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Issues #72 & #73 - Jan-Feb 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

Issues #72 & #73 - Jan-Feb 2010


Issue #73 March 7, 2010

March 7, 2010

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Healthcare Round-up: February 4-March 6, 2010

McCain-Dorgan bill stirs battle over supplement regulation McCain backs off ... Action urged to support "licensed integrative practitioners" in federal legislation ... Senator Mikulski salutes Integrative Healthcare Symposium attendees ... Bill George pushes reform at personal and state levels .. Brent Bauer, MD reports on Mayo's growing integrative medicine initiative ... True North patient survey featured in American College of Physicians' publication ... Naparstek's Health Journeys CD sent by DoD to help soldiers in war zone ... Acupuncture accreditation agency moves ahead with "first professional doctorate" ... A first: Chiropractic faculty members credentialed to teach in VA facilities via NYCC relationships ... Washington state legislature announces annual Bastyr Day ... Oregon naturopathic doctors included in loan-forgiveness program for service to the underserved and in rural areas ...  Chiropractors explore role in public health ... NJ chiropractors add homeopathy, nutrition to practice; Gahles comments ... Hawai'i medical association seek to strip scope additions of state's naturopathic doctors ... AMI seeks expansion of integrative Medicaid pilot into Arizona ... ABC blasts peer-reviewed piece on drug-herb interactions ... Newsweek rips anti-depressants as "Tic tacs" ... Stargrove and MedicineWorks release electronic interactions guide ... Olympic athletes sponsored by supplement lines ... Profootball chiropractic association in 4th conference ... Integrative Healthcare Symposium up 40%, gains status as community gathering ... Arizona Center's integrative mental health conference sells out ... Ann Fonda reports on the Annie Appleseed Project ... Pelletier takes vice president role at American Specialty Health ... Miller-Read takes over as AMTA president ... More

March 6, 2010

Integrator Columnist Michael Levin on the McCain-Dorgan Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010; McCain Backing Down

The "McCain Bill,"as it quickly became known, has stirred up a furor in the integrative practice and natural products communities. Practitioner, consumer and industry interests are peppering their lists with alerts about a proposed bill which they argue will increase regulatory burden, limit access to supplements and significantly increase costs. US Senator John McCain used the Senator floor to take on the arguments of his opponents. Major league sports are backing McCain. The proposal is called the Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010. Here are links to key viewpoints followed by a critical analysis from Integrator columnist Michael Levin whose professional career spans executive positions in big Pharma and the supplements industry. He offers a useful regulatory strategy by focusing on the narrows of the production river. (Note: At publication time word arrived that McCain was backing down.) More

February 23, 2010

Taylor Walsh: NCCAM's Direction Clarified in Advisory Council Meeting; Council Member Janet Kahn, PhD Responds

The strategic plan for NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine showed steps toward clarification at the February 5, 2010 meeting of the National Advisory Council. This report from Integrator columnist Taylor Walsh share's the agency's directions, plus a list of the 5 new appointees. The range of initiatives is wide, from reductive approaches to products to engaging lifestyle-change initiatives and mind-body interventions. Council member Janet Kahn, PhD reviewed Walsh's article and offers additional perspectives on the direction. Kahn calls to the practitioner community that is interested in "real world research" to utilize NCCAM's existing health services research initiative. More

February 21, 2010

Quarterly Report from the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care: February 2010

I split my professional life between the Integrator and related writing and the organization featured here, the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC). This multidisciplinary entity lives and breaths the integration-related issues reported in the Integrator. This Quarterly Report: announces planned June 26-28, 2011 conference; honors Lucy Gonda as ACCAHC's founding philanthropic partner; announces an initiative with UCLA health policy leader Michael Goldstein, PhD on ACCAHC's professions and the primary care need; links to a resource on all accreditation standards of the ACCAHC educational programs relative to referral/collaboration and prevention/wellness; and shares steps in the release of the Clinicians' and Educators' Desk Reference on the Licensed Complementary and Alternative Healthcare Professions. More

February 21, 2010

Readers Respond: First Professional Doctorate, IOM Report, NCCAM's Direction, New Nominations for the Top 10 in 2009, Plus

Frank Ervolino, ND, LAc reviews issues on the "first professional doctorate" for the acupuncture and Oriental medicine field ...  Lou Sportelli, DC on how NCCAM needs to research the way practitioners operate ...  Roger Jahnke, OMD's shares his letter to US Senator Barbara Boxer promoting wellness and integrative practice ... Glenn Sabin of FON Therapeutics comments on whole systems research in the IOM's report on the National Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public ... Late nominations for Top 10 People from 2009: Harry Pruess, MD nominates Gretchen LeBeau; Emily Kane, ND, LAc nominates the head of the Coalition for Patients Rights; and the head of the Wapello, Iowa, County Medical Society indirectly nominates chiropractor Charles Coram, DC. More

February 15, 2010

Action! Your Letter Needed to Turn Congress' Inclusion of "Licensed Integrative Practitioners" into Law

If you support integrative practice, here are 6 specific reasons to write your members of Congress now. Proposed legislation sits on the desks of members of Congress that, if passed, includes integrative practitioners and integrative practices in federal policy for the first time. While tucked into corners of legislative packages, these advances would be huge. Included are non-discrimination, workforce, medical homes, community health, comparative effectiveness research, and health promotion. Here is information, a draft letter, and how-to link to your members of Congress. We speak of helping shift U.S. medicine. Now is an important time to weigh in. More   

