Summary: PCORI seeks input on definition of patient-centered outcomes research and “Tier 1 Pilot Projects” … Bill would allow payment for supplements under Health Savings Accounts … NCCAM-funded team explores role of CAM practitioners in Accountable Care Organizations … Homebirth midwives in gains with CMS … Glenn Sabin/FON Therapeutics offer marketing white paper on integrative center marketing … Adam Perlman chosen to head Duke Integrative Medicine … Greenwich Hospital terminates integrative medicine program … Cancer Treatment Centers of American approved for 4th integrative cancer hospital in Atlanta … Spa 4 the Pink charity links with Colorado integrative medicine center … Denver Nuggets coach George Karl stumps for integrative medicine … American Holistic Medical Association renews focus on healing the healer … Yoga therapists present draft educational standards … Massage organization lists institutional relationships with key health care relationships … Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium gains new Partners in Health … Chiropractors focus on primary care in September conference … Midwifery accreditation group seeks executive director … Medscape stimulates dialogue on whether “CAM is a scam” … Medical school consortium promotes October 2011 one-day research symposium and major May 2012 conference … Holistic Primary Care offers 3rd Heal Thy Practice conference … In Memoriam: Konrad Kail, ND … Edzard Ernst leaves Exeter post early … Clem Bezold, PhD honored with lifetime award by futurist group … ACCAHC adviser John Gilbert, PhD named to Order of Canada
Input sought on “Tier 1 Pilots” and definition of Patient Centered Outcomes Research, by September 2, 2011
The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), established under the Obama-Pelosi Affordable Care Act, references complementary and alternative medicine as a subject area. Integrative practitioner researcher Christine Goertz, DC, PhD was named to PCORI’s Board of Governors. Now PCORI has circulated a draft definition of “patient centered outcomes research on which it seeks public comment. Goertz shares with the Integrator that PCORI is also seeking input of their Tier 1 Pilot Projects. Adi Haramati, PhD, chair of the International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health sent notice of the opportunity to participate with this comment:
“The national focus on
comparative effectiveness research (CER) is a golden opportunity for the field
of integrative medicine and health. This will play out in the focus on
health outcomes research (and the need for refined research methods) and in the
imperative to educate health professionals to be research literate and be able
to utilize this information in their practice. The 2012 International
Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (May 15-18, 2012 in
Portland) has 2 impressive speakers lined up to address CER (Sean Tunis, CEO of
the Center for Medical Technology Policy, and Michael Lauer, Dir of
Cardiovascular Diseases, NHLBI at NIH). Although they come from very
conventional medical positions, they clearly understand the broader
implications related to CAM and Integrative Medicine.”
Comment: The potential for the integrative practice community in the comparative effectiveness arena is to directly address a central claim of many integrative practitioners. Many assert, without much organized evidence, that their approach is better and/or more cost effective compared to usual treatment. Yet I have heard that the only outcomes to be compared via PCORI are between approaches which already have a significant evidence base. Since most real world integrative practices haven’t such preliminary research, this could rule out the most significant public health value in comparing integrative practices with usual care. The present definition does not, in itself, seem to preclude such studies. The consumer focus the PCORI Methodology Committee followed would seem also to keep the door open. Input from anyone, again, is open. Take a look and give your input. See the Guiding Principles in the Definition Rationale. (Thanks to Carlo Calabrese, ND, MPH and Haramati for alerting me to these developments.)
Natural products bill seeks to expand HSA payments for supplements
The Family Retirement and Health Investment Act of 2011 (HR 2010, S 1098) would allow US citizens to use their Flexible Spending Arrangement and
Health Saving Account (HSA) dollars on dietary supplements and meal
replacement products. The bill, backed by Congressman Eric Paulsen and Senator Orrin Hatch 9R-UT), is promoted by the Natural Products Association (NPA).
However, in a letter for support sent to its list on July 29, 2011, the NPA shared that they did not believe that the bill would separately pass through the legislative process but could be added as an amendment to another bill that was moving through the process. As of July 29th, NPA had generated over 2000 support letters.
