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Issues #55-#56 - Nov-Dec 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

Issue #56 - December 31, 2008

December 31, 2008

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Healthcare Round-up: Dec. 1-Dec. 31, 2008


New CDC report shows CAM use at 38%, but over 50% among our indigenous ... AARP, US Chamber and Prince's Foundation join Bravewell-led coalition to promote health-oriented reform ... More on Dasche/Obama community discussions from Jonas'/Samueli gathering, Hawaii Consortium, ND group in Connecticut, a Reiki leader and the ACA ... URAC names first accredited wellness programs ... Institute for Functional Medicine leader David Jones, MD leads Integrative Practitioner discussion on the role of the randomized controlled trial ... Naturopathic physician-run wellness program for automobile dealers earns Vermont Gold Medal award for 3rd straight year ... Oprah opens a page to homeopathy ... Former American Whole Health integrative medicine director and SCNM founder Michael Cronin, ND takes board roles at National University of Health Sciences and the AANP ... Samueli Center and Arizona Center offer CME programs ... Nursing site lists top 100 herb-related blogs ... More ...

December 28, 2009

Coming of the Light: Integrator Top 10 for Integrative Medicine and Integrated Practice from 2008

On winter solstice 2006, the Integrator began a tradition of announcing a Top 10 from the previous year which will most support the coming of the light for integrative practice in the New Year. Here is the 2008 Integrator Top 10 for integrative policy, practice, research and professional activity. Like last year, 9 are listed here. What are your suggestions for #10? Thanks to all these individuals behind the good work noted here. Happy reading, and reflecting, on the year that was, and the year to come. More ...

December 23, 2008

Invitation from Wayne Jonas, MD to a Daschle/Health Care Community Discussion on a Wellness Initiative for the Nation (WIN)

Here is a great opportunity to participate in a tremendously important initiative. On December 29, 2008, Wayne Jonas, MD will host a Health Care Community Discussion as urged by HHS Secretary-designee Tom Daschle. The subject is a draft program for an ambitious, transformative "Wellness Initiative for the Nation" (WIN). Jonas and a group of colleagues have been working up this white paper, which includes an over-arching Wellness Trust, special provider certification, consumer tool kits, business tax incentives and more to "create a wellness culture and industry." Click in to this article to see the key concepts. You can come in person or be wired in. Jonas is in touch with some key transition players. Daschle and his colleagues have said they will attend one or more of these Health Care Community Discussions. If I'm Daschle, I'm going to this one. More ...

December 8, 2008

Integrator Action Bulletin: Obama's Call, IOM Summit Registration, Integrative Healthcare Symposium Panels, plus

  Exchange of ideas on healthcare policy has not been this heated for 15 years. This Integrator Action Bulletin links you with ways to be involved with shaping the Obama agenda and the action strategy of the integrative practice community. I have on good evidence thayt for those who submit to Obama's online forum, the staff of the Community Organizer-in-Chief actually respond. Another link takes you to an initiative led by Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Tom Daschle's grassroots push for community forums on health care. Reader Daphne White invites you to her community discussion, focusing on integrative medicine ... Then, two alerts from inside the integrative health community. First, sign-up is open for the IOM's National Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public. Admission is free, but participation is limited. Registration is also open for the Integrative Healthcare Symposium on February 19-21 in New York City. There a myriad of clinical and business offerings will be spiced with two top flight policy panels where we will explore roadmaps for a more influential future for integrative practice. More ...

Issue #55 - November 28, 2008

November 28, 2008

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Healthcare Round-up: Oct 16-Nov 28, 2008

Cleveland-based Manufacturer Parker Hannifin created a rich CAM benefit which has stimulated the development of a national CAM PPO of America network with affiliations with the AANP and Massage Envy ... Integrative Practitioner tops 5000 members, earns Stevie nomination, names Jacobs, Blumenthal to advisory roles ... Day-late, dollar-short: McCain weighs in on chiropractic ... UCSF Osher seeks medical director: Obama-esque leader needed ... Helfgott Research Institute update ... Tai Sophia and Johns Hopkins nursing advance their relationship; AANP's Howard benefits from program ... Naturopathic policy action in Washington State: hard to imagine this in state's where NDs are not licensed ... Georgia chiros get parity boost from insurance commissioner ... AHPA's Dentali in appointment, $100,000 grant for healthy aging to Bastyr, plus ... More ...

