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Issue #92-#93- Integrative Medicine and Integrative Health News -September-October 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Issue #92-#93- September-October 2011

Issue #93 - November 3, 2011


Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #49: November 2011

Integrative community dialogue on board certified integrative MDs and the direction of "integrative medicine" ... Congressional Wellness Caucus established with bipartisan backing ... Obama names Kahn and Ornish to Advisory Group for National Prevention Council ... IHPC's Parters for Health group expands ... Integrative medicine not featured at TEDMED 2011, moves to the Beltway in 2012 ... Knutson urges response to US Preventive Medicine Task Force ... Dartmouth researcher Davis breaks down $$$ in CAM market ... Bastyr reports $136-million of economic impact ... CHP Group offers case statement for CAM integration ... Steiner Leisure purchases Cortiva Group ... Sabin on role of philanthropy in integrative medicine ... Chesney in line to chair conventional academic consortium ... Acupuncturist Beau Anderson gains faculty appointment at Albert Einstein ... Taylor Walsh adds perspective on debate over whether alternative medicine killed Steve Jobs ... IAYT's John Kepner addresses the Group Health findings relative to "sham yoga" ... Report on naturopathic profession's Science & Policy Summit ... Chiropractors push inclusion in loan repayment ... New Hampshire Republicans cross party line to support mandate to cover naturopathic doctors ... Acupuncture Without Borders in tough financial position ... American Medical Student Association leader is a naturopathic medical student, SCNM's Rebecca Snowden ... Zunin's Manakai O Malama, Hawai'i's most significant integrative center, seeks additional integrative MD/DO ... Christina Jackson named the 2011 Holistic Nurse of the Year ... Rita Bettenburg takes position at CHP Group. More

October 29, 2011

Forum #2 on the American Board of Integrative Medicine: Quinn, Redwood, Gmeiner, Anderson and Manahan

The discussion of the origins, intentions and ramifications of the move to create a formal integrative medicine specialty through the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABIM) produced 5 additional, especially thoughtful responses. These had a chance to first read the forum of 20 voices. These five are: former Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium chair Sheila Quinn; Daniel Redwood, DC, Cleveland College of Chiropractic faculty member and writer on policy issues; past American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA) board member Kjersten Gmeiner, MD; AHMA founder and past American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM) executive director Robert Anderson, MD; and ABIHM co-founder Bill Manahan, MD. These provide balanced, watchful, mainly supportive comments and advice to the founding ABIM board members. Can the ABIM demonstrate that they are not like all the others? More

October 22, 2011

International Trends in Integrative Medicine: A 10-Minute Guided Tour for the 2011 Dr. Rogers Prize Colloquium

The Vancouver, B.C.-based organizers of the 2011 Dr. Rogers' Prize asked me to help kick off the afternoon Colloquium that preceded the black-tie event. Their theme was integrative clinic models. They wanted a look at trends in integrative medicine internationally, though focusing principally on the United States. I'd have 10 minutes and would be followed by Steven Carter speaking at similar length on Canadian trends. After Cartr gave me an okay to publish his comments, I thought why not publish mine. I am curious about any major blind spots. What did I miss or should have included to give that audience a better picture of the world integrative that is emerging. (Congratulations to Marja Verhoef, PhD on winning the $250,000 prize!). More

October 15, 2011

Guest Writer Steven Carter: The State of Integrative Medicine in Canada

Steven Carter, the long-time editor of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. As such, he has been a fixture, organizer, writer and observer of the development on complementary, alternative and integrative medicine in Canada for over 2 decades. Carter was asked by the organizers of the 2011 Dr. Rogers Prize to delivery a 10 minute overview on the state of these developments in his country. He touches on recent controversies with complementary medicine and Ontario physicians, the IN-CAM national network, the coverage plan in British Columbia and what he sees as a threat to access to natural products. I thought Carter's review might be of interest to Integrator readers and asked him if I might publish it. He agreed. More

October 14, 2001

Integrator Forum: 20 Voices on Weil/U. Arizona and the American Board of Integrative Medicine

The Integrator Special Report on the decision of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine to promote a board specialty in integrative medicine has proved the most widely read Integrator piece in 2 years. Opinions vary. Mostly they are strongly held. None doubt the significance of the moment. Here are Bill Manahan, MD, NCMIC, Lou Sportelli, DC, Marc Micozzi, MD, PhD, Pamela Weeks, MA, Taylor Walsh, Jim Winterstein, DC, Kevin Wilson, ND, Richard "Buz" Cooper, MD, DSc, Bill Reddy, LAc, DiplAc, Chris Foley, MD, Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH, RSHom, Patrick Massey, MD, PhD, Andrew Rubman, ND, Stephen Marini, MS, PhD, DC, actuary Heather McLeod, plus an anonymous MD, anonymous chiropractor academic, anonymous journalist, anonymous integrative medicine academic; plus, special bonus, a couple of the prominent anti-quackademic bloggers. I hope this exchange will be constructively utilized. Most of these comments beg this question: What relationship should the guild of Board Certified Integrative Medical Doctors strike with other practitioners if their interest is, in fact, the positive transformation of our system? I splice my own musings and perspectives throughout. Thank you each for contributing. More

