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Issues #13 and #14 - Oct 2006 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

Issues #13 and #14

October 27, 2006 mailing - Issue #14

October 27, 2006

Leslie Kaminoff, Yoga leader
ImageKaminoff Makes Case Against Insurance, Regulation, Dictated Standards

Certification and licensing are issues in many emerging and traditional healthcare professions. Leslie Kaminoff supports high standards but believes that any third-party intervention in the teacher-patient or practitioner-patient relationship is harmful. Kaminoff, a long-time leader in Yoga, argues that not only third party (insurance) payment, but also licensing and even self-regulation by professions to set fixed standards creates illusion and false security in consumers. His logic may have an appeal to many in the broader CAM-IM world. (Interestingly, Yoga's dialogue on certification was stimulated by the heart health program of Dean Ornish, MD.) This article is part of an Integrator series on the Future of Yoga Therapy sponsored through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (See related articles, below.)

October 27, 2006

Robert Bazell, NBC correspondent
NBC Science Correspondent Takes Editorial Clamor against NIH NCCAM to the Popular Media

On October 25, the chief science and health correspondent for NBC News, Robert Bazell, lambasted dietary supplements, questioned (most) of alternative medicine, blasted Andrew Weil, then questioned the value of the NIH NCCAM. Bazell called the Center's work "a futile effort." Similar highly-placed, polarizing editorials have appeared recently in Science and the FASEB Journal. A writer on a George Mason University media site comes to NCCAM's defense, though from a perspective that is not CAM friendly.

October 26, 2006

Integrator Announces Editorial Advisory Board

While production of the Integrator is basically a one-man shop, the network which wires me into news and ideas is broad. The hard-copy Integrator for the Business of Alternative Medicine and its predecessor (1997-2001) had an editorial advisory boar; I realized that the mission of the Integrator Blog News & Reports would benefit through constituting such a multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder group. Ananth, Barnes, Bezold, Benda, Choate, Hammerly, Jacobs plus ...  I am pleased and proud to have these leaders
associated with the Integrator mission and volunteering themselves to help me see, understand and, where useful, help organize around the issues and opportunities that are emerging.

October 23, 2006

ImageIntegrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC): Leadership in National Action

Since 1997, individuals currently leading the multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) have taken the lead in a series of national policy actions regarding integrated healthcare. Among these are pushing for the creation of NIH NCCAM, convening national policy and national education dialogues to advance integrated health care, and incubating a new CAM educator consortium. According to board chair, Sheila Quinn, IHPC is poised to play a growing role in promoting policy that can help transform US health care.

October 23, 2006

ImageImageWisconsin CME Session Explores Benefits/Costs of Nutrition+ for CAD, Childhood Obesity

As an early step in exploring development of a formal graduate program in nutrition, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) are sponsoring a CME-CEU program on November 10 which will compare data on nutritional and other interventions for two significant health problems: coronary artery disease and childhood obesity. The November 10 program distinguishes itself, as a conventional medical school-sponsored program, for its multi-disciplinary faculty and its willingness to ask the $64-billion dollar+ question: How do natural and integrated treatments stack up, clinically and financially, compared to conventional approaches alone?

October 20, 2006

Ken Pelletier, PhD, MD (hc)
Pelletier-Weil Program Has Major Employers Exploring Integrative Medicine Approaches

Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD(hc) and his Corporate Health Improvement Program (CHIP), which involves over a dozen of the nation's largest employers, is focusing its research and clinical programs on prevention and disease management "using an integrative medicine approach." Outcomes of the multi-year project will focus on both clinical and cost-effectiveness. CHIP's development since 1984, and the list of areas of potential exploration, are lessons in understanding the large employer as an integrated care partner.

October 13, 2006 mailing - Issue #13

October 13, 2006

ImageIs NIH NCCAM Sailing into a Perfect Storm?
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), forced on the NIH by the US Congress in 1998, has always been viewed as a kind of bastard step-child by the old-line NIH establishment. Now a Congressionally-mandated re-shaping of NIH, federal budget pressures, a series of negative results and antagonistic editorials in Science, and the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, one may see, in the distance the signs of a perfect storm.

October 10. 2006

Drisko, left, honored
Kansas' Drisko Honored with Nation's First Endowed Chair in Orthomolecular Medicine

Jeanne Drisko, MD, was named last summer to the Hugh D. Riordan Professorship in Orthomolecular Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The endowed professorship is the first of its kind in the United States. The chair honors Drisko's mentor, a long-time leader in the orthomolecular field. Interesting, for a field which was originally able to flourish because of its distance from academic medicine ...

October 10, 2006

George Orwell, first time blogger
Your Comments: Bill Benda, Candace Campbell, Bill Manahan, Lori Bielinski and Lou Sportelli Reflect on Hospital Care - with a coda from George Orwell

My tales of my September hospitalization with a complicated appendix removal ("In the Belly of the Beast") brought many notes from readers. Thank you. A few colleagues sent longer accounts and reflections. The idea began to grow in me to ask them for their permission to share what they wrote. The result is this thought-filled, multi-voiced, and multi-dimensional quintet on our relationships with hospitals - with a short comment from George Orwell, writing in 1946. Enjoy!

October 8, 2006

Kevin Wilson, ND
Bruce Milliman, ND
Naturopathic Insurance Leaders on 3rd Party Payment, the CPT, Villani's Views, and CAM-IM Maturation

What does taking 3rd party payment change in a clinical practice? What role does such payment play in the development of a healthcare profession? Agostino Villani, DC, a long-time chiropractic leader and CEO of Integrator sponsor Triad Healthcare, provided a wonderfully frank assessment in an earlier Integrator article. Villani focused on some of the corruptive pressures. This article looks at views of two insurance-savvy leaders of the naturopathic medical profession, Kevin Wilson, ND, and Bruce Milliman, ND, who read Villani's comments and reflected on their own views. These are their remarks, and Villani's responses. This article is part of a sponsored series on the Future of Yoga Therapy from the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

October 8, 2006

Organizational Action at a Glance: AAOM, Bravewell, CAHCIM, ACCAHC, ACA, AANP, AMTA, plus ...

"Integration" is enhanced by awareness of the priorities of the "other" with which one is, or may be, involved. This irregular Integrator feature is a look at strategic actions of some leading organizations with a stake in creating a better integrated healthcare system. Issue #2 of the Integrator included an article on the Defacto CAM-IM Federal Agenda. The article explored the federal initiatives of diverse groups involved in advancing integrated care. This article looks more broadly at current priorities of organizations which represent significant stakeholders in the healthcare integration effort.

October 6, 2006

ImagePoll on IHPC Interest in a Federal Office of Integrated Health Care: 63% Support, Negatives Intriguing

Roughly 63% of Integrator readers who participated in the poll (N=153) believe that creating a federal office for integrated health care "is critical for improving health care in the United States." Nearly a quarter expressed strong disagreement. Interestingly, a similar Integrator survey which focused on whether such an office was "critical for the future of CAM/IM" found only a small fraction who expressed disagreement. Leaders of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium are exploring ways to advance this federal agenda. Send comments on your view (pro or con) to


For earlier articles, please click below:

Issues #1 and #2 - Apr 2006

Issues #3 and #4 - May 2006

Issues #5 and #6 - June 2006

Issues #7 and #8 - July 2006

Issues #9 and #10 - Aug 2006

Issues #11 and #12- Sept 2006

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