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Issues # 21 and #22 - February 2007

February 26, 2007 mailing - Issue #22

February 26, 2007

Commentator Vic Sierpina, MD
Your Comments: Time Column, CTCA's Model,  CHP's Payments, NYT on Supps and a Thoughtful Look at LAc $$, plus ...

The coverage of the Time magazine blast against integrative medicine doctors provoked responses from Bill Manahan, MD, Gary Sandman and an anonymous health system leader ... Naturopathic physician Julie Chinnock, ND questions thoroughness of the reporting in the article on CAM network firm Complementary Healthcare Plans ... Vic Sierpina, MD wonders if the oncologists with CTCA view the care as being as integrated as was presented in the Integrator story ... Michael Levin tilts the windmill of journalism integrity at the New York Times regarding dietary supplements, again ...  Chris Foley, MD, with a pithy comment on 3rd party payment ... and Laura Ocker, LAc, presents a very thoughtful, detailed look at payment issues in acupuncture practice provoked by the Integrator piece on Working Class Acupuncture.

February 25, 2007

ImageAcademic Health & Hospitals: Southwest College of Naturo Med, U Maryland, NY Chiro College, Spaulding Rehab, Greenwich Hospital, and more ...

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine expands health clinics in public schools program through two grants ... University of Maryland IM program chooses Will Boggs, MD as medical director ... Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital integrating inpatient care, seeks information on privileging complementary and alternative providers ... New York Chiropractic College receives $1-million HRSA grant on manipulation and exercise therapy for low back pain ... Pali Delevitt and Karen Kawson, MD, exit Global Medicine Education Foundation, future uncertain ... Greenwich Hospital, part of Yale New Haven Health System, still seeks IM leader .. Bastyr University looking for new vice president for academic affairs.

February 23, 2007

Ping Ho, MFA, MPH
Ping Ho's UCLArts and Healing: Elevating the Role of the Creative Arts

After Ping Ho, MA, MPH, quietly persevered in helping to launch and develop the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology and UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine, Ho turned toward a project even closer to her heart. Under the aegis of UCLA Pediatric Pain Program, Ho began mounting a series of programs that demonstrate the potency of the creative arts in healing. She most recently drew 800 to an event which featured medical intuitive Judith Orloff, MD, and Doors drummer John Densmore, a long-time meditation practitioner. And an earlier drumming program Ho offered led to a well-received partnership with the LA Unified School District in which drumming delivered by school counselors is being used as a healing tool for students ...  

February 23, 2007

Survey Data on Yoga and Coaching Practices, Plus More Info on Massage

Two surveys were reported this month, one by the International Coach Federation on the coaching industry, demographics and income, and the other, by the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, on consumer use of massage. These are linked here to a study commissioned by the Yoga Journal on the growth of the Yoga industry. All three fields show substantial to explosive growth. The Integrator compares data on coaching incomes with what we see from surveys and statements related to massage therapists, acupuncturists and naturopathic doctors. The numbers aren't pretty for the professions that have entrance requirements which involve significant student loan debt ...

February 21, 2007

Commentator Michael Traub, ND
Your Comments
: Income Influences for Naturopathic Physicians

The article and analysis on the survey from the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges provoked an array of perspectives on naturopathic physician income (Income for Naturopathic Physicians: Data from AANMC Survey, February 5, 2007). Subjects range from the low response rate to the "confidence gene" to the life-style choices of the mostly female profession to work fewer hours, especially faced with student loan debt over $100,000. Commentators are Michael Traub, ND, past president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians; Guru Sandesh Khalsa, ND, naturopathic medicine dean at the University of Bridgeport; Robert May, ND, a consultant and former executive with a managed complementary medicine firm Alternare; and Erik Goldman, the co-founder and editor of Holistic Primary Care.

February 20, 2007

Matt Russell - integrated communications
Matt Russell on Integrated Public Communications to Advance Integrated Health Care

Matt Russell has always held a unique niche in the public affairs work related to integrated health care. His resume includes work for Andrew Weil, MD, for former US Surgeon General Richard Carmona, MD, lobbying with diverse practitioner organizations (DC, DO, MD, ND, mental health, plus) as well as a role as founding executive director of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium. Russell just celebrated the fifth year of the founding of his now international PR and ad agency, Russell Public Communications. The Integrator contacted Russell to see what free consulting we might glean in thinking about public relations for the movement to better integrate health care.

February 16, 2007 mailing - Issue #21

February 16, 2007

Fredi Kronenberg, PhD, Columbia Rosenthal Center director and researcher
Valentine's Appeal: Columbia Studies of Black Cohosh, Whole Foods for Women's Health Seek $$ for Data Analysis

Picture these. First, a top notch study on the value of a whole foods diet for women, looking at bone health, heart health and breast cancer. Then a second NIH-funded study on black cohosh in limiting hot flashes in menopausal women. Now imagine that the treasured outcomes of this research are sitting, figuratively, at the bottom of the sea, unavailable to us. I learned recently that this is the case with two projects run by Fredi Kronenberg, PhD, founder of the Rosenthal Center for Complementary Medicine at Columbia University. I decided as a Valentine's appeal to use the Integrator as part of Kronenberg's work to cast a web to find the donors who will help us extract the value from this work ...

