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Issues #102-#104 - July-September 2012 - Integrative Medicine News Archive PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

Issues #102-#104 - July-September 2012

October 8, 2012

Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #60: October 2012 

-American College for Preventive Medicine wins $774,000 HRSA grant to create National Coordinating Center for Integrative Medicine
-U Minnesota receives $4-million from HRSA as the first National Coordinating Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaboration
Costs, Coverage and Employers

-Key data for policy leaders published in Herman-Eisenberg systematic review of cost-effectiveness in CIM
-Washington Post
touches on state decisions relative to chiropractic and acupuncture in essential benefits
-IHPC's Wisneski speaks on integrative medicine to over 400 employers on CFO Magazine webinar
-Employer group IHPM takes over global wellness initiative from World Economic Forum
Integrative Centers

-October 2012 Integrator Google Alerts extracts from academic and health system action in integrative medicine
-Chiropractic House of Delegates passes resolutions on a chiropractor's role in integrative centers

-Data collected by Jill's List available free for academic research; firm moves into employer market
-Canadian business launches national directory of integrative health clinics
-Massage Envy, with now 800 locations, (re)sold to Roark Capital Partners

-Samueli Institute's "Patients at the Crossroads" to explore intersection of integrative, evidence-based and patient--centered health
-Pathways to Wellness begins drive to support move to new location for serving the under-served in Boston
-Detailed plans for November 2-4 IN-CAM Symposium in Toronto include massage summit, exploration of optimal benefits
-Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine begins forum for residents interested in -integrative medicine
-Portrait of growth in an AOM school: Five Branches University
-Historic International Congress for Educators in Complementary and Integrative Medicine close to selling out

-Battle in New Mexico over advanced practice certification program for chiropractors deepens division between two forces in chiropractic
-Washington state massage organization pushes inclusion in essential benefits package

-Meta-analysis of individual patient data on acupuncture for chronic pain drives significant positive media
-Escape Fire
opens across country, highlights Weil, Berwick, integrative medicine
-Taylor Walsh seminars for Integrative Practitioner on social media in integrative practice
-Report says NFL great Larry Fitzgerald uses Peter D'Adamo, ND's genotype diet to extend career
-Research on naturopathic approach to diabetes gives that field significant positive attention in key diabetes publication

-Esther Sternberg, PhD to lead research at University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
-Acupuncture and ACCAHC leader Elizabeth Goldblatt, PhD featured in Institute of Medicine Spotlight

October 7, 2012

Integrative Medicine in Academic Centers, Hospitals and Health Systems Via Google Alerts: October 2012

The following 36 short segments, with links, are briefly noted developments focusing on health system-based integrative medicine programs from mid-September through October 6, 2012. These were selected from scores of Google Alerts postings during that time period. They are meant to serve as a quick scan of developments in the rapidly evolving medical doctor-focused areas of integrative medicine in hospitals, health systems and academic health centers. More

September 28, 2012

Herman-Eisenberg Systematic Review of Cost-Effectiveness in CIM 2001-2010: Where Are We?

Even when research finds that complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) or approaches are effective, these still may be shunned by health care's major stakeholders. Employers, private insurers and government agencies like Medicare that pay for services often block inclusion due to concerns about costs. The findings of an exhaustive, systematic review of cost studies on complementary and integrative medicine from 2001-2010, published in the British Medical Journal Open, begins to provide definitive guidance. The report, led by Patricia Herman, M.S., N.D., Ph.D., will not immediately please every integrative health advocate. Nor will it serve as marching orders for every health care benefits decision maker. Yet according to Herman, this study sets a new baseline ...  More

September 20, 2012

Stephen Bolles: Regarding a Trojan Horse with Chiropractic/Chiropractic Medicine at a Cross Roads

Chiropractic bounces around in an odd, in-between niche in US healthcare. Some 7-10% of the public regularly use chiropractors, yet the "integrative medicine" dialogue often likes to exclude them. A part of the reason may be the field's extremely challenging identity issues. A recent battles in New Mexico over a move to add prescription authority has erupted the field's simmering tension between its dual personalities, often described as "broad scope" or "straight." In this column, the always thoughtful Integrator contributor Stephen Bolles, DC, looks at the issue, and questions whether "broad scope" is a Trojan Horse that may be the field's undoing. He is an unusual commentator on the subject with many years associated with one part of the field, and more recently working closely with the other. More 

