in collaboration with Nutrition Business Journal.

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