February 15, 2007

ImageTales of Two Surveys on CAM: Thomsen-Medstat Finds 37% Using, AARP & NCCAM Find Seniors Still Not Talking ...

Two recently published surveys on complementary and alternative medicine topics suggest that use is stable, at 37%, and that seniors, at least, are still not talking to their physicians about their use of alternative medicines. The first survey was engaged by Thomson-Medstat and the latter by the AARP in association with NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Both surveys include useful breakdowns on types of therapies, motivations for use, and other topics. Interestingly, the Thomson-Medstat survey found that more than twice as high a percentage of those surveyed were talking with their doctors about their use of CAM as was found in the AARP-NCCAM survey of seniors. Pus $100,000 families lead use - thus the battle for recognition by well-off medical doctors shapes up as intra-class warfare ...

February 15, 2007

Reiki practitioner and author Pamela MIles,
In the News: NYT "Correction" on Supplement Dangers, United Press/Reiki, Time Blasts Integrative Medicine MDs

After pressure from diverse sources, the New York Times publishes a bogus "correction" on their article on the harm from dietary supplements ... An article on Reiki featuring author and Reiki promoter Pamela Miles draws a huge following at ReligionAndSpirituality.com, a part of the United Press International site, and leads to a follow-up "how to" piece ... Scott Haig, MD, a Time magazine columnist lambastes medical doctors as money grubbers for their exploration of "naturopathics" and a whole list of other non-conventional approaches ...

Feb 14, 2007 -- Happy Valentine's Day

ImageIntegrative Medicine Clinic Reports: Marino Profits Rise, Heartspring Expands, Wellspace in Odd, Retro Announcement ...

Reports from both coast show growth in revenues and operations in primary care-driven integrative medicine clinics. Boston-based Marino Centers for Progressive Health generated $650,000 in excess income over costs in 2006, leading to a plan to add 3700 square feet to one of its sites. Across the country Heartspring Wellness also announces plans for an additional center in its service inside the Samaritan Health System. Meantime, Boston-based Wellspace, led by a new set of venture capitalists, sends out an oddly optimistic press release ... 

February 5, 2007

ImageIncome for Naturopathic Physicians: Data from AANMC Survey

The Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC) recently released data from a 2004 survey of the roughly 2500 licensed naturopathic physicians then practicing in North America. The AANMC attributed the wide spectrum of net incomes to "personal choice and values/priorities." Still, 98% of respondents showed satisfaction with their career choices. Most NDs do not have the opportunity to be employed and must develop their practice from scratch. An increasing number are in multi-disciplinary settings. A major short-coming of the portrait, however, is the response rate. Only 583 (19%) took part. How many of the non-responders couldn't make the shift from medical student to self-marketer and dropped out, despite student loan debt frequently at $100,000+? The Integrator compares this data with those on MD income published by the Medical Group Management Association.

February 2, 2007

William Mitchell, ND
Honoring William Mitchell, ND: 1947-2007

William (Bill) Mitchell, ND, was co-founder of Bastyr University, author, mentor to many, thought leader for the naturopathic profession, guitar teacher whose picture graced the cover of Time in the 1960s, and a renown botanical educator. Mitchell died late January at age 59 in an unusual family circumstance: Mitchell's death of a heart attack came within hours of hearing news of the death of his son, age 27, also of a heart attack. Here is a small selection of some of the many comments on the influential life of an individual who Mark Blumenthal believes will have an "indelible impact on the course of American health care" and who Joseph Pizzorno, ND, calls "the heart and soul of the Bastyr community ..."

February 2, 2007

Commentator Cathy Ayers, LMT
Your Comments: Changed Definition of IM, Bias at the NYT, and AAHF's Roles as Defender ...

The effort of Michael Levin to hold the New York Times accountable stimulates Lou Sportelli, DC to challenge Big Media biases. Then Scottish licensed homeopath Wendy Howard, LHom, DHom links the NYT (in)action to some excellent materials on the suppression of complementary medicine in Switzerland  ...  Candace Campbell, former executive director of the American Association for Health Freedom (AAHF) underscores the depths of the need for activity to defend unconventional practices while holistic medicine leader Bill Manahan, MD focuses on the importance of looking at our own issues .. The collaborative work to change the definition of integrative medicine provokes an additional question from massage educator Cathy Ayers, LMT, NCTMB and kudos (and a comment on scatology) from holistic leader and grandfather Manahan ...
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