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Issues #57-#59 - Jan-Feb 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

Issues #57-#59, January-February 2009

Issue #59 - February 17, 2009

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: January 30-February 17, 2009

The list of IOM-contracted paper, and authors for the IOM Summit ... U Kansas program announces 2nd Fellow, and opens applications for third .. LAc-led clinic approved by UC Regents as internship location for medical students, others ... Holistic nurses elevate field research in their professional agenda ... Move in massage therapy profession may lead to split in organizations responsible for licensing exams and that for certification exams ... AAAOM to add focus on military medicine at its April conference ... Wendy Weber, ND, PhD becomes first naturopathic physician to be hired as a program officer at NIH NCCAM ... Key mover in creating Continuum Center, Barbara Glickstein, MS, MPH, RN, selected for prestigious media program More ...

February 18, 2009

Federal Policy Week: Congressional Hearing, Samueli Reception Invite, Stimulus Package

The week of February 23, 2009 is promising to be the most significant policy week in the history of complementary, alternative and particularly integrative medicine. There will be a US Senate hearing on integrative medicine principles on the 23rd, the sold-out IOM Summit on the 25th-27th and a Samueli Institute reception on the 26th (sponsored with the Center for Mind Body Medicine, Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care, Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium, and the Tai Sophia Institute. Be there or be square. These actions comes amidst an economic stimulus package, reported here, which includes $1 billion for a Wellness and Prevention Fund and $1.1 billion for effectiveness research. Also noted is a release from the American Chiropractic Association on chiro-related issues in the stimulus package. More ...

February 17, 2009

Insightful JACM Editorial on Health Reform from Daniel Redwood, DC

Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (JACM) editorial board member and sometimes Integrator commentator Daniel Redwood, DC has a passion for politics to go with his experience as a clinician and healthcare educator. Redwood's editorial, reprinted with permission from the JACM, provides a thought-provoking analysis and review of health reform options with particular focus on universal coverage, prevention and health promotion, chiropractic and the role of complementary and alternative medicine. Enjoy! More ...

February 17, 2009

Guest Columnist Tom Ballard, RN, ND: We Need More than "Relationships" in the New Medicine

Is relationship-centered care the critical element in the reform of medicine? Tom Ballard, RN, ND doesn't think so. Ballard writes in response to an Integrator column in which Stephen Bollles, DC, states: “What we do doesn't matter a whole lot compared to how we do it.” Ballard responds: "It's more than convincing practitioners to spend quality time with patients. We need to radically change the way medicine is practiced." Ballard then presents his view of a "New Healthcare Paradigm" which is in fact an "old" perspective inside his own profession. I wonder whether the typical integrative medical doctor, or NCCAM researcher, would agree that this is where the value in integrative practice will be found? More ...

February 5, 2009

James Gordon's CMBM Posts Recommendations from Well-Attended Obama Healthcare Community Discussion

James Gordon, MD, past chair of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, held a Healthcare Community Discussion on December 30th. But anyone who knows Gordon's interests will guess that he assembled a wide-ranging group, and that the recommendations ranged as widely. They urge that the Department of Education become a central agency in promotion and prevention. They would demote the "baleful influence" of two key influencer-stakeholders. Got any guesses? On the research front, the group specifically suggests that up to 30% of the research budget go to effectiveness studies, and 10% to integrative approaches. The #1 recommendation is a general direction for health reform. Any guesses here? Gordon had the link sent to the Integrator for cross-posting. This is stimulating reading. More ...

Issue #58 - January 29, 2009

January 29, 2009

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: January 17-29, 2009

Impact of the Integrator campaign against defunding NCCAM at Obama's ... U.S. Senator Harkin pushes $1.1 billion of "effectiveness research" money into nation's economic stimulus package ... CEO Todd Linden's view of an integration strategy in a rural hospital ... Integrative clinic and employer wellness consultant Nancy Hart offer "teleclass" on integrative strategies ... Yoga's impact at NIH and HHS expands as National Yoga Month declared ... 25 distinct organizations become Participating Organizations for the May 12-13 North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine ... Bland, Karan to be honored at Integrative Healthcare Symposium, February 19-21 in New York City ... ND school in grant from First Nations and Intuit health Branch of Health Canada ... Briggs to speak at APHA conference ... Triad's Hillary Davis starts new healthcare blog. More ...

