In Memoriam Lee Lipsenthal, MD, ABIHMLee Lipsenthal, MD died on September 20, 2011. He played key roles in promoting a more humane, integrative health care and a model of “health creation” as one of his friends and colleagues calls it

In Memoriam – Lee Lipsenthal, MD, ABIHM 

Lee Lipsenthal, MD died on September 20, 2011. He played key roles in promoting a more humane, integrative health care and a model of “health creation” as one of his friends and colleagues calls it in these notes and remembrances. Lipsenthal served with such leading entities as Dean Ornish’s Preventive Medicine Research Institute, the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and his own Finding Balance in a Medical Life program to help physicians re-connect with healing. Here are comments on Lipsenthal from his medical doctor colleagues Scott Shannon, Victoria Maizes, Dean Ornish, Wendy Warner, Vic Sierpina, Karen Lawson and Dave Rakel.


Norman R. Farnsworth, Renowned Medicinal Plant Researcher, Dies at 81 

Extracted from a this release from the American Botanical Council, where Farnsworth served on the Board of Trustees: Renowned pharmacognosist and internationally-respected medicinal plant research expert, Norman R. Farnsworth, PhD, died on September 10, 2011. Farnsworth was an internationally-recognized scholar and initiator or co-initiator of many significant projects in the fields of pharmacognosy and medicinal plant research. Among other accomplishments, he was a founding member of the American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP) in 1959 and a founding member of the Society for Economic Botany (1959). In 1975, Farnsworth created the NAPralert (acronym for Natural Products Alert) Database at UIC, the world’s first computerized database of ethnobotany, chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, and clinical trials on medicinal plants. As head of the pharmacognosy graduate program at UIC, he had mentored more than 100 PhD and 30 MS students. He said he had “personally” mentored about 30 PhD and 5 MS graduate students as well as mentored or co-mentored 30 post-doctoral fellows. For the full ABC Obituary, written by ABC founder and executive director Mark Blumenthal, click here.

Comment: I had a chance to serve for a period with Farnsworth on the ABC board, 2007-2009. He was always insightful, focused, pointed, and frequently quite hilarious. A one of a kind, all agree. Check out the whole ABC obituary to get a sense of this giant in pharmacognosy and natural products.


Keith Overland, DC selected as head of American Chiropractic Association 

The members of the House of Delegates of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) elected Keith Overland, DC, of Norwalk, Conn as the ACA’s new president. The notice reads: “Dr. Overland brings a wealth of political experience to the position, having served previously as ACA vice president and as chair of the ACA’s Political Action Committee. In his home state, he served as co-chair of the Connecticut Governors Committee on Physical Fitness, a member of Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s (I-Conn.) Health Care Task Force and a member of Rep. Christopher Shays’ (R-Conn.) Task Force on Human Services. Dr. Overland has also made a name for himself in sports chiropractic, having worked with the New York Mets, the United State Speed Skating team, the United States Olympic Training Center, The World Games in Taiwan and countless other state and local teams.”

Integrator contributor Linda Bark publishes coaching book 

Wisdom of the Whole: Coaching for Joy Health and Success is the title of a book recently published by Linda Bark, PhD, RN, MCC founder of Bark Coaching Institute. Bark is a leader in the field of holistic coaching and has been on the steering committee of the national effort to create educational and regulatory standards for the emerging health coach profession. Barks book brings forward her 20 years in the field, and particularly focuses on a holistic coach model through her Institute. She present “the real power of the book” as “its multidimensional approach which helps people move more quickly and easily toward their goals with greater authenticity, often eliminating false starts or wrong turns.”