NCCAM-funded team examines possible roles of complementary practitioners in Accountable Care Organizations
A team of NCCAM-funded health services researchers recently published a substantive editorial in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary and Medicine entitled CAM Practitioners and Accountable Care Organizations (ACO): The Train is Leaving the Station. The authors, led by Mathew Davis, DC, MPH and sometimes Integrator-contributor James Wheedon, DC, take the position that “this is a critical time for the U.S. health care system and an important time for CAM professions to consider how they might fit into an ACO era.” The writers estimate that the “relatively large CAM workforce” amounts to roughly 180,000 licensed CAM practitioners. These will assume one of 3 positions in ACOs: exclusion, partial inclusion or “full participation.” The latter would include meaningful roles in incentive payments via ACA “shared savings” programs. The writers propose areas of potential cost savings from CAM inclusion, noting that the pain-related services with which CAM practitioners are frequently involved make up a good deal of conventional primary care. Ultimately, the authors call for collaboration among CAM professions:
“As policymakers, payers, and stakeholders come together to discuss ACOs, the authors believe CAM professions will have a louder voice as one large group. There are a diverse number of professional organizations both within and across CAM professions that united could influence adoption of CAM into national health care reform efforts such as ACOs. Conversely, should CAM professional organizations continue to act individually, increased competition between CAM professions.”
Comment: The Affordable Care Act in Section 5101 states that health care workforce plans shall include licensed CAM disciplines. However, Section 3502 on patient-centered medical homes was less assertive. The teams in these homes, according to Congress’ language, “may” include chiropractors and members of other licensed CAM disciplines. Credit this team for bringing this issue of how these practitioners “may” be used to the fore. I like and agree with their call for united action. Multidisciplinary vessel for such collaborative work that are noted in the article include the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium and the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care. The authors conclude with a note of urgency: ” … should CAM practitioners and professions fail to get involved in the discussion now, they may not have the opportunity later.”
Homebirth Midwives involved in multiple CMS and Berwick activities
The MAMA (Midwives And Mothers in Action) Campaign reported 3 significant activities related to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 26, 2011. First, Mary Lawlor, CPM, the executive director of the Certified Professional Midwives, was invited by CMS administrator Don Berwick, MD
to represent the MAMA Coalition at a June 2nd CMS symposium for 40 national
health care leaders. The focus was on limiting cost for perinatal caer. MAMA underscored that CPMs were at the table. A week later, MAMA representatives and Jeff Thompson, MD, chief medical officer for Washington State, had a private meeting with Berwick. Their agenda: 1) urge that CMS focus resources on the needs of the majority of
childbearing women and infants who are low-risk; 2) increase access to CPMs
and birth centers to assure appropriate care for this population that too
often suffers the consequences of inappropriate interventions; and, 3) include
CPMs and birth centers in performance measurement, data reporting and
payment reform initiatives. MAMA also reported that, following their work, the “CMS State
Plan Amendment template, containing implementation guidance to state Medicaid
offices, specifies that Medicaid reimbursement of birth center provider fees
applies to CPMs.”
Comment: Never underestimate the power of a midwife on a political mission. Hours and hours of participation with the most elemental of human activities seems somehow to infuse the typical “how a bill becomes a law” with a distinct birth canal push.
Glenn Sabin of FON Therapeutics publishes business and marketing resource for integrative centers
Cancer “thriver” Glenn Sabin, a board member of the Society for
Integrative Oncology and founder of FON Therapeutics, has begun to develop a series of resources to assist integrative medicine centers of all kinds to maximize their business potential. In July, Sabin published a document entitled How to Increase Clinic Utilization of Integrative Services in 60 Days. The 10-page document is available for free through clicking here. Sabin’s materials will be particularly useful for any clinician who is not familiar with marketing and does not have a huge budget. The accessible document includes the following sections:
- What’s Your Center’s Brand
- External Messaging: Consumer
- Internal Messaging: Colleagues & Administrators
- External Messaging: Allopathic Community
- Community Outreach: Delivering Your Message Live
- Content Marketing: How to Engage with Information
- Taking the Next Steps
Sabin recommends as a next step an “internal audit” of the present program, with these content areas guiding it. FON offers these services. The document concludes with some information on Sabin and his business.
