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Issues #11 and #12 - Sept 2006 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

Issues #11 and #12

September 29, 2006 mailing - Issue #12

September 29, 2006

An ugly looking appendix
Belly of the Beast #1: Musings on My Recent Hospitalization

On September 15, 2006, I began a four-day inpatient journey due to a gut problem which became a somewhat complicated appendicitis. I've always prided myself on having a breadth of relationships with all of integrated care's stakeholders, but until now, I hadn't had a significant, personal experience of the central stakeholder in the zone where Western medicine spends most of its attention and money - as an inpatient consumer of hospital services. This first piece recounts some experience and reflections on the care, food, "excellence", "process issues", and the role of complementary therapies ...

September 29, 2006

ImageBelly of the Beast #2: $5000 Deductible, ER Timing, Cost Implications and a Coda on Health Reform

In which the author pays out on the crap shoot of a $5000 deductible, confesses stubbornness and possibly harmful delay of ER visit and hospital admission. Risk to patient, length of stay and cost of care may have been affected. The national debate over universal coverage is transformed from policy issue to voting the pocketbook ...

September 28, 2006

National University of Health Sciences
Winterstein/NUHS Explores New Ground for Multi-Disciplinary, Integrated Natural Health  Care Education

The idea of a multi-disciplinary, academic health center with a natural health mission has evolved in the United States since the mid-1980s. This article includes a chart of the top eight such multi-disciplinary institutions in the US, and their programs. Under the leadership of James Winterstein, DC, the 100-year-old National College of Chiropractic was transformed into National University of Health Sciences and is consciously seeking to keep the disciplines out of separate academic silos. Can this institutional model become a countervailing influence for new paradigm health care?

September 26, 2006

Your Commentary: Kemper & Benoir/Federal Office, Dacher/"Integral Education", ND/AMA SOPP, Levin/Liva and Product Assurance, +

This article begins a new section in which I feature your commentary. Until I have a workable Integrator comment field, I will be publishing comments from time to time, which you send to me. Try to keep to 250 words or less (see the length of Dacher's, below). Send a one line description of who you are, and contact info if you like. Send a photo, jpg style. Your comments may be edited. Please send to This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

September 24, 2006

Sheila Quinn, IHPC board chair
Do We Need a Federal Office for Integrated Health Care?

An early Integrator poll (August 20) led to a call from the leaders of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium that the poll be offered again, to focus on an "Office of Integrated Health Care" and on its roll in improving health care in the United States. This article gives pros and cons. Please register your opinion on the left side of this home page. September 25, 2006

September 24, 2006

Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD
Not Just a Science But an Agenda
: Politics of Nutrition and Whole Practice Ayurveda/Diabetes in the Recent ATHM

The Sept-Oct issue of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine (ATHM) includes a report of a whole practice Ayurvedic approach to diabetes, and an exceptional interview with Tufts nutrition researcher-educator Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, in which he recalls his mentor's teaching that our work is also (and perhaps abiove all) "an agenda ...

September 24, 2006

Christine Goertz Choate, PhD, DC
Brief Notes - NADA Advances, Choate (Goertz) & Kail/Research Awards, Marinelli/AAPM, IFM/ACCME, IAF/AHRQ-CDC, plus

Christine Choate, PhD, DC and Konrad Kail, ND in research awards, Rick Marinelli, ND, LAc leads national, multi-disciplinary pain group, National Acupuncture Detoxification Association shares advances in acceptance of acupuncture detoxification/addictio services, Institute for Functional Medicine gains six-year accreditation from ACCME, plus ...

September 9, 2006 mailing - Issue #11

September 9, 2006

Rick Liva, RPh, ND, IM's "quality advocate"
Integrative Medicine Journal Offers Practitioners a Tool for Natural Product Quality Assurance

A two-year long series of articles in Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal by Rick Liva, RPh, ND, on product quality issues has culminated in a four-page "Self-Audit" which the journal is urging its 20,000 clinician-readers to ask the manufacturers of the products they use to fill out ...

September 9, 2006

ImageSam Benjamin, MD, on Integrated Wellness Care in 11-Million Member Humana, Inc.

Long-time integrative medicine leader Sam Benjamin, MD, has served for six years as Corporate Medical Director for Integrative Health Strategies for Humana. He describes the present status of new directions of integrated care as part of Humana's wellness and consumerism strategies, along with sobering information on the insurer's covered CAM-IM benefits.

September 7, 2006

Richard Panico, MD, ARMC MBI leader and long-time Yoga practitioner and teacher
(Another Kind of) Integration in Georgia - Yoga, Mindfulness, TCM and Functional Medicine at Athens Regional Medical Center

Richard Panico, MD, contacted the Integrator in response to a call for information on Yoga therapy in mainstream health systems. The interview which followed, about Panico's work in Georgia's Athens Regional Medical Center, revealed that this southern health system is quietly including an array of complementary and integrative approaches, including functional medicine, reaching of 2000 a quarter. This article is partly backed by an Integrator sponsorship from the International Association of Yoga Therapists on the Future of Yoga Therapy.

September 1, 2006

ImageWelcome! Alternative Medicine Integration Group Chooses Integrator Sponsorship

Chicago-based Alternative Medicine Integration Group has distinguished itself by developing managed care strategies which directly examine fundamental assertions of the CAM-IM communities - such as the claim that costs of hospitalizations and pharmaceuticals can be diminished through more of a focus, up-front, on less-invasive strategies. The firm's evidence-based success has led to contracts in 14 states ... and an Integrator sponsorship ...

August 30, 2006

Coalition Opposing AMA's Campaign Against Other Disciplines Sets Next Steps

A now 31 organization Coalition for Patient Rights, organized to oppose the Scope of Practice Partnership (SOPP) of the American Medical Association, has taken steps to firm up its governance, clarify membership, and engage a plan to counter what appears to be a battle that will spread out over time. The AAOM, AANP-ND, IHPC and ACCAHC join the ACA as CAM-IM organizations at the table ... Lou Sportelli, DC, reflects on an earlier guild battle as the CPR prepares to respond to AMA-SOPPs Fables ...

August 30, 2006

Lee Lipsenthal, MD
Brief Notes - AMSA's R-25, ABHM/Lipsenthal, Traub Awarded, ACA/Humana, Olive Leaf/Ground Zero, Cleveland Chiro/Truman HS, ITI/ND Residency, plus

An effort to fund detox at Ground Zero, a chiro college/health system connection, creating CAM leaders in med schools, supplement company Integrative Medicine Inc. sets IM residency for NDs, update on a holistic certifying board, long-time ND and IM leader Michael Traub, ND honored, and more ...

For earlier articles, please click below:

Issues #1 and #2 - Mar/Apr2006

Issues #3 and #4 - May 2006

Issues #5 and #6 - June 2006

Issues #7 and #8 - July 2006

Issues #9 and #10 - Aug 2006

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