Quick Links to Integrative Medicine Action

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by John Weeks, Publisher/Editor of The Integrator Blog News and Reports

This monthly post offers a quick scan of web action relative to integrative medicine in the prior month. Here are 28 involving medical delivery systems, 12 more in communities and 6 globally. Some of the highlights include a Forbes podcast with Andrew Weil, MD on his views that it’s increasingly the economy and not the consumer that are driving the uptake of integrative medicine. Additionally, read an “Open Letter to Barack Obama” lays out a half-dozen breakthrough areas for integrative pain care that he failed to affirm in his $1.1 billion opioid strategy. Look for the announcement from integrative psychiatrist James Lake, MD on a series of e-books. In India, Isaac Mathai, MD references the 2015 US-India agreement between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on “complementary and traditional medicines.” Enjoy the skim of activity.

Medical Delivery Organizations

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Integrative Medical Communities

  • Achieve Medical Therapy in Grand Forks offers an integrative approach to pain treatment.
  • Natural Partners has announced an initial Advisory Board of integrative medical leaders with three Naturopatic Doctors and a Medical Doctor.
  • A therapist with Virginia’s Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine is recommending yoga for thyroid.
  • A Buffalo News piece references many integrative medicine programs in a feature on the practices of a local integrative nurse specialist at her Cardea Health Clinic.
  • This Huffington Post piece quotes Confucius, Walter Cronkite and Mark Twain in suggesting that the Integrative Medicine movement and everyone who cares about an actual system of health care must be more language conscious about what they call “health care.”
  • Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle will make joint appearance at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Saturday, Feb. 27
  • The Akasha Medical Center in Santa Monica is looking for a Board Certified integrative MD or DO, or a naturopathic doctor.
  • Canyon Ranch is looking for an integrative physician.
  • Integrative psychiatrist James Lake, MD is interviewed here on his e-book series in Psychiatric Times.
  • This article in Drug Topics speaks to the move toward “integrative pharmacies.”
  • A native Chinese physician who claims to have been practicing integrative medicine had his license taken by the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy.
  • Featured here by Groupon is the clinic, Beverly Hills Integrative Medicine.



  • In Mysore, India, a Child Family Health International (CFHI) has a new program in a rural communityfocused on chronic disease and integrative medicine in collaboration with the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM).
  • The Jacka Foundation Chair for Integrative Medicine in Western Sydney, Australia, has a new position being advertised.
  • The prejudice against homeopathy is one of the topics in this review of the Glascow Center for Integrated Care, formerly the Scottish Homeopathic Hospital.
  • In the Gopalakrishna Endowment Oration on the topic of ‘Holistic and Integrative Medicine, Isaac Mathai, MD, “the homeopathy physician of global repute” spoke of the agreement between U.S. and India on complementary and traditional medicine. Another story is here.
  • The Hong Kong Institute of Integrative Medicine is participating in a research study looking at TCM and Western approaches in “a pilot program to manage fatigue and cognitive deficits associated with multiple sclerosis and related disorders.”
  • The Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine is promoting its conference in Stuttgart, June 2016.

About the Author:

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John Weeks is a writer, speaker, chronicler and organizer with 32 years of experience in the movement for integrative health and medicine. the long-time founder/editor of The Integrator Blog News & Reports, a primary connective terrain for the diverse stakeholders and professions in the field and was invited in May 2016 to serve as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Besides his Integrative Practitioner column, he presently writes for Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, the Huffington Post and elsewhere. He increasingly enjoys teaching and mentoring. He has keynoted, led plenary sessions, breakouts and offered guest lectures for dozens of organizations ranging from the Bastyr University to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the UCLA School of Medicine to the Institute for Health and Productivity Management, the AANP and AIHM to the American Hospital Association. He has consulted with insurers, employers, professional organizations, universities and government agencies at all levels. As an organizer, Weeks convened the Integrative Medicine Industry Leadership Summits (2000-2002), directed the National Education Dialogue to Advance Integrated Care (2004-2006), fund-raised the start-up of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (2002), and co-founded the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health, which he directed 2007-2015. In 2014, three consortia and others combined to grant him a Lifetime Achievement Living Tribute Award. Four academic institutions have granted Weeks honorary doctorates for his work. Seattle-based, he considers himself a particularly lucky soul to have worked remotely while living with his spouse Jeana Kimball, ND, MPH, and their children in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico for 6 of the last 15 years.
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