Comment: Sabin is a recent member of the Integrator Editorial Advisory Board. I am impressed with the work in this document. My guess is that few individuals operating an integrative center or clinic would not benefit from a review of Sabin’s well laid-out white paper. Sabin has an impressive set of partners/clients on his website, including integrative oncology leaders Keith Bock, MD, Gary Deng, MD, PhD and David Rosenthal, MD. Take a look.
Adam Perlman, MD, MPH selected to head up Duke Integrative Medicine
On September 1, 2011, Adam Perlman, MD, MPH will begin a new position as director of Duke Integrative Medicine. Perlman is the founder and director of the Institute of Complementary
Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). The Duke position was vacated by Tracy Gaudet, MD when Gaudet was appointed
to head of the new VA Office of Patient Centered
Care and Cultural Transformation. Perlman is an NIH-funded researcher
whose clinical roots as an integrative medicine leader go back to his
founding of the Carol and Morton Siegler Center for Integrative Medicine at New Jersey’s Saint Barnabas Hospital nearly 15 years ago. Perlman is the present chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine and serves on the Council of Advisers for the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care.
Comment: The high-profile Duke center, backed by even higher profile philanthropist Christy Mack, made an exceptional choice in Perlman. In his present position, he has been uniquely positioned among academic integrative medicine leaders given his broad responsibility for allied health. This background, combined with his research and clinical experience, will aserve him well in making the most of the interprofessional and institutional opportunities ahead at Duke.
Greenwich Hospital, associated with Yale, terminates integrative program in major cost-cutting move
The integrative medicine program at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut has been terminated as part of broader budget cuts, according to a July 27, 2011 report in Greenwich Time. The hospital, part of the Yale-New Haven system, announced the layoffs of 36 people as part of an effort to make up for $8.5-million in lost revenues. Roughly half of these were from the hospital’s Center for Healthy Living and the Center for Integrative Medicine. The latter was directed by Henri Roca, MD, LAc who is also a clinical faculty member at Yale and associated with the integrative medicine program there. The hospital’s CEO, Frank Corvino, is quoted: “We think (the IM program) has been a great asset to the community. Unfortunately, it has not been profitable.” A query to Roca netted this brief this formal comment from the hospital:
“Greenwich Hospital continues to believe in the
utility and importance of Integrative Medicine
and will continue to have an Integrative Medicine
Program. We will continue to provide individuals in the Fairfield Westchester
communities with quality holistic, integrative, functional medicine care
through Dr. Roca’s medical practice and the inpatient services at Greenwich Hospital will continue unchanged.”
Cancer Treatment Centers of America breaks ground on Atlanta facility
An August 1, 2011 Atlanta Journal Constitution article, Cancer hospital brings more treatment options to the Southeast, shares that Illinois-based Cancer treatment Centers of America
(CTCA) has broken ground on a new 50 bed facility outside of Atlanta. CTCA’s entrance into the Georgia took a
legislative battle, according to the story. Antagonism toward CTCA was expressed by Monty Veazey, president of
the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals: “When you have someone who comes in and cherry picks the system, it hurts all.” CTCA eventually agreed that it wouldn’t compete heavily in the local market. Over 2/3 of CTCA’s patients must come from out-of-state.
In addition, CTCA must guarantee that at least 3% of its care will be
charity care. This is higher than CTCA’s usual level but a customary rate for its competitors. The firm already operates hospitals in Chicago, Tulsa,
Phoenix and Philadelphia, and an outpatient center in Seattle.
