In Memoriam Konrad Kail, ND (1949 2011)Konrad Kail, PA, ND was both pillar and energetic driving force behind the modern resurgence of the naturopathic medical profession and, as such, the emergence of natural medicine into U.S. healthcare delivery. An excellent

In Memoriam: Konrad Kail, ND (1949-2011) 

Konrad Kail, PA, ND was both pillar and energetic driving force behind the modern resurgence of the naturopathic medical profession and, as such, the emergence of natural medicine into U.S. healthcare delivery. An excellent obituary from Erik Goldman, a friend of Kail and editor of Holistic Primary Care, details some of his contributions as does this Integrator piece honoring Konrad. Among these: chair of Arizona’s naturopathic board; co-founder and chair of the board of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM); 3rd president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians; awarded in-office researcher; product developer; founding member of the NIH NCCAM’s National Advisory Council and NCCAM’s liaison to the NIH’s integrative cancer initiative. Paul Mittman, ND, current president of SCNM, wrote to the his community that Kail was “bigger than life, one whose accomplishments would fill the resumes of 10 people.”


Comment: Konrad’s 1990-1992 term as AANP president coincided with 2 of my 3.5 years as AANP executive director. For those 2 years, he and I spoke virtually every Tuesday and Thursday during his clinic noon hour, and often many more times during the week as we strategized on how to grow that organization, and profession. We worked hard and played hard throughout. Check out the story about the herb that grows in Grizzly dung in my remembrance – plus the incredible list of Kail’s contributions.


Edzard Ernst, MD begins early retirement with a tongue lashing for Prince Charles  

The prolific United Kingdom-based writer-researcher Edzard Ernst, MD, PhD blasted Prince Charles as a “snake-oil salesman” in parting comments related to his early retirement from his position as chair for complementary medicine at the University of Exeter. In a feature in the Guardian, Ernst makes clear that he’ll be back. He is planning another book. Ernst and Prince Charles, a strong supporter of homeopathy and of alternative treatments, have been embattled since at least 2005. In recent years Ernst has moved from antagonism toward homeopathy to writing against the dangers of chiropractic and acupuncture. Ernst leaves the university as professor emeritus.

Clem Bezold, PhD honored by World Future Society for life-time service 

The World Future Society has honored Clement Bezold, PhD, chair of the Institute for Alternative Futures, with a Lifetime Distinguished Service Award. Bezold, an Integrator adviser, co-founded his organization with Alvin Toffler, author of the 1970 best-seller Future Shock. Bezold’s work includes the Primary Care 2025 project on which Integrator readers were invited to submit in April 2011. Bezold has led futures projects on chiropractic and on complementary and alternative medicine. He has also played significant roles in planning projects such as the National Policy Dialogue to Advance Integrated Health Care and the Integrative Medicine Industry Leadership Summit. More than two decades earlier, in a seminar on the future of health care for members of Congress and their staff in the Rayburn House Office Building, Bezold introduced them to a growing trend in health care: “alternative medicine.”


Comment: Having had the privilege of knowing and working with Bezold, and being mentored by him, over the past dozen years, I can add that his distinguished service is not just to futurists but to the future itself. Bezold uses the concept of the “preferred future” in his work. Participants examine the characteristics a preferred future would have, and the steps that would be expected to be associated with such a future. It’s not a bad handle for anyone mission-focused work. What are you doing today? Oh, working toward a preferred future. Thanks and congratulations, Clem!


ACCAHC adviser John Gilbert, PhD honored with selection to the Order of Canada 

On June 30, 2011, David Johnston, the Governor General of Canada, announced the appointment of John Gilbert, PhD to the Order of Canada. Gilbert, a member of the Council of Advisers for the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC), is an international expert in interprofessional education and care (IPE/C). An audiologist by training, Gilbert has carried the IPE/C banner for over 40 years. He heads the Canadian IPE initiative and is a founding board member of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative.