Conference Reports ACHM, I Mosaic, Integrative Practice Symposium  The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine reports that its May 9 11, 2011 Nutrition & Health conference in San Francisco is sold out at 740 paid attendees and over 900 total. The

Conference Reports: ACHM, I-Mosaic, Integrative Practice Symposium 

The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine reports that its May 9-11, 2011 Nutrition & Health conference in San Francisco is sold out at 740 paid attendees and over 900 total. The next iteration will be April 15-18, 2012 in Boston … The I-MOSAIC conference led by 4 integrative MD/DO organization is reportedly drawing some 800 to their first conference, in Minnesota … The Integrative Healthcare Symposium held in New York City March 4-6, 2011 drew 1180 participants. Total attendance, including exhibitors, amounted to 1673. Great meeting! (I am pleased to be affiliated with this meeting and organization, an Integrator sponsor.)

Milestone: Reiki’s first appearance in mainstream journal  

Reiki maven and connector Pamela Miles shares a milestone for her field: “Our Yale cardiac Reiki study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology is the first Reiki study in a conventional medical journal.” Miles is one of the co-authors of the study, led by early Yale integrative medicine organizer Rachel Friedman, entitled Effects of Reiki on Autonomic Activity Early After Acute Coronary Syndrome. (Rachel S.C. Friedman, Matthew M. Burg, Pamela Miles, Forrester Lee, and Rachel Lampert J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2010;56;995-996.) According to Miles’ synopsis at her Reiki in Medicine site, researchers found that “patients who received a 20-minute Reiki treatment within three days after suffering a heart attack showed improved mood and heart rate variability (HRV).”

Comment: Two significant questions. First, with something as subtle as Reiki, is it appropriate to measure an achievement as a “milestone”?  Second, what will be most excruciating for the anti-IM/CAM bloggers: the report above on the expansion of integrative MD fellowships, or this published account that a Reiki practitioner holding his/her hands a few inches above a person’s body can elicit a clinically meaningful response? 


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