January 27, 2009

Stephen Bolles: 4 Questions on Integrative Practice and Health Reform and One Answer ("It's the relationship, Stupid")

The healthcare career of Stephen Bolles, DC includes a director position with the consumer division of United Healthcare, a vice presidency with one of the emerging universities of natural health sciences and a leadership role in establishing the integrative clinics at the renown Woodwinds Health Campus in Minnesota. Here Bolles takes a look at the emerging healthcare reform debate and asks 4 good questions, including the ultimate economic challenge: "Who is not going to be doing something that they are doing now?" He suggests one place where we would be served to remain buoyed: relationships. But, Bolles askes, can this system support the relationships that are critical to real change? More ...

January 18, 2009

Integrator Urgent Action Update: Your Vote Needed IMMEDIATELY at Obama's Site Against De-Funding NCCAM

The cult of academics, conventional physicians and scientists who are dedicated to polarizing the medical discussion by deriding all value in integrative medicine and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practices has mounted a nasty campaign against NIH NCCAM at Obama's site. It is one-sided, and ugly.  I am told the Obama site closes today. Please get in immediately and register your vote in favor of continued funding. If you can, add a comment to the blog. Act now, by going to this page at Obama's site.  More info is available at the Integrator by clicking on the title of this article. Act now! Go to this site at Obama's to vote in the upper left corner of the blog. Then comment! More ...

Issue #57 - January 16, 2009

January 16, 2009

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: January 1-15, 2009

Wall Street Journal column positions integrative medicine as key direction in health reform ... Religion Newswriters group advancing education of journalists on integrative practices ... Hello President-elect Obama: links to letters from the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and American Association of Naturopathic Physicians ...  IOM announces full run-down of speakers and panelists for the February 25-27, 2009 Summit. Harkin to headline economics group ... Boston Foundation surprises Pathways to Health with $75,000 grant ... New integrative cancer center open in Providence system in south Puget Sound ...  Do we need a new therapeutic order for the nation? Take a look at this plan for aligning resource investment ... Plus, new Osher-NCCAM award, a special something from HealthMath in these stressful times, and more ...

January 15, 2009

Report from the Hawaii Consortium Obama-Daschle Discussion: Role of Integrative Medicine in Healthcare Reform

Laura Crites, MA, MS, executive director of the Hawaii Consortium for Integrative Health Care, convened two Healthcare Community Discussions as recommended by the Obama-Daschle healthcare transition team. Their focus was specifically on the role of integrative medicine in healthcare reform. The document they submitted to Obama-Daschle is published here. It includes a half-dozen case histories, to ground the importance of the document. These are followed by specific recommendations in the areas of overall approach, research, education and practice. How will these recommendations line up with what comes out of the Bravewell-IOM Summit on February 25-27, 2009? More ...

January 15, 2009

An Integrative Care Submission to the Obama-Daschle Team: The Daphne White Group in the Beltway

On December 8, 2008, the Integrator posted an invitation from Daphne White to join a Health Care Community Discussion which she planned to host the next week. Such discussions were urged by Tom Daschle, head of Obama's transition team for health care. These discussion were created as a means of moving grassroots ideas into the dialogue. White, a former journalist and health care organizer, has a passion for integrative medicine as well as a therapeutic touch practice. The subject for her group was the role of integrative practices in health reform. Here is the submission that came from that December 16th discussion. More ...

January 14, 2009

Columnist Michael Levin: California’s Attorney General Takes Action Against Supplement Companies

Integrator adviser and columnist Michael Levin reports on a recent California action, under Proposition 65, against 56 dietary supplement companies. The issue is a level of lead in their products which required informing their customers. Levin uses the column to remind clinicians and administrators of the importance of vigilance of supplement manufacturers about the extent of their quality control plans. The story was brought to Levin's attention through Michael McGuffin and the American Herbal Products Association. More ...

January 14, 2009

Holistic Leader Bill Manahan, MD: "My Tenth Idea - Revisioning Healthcare for 2009"

When past president of the American Holistic Medical Association Bill Manahan, MD received the list of the Integrator Top 10 from 2009, he was inspired to create a list of his own. Manahan, an Integrator adviser and long-time member of the clinical faculty at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, offers what he calls "eight transitions that will bring light and balance to healthcare." What are your thoughts on these directions? More ...

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