Issue #92 - October 11, 2011

October 11, 2011

Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #48: October 2011

Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) hears from complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) group, pushes research culture change ... IHPC's Kahn appointed to Advisory Group to National Prevention Council ... Canadian survey suggests cost effectiveness of naturopathic services ... Weil's Arizona Center announces move to formally develop integrative medicine and medical specialty ... American Academic of Family Physicians pass resolution against naturopathic physicians in primary care ... Chiropractors pass resolutions against AMA activity that fosters discrimination ... Family doctors fighting against doctors of nursing ... Massage summit identifies needs in education and licensing standards ... National acupuncture group announces strategic planning ... National College of Natural Medicine begins naturopathic medicine for chiropractors programs .. Tai Sophia Institute in new medical herbalism offering ... New York Chiropractic adds sports medicine certification ... PBS "Curious George" engages curiosity about acupuncture and naturopathic medicine ... Growth in employment in MD-academic medicine ... Columbia pediatric oncology group publishes book ... Marja Verhoef wins $250,000 Dr. Rogers Prize ... Mimi Guarneri, MD to be honored with Bravewell's leadership award ... Berkley Bedell and Gladys McGarey, MD highlighted at Samueli Institute 10th anniversary event ... Tabatha Parker, ND with Natural Doctors International one of 25 leaders featured by Utne Reader ... In Memoriam: Lee Lipsenthal, MD ... Pharmacognocist and medicinal plant researcher and long-time American Botanical Council trustee Norman Farnsworth, PhD dies at 81 ... Keith Overland, DC elected president of the American Chiropractic Association ... Linda Bark, RN, PhD, MCC publishes whole person coaching book More   

October 1, 2011

Glenn Sabin on the Evolving Role of Philanthropy in Integrative Medicine

Hospital and health system environments have proved challenging for sustainable integrative business models. Talk of philanthropy is never far from the table. In this article, Integrator adviser Glenn Sabin offers a view of philanthropy's role, including his perspective on where donated support is appropriate and where non-sustainable. I follow Sabin's take with some additional perspective: first, on a "glass ceiling" relative to philanthropy and some integrative practice, and second, on the hydroponics of the seemingly symbiotic integrative MD-philanthropic relationship. Most philanthropists grow weary at some point. How long will integrative medicine's philanthropic partnership last? More

September 28, 2011

In Memoriam: Lee Lipsenthal, MD - Notes from Ornish, Maizes, Shannon, Lawson, Warner, Rakel and Sierpina

Lee Lipsenthal, MD died on September 20, 2011. He played key roles in promoting a more humane, integrative health care and a model of "health creation" as one of his friends and colleagues in this series of notes and remembrances. Lipsenthal served with such leading entities as the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and his own Finding Balance in a Medical Life program to help physicians re-connect with healing. Here are comments on Lipsenthal from Scott Shannon, Victoria Maizes, Dean Ornish, Wendy Warner, Vic Sierpina, Karen Lawson and Dave Rakel. More
September 26, 2011

Culture Change: Patient-Centered Outcomes the Focus of New $600-Million/Year Quasi-Governmental Research Institute (PCORI)

Consider the irony in establishing a research institute to prioritize patient-centered interests and outcomes. Shouldn't this be the focus of all healthcare research? The Board of Governors of the new quasi-governmental Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is taking the patient-centered charge seriously. They view themselves as leaders of a significant culture change in research. The 4 questions they urge researchers to answer will resonate with those whose practices, and outcomes, are whole-person and integrative. In a recent Seattle meeting, the Board strategized how to meet its considerable challenges, including the strangling of innovation from the pharma mind that dominates research. Among those presenting in Seattle was a panel on complementary and alternative medicine. CAM is a mandated PCORI interest. Here is a look at PCORI's recent Board of Governor's meeting and a few of the directions urged by that panel. More 

September 21, 2011

Special Report: "Strategic Change in Direction" as Weil's Arizona Center Commits to Creation of American Board of Integrative Medicine

In a major strategic shift, the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (ACIM) has announced that it will lead the creation of a formal specialty for medical doctors in integrative medicine. ACIM, founded by Andrew Weil, MD and directed by Victoria Maizes, MD, is in dialogue with the American Board of Physician Specialties toward establishing an American Board of Integrative Medicine. They are collaborating with leaders of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine (ABIHM). Here is the ACIM announcement, a statement from two ABIHM leaders, a brief interview with Maizes and the list of 18 founding Board members. Is this the right strategic choice? What impact will this have on integrative medicine and the broader integrative healthcare movement? More

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