Swiss government reverses itself gives CAM “chance to prove its worth as insurable”The January 14, 2011 posting is entitled Swiss government has given complementary medicine a second chance to prove its worth as an insurable health cost. Five therapies previously

Swiss government reverses itself gives CAM “chance to prove its worth as insurable”

The January 14, 2011 posting is entitled Swiss government has given complementary medicine a second chance to prove its worth as an insurable health cost. Five therapies previously struck from the Swiss state insurance list will be reimbursable from 2012 as part of a six-year trial period.” Then reads the article: “The sting: all must prove their ‘efficacy, cost-effectiveness and suitability’ by 2017.” Targeted are providers of homeopathy, holistic, herbal and neural therapies and traditional Chinese medicine. They will first have toi show evidence of effectiveness then havev their results “go before a recognised international institute – still to be determined – that will provide an independent scientific assessment.” NIH NCCAM is among those mentioned. The therapies have had quite a ride:

  • In 2005, the Swiss interior ministry banned the therapies.
  • In 2009, 2/3 of the Swiss population voted to have them on the list of paid services.
  • In December 2010, a Swiss federal commission recommended thatthey be banned permanently.

Comment:  … and now the present development. Perhaps this should go to the Hague. CAM Faces International Tribunal. And will the Swiss brief on the 2009 referendum is here. Thanks to reader Mathias Kaesabier, executive vice-president for ABC Coding Solutions for the heads up.

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Health services researcher James Wheedon, DC explores whether Illinois outcomes biased chiropractic-Medicare study

Dartmouth health services research James Wheedon has published a follow-up analysis of the controversial Medicare-expanded chiropractic pilot in Topics in Integrative Health Care as Did Inclusion of Illinois Bias the Medicare Chiropractic Services Demonstration? Wheedon concludes: “An association between chiropractic costs and all costs in Illinois (not observed in other sites) may have confounded the reported effect of the demonstration in Illinois.”  The original release of the demonstration project data was covered in the Integrator in January 2010 as Medicare Pilot Shakes Out as $50-Million High Stakes Game for Chiropractors  

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Institute for Human Individuality (IfHI) Biannual Symposium: Generative Medicine, May 20-22, 2011  

This weekend intensive seminar frm the Institute for Human Individuality (IfHI) Biannual Symposium features naturopathic physician, scientist, lecturer and author, Peter J. D’Adamo, ND. According to a note from the Institute, attendees will be presented with “the most current research findings in polymorphic medicine, epigenetics and nutrigenomics.” D’Adamo will be joined by special guest lecturer, Dr. Mitch Bebel Stargrove. (Note: Stargrove’s appointment to the leadership of a Health Resources Services Administration project is noted under policy in this Round-up.) Dolce Conference Center, Norwalk, Connecticut.

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Homeopathy spokesperson Dana Ullman, MPH stirs up Huffington Post audience with piece on Nobel-winning virologist
Author, homeopath and frequent Huffington Post blogger Dana Ullman, MPH, struck a rich chord with his January 30, 2011 post entitled, “Luc Montagnier, Nobel prize winner, takes homeopathy seriously.” Ullman begins noting Montagnier’s 2008 Nobel Prize in 2008 for discovering the AIDS virus then turns to a December 24, 2010 interview with Montagnier in Science magazine. There, Montagnier not only supports the field but also backs the ideas in homeopathy that are most ridiculed: “I can’t say that homeopathy is right in everything. What I can say now is that the high dilutions (used in homeopathy) are right. High dilutions of something are not nothing. They are water structures which mimic the original molecules.” Within 2 days, Ullman’s article had generated over 800 comments. Overf 5000 readers had shared the article with others.

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Bill Manahan, MD’s Integrator column featured in Minnesota Medicine 

A commentary from Bill Manahan, MD, originally published in the Integrator in slightly different format, has been published in Minnesota Medicine, the journal of the Minnesota Medical Association. The piece is entitled Eight Suggestions for Promoting Physician Well-Being: Ways to make medicine more satisfying for doctors and better for their health. Manahan, an Integrator adviser, originally wrote the piece in response to a call for ideas for #10 in the Top 10 for 2008. He responded with his own Top 10 list, in his case, of reform ideas. Manahan’s views were posted as Holistic Leader Bill Manahan, MD: “My Tenth Idea – Revisioning Healthcare for 2009. 

Comment: A few months after Manahan graciously contacted me for approval for re-publication (the Integrator has a liveral re-publication policy, in line with its mission), he sent along the link, with this note: “This is the article that came about because an editor at Minnesota Medicine was reading your Blog and she came across my article.” Ahh, the power and influence …

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Jack LaLanne: 1914-2011

The appropriate metaphor for showman and bodybuilder Jack LaLanne’s role in the fitness, wellness and integrative health movement is more pillar than roots. The “godfather of fitness” as he was known by many (and as is advertised on his site) died January 23rd at 96. In a “Meet Jack” video on his site from what looks like 50 years ago, La Lanne coaches his early television audience with:

” … you know, there has been so much talk of late of the importance of exercise, the importance of fitness, the importance of positive thinking .. I don’t like to call it exercise, I like to call it trim-nastics.” 

LaLanne was a graduate of the Oakland Chiropractic College. A note honoring his promotion of chiropractic, in an era of horrendous polarization, was published by the Foundation for Chiropractic progress, which is, suitably, the marketing organization for that profession.

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