June 2014 John Weeks Integrator Round-Up
June 10, 2014
by John Weeks, Publisher/Editor of The Integrator Blog News & Reports IHPC with 15 Partner Organizations Weighs in on NCCAM Name Change, and an Integrator ResponseWhen the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine director Josephine Briggs, MD requested public comment on her proposal that the agency's name be changed to the National Center for Research in Complementary and Integrative Health, the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) engaged an e-dialogue between leaders of its 15 Partners for Health. These include many of the best informed policy leaders in alternative, complementary and integrative health and medicine. The Partners range from massage to integrative medical practice organizations. Read more Round-Up >>by John Weeks, Publisher/Editor of The Integrator Blog News & ReportsPolicyResearch & ResourcesUseful Data PointsInternationalProfessionsMiscellaneousPeoplePolicy IHPC with 15 Partner Organizations Weighs in on NCCAM Name Change, and an Integrator ResponseWhen the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine director Josephine Briggs, MD requested public comment on her proposal that the agency's name be changed to the National Center for Research in Complementary and Integrative Health, the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) engaged an e-dialogue between leaders of its 15 Partners for Health. These include many of the best informed policy leaders in alternative, complementary and integrative health and medicine. The Partners range from massage to integrative medical practice organizations. The entire letter is available as NCCAM Name Change: IHPC/Partners Weigh in, plus Integrator on the Name is Not the Mandate. While generally supportive, IHPC notes a strong concern that the name marks a move away from the "CAM" discipline and professions on which the agency was to focus. They wrote: "At this time in the evolution of the 'integrative' dialogue, the so-called complementary and alternative health disciplines and practices must continue to be explicitly included or they will, likely, be excluded." The letter was signed by all the Partners.Comment: IHPC's letter underscores that the politics of naming is huge. In a high school political campaign in 1968 for the college resume-enhancing but otherwise meaningless post of school VP (which I lost), I was successfully labelled "wishy-washy Weeks" for my back-and-forth swing on a position regarding open campus privileges. I remember that flip flop as I watch myself go all over the map on this name-game:
- hating the limits and disrespect implicit in the "CAM" box;
- knowing that "CAM" is the only way many of the integrative health disciplines exist in the affordable care act, and still do in NCCAM;
- knowing that "alternative" is anathema to the MDs which whom we must one day integrate;
- believing that we want "alternatives" to what the mainstream offers;
- knowing, as noted in the IHPC letter, that for many so-called "integrative" MDs and the systems in which they work, "integrative" means MDs plus behavioral health, PT, nursing and dieticians;
- knowing that "integrative" often leaves the "CAM" modalities, systems and disciplines on which NCCAM is supposed to be focused on the cutting room floor; and
- knowing that NCCAM itself has successively shunted the "CAM" fields to the side in favor of members of its own more comfortable tribe of MDs and PhDs from conventional academic health centers.
- Objective 1: To build the knowledge base for active management of traditional and complementary medicine through appropriate national policies.
- Objective 2: To strengthen quality assurance, safety, proper use and effectiveness of traditional and complementary medicine by regulating traditional and complementary medicine products, practices and practitioners.
- Objective 3: To promote universal health coverage by integrating traditional and complementary medicine services into health care service delivery and self-health care.
- The Czech health minister is railing against "alternative medicine charlatans."
- The Galway College of Naturopathic medicine had a recent open house.
- Some University of Sydney researchers are engaging a review of data in Hong Kong on IM for post-stroke victims.
- Among the nearly 6000 practitioners licensed to practice medicine in Dubai last year were 13 for alternative medicine.
- Natural products interests in South Africa have chosen to sue the government to prove their products are safe. The state is opposing.
- In Nigeria a bill to establish alternative and complementary medicine passed the Senate.
- A study has found $430-million in CAM sales in New Zealand.
- An editor at the Daily Telegraph finds mindfulness the wheat amongst CAM chaff.
- A hospital's maternity massage is among what it call the first alternative treatments in a Penang hospital.
- The article out of Nigeria shares how an alternative and integrative practitioner groups will train counselors on care of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases.
- The 2014 symposium of IN-CAM, the Canadian network of CAM researchers, is entitled “The Next Wave of Complementary and Integrative Medicine Research.” Abstracts for the November 6-8, 2014 meeting in Calgary are due by June 30
- The Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians is urging abstracts from a diverse set of practitioners "as a reflection of the growing trend of working in collaborative teams to address health" for their December 6-7, 2014 conference in Portland. Submit through the OANP website at www.oanp.org. Due June 30, 2014.
- The American Chiropractic Association is accepting speaker and panelist presentation proposals for the 2015 National Chiropractic Leadership Conference (NCLC), to be held Feb. 25-28, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Submission will be only accepted through the online submission form until June 25, 2014.