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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
In his keynote address at the Integrative Healthcare Symposium this month in New York, Dr. Ornish discusses lifestyle as a treatment and research that shows the critical importance lifestyle changes have on preventing chronic disease.
In an interview with the HuffPost following the address Dr. Ornish stated “Seventy five percent of the $2.7 trillion in health care costs, which are really ‘sick care’ costs, are from chronic diseases that can be largely prevented, or even reversed, through simply changing diet and lifestyle.” The article from the Huffington Post discussing this interview and Dr. Ornish’s address can be found here.
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) needs your help today. The AAAOM is closing a campaign to get acupuncture into the Essential Health Benefits (EHB) package. An easy sign and send electronic letter is here and is due by close of day January 31, 2012. It takes less than a minute to complete, please take that minute now to send your input.
Monday, January 9th, 2012
In a recent article found here, Prevention magazine announced we are in the midst of a “health care revolution” as more doctors prescribe complementary therapies like acupuncture, yoga and mindfulness. On 12/27/11, The Huffington Post printed an article which compiled a list of 11 moments highlighting the benefits of adopting an integrative healthcare approach. Both Prevention and The Huffington Post provide comprehensive information of the research that is proving the benefits of integrative healthcare.
Great evidenced based articles leading the way into 2012 as we shift to a more integrative healthcare approach.
Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
Alison Rose Levy discussed in her 12/9/11 blog in the Huffington Post the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) utilization of integrative medicine to address physical and psychological health challenges of veterans and their families. And now we are seeing integrative medical jobs available in the government. In November there was a posting for two licensed acupuncturists in the federal government jobs listings with a salary range of $73,420-$95,444.
I’m sure many integrative medical practitioners are encouraged to see these positions available in the government with a good salary and benefits package. The government’s adoption of integrative medicine is encouraging because of their history in leading innovation. A promising culture shift.
Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
Arizona County will allow their 13,000 employees to receive primary care at an Integrative Medical clinic scheduled to open in Phoenix in July 2012. A post on Dr. Andrew Weil’s website describing the decision and its potential impact can be found here. The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine will study patient outcomes to determine the effectiveness and costs of integrative versus conventional primary care. Hopefully the results will inspire acceptance and more creation of these programs nationwide.
Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
President Obama appointed two more integrative medicine advocates, Dr. Janet Kahn and Dr. Dean Ornish to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health of the National Prevention Council. Janet Kahn, PhD, is the executive director for the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium and Dean Ornish, MD, is well known as an author and for his pioneering research with the Preventive Medicine Research Institute .
They are now 4 integrative medical professionals appointed to the Advisory Group. The first were Charlotte Kerr, RSM, BSN, MPH, MAc, and Sharon Van Horn, MD.
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
An August 2011 study found that 76% of healthcare professionals, especially doctors and nurses, use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) compared with 63% of the general population. This high usage of CAM by conventional providers speaks volumes.
This is an important study to share so that consumers are not only aware of CAM’s effectiveness, but also so that patients feel more comfortable talking to their providers about their use of complementary and alternative treatments. This openness and acceptance will allow CAM to be more integrative with conventional treatments.
Friday, October 14th, 2011
On September 8, 2011, The Canadian Newswire reported on a survey conducted by the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. The August 2011 survey found that approximately half of Ontarians who see naturopathic physicians report naturopathic medicine helped reduce their use of prescription drugs. The survey also reports 72% of Ontarians familiar with naturopathic medicine view it positively.
What would a survey like this reveal in the U.S.?
Monday, October 10th, 2011
Consumer reports surveyed 45,000 readers and found three out of four were using some form of “alternative” treatment. The report found here was published in July and found that 38 million adults make 300 million visits to CAM practitioners each year in the US.
The report indicated alternative treatments ranked below prescriptions in many cases. This indicator speaks to the conditioned reaction to quickly relieve the symptom instead of the pause necessary to find the cause and bring the body back in to balance. Still, the growing number o f CAM users is encouraging. Also CAM treatments such as chiropractic, deep-tissue massage, and yoga ranked high on the lists of helpful treatments for back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis.
Monday, October 3rd, 2011
The American Hospital Association and Samueli Institute released 2010 survey results on CAM use in hospitals. The survey indicates more than 42% of responding hospitals offer CAM therapies. Sita Ananth, Director of Knowledge Services for Samueli Institute stated, “The survey results reinforce the fact that patients want the best that both conventional and alternative medicine can offer, and hospitals are responding.” Patient demand accounted for 78% of the criteria used by a hospital to select CAM therapies. The full report is found here.
Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM) is working towards establishing an American Board of Integrative Medicine
John Weeks, Publisher/Editor of the Integrator Blog, posed the question as to whether integrative medicine should be a separate MD specialty or integrative medicine as a model for all conventional care. Mr. Weeks asks, “Is this the right strategic choice? What impact will this have on integrative medicine and the broader integrative healthcare movement? “ I look forward to following the comments in his blog. Do you like this strategic shift?
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
What is your experience with “alternative” medicine? The Atlantic published an essay written by David H. Freeman titled The Triumph of New-Age Medicine in the July/August issue. This compelling article established a forum for an online debate in the following weeks. The forum included seven expert leaders in the medical field such as Drs. Andrew Weil, Dean Ornish and Steven Salzberg.
Mr. Freedman’s article and the resulting debate mark an important contribution towards the understanding of integrative medicine and the critical necessity for public investment in its support and research.
Panelist Steven Salzberg, a professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has described alternative medicine as “cleverly marketed, dangerous quackery”. He’s one of the most notable attackers of the field and calls for an end to government funding for integrative medicine. Yet even with the noted response of such critics as Mr. Salzberg, David Freeman points out that the medical community seems to be growing more open to alternative medicine’s possibilities, not less. More and more physicians are recommending alternative therapies to their patients.
One of the most comprehensive articles and debates I have read on this controversial topic. Did you like the content and following debate?