February 11, 2010

Challenges and Opportunities for 2009-2012 for the Licensed Integrative Practice Fields: Common Themes Explored 

A recently published edited reference text on the licensed integrative practice professions includes educator-leaders' perspectives on the top challenges and opportunities for each of these fields for 2009-2012. The licensed fields represented are chiropractic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, naturopathic medicine, massage therapy and direct entry midwifery. Educator and accreditation leader Jan Schwartz, MA, analyzed the responses of the chapter author teams, each of which was selected by national educational organizations for their respective fields. Schwartz' goal: find common themes to shape a cross-disciplinary work agenda. Here is a look at the intersecting horizons of these professions, high and low, as forecast by these educator-authors. More 

Issue #72 February 4, 2010

February 3, 2010

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up:  January 5-February 3, 2010

Allina Hospitals initiative finds $2000 savings per patient stay with integrative care ... JAMA column from Ralph Snyderman, MD reports that Duke Prospective Health created $2200 per employee per year in savings associated with personalized, integrative approach ... NIH workshop to explore cost effectiveness of dietary supplement interventions ... MD academics urge NCCAM to support non-MD CAM investigators in 2011-2015 strategic plan ... "Licensed integrative practitioners" included in Senate reform language on comparative effectiveness research ... U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recognizes naturopathic doctors as primary care .... US Senator Mikulski pitches "integrative health care" as key health reform principle in constituent letter ... AMA News reports trends in AMA campaign to restrict the scopes of NDs, DCs, AOM practitioners, midwives and others ... AANP and ACA send letters to members relative to the AMA campaign to restrict their practices ... Widely reported survey led by UCLA's Michael Goldstein, PhD shows strong support for CAM among 75% of medical school student respondents ... New York Chiropractic College offers online nutrition Masters degree ... Mayo Clinic integrative medicine educates team about aromatherapy, Qi Gong and other certificate programs via local community college ... Tai Sophia gains state approval for 5 new certificate programs to help create a wellness workforce ... Update on massage educator not-for-profit start-up ... Acupuncturists Without Borders and Natural Doctors International respond to Haiti disaster ... Standard Process sales hit $100-million mark; a look at its corporate citizenship ... Yale integrative medicine conference to feature NCCAM's Briggs plus CAM-basher Novella ... Conference notes ... plus more

January 29, 2010

“First Professional Doctorate” Exposes Rifts over the Future of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Responses of readers from the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) profession challenged a statement in the most recent Integrator round-up. They argue that there is no "emerging consensus" on the proposal of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) to establish a "first professional doctorate" (FPD) for the profession. Here are responses and links to the heated debate. Included are statements from the Community Acupuncture Network (opposed) and the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (in favor). CAN will formally take their protest to the US Department of Education should ACAOM go forward. I follow with some altogether non-conclusive comments. More

January 28, 2010

NCCAM Strategic Plan: Positions of CAHCIM (MD/IM academics), CRN (supplements) and AMTA (massage), plus

This article continues an Integrator series on stakeholder perspectives on NCCAM's 2011-2015 strategic plan. Included are the positions of three significant organizations: the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM) representing 44 medical schools, Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) representing large dietary supplement interests, and the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), the largest 501c6 professional association for that field of some 250,000 practitioners. These positions add to the set of 8 stakeholder responses previously published. One question posed: What would a "balanced" NCCAM portfolio include? Also noted are two other influential stakeholders: the NIH and the NCCAM's blogging detractors. More

January 26, 2010

Integrative Practitioners in Senate's Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Section of Reform Bill

An additional significant place where integrative practitioners gained an explicit foothold in Congressional action relative to health reform is in the comparative effectiveness research (CER) language in SB 3590. Gretchen DuBeau, executive director of the Alliance for Natural Health-USA shared with the Integrator that her association worked closely with US Senators Kent Conrad and Barbara Mikuski to secure the inclusion. Interestingly, ANH-USA, despite its work, is deeply concerned about the outcomes of the CER movement, and in fact opposes the reform legislation. The relevant sections are printed here. More

January 20, 2010

A Short History in the Form of a Top 10 for the Decade in Integrative Medicine and Integrative Health Care

As 2009 ended and 2010 dawned, some Top 10 lists for the 2000-2009 decade began to show up in newspapers and magazines. What a time this decade has been for integrative medicine and integrative health care!  Despite having written not one but two Top 10s for the year of 2009, I couldn't resist reflecting on the decade that was. I developed this for a media outlet which is not inside the integrative practice fields as a short history, in the form of a Top 10. I hope regular Integrator readers will find this reflection of interest. As usual, I look forward to any of your comments, corrections, or views about any oversights. More   

January 12, 2010

Integrator Reader Suggestions for the Top 10 Events/Action and People from 2009

The annual publication of an Integrator Top 10 list always leaves room for reader submissions of their recommendations. This year brought some excellent suggestions, for both Top 10 Actions and Events and the first time, Top 10 People. From the responses, we have proved that we are well integrated into popular culture: the People list stimulated more responses. Here are the Integrator reader nominations from 2009. More

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