Comment: The negotiations parallel a similar battle CTCA unsuccessfully faced in its effort to create an inpatient facility in the Seattle area. See related Integrator feature here. CTCA’s low level of charity care was again an issue. There is something about hospitals fighting over the harvest of oncology patients that is fundamentally distasteful. Ah, the business of medicine.
“Spa 4 The Pink” established patient support fund at U Colorado integrative center
A new organization called Spa 4 The Pink (S4TP) has established a fund at the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Colorado. S4TP works through various alliances such as this one at the Colorado integrative medicine program to “touch cancer survivors lives by providing them with
complimentary skin care products, oncology spa services and education
on how to cope one day at a time with changing skin and body issues
related to cancer treatment.” The Colorado-based not-for-profit organization was founded by business woman Julie Bach.
Denver Nuggets Coach George Karl stumps for integrative cancer care
A note posted July 26, 2011 on the Denver Nuggets website shares that Nuggets’ coach George Karl, a two-time cancer survivor, is fundraising for integrative medicine. The beneficiary is the Cancer Care Initiative that help patients balance “treatment methods
such as radiation and chemotherapy with integrative methods such as
acupuncture, meditation and yoga” that are “not
covered by insurance.” Here is Karl:
“I think there are nutritional people who are being ignored and people
that have the holistic approach who are being ignored. It’s
crazy that I can take the most powerful pain drugs and go to the
pharmacy every week and not get charged one dollar. Yet I can’t go get a
massage without paying out of my pocket. It’s ludicrous.”
The Cancer Care Initiative supports an operation called the Progressive Health Center (PHC) which promotes an integrative approach. PHC’s Medical Advisory Committee includes medical acupuncturist Allison Archard, MD board certified holistic doctor Andrea Cohn, MD. (Thanks to Glenn Sabin for the lead on this article.)
American Holistic Medical Association renews focus on healing the healer
“We view the core foundational aspect of holistic health practice
to be our own work on self-healing. Our ability to effectively serve
our fellow human beings inevitably emanates from knowing the territory
within ourselves. Thus, we see the AHMA’s core mission as furthering
that ideal, helping holistic practitioners heal in order to truly be
present for others, enhancing our capacity to ‘pay it forward’.”
On October 14-16, 2011, AHMA will further this mission with a The Healer Within seminar at the Institute for Noetic Sciences retreat center in Petaluma, California. AHMA executive director Steve Cadwell notes that AHMA and its partners in the successful iMOSAIC conference have decided to hold their next joint conference as a group of 4 organizations in 2013.
Comment: This focus for AHMA tracks back to the organization’s origins 30+ years ago. Then the organization was a support for the individual holistic doctors who were beginning to pop up here and there in practice, but were not yet connected. The direction appears to represent a retreat from engaging a broader policy role such as has been urged by some of its board members in recent years.
Regarding the iMOSAIC conference, two of the 4 partners, the American Academy for Environmental Medicine and the American College for Advancement in Medicine, have chosen to jointly hold a conference this year, on November 16-20, in Portland, Oregon. Called Exchange 2011, the conference is posted via the iMOSAIC web address.
IAYT announces draft Educational Standards for Yoga therapists
The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) has announced Draft Proposed Educational Standards for the Training of Yoga Therapists. The 14-page document is divided into the following sections:
- Definition of Yoga therapy
- Competency profile
- Length of training (Minimum admission requirements, Length of Yoga therapist training, Practicum training)
- Other topics,
- Transliterated Sanskrit Words with Diacritical Marks.
The Competencies Profile section has the following sub-components: Yoga Foundation; Contemporary biomedical and psychological knowledge; Knowledge of teaching and therapeutic skills; Application; and Professional practice. The development of IAYT’s Proposed Education Standards was led by IAYT’s 14 person Standards Committee.
