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Issues #41 & #42

February 27, 2008 mailing - Issue #42

February 27, 2008

Integrative Clinics and Wellness: Inner Harmony's Amato and Szydlowski on the Deep Lake Strategy

Peter Amato and Steve Szydlowski, DHA, MBA, consulted on the integrative wellness center that would be associated with the 313 acre Deep Lake sustainable community and resort envisioned for rural Michigan and reported here in December 2007. The two, founder and CEO, respectively, with Inner Harmony Group, faced significant challenges based on the Deep Lake location, population and weather. This Integrator double-interview guides you through their process in creating a combined integrative wellness center-spa strategy. More ...

February 27, 2008

Comments on Natural Products & Practitioners: Genova's Patrick Hanaway, MD, and ND Student Esteves

The ongoing Integrator discussion of the optimal relationship between the natural products industry and the natural health and integrative practitioners who use these products offers two fine new voices here. Patrick Hanaway, MD, is the president-elect of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine and chief medical officer for Genova Diagnostics, one of the pioneeriing diagnostics firms for integrative practice. The other voice is from naturopathic medical student Vanessa Esteves, ND (cand. '08) who offers a straight solution. More ...

February 27, 2008

Washington Healthcare Poll Finds 75% of Voters Want Licensed  DCs, LAcs, NDs, in Basic Benefits

We know from a CodeBlueNow! Pulse survey that 69% of voters in red state Iowa think licensed practitioners like chiropractors, acupuncturists and naturopathic physicians should be included in basic benefits. Now a follow-up survey, using the same questions, which CodeBlueNow! commissioned from Gilmore research, we learn that 75% of blue state Washington State voters also want these complementary and integrative medicine practitioners included. The question CBN's CEO Kathleen O'Connor asks is: Why are the presidential candidates are not reflecting this public opinion? More ...
February 25, 2008

Employer Connection: Chrysler’s Health & Disability Leaders on Their Exploration of Integrative Health Pilot Projects

The Integrator previously reported outcomes of a pilot integrative care mind-body project at Chrysler. 55% of chronic pain patients reported being pain free following the combination of somatic muscle therapy, hypnotherapy, group process and lifestyle counseling. Chrysler is taking the pilot into two new directions this year. But what led them to this exploration? Where is it headed? How does it fit with wellness thinking? As part of the Integrator's IHPM-sponsored examination of the employer connection, I interviewed Kate Kohn-Parrott, Chrysler's director of integrated health care and disability, and Teresa Bartlett, MD, the medical director who directly oversaw the program. More ...

February 25, 2008

Brief Notes on Organizational Action in CAM and Integrative Medicine

Action abounds. Here are short notices of activity from the American Botanical Council, American Board of (Integrative) Holistic Medicine, American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Bravewell Collaborative, American Chiropractic Association, Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care, Hawaii Integrative Medicine Consortium, American Association for Health Freedom, American Public Health Association, Council for Responsible Nutrition and ... a taste of CAM developments in Italy. More ...

February 24, 2008

Your Comments Forum: Additional Perspectives on the Appointment of NCCAM's Inexperienced Director Josephine Briggs, MD

The Integrator exchange on the appointment of a new overseer of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine who has neither professional experience nor known personal passion for the field she will direct continues to generate response. Here are comments from policy leader Marc Micozzi, MD, past AHNA president Sonja Simpson, RN,  MS, King County Natural Health Clinic organizer Merrily Manthey, National Center for Homeopathy president Nancy Gahles, DC,
CCH, RSHom(NA), natural products attorney Debra Bass and acupuncturist Jesse Woodson, LAc. More ...

February 24, 2008

Expanding the Family: More Comments of Holistic MDs and Naturopathic Doctors Co-Convening in 2008

One commentator on this deepening exchange between naturopathic physicians and holistic physicians notes that "most of us are quite tribal in our DNA." He references the emotions ignited when the two guilds chose to co-locate their 2008 conferences. Here are comments from American Holistic Medical  Association (AHMA) trustees Roca, Roberts, Gmeiner and Sands, all MDs; from American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) board members Alschuler, Guiltinan and Clark, all NDs; from Bill Benda, MD, who sits on both boards; and one from a past AHMA president, Manahan, who advocated closer relationships between the two in his presidency 17 years ago. These are followed by a quick look at some plans, in development, for their August get-together. A hopeful exchange!  More ...

February 18, 2008 mailing - Issue #41

February 18, 2008

NIH NCCAM Responds to Integrator Open Letter Regarding Briggs Inexperience

The Integrator Open Letter to NIH NCCAM's incoming director, Josephine Briggs, MD, stimulated many comments. Many asked me to share any response from Dr. Briggs. On February 9, a response arrived, not from Briggs, but from NCCAM's public liaison, Chris Thomsen. The letter references Briggs' perceptions and plans relative to her taking over a position of tremendous influence for the field despite having no background in complementary or integrative medicine. Here is the letter, some musing on hope, and on colonization.  More ...

