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Quick Links to Integrative Medicine News in Medical Systems and Communities: April 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

Quick Links to Integrative Medicine News in Medical Systems and Communities: April 2015

ImageThis typically monthly Integrator feature is, for April 2015, a quick capture of highlights from the stories that flow in daily from various sources relative to "integrative medicine." A couple of significant themes and events that showed up significantly in April were the controversy surrounding the efforts of Columbia medical school faculty to oust TV celebrity Mehmet Oz, MD and the April 20-21 FDA hearings on homeopathy. Good to see four delivery systems contracting with Healthways for the Ornish program. (Note that Global News Links are now posted at The Global Integrator Blog for Global Advances in Health and Medicine - see related notice here. Exciting development.)

Integrative Medicine in Medical Delivery


  • Mt. Sinai-Beth Israel IM leader Ben Kligler, MD, MPH was among speakers at the Weill Cornell Medical College of Qatar daylong session on integrative care with speakers from around the globe.
  • The kick off of a 50-year celebration of the University of New Mexico school of medicine will feature the school's IM center.
  • The IM program, which includes homeopathy, at Florida's Lee Memorial Health System, is here.
  • The IM program at Arkansas' Baxter Regional Medical Center has a nurse-massage therapist speaking about their program.
  • IM leader Sunita Vohra, MD at U Calgary is quoted in this feature on Reiki and other energy medicine.
  • The Wilton, CT Bulletin features U Conn IM leaders Mary Guerrera, MD in this article.
  • The programs of Dean Ornish, MD are now in 4 new medical systems thanks to his partnership with Healthways.
  • Hilary McClafferty, MD, the chair of the IM section of the American Academy of Pediatrics says she never refers to chiropractors. Another MD in the same article speaks highly of the potential value of referral.
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    Mehmet Oz, MD and spouse: in the hotseat
    Columbia's Mehmet Oz, MD has been in the news following a protest letter sent to his dean by 10 colleagues. Here is his Time column defending himself. This Atlantic article on Dr. Oz led to the Columbia medical school IM icon to be lambasted here in The Health Care Blog. This Huffington Post piece raised interesting conflict of interest questions regarding Oz's attackers. A commentary on Discovery news is here. This story questions whether Monsanto is behind his grilling last year from US Senator Claire McCaskill.
  • A partnership between a Chinese institute and Georgia Research University with a Confucian Institute is the focus of this article.
  • The founder of a business called Weight to Think credits her experience in the Duke Health Coaching program for inspiring her business path.
  • Similarly, this stress management practitioner boasts her completion of the coaching certificate offered through the Duke IM program.
  • The Integrated Oncology Program at Florida Cancer Specialists is the subject of this ABC News short.
  • This Philly.com piece looks at research from a NY Beth Israel IM researcher who finds that genetics may differently dispose some toward the placebo effect.
  • Integrative care of veterans at the Chillcothe VA Medical Center are the upbeat subject of this piece.

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