Comment: The value in setting standards for the consuming public and for prospective members of any field is inestimable. At the same time, as Carlo Calabrese, ND, MPH observed 20 years ago during the naturopathic educators’ process toward a nationally-recognized standard, any time you create standards you create pain. Congratulations to the IAYT for its steady, inclusive process. One cannot help but note that these standards are announced not only as a “draft” but also as “proposed.” This is strong advertising of openness to input from the Yoga therapy educational community.
American Massage Therapy Association reviews its broader healthcare relationships
In an article in its e-newsletter, the American Massage Therapy Association offers a piece entitled AMTA’s Health Care Relationships and Their Impact on the Massage Profession. Among the membership organization’s listed involvements are with the Penny George Institute, the AMA CPT coding operation, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium and Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care. Chris Studebaker serves as the organization’s Government and Industry Relations Manager.
Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) gains new Partners in Health
The IHPC website shows growth in the organization’s Partners in Health program. Among the new logos on the Partners page are those from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), Sojourners Community Health Clinic, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and the American Sustainable Business Council. Not listed but also a Partner is the American Massage Therapy Association (see above). According to individuals close to the organization, the Partners program, with its linked and interlocking IHPC board positions, may now have as secure a base as the organization has had since it was founded a decade ago. A significant new force has been the increased commitment of Bastyr University through Greg Goode, the director of Bastyr’s Center for Policy and Leadership.
Comment: IHPC is the little engine that could. With the AANP decision to join, the national organizations for naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, massage therapy and certified professional midwives are each involved. Missing from a full house of the distinctly-licensed CAM fields is the American Chiropractic Association. Two significant chiropractic organizations are partners, however: the pediatric group noted above and Palmer College. The bigger missing pieces among IHPC’s partners are the integrative and holistic medical doctors and nurses. Interestingly IHPC’s chair, Len Wisneski, is a medical doctor. As noted elsewhere in this Integrator, IHPC had an important recent influence when its definition of “integrated health care” was used, word-for-word, in the National Prevention Strategy.
Chiropractors link Primary Care Clinical Symposium to ACA Delegates gathering
The University of Western States (UWS) is partnering with the Oregon Chiropractic Association and the American Chiropractic Association to offer a symposium on primary care. The educational sessions will immediately follow the ACA House of Delegates meeting. Subject matter ranges from irritable bowel to hypertension to otitis media to women’s health and gastrointestinal issues. University of Western States, led by president Joe Brimhall, DC, is a leading broad-scope chiropractic educational program.
Comment: The philosophical and educational splits in chiropractic, which make some recoil from the phrase “chiropractic medicine,” make the broad scope primary care positioning a challenge. I have often wondered what US back care outcomes would look like if chiropractors positioned themselves triage articles to both conventional and other CAM practitioners as “primary care for back pain.” Given the very high percentage of primary care patients who come with back-related issues, an expanded use of chiropractors in this primary care capacity alone could substantially relieve pressure on the primary care system.
Midwifery accreditation group seeks enthusiastic part-time executive director
The Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC)
is seeking a new executive director. The 20-year-old organization,
recognized by the US Department of Education as the accrediting body
for direct-entry (non-nurse) midwifery programs, has played a leading role
in the maturation of the profession of Certified Professional Midwives.
MEAC presently accredits 10 schools. The executive director position is expected to take 20-30
hours a week. Salary will be negotiated. The MEAC office is presently in
LaConner, Washington, but could be moved to suit the right person. For
Comment: Whoever lands this position
will not only be connected to a tremendous community of health professionals. This person will
also have access to the mentoring of Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko, MPH,
the outgoing executive director. Myers-Ciecko, a long-time colleague, will be available for up to 2 years to support the acculturation of
the new executive. Myers-Ciecko writes: “MEAC celebrates its 20th anniversary this year
and I am the last of the original founding board members still involved in the
governance or administration of the organization. A new era in
professional midwifery and education is dawning – we look forward to finding a
gem of a person who will bring new expertise, energy and leadership to our dear
Medscape asks: “Is CAM always a Scam?” and finds that 33% of MDs support patients’ use of alternatives
Medscape published on July 11, 2011 a summary of medical doctor comments on a subject entitled Is CAM always a Scam?” The report from Medscape’s Physician Connect Discussion Board (reserved for MD/DO/DDS-only) offers the gamut of opinion on CAM. The discussion was stimulated by a neurologist asking: “How do you counsel patients interested in complementary or alternative therapies?” An associated Medscape poll found that 31% of respondents supported their
patients’ use of alternate paths of treatment, 18% discouraged it
“as a general rule” and a 38% advocated “telling [patients] there is
little evidence one way or the other and leaving it open.”
