June 2012 John Weeks Integrator Round-up on People

David Mercier’s A Beautiful Medicine a finalist in the International Book Awards

A gem of a book written by David Mercier, an acupuncturist with substantial health system experience in integrative care, A Beautiful Medicine, was honored as a finalist in the International Book Awards. Mercier’s health system work has been featured here and here in the Integrator. Mercier will b e delivering his two-part workshop “A Life of Vitality-Awakening the Energies of Mind, Body, and Soul The two-part workshop at the Studio in St. Michaels, Maryland on Saturday June 9th and Saturday June 23rd.  

Comment: Mercier’s book is a gem. I took it on a family reunion vacation and ended up in a depth, ongoing discussion over as period of 6 days with a brother-in-law who practices as a healer. We alternatively laid claim to the book and shared favorite sections. Nice to see Mercier’s labor achieving recognition. One day I hope to get around to writing a proper review. This book re-evokes all of why we got into this work together. A Beautiful Medicine is a beautiful book.


Prevention leader Jud Richland named CEO of American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

On March 23, 2012 the AANP announced a new executive director: Jud Richland. The release notes that Richland “comes to AANP from Partnership for Prevention, a national health policy organization, where he served as President and CEO.” Richland previously served for seven years as executive director of the American College of Preventive Medicine, the national medical specialty society representing preventive medicine physicians. He also served for seven years as deputy director and acting executive director of the Public Health Foundation. In welcoming Richland, AANP president Michael Cronin, ND, stated: “AANP was determined to find a CEO who is passionate about improving health and who is experienced in driving policy change.”

Patricia Herman, MS, ND, PhD takes research position at RAND Health division

Economist, naturopathic physician and leading cost researcher Patricia Herman, ND, PhD has just accepted the position of Senior Behavioral Scientist in the RAND Health division of the RAND Corporation. Herman shares that in this position she plans to help build RAND’s complementary and integrative medicine research and to participate in broader health services research initiatives. Herman has been an economist for 30 year. She was previously invited to co-author a commissioned paper on the economics of integrative medicine for the Institute of Medicine’s Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public. She has served on National Institute of Health review panels, and was an invited speaker at the Office of Dietary Supplement’s workshop on the Economic Analysis of Nutrition Interventions: Methods, Research and Policy.

Moira Fitzpatrick, PhD, ND selected to head of Bastyr Sand Diego campus

In a May 23, 2012 release, Bastyr University named Moira Fitzpatrick, PhD, ND, FICPP, CHT  as named Bastyr University California’s new vice president. Fitzpatrick has a BA in developmental psychology from UC Davis, an MA and PhD in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology and a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Bastyr University.  She is currently the principal at Emerald Center for Integrative Medicine in the Seattle area. Fitzpatrick will serve as both chief administrative and academic officer.

Dana Ullman’s Homeopathic Family Medicine

Dana Ullman, MPH, considered by many the foremost writer on homeopathy sent notice that his main writing project currently is an e-book entitled Homeopathic Family Medicine: Evidence Based Nanopharmacology. Ullman views the project as the “most comprehensive and up-to-date body of clinical research published in peer-review journals” on homeopathy. Ullman says adds new information monthly for subscribers. Todd Rowe, MD, the founder of the American Medical College of Homeopathy, celebrates the value of Ullman’s resource here.