Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up February 2012 featuring the topics of:   Policy, Research, Integerative Centers, Integrative healthcare professions, academic medicine and health, healthcare media updates, CAM research, practice and people.

Article by Sita Ananth in Hospitals and Health Networks synopsizes latest hospital-CAM study 

A January 26, 2012 article by Sita Ananth, MHA in the electronic Hospitals and Health Networks provides a good synopsis of a large survey based report led by Ananth for the Samueli Institute. The reportwas published in August 2011. The article is entitled More Hospitals Offering CAM. Ananth splices in a few comments from David Eisenberg, MD. Mayo’s Brent Bauer, MD and hospital trend expert and futurist Ian Morrison. Ananth finishes with a statement that many hospitals “include ‘whole person health’ in their mission statements, making CAM a natural fit.” She tags on a quote from Nancy Foster, vice president for quality and patient safety at the American Hospital Association: “The rise of complementary and alternative medicine reflects the continued effort on the part of hospitals and caregivers to broaden the vital services they provide to patients and communities … Hospitals have long known that what they do to treat and heal involves more than just medications and procedures. It is about using all of the art and science of medicine to restore the patient as fully as possible.”

Niemtzow leads special issue of Medical Acupuncture on acupuncture in the military

The December 2011 issue of Medical Acupuncture (Vol. 4, #4) begins with a column from the dean of military acupuncture, Richard Niemtzow, MD, PhD, MPH, Col (Ret), USAF, MC, FS entitled Integrating Acupuncture into Military Medicine: Strategies and Challenges. The dozen separate contributions include a roundtable, led by Wayne Jonas, MD and including Niemtzow and Joseph Helms, MD, plus a series of military-related research projects. 

Comment: Growing up in Seattle with Boeing as a near neighbor and many Boeing engineers and machinists as literal neighbors provided my original context for understanding the meaning of “defense contractors.” Little did I know that in getting involved in natural healing modalities in 1983 I would once again be surrounded by them in 2012. This issue of the journal is certainly an excellent resource for anyone working in or around the military’s exploration of integrative therapies in the care, treatment and resilience of its troops. (Thanks to Stacy Gomes, EdD at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine for alerting me to the issue.)    


Kreisberg-edited special issue of the Journal of Integral Therapy and Practice on integral medicine 

The December 2011 issue of the Journal of Integral Therapy and Practice (Volume 6, #4) is the first full issue feature on Integral Medicine. The editor is Joel Kreisberg, DC, MA whose, known for his work in environmental medicine, green medicine andf sustainable medicine. Articles include special foci on integral psychiatry and integral nursing. The team of authors for the latter includes Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, BC-HN, FAAN. Kreisberg offers a review of author Elliott Dacher’s two books on integral health, most recently Aware, Awake Alive: A Contemporary Guide to the Ancient Science of Integral Health and Human Flourishing.

Comment: The journal’s attractive subheading is: A postdisciplinary discourse for global action. Both ends of that phrase are nice. None of the author’s names on the title page have degrees or disciplines attached. I was first introduced to Ken Wilbur’s integral thinking via Dossey and her colleague in holistic nursing standard-setting, Carla Mariano, RN, PhD, BC-HN, FAAN, an Integrator adviser. The most significant take-home in that 2006-2007 inter-professional exploration was how much we abuse “integration” when we approach it only from right quadrants. And we have. How is it that Dr. Spock became the arbiter of optimal health?