This is a fine example of local / regional networks establishing a reliable infrastructure to bring foods from local growers to public and business markets and buyers.

Investments in this kind of food and nutrition infrastructure has to be supported by financial programs that encourage further implementation of models like it.

The social patient network CureTogether reported in February the results of study among 227 people who rated 31 treatments for bipolar disorder. It is one of the first such studies that blend social media, patient-stated outcomes with integrated therapy options.

“Patients rate regimented sleep, reduced alcohol, and exercise as helpful for their symptoms, as well as yoga, mindfulness meditation, and Lamictal*.” (more…)


Duke Integrative Medicine director Adam Perlman
on this transformational clinical healing and wellness model

In the following audio interview link with Frank Stacio, host of “The State of Things” at public radio WUNC in Charlotte, Duke Integrative Medicine director Adam Perlman explains the current state, underlying principles and clinical application of integrative medicine in one of the most lucid explanations of the subject that I have come across.

Follow this link to the audio (45 minutes, and well worth it) (more…)

NCCAM Director
Josephine Briggs

In the last couple of years, NCCAM has gradually developed its web site to be more responsive to public interest in CAM and integrative medicine. In May it took another step and launched a blog written by director Josephine Briggs, MD. Readers may make comments on each post, which are reviewed before being added.

In her post of May 24, “Integrative”—What Is in a Word?
Briggs focuses on a topic of signal importance as the field begins to become far more integrated with and understood by convention practice and therapy: the definition of “integrative medicine.” (more…)

IOM President
Harvey Fineberg

In an article published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, president of the Institute of Medicine, presented a vision for resolving the pervasive and recalcitrant problems that plague what he “purposefully refers to a ‘health system’ rather than a ‘health care system.’”

But he buried his own personal advice to his colleagues at the far end of the piece. I’ve pulled it up for closer inspection. (more…)

Contentious spring blasts by Forbes, The Economist
Offset by careful analysis in Atlantic Monthly.

I don’t know what happened earlier this year to draw the attention of the mainstream media to integrative medicine, but the subject has been batted around this spring among Forbes, The Economist — both of which expressed caustic disbelief that integrative medicine provides any benefit, and the Atlantic Monthly, which probes deeply into the sources for that disbelief to find that conventional medicine is broadly embracing integrative approaches. (more…)

Integrators at Work: Jeremy McCarthy, Starwood Hotels

Jeremy McCarthy manages the worldwide spas of Starwood Hotels, where he works, as his Twitter bio says “…at the intersection of wellness, positive psychology and hospitality.”

He also writes a very insightful personal blog, The Psychology of Wellbeing
in which he draws on wide range of current developments in personal health, wellness and healing approaches and the science behind them. (more…)

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