by John Weeks, Publisher Editor of The Integrator Blog News & ReportsCalling the Question Is battle over non discrimination in health care (Section 2706) rightfully spoken in the same breath as battles for people of color and women?In a recent family

by John Weeks, Publisher/Editor of The Integrator Blog News & Reports

Calling the Question: Is battle over non-discrimination in health care (Section 2706) rightfully spoken in the same breath as battles for people of color and women?

In a recent family trip to a book fair at the nation’s capitol, massage therapist Lauren Cates, CMT purchased “a beautifully illustrated book and CD following Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech.” Cates, the founder of the Society for Oncology Massage, heard echoed in King’s words the battle over Section 2706 of the Affordable Healthcare Act. The section is entitled “Non-Discrimination in Health Care.” Cates reflected on the connection and blogged on it in 2706 Redux (Not that it died … yet). The post is something of a ramble but raises the question and the uneasiness of the association with these two powerful cultural change movements directly: “You might feel that I’m stretching to compare the position of massage therapists in the world of healthcare with the civil rights movement or the feminist movement.” Then, before speaking to the American Medical Association’s efforts to overturn 2706, she makes her own view clear: “If, in your role as a massage therapist, you feel respected and ‘seen’ by doctors, physical therapists, nurses and hospital administrators, then you should stop reading now. Don’t waste this beautiful day staring at your computer when you could be out riding your unicorn.”

Comment: I hold strong personal view that frank prejudice is at play in much of this “integration” work. The evidence game, for instance is hardly a jury of one’s peers: whole system methods in front of the NIH review panels have a black man’s chance with a 1962 Selma jury. Access to care is subject to insurer red-lining. (Note that the insurers, did, however, pay for virtual all the murder and mayhem captured in the article on deaths via medicine, above.) The night-riders for the old system of medicine get away with throwing figurative ropes over tree branches, as judge and jury, dissing integrative medicine as “quackademic medicine” and blithely referring to “naturopathic medicine week” as “quack week.” Cates refers to massage therapists not being “seen” by medical doctors. Hello Ralph Ellison and the seminal Invisible Man. The parallels go on, even to the ways that the imprint of the dominant system on the “alternative” outsiders create psychic chains explored in such works as Albert Memmi’s The Colonizer and the Colonized. Good for the outspoken Cates to have called
the question. Now: what are its full implications for those who have a dream? (Thanks to David Matteson for bringing Cate’s post to my attention.)

Update from Dana Ullman: Indian Institute of Technology delivers compelling evidence for homeopathy/nanomedicine

After an e-exchange with Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH, regarding changes at the National Center for Homeopathy (reported above), Ullman added an update on recent research published out of India. He said I could share: “Speaking of these nanodoses, the work of Iris Bell, MD, PhD is of special importance here. Dr. Bell [has been a researcher with] Andy Weil’s University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and she has been a
tireless researcher and a collector of evidence from mainstream science that has now verified a wide body of evidence to show that nanodoses of the original medicine PERSIST in water solutions and remain in measurable doses that are known to active biological and physiological effects. Bell also draws some of her evidence from the body of research conducted at the famed India Institute of Technology (India’s leading governmental research agency), which recently had a team of researchers conduct studies, using three different types of spectroscopy, to confirm the persistence of nanodoses. This team published their newest review of their (and others’) research in the highly respected journal in the field of ‘material sciences’ called Langmuir. (Chikramane PS, Kalita D, Suresh AK, Kane SG, Bellare JR. Why Extreme Dilutions Reach Non-zero Asymptotes: A Nanoparticulate Hypothesis Based on Froth Flotation.) Based on this research, people who now say or suggest that there is ‘nothing’ in homeopathic medicines have been PROVEN to be wrong (or misinformed).

Ullman continues: “Bell’s work is an exceptional review of the basic sciences literature that explains how homeopathic medicines may work. (Bell IR, Koithan M. A model for homeopathic remedy effects: low dose nanoparticles, allostatic cross-adaptation, and time-dependent sensitization in a complex adaptive system. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2012 Oct 22;12(1):191.) Further, it is widely recognized that MANY common hormones and cell signaling agents in the human body are known to react powerfully to extremely small doses. A review of some of this evidence was published [some years ago] in Archives of Internal Medicine: Eskinazi, D., Homeopathy Re-revisited: Is Homeopathy Compatible with Biomedical Observations? Archives in Internal Medicine, 159, Sept 27, 1999:1981-7. I hope this intrigues you and your readers…and this body of scientific evidence leads me to tell fellow homeopaths that we must now seriously consider referring to homeopathy as a type of ‘nanopharmacology’ and a ‘nanomedicine.’  When homeopathy gets re-framed this way, I predict that it’ll be better understood and accepted.  Nanomedicine IS part of the future of medicine.”

: I am not a big homeopathy guy, as my spouse, Jeana Kimball, ND, MPH, who is, will attest. (I take the remedies, and do reach for Traumeel on my own …) I am, however, a big fan of Iris Bell. I have heard repeatedly, from my spouse, that one day the science will support the activity in these infinitesimal doses. If what Dana reports is correct, that day may be upon us. On me, a spousal I told you so.