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Issues #23 and #24 - March 2006 PDF Print E-mail
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Issues # 23 and #24 - March 2007


Issues #24 - March 28, 2007

March 28, 2007

ImageSamueli Institute Partners with Health Forum on Integrative Medicine for Heathcare Organizations Conference

When news came that Wayne Jonas, MD - who nursed the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine through it stormy early days until it was birthed anew as the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine - was taking the job as executive director of the Samueli Institute, one knew it was an organization to watch. This year the Samueli Institute is lead content partner with Health Forum/American Hospital Association on its 5th annual conference on Integrative Medicine for Healthcare Organizations. In this interview with Barbara Findlay, RN, Samueli Institute's vice president for optimal healing environments  -we should have more of these titles in corporations of all kinds - you can see why this promises to be the best conference of its kind in years. More ...

March 28, 2007

Inner Harmony founder Peter Amato
Welcome to Inner Harmony Group as an Integrator Sponsor!

Peter Amato's Inner Harmony Group, based in Scranton, Pennsylvania, has provided national benchmarking experience for integrative clinics as well as pioneering programs in a public elementary school for what Amato styles "integral education."  For more than a decade, he's pioneered to establish an integrative clinic business model which runs in the black - an accomplishment which he and his CEO Steve Szydlowski, MBA, DHA, have achieved in recent years. (Their work was reported in the Integrator in July 2006). I am pleased to announce that the Inner Harmony Group has chosen to help move the Integrator mission with a 2007 sponsorship. More ...

March 24, 2007

Goshen's IM leader Marcia Prengruber, ND
Hospitals: Integrative Medicine in Goshen, Indiana; CTCA to Phoenix; Swedish Sells "Integration Light,' plus ...

Cancer Treatment Centers of America sets Phoenix as the site for its 4th hospital ...  An article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer underscores how "integration light" can be passed off as the real thing as a Swedish Hospital oncologist reportedly speaks of an off-site ND who draws no salary from the institution as an "in-house naturopath" ... If Goshen, Indiana seems an unusual place for a robust integrative medicine effort than this short profile of the Goshen Cancer Center will surprise you ... Plus, massage at Mayo Hospice, and more. More ...

March 24, 2007

ImageAccountability and Soul: CAM Professions Expert Pamela Snider, ND on the Maturation of the CAM Professions and of Yoga Therapy

Have the complementary healthcare disciplines been strengthened, compromised or both in their maturation and inclusion processes? Might healthcare professions choose directions other than those which ape practice of an already broken system? These questions were of central interest when the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) sponsored the Integrator series on the Future of Yoga Therapy. This closing article in the series features a conversation with Pamela Snider, ND, who has worked closely with leaders of all of the complementary and alternative healthcare disciplines. She touches on challenges in the massage therapy, direct-entry midwifery and naturopathic medical professions, as well as Yoga therapy, in this exploration of Accountability and Soul. More ...

March 24, 2007

Lana Dvorkin-Camiel, Pharm D, lead developer of the program
Academic Updates: Natural Products Masters Program at Mass. College of Pharmacy, CAHCIM Working Group Includes Non-MDs, AMSA and ND Students

The first Master of Applied Health Products degree is now being offered through the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with Lana Dvorkin-Camiel, Pharm D leading the effort ... One sign of integration of distinctly licensed professionals in the work of members of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine is recent inclusion of naturopathic physicians as members of the organizations Clinical Working Group ... The 57th meeting of the American Medical Students Association included a contingent of naturopathic medical student who were looking to foster collaboration through a couple of resolutions ... An Acupuncture Today article shares that acupuncture had a presence at the fall meeting of the American Public Health Association. More ...

March 23, 2007

Commentator Bruce Milliman, ND
Guest Column: Bruce Milliman, ND, on ND Incomes, Care Models and an Invitation to Play "Stump the Chump"

The son of the founder of employee benefits consultant and actuarial firm Milliman and Robertson (now Milliman, Inc.), Bruce Milliman, ND, has broad experience informing his commentary for the Integrator regarding naturopathic physician incomes. He's an advisor to the AMA's CPT coding committee, helped found what may be the nation's largest integrated primary care practice and talked a Blue Shield plan into allowing their members to choose naturopathic physicians as their primary care providers. More ...

March 20, 2007

Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH, WFUMC integrative medicine leader
Data on an Integrative Medicine Program in a Conventional Academic System: Wake Forest's 2006 Annual Report

Now 38 North American medical schools are members of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine. But what exactly is going on in these institutions? How far is the internal reach? What role do these have in their communities? The 2006 Report to the dean from the integrative medicine program at the Wake First University Medical School provides Integrator readers with a detailed insight into the shape of a robust IM programs: faculty involved, the relevant committees, research funding, top priorities and clinical and educational services. Thanks to Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH, the center's integrative medicine leader for making the report available. More.

