Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine and the American Board of Holistic Medicine together will host the annual The Science and Clinical Application of Integrative Holistic Medicine Conference, Nov. 17 through Nov. 21, 2008 at the tranquil Paradise Point Resort, in San Diego, CA.

Nation’s Largest Integrative Medicine Event Nov. 17 – Nov. 21 in San Diego

Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine

SAN DIEGO – Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine and the American Board of Holistic Medicine together will host the annual The Science and Clinical Application of Integrative Holistic Medicine Conference, Nov. 17 through Nov. 21, 2008 at the tranquil Paradise Point Resort, in San Diego, CA.  This unique week-long medical educational conference offers a comprehensive course on integrative holistic medicine for health care providers with a focus on caring for the whole person; mind-body-spirit.  This continuing medical education course culminates with a one-of-a-kind optional board certification in integrative medicine.

“As physicians, we have a growing responsibility to treat more than just symptoms.  We must provide our patients with answers to their integrative treatment questions,” says cardiologist Mimi Guarneri, M.D., founder and medical director, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine.  “Our mission is to educate health care providers on integrative holistic medicine, so they can meet the needs of their patients who want a holistic approach to their medical concerns.”

This conference will feature a review of the latest science, studies, research and trends in this area of medicine.  One topic that will be discussed is the integrative holistic approach to managing chronic pain, the number one cause of adult disability in the United States. Approximately 50 million people live with chronic pain and nearly a third of Americans will experience chronic pain at some point in their lives.

Jerry McCann, patient at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, turned his life around by using an integrative medicine approach, which included stress management, biofeedback, acupuncture, and trigger point injections.  Jerry had been living with chronic shoulder pain for years and reached his breaking point after he underwent two unsuccessful surgeries, which left him out of work for four months.  He considered a third surgery, but his doctor could not guarantee the pain would go away, so Jerry resigned himself to live with his chronic pain for the rest of his life.  Jerry’s general practitioner saw his despair and recommended a visit with David Leopold, M.D., at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine for an integrative medicine approach to help his pain.

With skepticism Jerry took Dr. Leopold’s advice and quickly became a believer when his pain began to subside after only a few sessions.  What he learned through an integrative medicine approach was critical to managing and decreasing his pain.  For Jerry, opening a door had been a painful experience for years. His right shoulder hurt so much that he stopped using it and used his left arm instead. When he was able to open the door again with his right arm, he knew that he was on his way to getting his life back.

“Jerry is one of the hundreds of patients who have experienced the benefits of blending conventional medicine with evidence-based complementary approaches,” says Dr. Leopold. “It is really quite simple – integrative medicine draws from the best of both worlds in order to help patients heal.”

More than 300 physicians and other health care providers are expected to attend The Science and Clinical Application of Integrative Holistic Medicine Conference.  The conference is designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, nurse midwives, doctors of osteopathic medicine and other health care providers seeking to include a mind-body-spirit approach to healing in their clinical competencies.  The conference will provide an interactive and unique forum for health care providers to get a credible, evidence-based education on complementary and alternative medicine.

More than 25 nationally known integrative medical experts will present approaches for effectively treating nearly forty of America’s most common diseases and chronic conditions.   Topics include environmental medicine, behavioral medicine, fitness, nutrition, bimolecular therapies, spiritual medicine, natural supplements, bioidentical hormone replacement and more. Specific chronic conditions such as anxiety, fatigue, coronary artery disease, depression, metabolic syndrome, osteoporosis, and pain management will also be explored.

The speakers will be medical experts ranging from clinicians, professors, authors and researchers such as:

  • Mimi Guarneri, M.D., founder and medical director, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Robert Anderson, M.D., founder and executive director, American Board of Holistic Medicine
  • Lee Lipsenthal, M.D., president, American Board of Holistic Medicine 
  • Steven Pratt, M.D., best-selling author, “Superfoods Rx”
  • David Simon, M.D., medical director, The Chopra Center for Wellbeing
  • Lawrence Palevsky, M.D., president, American Holistic Medical Association

Continuing medical education credits are also available. Recognized by insurers and courts and supported by an ever growing physician interest, more than 1000 physicians have received this certification designation in the nine years that The American Board of Holistic Medicine has run this certification program.

The American Board of Holistic Medicine was founded in 1996 with a mission to establish standards of care in the application of the body of knowledge encompassed by integrative holistic medicine, so that these concepts can be fully integrated into medical practice, education, health planning and research. For more information, visit www.holisticboard.org.

Part of Scripps Health, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine offers conventional and scientifically validated complementary medicine. Through clinical research, education, prevention and lifestyle changes, the center seeks to empower people to take charge of their health. For more information, visit www.scrippsintegrativemedicine.org.

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