February 18, 2008

Naturopathic Leaders on Tribe, Collaboration and their 2008 Conference with Holistic MDs

In August of 2008, a small piece of interdisciplinary history will be made. The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the American Holistic Medical Association will co-locate their annual conferences at the Arizona Biltmore. An earlier Integrator article focused on the decision of the AHMA board. This offers views of naturopathic medical leaders about this post-tribal, inter-disciplinary venture into ND-MD co-conferencing. More ...

February 18, 2008

Levin Investigates the Status of Natural Products Quality Initiatives

Most integrative practitioners and consumers have some awareness that various forms of certification of product quality are increasingly available to natural products firms. Integrator adviser Michael Levin looks into the dependability of such certification. He begins with a comment from Alan Greenspan on trust, then goes down the rabbit hole into issues surrounding United States Pharmacopoeia, Concumerlab.com and the major supplement manufacturer Leiner. It's a fascinating and sobering journey. More ...

February 18, 2008

Job Openings: Samueli VP, American Botanical Council, Yoga Alliance Exec, Integrative Docs

Services as a job fair is not typical Integrator purpose. But in the last month I received notes announcing openings from 3 prominent organizations in the community - plus a need from an expanding integrative clinic operations. The positions are with the Samueli Institute, American Botanical Council, Yoga Alliance and a Corvallis, Oregon-based hospital-sponsored integrative medicine operation that has been reported here. More ...

February 6, 2008

Your Comments: 12 Voices on NIH Appointing, to Direct NCCAM, a Scientist Inexperienced in CAM

My open letter to Josephine Briggs, MD, who was appointed to direct the NIH NCCAM despite having virtually no experience in complementary or integrative medicine, produced a dozen, printable responses. Here are comments from Harvard Associate Professor Michael Cohen, JD, naturopathic medical leader Bruce Milliman, ND, Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium chair Sheila Quinn, holistic medicine pioneer Bill Manahan, MD, nurse-coach Linda Bark, RN, natural product consultant Michael Levin, publicist Rhonda Benfield, Georgetown law professor Sherman Cohn, JD, Kaiser Permanente physician Lydia Segal, MD, Healing Quest TV producer Judy Brooks and some who preferred to remain anonymous. This piece concludes with an excellent report from CAM entrepreneur Taylor Walsh on Briggs' comments at her first NCCAM meeting, February 1, 2008. More ...

February 6, 2008

CAM Educators Respond to MD-Created "Competencies for Integrative Medicine"

Running into a buzz saw. That may be the best description of what happened to the MD-led integrative medicine educators when they told some CAM educators that they were about to publish an articles in Academic Medicine on competencies in integrative medicine. The CAM educators, organized now as the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care, decided to conduct a formal, researched response which was published this fall in Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Here is a short report on a complex exchange between these educators, plus a response from Ben Kligler, MD, lead author of the Academic Medicine article.More ...
February 6, 2008

Slip Sliding Away: Bill Benda, MD on the Integrative Practitioner-Natural Products Industry Relationship

Bill Benda, MD uses the fresh face of a naturopathic medical student, working a conference booth as a nutraceutical company representative, to launch a reflection on the slippery slope of product and practice relationships. In this column, originally written for Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal, Benda  suggests educators and for the industry need to step up to avoid the patterns of the past. More ...

February 4, 2008

IHPM Conference to Cross-Fertilize Employer and Integrative Health Care: March 31-April 2, Orlando

Are you a clinician, researcher, integrative clinic leader, CAM network manager or professional association leader who wishes a crash course on employer-think to explore an d network possible relationships with employers? Are you an employer, union leader or government manager who is curious about how complementary, alternative and integrative medicine (CAIM) might enhance the health and productivity of your work force or members? If so, the March 31-April 2, 2008 meeting of the Institute for Health and Productivity Management offers an exceptional immersion for both stakeholders. Cathy Baase, MD. corporate medical director for Dow Chemical and I will be co-moderating an interactive, CAIM track at the state of the art of development. Take a look at what we've assembled. More ...

February 4, 2008

Welcome IHPM as an Integrator Sponsor! Fostering the Employer and Integrative Health Care Link

The uptake of complementary, alternative and integrative medicine into US medicine has suffered from a lack of economic alignment with the disease focus of major stakeholders. The exception to this rule is the progressive employer. Smart employers recognize that a healthy employee produces a myriad of measurable economic benefits to the company. So it is with particular pleasure I welcome the not-for-profit Institute for Health and Productivity Management, an organization of large employers exploring health-enhancing employee strategies, as an Integrator sponsor. Here is background on the relationship. Join us in Orlando, March 31-April 2 for the first in a series of special gatherings to explore shared interests, values and benefits. More ...

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