November 28, 2008

"Wellness" Advances: Policy, Employers, MPA Media's Program, Accreditation Standards, IOM Summit, plus

US Senate health policy leader Tom Harkin (D-IA) is talking of recreating the U.S. as a "wellness society" ... Reports from Towers Perrin and Aon show employer interests in wellness programs are up, despite the economic downturn ... Large complementary and alternative healthcare media firm, MPA Media, announces plans to create Integrated Wellness Pavilions at major trade shows ... URAC, the national accrediting body, promulgates standards for Comprehensive Wellness Accreditation ... The IOM-Bravewell Summit explores wellness themes ... Are we seeing a paradigm shift toward health and wellness? Will integrative practice professions be seen as leaders in this shift, which most view as their birthright? More ...

November 26, 2008

New "Effectiveness" Focus for NCCAM:  An Interview with Director Josephine Briggs, MD

When Josephine "Josie" Briggs, MD took over as director of the NIH NCCAM in January of this year, she promised to start her tenure "listening" before she would begin to put her stamp on agency. She did, and still is. But she has also gotten clear on some new directions. In this interview, Briggs promises an agenda which will focus more on "effectiveness research" and "real world outcomes." A key focal area: pain. Here is the interview with Briggs, engaged for Integrator sponsor Briggs will be speaking to these issues at a panel I will be moderating at the February 19-21 Integrative Healthcare Symposium in New York City. More ...

November 26, 2008

"Beijing Declaration" from WHO Congress on Traditional Medicine Promotes Use in Primary Care

  The first Congress on Traditional Medicine of the World Health Organization (WHO) was convened in Beijing, China November 7-9, 2008. Participating were 1100 experts from 70 countries. Included was a significant contingent of chiropractors organized by the World Federation of Chiropractic. The Congress promulgated the "Beijing Declaration," included here, which also calls on countries to integrate conventional and traditional medicine. A particular focus, in the Declaration and comments from the WHO. director general, is to support the broader WHO campaign to revitalize primary care. Will the IOM's National Summit on Integrative Medicine align with this call? More ...

November 26, 2008

Bankruptcy for InnoVision: Publisher of ATHM, IMCJ and Advances Expects Recovery under Chapter 11

  InnoVision Health Media, the publisher of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine and Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal, Advances in Mind-Body Medicine and consumer media has entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. The filing came despite its "best year ever" on both the professional and consumer sides. InnoVision's operations have been hounded by debt assumed when the group of publications was purchased in 2004. Rob Lutz, president and group publisher, told the Integrator that the firm recently secured financing and "expects to continue its growth." More ...

November 23, 2008

Appointments in the Obama Era: What's Up for Integrative Medicine and Health Freedom?

Obama transition watchers have noted a number of nominations which may bode well, or ill, for the integrative practice community and natural products industry. Most give a thumbs up to appointments for former U.S. Senators Tom Daschle and U.S. Senator Tom Harkin. Congressman Henry Waxman, who has taken over a key role in the House, is a cause of concern for some. Meantime, leading "health freedom" advocates believe that the sky may be falling with the Democratic majorities: writer Peter Chowka forecasts that we may be witnessed "the end of alternative medicine" and health freedoms. Here is a run-down with comments from members of the community. The stage is first set with a Cliff's Notes review of action under Clinton and Bush. More ... 

November 22, 2008

Where the $120 Goes and Where it Would Best Serve

[From my Integrative Practitioner column]  When my neighbor and colleague Tom Ballard, RN, ND, a primary care physician in the Seattle marketplace, sent me a letter-to-the-editor he'd had published in the Seattle Times, I began thinking about a hopeful, practical research agenda for NCCAM. Ballard wrote to the editor that an article on MRSA failed to note the contribution to the problem via our overuse of antibiotics. Ballard concluded: “Perhaps the crisis of MRSA will help swing the medical pendulum back toward a whole-systems approach to infections: First strengthen the host and utilize natural compounds, saving drug therapy for last." I took Ballard's hope and upped it a notch: Might the new focus on effectiveness research by incumbent NCCAM director Josephine Briggs, MD provide us an opportunity to frame far more interesting questions, such as Ballard suggests, and yield significant individual and population benefits from NCCAM's work? More ...
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