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FEATURED ARTICLE:

Restoring Balance and Harmony to the Gut Microbiome
presented by Gerard Mullin, MD & Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, CNS, LDN  

Research on the gut microbiome indicates that it regulates metabolism and cell signaling, directs the development and regulation of the, maintains gut integrity, promotes detoxification and helps with digestion of food. This session will focus on the role of the microbiome in health and disease. Participants will learn about the healthy microbiome, the consequences of dysbiosis and how to reestablish it when out of balance using a functional medicine 5R’s approach emphasizing the role of food as medicine. Topics to be covered in depth include an overview of dysbiosis and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, probiotics, and prebiotics.

*Available today for a limited time.

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SYMPOSIUM UPDATE:

Gain the Whole Perspective  

Make plans to attend the upcoming Integrative Healthcare Symposium focus on: the microbiome taking place October 9-10 in Hollywood, Florida. Learn from leading speakers and take a deeper look into the topic of microbiome and how it  impacts you and your patients. Visit the EVENT SITE today to learn more.

July 2012 John Weeks Integrator Round-up: Education

International Congress for Educators in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ICECIM) draws outpouring of 244 proposals for October 24-26, 2012 meeting

The first International Congress for Educators in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ICECIM) drew a huge outpouring of proposals and abstracts. In a rush of activity prior to the mid-June closure of submissions, 244 proposals were received. Of these 91 were abstracts with the remainder a mix of such formats as large group panel discussions, symposia and small group discussions. The congress is jointly sponsored by the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC) and Georgetown University, the host site. Attendance will be limited to 300. July 31, 2012 is the deadline for early registration

Comment: Because I serve as part of the ACCAHC team on ICECIM's well-integrated planning committee, I was aware of the flow of submissions. A very slow trickle led to a last-minute deluge, suggesting nothing more than that the academics who submitted are all busy people who only get around to things at deadline. As a person who helped stimulate proposals from the ACCAHC communities of educators, I can say that this Congress would be exceptional if all one experienced were the two dozen or so proposals of which I was aware - many of which will not be selected, given the competition. Decisions will be made by July 15. Check out the site after for more program information. This looks to be a terrific Congress whose time has come.  

 

NYCC partnership with University of Rochester brings chiropractors and acupuncturists into NIH-funded pain center

Chiropractors and licensed acupuncturists associated with New York Chiropractic College are part of a consortium created by the University of Rochester to successfully be named by the National Institutes of Health as one of 11 new pain centers. A release from NYCC notes that the focus of the $275,000 project will be to "create materials that will be used worldwide to help teach health care professionals - physicians, chiropractors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, and others - about the latest treatment strategies for patients in pain. The 5 "in-depth studies" of pain will include: a 7-year-old boy who suffered a brain injury during birth and is in severe pain; an 80-year-old woman with back pain; a 66-year-old woman with lung cancer; a 15-year-old girl with jaw pain; and a 34-year-old woman with severe abdominal and pelvic pain. According to the release, the Rochester/NYCC group is one of 11 teams chosen by NIH to form a nationwide coalition of Centers of Excellence in Pain Education.


 
Institute of Medicine Global forums offer huge opportunity for interprofessional mixing plus innovations in health professional education

The Institute of Medicine is offering two, free, two-day forums in 2012 as part of its Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education program. The Global Forum is the most significant interprofessional initiative to date by the IOM or any other governmental or non-governmental agency. The sponsors include 31 academic and professional organizations, including, from the integrative health community, the Academic Consortium  for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC). The 2012 sessions of the 3-year program will take place in Washington, DC, on August 29-30 and November 29-30. The relatively small events are expected to be exceptional for networking with the diverse set of academic and professional leaders. The initial public workshops will feature innovations in five areas of health professional education, according to the IOM:

  • Curricular innovations - concentrates on WHAT is being taught to health professions' learners to meet evolving domestic and international needs;
  • Pedagogic innovations - looks at HOW the information can be better taught to students and WHERE education can take place;
  • Cultural elements - addresses WHO is being taught by whom as a means of enhancing the effectiveness of the design, development and implementation of interprofessional HPE;
  • Human Resources for Health - focuses on HOW capacity can be innovatively expanded to better ensure an adequate supply and mix of educated health workers based on local needs; and
  • Metrics - addresses HOW one measures whether learner assessment and evaluation of educational impact and care delivery systems influence individual and population health.

Comment: The innovations called "team care" and "IPE" (interprofessional education) were the major energizers of this Global Forum. These movements represent a tremendous opportunity for the integrative disciplines to get into the dialogue, and into team practice. This is particularly so since those pushing better teams and IPE closely identify themselves with "patient-centered medicine." The learning here will be useful. At the same time, the gatherings will be remarkable opportunities to mix with the leadership of these national organizations. I'll be present on behalf of ACCAHC. If you are around the Beltway or due for a trip to the Capitol, come participate!