September 20, 2012

Physician Heal Thyself: M.D.s Earn Continuing Education Credit to Learn Yoga Poses

Satkarin Khalsa, MD, has delivered yoga programs for medical doctors for years. This year the director of Alberquerque Integrated HealthMedicine scored a breakthrough. Her doctor students were able to earn continuing medical education credit (CME) for learning how to practice yoga. For patients of integrative medical doctors as well as their more conventionally-minded colleagues, the affirmation of Khalsa's educational program by the American Academic of Family Physicians (AAFP) decision was a breakthrough. Yet the more important impact may be on health care reform measures: the health of physicians themselves, and the ways that mindfulness can shift empathy, teamwork and practice. More

September 12, 2012

Beth Clay: An Insider Looks at Nicholas Gonzalez ' New Book on the NIH's Clinical Trial of His Pancreatic Cancer Care

The Gonzalez cancer treatment was well known in the alternative medicine community long before the NIH NCCAM and the National Cancer Institute decided to fund a trial on his treatment of pancreatic cancer. The news of the trail was huge: a giant from outside the system was to be explored in a major trail by researchers deep inside the system in a moment when trust between the two communities was about as palpable as that between the US and the USSR in the middle Reagan years. Not surprisingly, the trial proved controversial. Here a Gonzalez associate, former NIH and US Congress staffer Beth Clay on Gonzalez book What Went Wrong: The Truth Behind the Clinical Trial of the Enzyme Treatment of Cancer. More

September 10, 2012

Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #59: September 2012

  • IOM "horizontal" workshop on interprofessional education and care (IPE/C) urges "holistic perspective" and "widening the circle"
  • Functional medicine physician and author Mark Hyman, MD offers exceptional holistic prescription for health creation
  • Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) posts 2012 Report and future plans
  • Data points in the A.C.A. on the uses of key terms
  • ASH, dominant provider of licensed CAM benefits, opens South Carolina Technology Center
  • Cheesecake Factory Medicine: Atul Gawande's New Yorker piece goes inside corporatized, Big Brother medicine
  • American Botanical Council reports that herbal dietary supplement retail sales jumped 4.5% in 2011
Integrative Centers
  • Briefly noted developments on health system integrative medicine programs
  • Milestone: Ornish program credited for allowing first CME-approved conference to teach MDs to do yoga
  • NCCAM's Briggs wonders about surprising practices that enter the mainstream
  • Canadian research organization adds new measures to Outcomes Database 
  • Peering in on "CAM" in pediatrics in Germany
  • Integrator "did not get it right" about new NCCAM pain leader Catherine Bushnell
  • Organizations at DNC's Presidential Experience Marketplace support acupuncture access 
  • Alschuler-Gazella team link for Five to Thrive, daily internet radio show on integrative cancer care
  • Doctored (formerly Medical, Inc.) to premier in New York City, features Wilk case, integration
  • Medical Coding & Billing site publishes perspective on top 10 cities for "alternative medicine"
  • Modern Heathcare Professional stakes out new business model in integrative publishing arena
  • Joseph Pizzorno, ND's publications update: new editions of influential texts, plus Clinical Pathophysiology
  • Integrative health philanthropist Ruth Westreich joins Bastyr University and Samueli Institute boards
  • AANP 2012 Awards Announced: Rodriguez Malave, Stargrove, Breed, Morstein, Pure Encapsulations and Weeks

September 9, 2010

Widening the Circle: ACCAHC Report from the 1st IOM Global Forum on Interprofessional Education and Care

Note: The report is based on a similar report from the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC) to its members and participants following a two-day workshop on August 28-29, 2012 that was called the most inclusive and diverse dialogue in Institute of Medicine (IOM) history. It is the first of six such workshops which will be convened as part of the IOM Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. ACCAHC is one of over 30 academic and professional organizations sponsoring the forum. I produced this report as one of ACCAHC's "ambassadors" to the Global Forum and the workshop.


