International Integrative Care for the Future, Amsterdam, March 11 12, 2011. International Integrative Care for the Future is chaired by Barrie Cassileth, PhD, integrative cancer leader at Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital in New York. Cassileth shared with the Integrator that

International Integrative Care for the Future, Amsterdam, March 11-12, 2011.

International Integrative Care for the Future is chaired by Barrie Cassileth, PhD, integrative cancer leader at Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital in New York. Cassileth shared with the Integrator that the conference will open with a half-day round-table symposium of international health policy leaders.” This will be followed by a day of lectures by experts from various regions. The organizers promise to create opportunities “to exchange ideas with others from around the world.” Speakers from the United States include Richard “Buz” Cooper, MD, Integrator adviser Clyde Jensen, PhD and Adi Haramati, PhD. For details click here. English will be the official language of the conference.  

 

Integrative Healthcare Symposium, New York City, March 4-6, 2011

In 2011 Integrative Healthcare Symposium (IHS) is anticipated to draw even more participants that the 1200+ who attended the 2010 multi-disciplinary event. At the IHS, MDs, nurses, chiropractic doctors, nutritionists, naturopathic physicians and others gather at the New York Hilton for 3 days of top flight content from integrative practice leaders. The continuously growing conference has become the premier annual event of its kind. The sterling line-up of speakers includes Rachel Remen, Jeff Bland, Lori Knutson, Walter Crinnion, Tieraona Lowdog, Alan Gaby, Lise Alschuler, Mark Hyman, Susan Luck, and many, many more. The program is directed by Woodson Merrell, MD, long-time integrative medical doctor and chair of the Department of Integrative Medicine at New York Beth Israel Hospital.   

Comment & Alignment of InterestThis conference has morphed from being not only an exceptional meeting for clinicians but also a significant community gathering. I will be involved in 2 presentations related to policy and practice, as part of my role with Integrator sponsor IntegrativePractitioners/IHS. One is a review of the year’s developments in integrative healthcare policy, with Erik Goldman begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting, editor of Holistic Primary Care. The other is a panel I will moderate on in-patient integration programs with an exceptional trio of experts: Knutson (Allina Hospitals & Clinics), Ben Kligler, MD, MPH (Beth Israel) and Richard Gannotta, NP, DHA (Duke) whose survey on inpatient programs is reported here. Make it if you can! 

 

Peter D’Adamo’s IfHI Generative Medicine conference, May 20-22, 2011

The Institute for Human Individuality, founded by naturopathic clinician and author Peter D’Adamo, ND will host its 6th conference May 20-22, 2011 in Norwalk, Connecticut. The focus will be on what D’Adamo, known for his writing on blood type diets, calls “generative medicine.” In Joseph Pizzorno, ND’s review of D’Adamo’s 800+ page textbook, Fundamentals of Generative Medicine, Pizzorno effectively tips potential conference attendees on what they might learn: “This book is not specifically about the blood-type diet. Rather, it is the most profound exploration of biochemical individuality ever written.” Jeff Bland, PhD, also lauds his work. D’Adamo shared with the Integrator that typically 200-250 professionals turn out for the IfHI conferences. Among the 6 speakers, besides D’Adamo, are Mitchell Stargrove, ND, LAc, lead author of the widely acclaimed Herb, Nutrient and Drug Interactions.

Comment: In a phone call and email exchange about his work and about complexity issues in integrative healthcare research, I shared with D’Adamo the recently published paper on complexity science that grew out of a 2007 NIH NCCAM-funded invitational gathering convened by Adi Haramati, PhD. The topic: Applying Principles from Complex Systems to Studying the Efficacy of CAM Therapies. D’Adamo, a colleague of 20+ years, shared a few comments about the publication and then suggested the following as a statement to run with this Integrator notice on his conference:

“The problem with analyzing naturopathic therapies is that most researchers see them as complex entities working in simple relationships. Reality is more often the exact opposite of this.” 

One is guaranteed complexity at D’Adamo’s events, not always simple resolutions.


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