Addendum: Last spring Forbes hosted another, blog-based dialogue on a similar topic in which Integrator columnist Taylor Walsh was among the participants. The discussion was stimulated by an opinion piece by polarizing anti-CAM academic Stephen Salzberg entitled “Why medical schools should not teach integrative medicine.” Salzberg receives quality criticism from Walsh among others. One theme in the discussion thread was whether complementary or integrative medicine would ever “go away.” Walsh ends his comments: “This trend will be ‘reversed’ just after the Internet is reversed.”
Two from the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine
The Consortium of
Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine is planning its inaugural One-Day Research Symposium in Integrative Medicine and Health. The symposium
will be held in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. According to a note from Ather Ali, ND, MPH, one of the organizers, the goal is to “facilitate a gathering where
researchers from a variety of disciplines, at all levels of training, will be
able to share their work and connect.” Special attention will be given to
research from early-career scientists, students, trainees and fellows. The
Symposium will be a peer-reviewed scientific meeting with oral and poster
sessions. Keynote speaker will be Josephine Briggs, MD, Director of NCCAM. Submissions due August 15, 2011. Registration fees waived for presenting authors whose
abstracts are accepted for oral presentation. www.imconsortium.org/researchday/index.htm
The most significant research conference for the integrative practice field, Integrative Medicine and Health International Research Conference, will take
place in Portland Oregon May 15-18, 2012.
Key dates for this conference are: submission
of research abstracts and proposals ofr session opens online (Sept 1,
for proposals for sessions (Oct 15, 2011), deadline
for research abstracts (Nov 15, 2011); early
bird registration deadline (March 16, 2012). Website is here: www.IMConsortium-Congress2012.org
Holistic Primary Care sponsors 3rd Heal Thy Practice conference in November 2011
The 3rd Heal Thy Practice: Transforming Primary Care conference will be held on November 4-6, 2011 at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel in Long Beach, California. The unique conference is sponsored by Holistic Primary Care and led by the publication’s founding editor Erik Goldman. Steven Masley, MD is conference chair for a program that includes both top-flight content on clinical topics from the likes of David Perlmutter, MD and James Gordon, MD and also a focus on marketing and use of the internet in building a clinical business. Integrative medicine medical-legal expert Alan Dumoff, JD, MSW will also present. The focus of the conference is, according to Goldman, “new
practice models that put the health
back in health care.“ Conference co-founder and Holistic Primary Care publisher Meg Sinclair explains:
started this because we we’ve met many physicians who are sincerely interested
in holistic approaches, and want to practice in a more integrative way. But
they can’t figure out how to implement these approaches in their practices, and
they’re frustrated. Most
holistic/preventive stuff isn’t covered by insurance, so doctors who want to go
that way usually need to learn new business skills and practice models. We knew
many doctors who have very successful integrative practices, so we thought it
would be a great idea to bring them together and create a forum about practice
The Health Thy Practice website includes, near the bottom, a series of laudatory testimonials from those who attended in 2010.
Comment: I credit Goldman and Sinclair for not only naming the elephant in the room when they started this conference (economic success for those choosing holistic primary care) but assiduously exploring means to tame it. Take a look at the agenda. Looks like plenty of take-home strategies.