-First an Outcome: IPE Leader Calls for a Need to "Rethink Who is in Our Circle"
-Context: The Most Inclusive "Horizontal" Dialogue in IOM History
-ACCAHC is One of 30 Forum Sponsors, Goldblatt a Member, Weeks an Alternate
-To "Fundamentally Change" - Objectives of the Two 2012 IOM Forum Workshops
#1: Employer to Academics - "What Happened to You Guys?"
#2: Strategy, Culture, Economics, Accountability: What Trumps What in Making Change?
#3: Aetna Leader Urges Academics to Link IPE/C with Care Coordination Movement
#4: Whose Team is This? Kaiser Leader References ACCAHC's Goldblatt in Comment about the Patient's Role
#5: Perfect Teamwork, but for What Purpose: Co-Chair Meleis Asks Who Decides the Focus of the Team?
#6: Goldblatt Suggests Teams Should (also) Focus on Health and Healing 
#7: Money Trumps: Canadian System Leads via $20-Million Government Investment
#8: A $200-Million Coordinated Campaign to Get the U.S. to Invest in IPE/C?
#9: Widening the Circle and Focusing on Health Outcomes: A Public Health View
#10: Vermont Blueprint for Health Leader in Revelation about Role of Naturopathic Doctors
#11: Concluding Remarks from Schmitt, Others: Importance of Holism, Political-Economics, Culture
-Postlude : ACCAHC's 3-Level Mission as "Ambassador" in the Global Forum

August 1, 2012

Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #58: August 2012

  • Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine declares support for Affordable Care Act's non-discrimination section urged by licensed CAM professionals
  • American Herbal Products Association and Senator Durbin engage dialogue on good manufacturing practices (cGMPs)
  • Certified professional midwives celebrate three new sponsors in Medicaid inclusion bill
Corporate Health and Integrative Health
  • Integration from the demand side: U  Maryland Integrative Center moves into corporate wellness
  • Book from Tai-Sophia co-founder Robert Duggan focuses on "Reducing Health-Care Costs in Corporate America"
Academic Medicine
  • Translating research: Haramati/Harazduk mindbody train-the-trainer program influences health professional education on both sides of the Atlantic
  • UCLA Center for East-West Medicine (CEWM) offers new fellowship in East-West Primary Care
Integrative Centers
  • Integrative medicine team at Columbia publishes Integrative Cancer Strategies for Cancer Patients
  • Briefly noted developments on health system integrative medicine programs
  • Neuroscientist Bushnell appointed scientific director for NCCAM's Division of Intramural Research
  • Group Health researcher Dan Cherkin, PhD in joint appointment as Bastyr research director
  • Naturopathic and chiropractic researchers top 2012 awards from Canadian CAM Research Fund (CCRF)
Professions and Organizations
  • Over 50 chiropractors working as clinicians in London's Olympic village
  • Discussion items for AANP House of Delegates Stakeholder and State Leadership Summit August 14, 2012
  • 9th International Conference for the Society for Integrative Oncology: October 8 -10, 2012, in Albuquerque
  • 2nd Annual Integrative Medicine for the Underserved,  September 6-8, Santa Clara
Practice Building
  • Comment on Clements/Gignac The Practitioner's Journey: The Path to Success for Holistic, Alternative and Integrative Health Professionals
  • Brief review of various media from Google Alerts
  • Helen Erickson selected as AHNA Holistic Nurse of the Year for 2012
  • NUHS student Dana Madigan the first chiropractic student to win the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
  • Robert Bonakdar, MD elected to presidency of the American Academy of Pain Management

July 24, 2012

U.S. Agency to Fund National Coordinating Center for Integrative Medicine

In 2002, the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Policy included a primary recommendation. A CAM office should be created inside the U.S. government. Its role: "to coordinate Federal CAM activities and to facilitate the integration of safe and effective practices and products into the nation's health care system." A decade-plus later the U.S. is about to have a center that partially fulfills on that core recommendation. It won't be inside the federal government. Nor will it focus on "CAM." It will also be more limited, in its initial scope at least. But some of the language in a new Health Resource Services Administration (HRSA) grant program suggests that this new National Coordinating Center for Integrative Medicine (NccIM as HRSA calls it) may eventually have broad coordinating value for this emerging field ... Full column here at the Huffington Post.

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