March 20, 2007

ImageCharting the Mainstream: Trends, Data and Action of Use to Efforts to Better Integrate Care

Unfortunately, the care, the perspectives, the orientation and the labor of those in integrative medicine, natural health care and integrated health are still rarely part of the dialogue about health system reform. Call it negative languaging, but we remain in the back eddies, rarely consulted, and under-utilized in most talk and action toward healthcare reform. The idea of this irregular column, Charting the Mainstream, is to note developments and trends in the mainstream of medicine which parallel, invite, or offer bridge abutments for those working to advance the basic, human-to-human, patient-focused, health creating care. This article re-opens that practice ... More

March 16, 2007 mailing - Issue #23

March 16, 2007

US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Health Reform: Does US Senator Wyden's Plan Include any Integrated Care Perspectives?

In this, the first in an irregular series, the Integrator examines the health reform proposal announced by US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) in mid-January. The plan, which features a strategy for universal coverage, was widely reported. The Integrator focus is not on the financing strategies but whether the reform suggested actually transforms the system in profound ways which are philosophically aligned with the integrated care movement. Your comments and counter views are welcome. More

March 15, 2007

Michael Cohen's 5th book on integration issues
Michael Cohen's Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion

Author, Yoga instructor, energy medicine aficionado, blogger and Harvard Medical School faculty member Michael Cohen has been guiding clinicians, educators, hospitals and  diverse professional associations through the maze of restrictions and potentialities for integration for a dozen years. In his most recent book, Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion, Cohen is a tour-guide through diverse zoo-scapes in our deliciously murky, regulatory-cosmological transitional world of healing, faith and medicine. More

March 14, 2007

IMA founder Karlo Berger
Brief Notes: IMA's Berger Steps Down, Lekowitz/Baseball, Hegetschweiler offed at ASH, Fratkin Honored, ABC Salutes Ernst, Bloom/Schor in 7th Campaign, Weil on NDs ...

Integrative Medicine Alliance founder Karlo Berger moves to emeritus status ... Rick Leskowitz, MD, links sports and energy medicine in new movie ... Alternative health care insurance promoter Steve Gorman has set up a foundation focusing on inflammatory breast cancer to honor his recently deceased spouse ... American Specialty Health dumps former VP Kurt Hegetschweiler, DC, and public affairs action ... Jake Fratkin, OMD honored by AOM teachers ... Edzard Ernst, MD,  granted American Botanical Council's research award ... Colorado Bloom/Schor ND duo push ND licensing for 7th time ... Mid-Atlantic Kaiser's IM leader Lydia Segal, MD, takes a break ... Andrew Weil, MD stumps for ND licensing in NY, plus ... More

March 13, 2006

Christy Lee Engel, ND, LAc
Your Comments: Engel, Wilson, Traub and May on ND Incomes and the AANMC Survey

The Integrator article on the publication of an income survey by the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges provoked one round of responses, which now fuels another. Christy Lee Engel, ND, LAc, comments on sustainability, poverty mentality and whether it's okay for a doctor to (merely) be middle class ... Michael Traub, ND, DHANP answers a query about the percentage of income due to natural pharmacy sales ... Kevin Wilson, ND, compares pressures on new doctors with high debt to the way he grew his successful practice ... Bob May, ND, explores questions about steps the profession must take to finds its own route toward financial health ... More

March 13, 2006

Bill Benda, MD
Integrator Advisor Speaks: Bill Benda, MD, on the Recognition of Holistic Nursing by the ANA

This column from Bill Benda, MD, initiates a new Integrator feature: occasional columns from members of the Integrator editorial advisory board or guest writers. Benda is an emergency room physician and graduate of the residential fellowship of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona who has a strong interest in public policy in integrative medicine and integrated health care. He is a regular columnist for Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal and is the first medical doctor to serve on the board of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Benda writes on the power in the decision by the American Nurses Association to recognize holistic nursing ... More

March 6, 2007

ImageNew NIH NCCAM Director Wanted: No Experience or Interest in the Field Required

The NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) quietly posted its want ad for the new director of the $122-million center. The job description does not require or even note a preference for a candidate with clinical or research experience - or even interest - in complementary, alternative or integrative medicine. Wayne Jonas, MD, urges the CAM community to put forward its best candidates. Adi Haramati, PhD, wonders if the wrong new director may set back positive steps taken in recent years. Others wonder if a fix is already in. What ever, it's time for the CAM and integrative medicine community to say enough is enough: If we are moving toward one standard of "good medicine," it's time we have a single standard on how to select leaders ... Meantime, if you know any good candidates, urge them to apply, or submit their names directly to NCCAM. More

March 3, 2007

Roger Rogers, MD, integrated health pioneer
A Tale of Two CAM/Integrative Medicine Awards: Dr. Rogers' Prize and the Bravewell

A new biennial award, the Dr. Rogers Prize, is outspending the Bravewell Collaborative in offering a $250,000 award to a single practitioner or researcher. While Bravewell has focused its prize on leaders in "integrative medicine," its Canadian counterpart will go to an individual who has advanced "complementary and alternative medicine" in that country. Are these big awards to a single individual appropriate in what has fundamentally been a sociocultural movement? Might Dr. Rogers' advisors convince them that honoring 5 or 6, as Bravewell will do in 2007, is better than trying to select just one? And will the Canadian award finally acknowledge that there are practitioners outside of the MD and conventional  academic zones who merit honoring? More
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