In Memoriam: Konrad Kail, ND (1949-2011)
Konrad Kail, PA, ND was both pillar and energetic driving force behind the modern resurgence of the naturopathic medical profession and, as such, the emergence of natural medicine into U.S. healthcare delivery. An excellent obituary from Erik Goldman, a friend of Kail and editor of Holistic Primary Care, details some of his contributions as does this Integrator piece honoring Konrad. Among these: chair of Arizona’s naturopathic board; co-founder and chair of the board of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM); 3rd president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians; awarded in-office researcher; product developer; founding member of the NIH NCCAM’s National Advisory Council and NCCAM’s liaison to the NIH’s integrative cancer initiative. Paul Mittman, ND, current president of SCNM, wrote to the his community that Kail was “bigger than life, one whose accomplishments would fill the resumes of 10 people.”
Comment: Konrad’s 1990-1992 term as AANP president coincided with 2 of my 3.5 years as AANP executive director. For those 2 years, he and I spoke virtually every Tuesday and Thursday during his clinic noon hour, and often many more times during the week as we strategized on how to grow that organization, and profession. We worked hard and played hard throughout. Check out the story about the herb that grows in Grizzly dung in my remembrance – plus the incredible list of Kail’s contributions.
Edzard Ernst, MD begins early retirement with a tongue lashing for Prince Charles
The prolific United Kingdom-based writer-researcher Edzard Ernst, MD, PhD blasted Prince Charles as a “snake-oil salesman” in parting comments related to his early retirement from his position as chair for complementary medicine at the University of Exeter. In a feature in the Guardian, Ernst makes clear that he’ll be back. He is planning another book. Ernst and Prince Charles, a strong supporter of homeopathy and of alternative treatments, have been embattled since at least 2005. In recent years Ernst has moved from antagonism toward homeopathy to writing against the dangers of chiropractic and acupuncture. Ernst leaves the university as professor emeritus.
Clem Bezold, PhD honored by World Future Society for life-time service
The World Future Society has honored Clement Bezold, PhD, chair of the Institute for Alternative Futures, with a Lifetime Distinguished Service Award. Bezold, an Integrator adviser, co-founded his organization with Alvin Toffler, author of the 1970 best-seller Future Shock. Bezold’s work includes the Primary Care 2025 project on which Integrator readers were invited to submit in April 2011. Bezold has led futures projects on chiropractic and on complementary and alternative medicine. He has also played significant roles in planning projects such as the National Policy Dialogue to Advance Integrated Health Care and the Integrative Medicine Industry Leadership Summit. MOre than two decades earlier, in a seminar on the future of health care for members of Congress and their staff in the Rayburn House Office Building, Bezold introduced them to a growing trend in health care: “alternative medicine.”
Comment: Having had the privilege of knowing and working with Bezold, and being mentored by him, over the past dozen years, I can add that his distinguished service is not just to futurists but to the future itself. Bezold uses the concept of the “preferred future” in his work. Participants examine the characteristics a preferred future would have, and the steps that would be expected to be associated with such a future. It’s not a bad handle for anyone mission-focused work. What are you doing today? Oh, working toward a preferred future. Thanks and congratulations, Clem!
ACCAHC adviser John Gilbert, PhD honored with selection to the Order of Canada
On June 30, 2011, David Johnston, the Governor General of Canada, announced the appointment of John Gilbert, PhD to the Order of Canada. Gilbert, a member of the Council of Advisers for the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC), is an international expert in interprofessional education and care (IPE/C). An audiologist by training, Gilbert has carried the IPE/C banner for over 40 years. He heads the Canadian IPE initiative and is a founding board member of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative.
Comment: Gilbert received the news the day he keynoted an ACCAHC Biennial Meeting I had the opportunity to help organize. He is something of a Johnny Appleseed, traveling the world while sowing the value of interprofessional education and care (IPE/C). There was no challenge in understanding why he was honored. Any of you interested in the IPE/C field, check out the major IPE conference Gilbert is co-chairing November 19-21 in Tucson. ACCAHC is among the gamut of health professional organizations that are supporting sponsors.Send your comments to
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