Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up February 2012 featuring the topics of:   Policy, Research, Integerative Centers, Integrative healthcare professions, academic medicine and health, healthcare media updates, CAM research, practice and people.

AHPA’s McGuffin receives Nutrition Business Journal’s industry award 

Long-time executive director of the American Herbal Products Association executive director Michael McGuffin has been selected as the winner of the Efforts on Behalf of the Industry Award by the Nutrition Business Journal (NBJ). McGuffin was chosen from more than 215 nominations submitted by the general public, as well as nominations from NBJ‘s editorial advisory board and the content team at New Hope Natural Media, which publishes NBJ. The vetting process included review by NBJ staff, New Hope’s advisory board, and the New Hope standards team. Nutrition Business Journal is the publication of record for the nutrition, natural, organic, dietary supplement, and integrative medicine industries.

Comment: McGuffin was an executive with McZand Herbals in the late 1980s when AHPA and the industry just began to mature. Under his passionate and insightful leadership, the organization has become an able and active trade association. This is a well-deserved accolade.


Haramati and Harazduk: Is mindfulness positioned as bridge-builder in Middle East? 

In a special Common Group News Service on December 13, 2011, Georgetown integrative medicine leaders Aviad Haramati, PhD and Nancy Harazduk, MSW ask if mindfulness can help bridge divisions in the Middle East? The two spoke at the Middle East Cancer Consortium (MECC), an initiative begun during the Clinton administration. The MECC was formed with the support of the Health Ministries of Israel and the Palestinian Authority and joined by Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus and Turkey. It brings together 40-50 cancer care-givers (physicians, nurses and social workers) for three days to share aspects of their oncology practice and to learn about best practices. One feature of the gathering:  participants spend two hours each day together “experiencing meditation, guided imagery and even expressive movement to reduce stress and foster self-awareness.” The outcomes: “Individuals who would likely never interact with each other, much less share personal stories or feelings – come to genuinely care about each other and explicitly express such sentiments.”

Comment: Haramati has been a principal go-between for the sometimes thick cultural wars between conservative academic health center leaders and more exploratory integrative medical doctors, and between conservative academic MDs and the licensed integrative practitioners from non-MD disciplines. I have joked with him that he ought to have a hand in Mideast negotiations. This is fun to see his work and that of Harazduk directly involved in bringing those parties together in this community. My guess is that something like such mindfulness personal work with be a necessary, if not sufficient, part of the peace process if we are to ever find our way there.