FON: The Business of Integrative Health & Medicine

Integrative Oncology Breast Cancer Clinical Practice Guidelines Published in JNCI Monographs

The Society for Integrative Oncology has published a first-of-its kind breast cancer clinical practice guidelines in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs, which coincided with the 11th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology held this week in Houston, Texas.

Dwindling Skeptics and Rise of Integrative Health and Medicine

With the field’s steady ascent we’ve witnessed a continual decline in its nonbelievers. As a 23-year cancer patient who implemented a successful integrative oncology regimen soon after diagnosis, I have witnessed—up close and personal—the inexorable march and development of integrative medicine.

The Absurd Economics of Nutrition and Exercise

The “three-legged stool” of nutrition, physical activity and stress reduction is at this point, beyond reproach. So exactly why then are these low cost, low tech, powerful clinical and educational interventions largely missing, or at best, minimally covered within the core medical school curriculum?

A Living Tribute to Integrative Health and Medicine Pioneer John Weeks

No one’s been more influential than John Weeks in advocating for integrative health and health creation as the standard of care. Download this stunning 68-page eBook and discover what John’s colleagues—the leading lights of integrative health and medicine—have to say about his incalculable contributions to the field.

Spontaneous Remission is a Myth

While certainly true that the human mind and body possesses an innate healing capacity, the phenomena can only be fully unleashed by activating specific powerful triggers. True healing is a complex biological process, not magic.

Dietary Supplements: Harmful or Essential? Cutting Through the Unrelenting Rhetoric

Glenn Sabin and nutraceutical expert Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO attempt to break through the din and unremitting confusion sown by the media whir around dietary supplements, the industry that champions their use and public health in general.

The Impact of ‘Escape Fire’ and What Comes Next

In his excellent post, “Revisiting Escape Fire: The War to Rescue Our Health,” integrative health publisher and thought leader John Weeks questions the impact of this highly regarded documentary as a truly effective healthcare delivery game changer, and he appeals for a harder-hitting sequel to help finish the job. Glenn Sabin takes a closer look.

Integrative Medicine: Solution to Primary Care Crisis?

Special report by Glenn Sabin and Taylor Walsh examines the confluence of factors affecting primary care medicine—including volume-driven traditional care, concierge models, shrinking reimbursements and ACA’s non-discrimination clause—and the opportunity for integrative healthcare.

Of Course Preventive Medicine Will Save Money—But Not the Government’s Current Definition of the Intervention

So here we are. There’s roughly just shy of $10 billion dollars left in the Prevention and Public Health Fund, and according to top health economists, some of these so-called preventive services save lives and treasure, and others not so much. Now is the time to redefine what we call preventive medicine by combining the useful screenings and educational interventions that are proven to effectively save lives and money, and incorporate the basic tenets of integrative health and lifestyle medicine to promote health.

UPDATE: Insurance Coverage for Integrative Healthcare Services in 2014

Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act prevents health insurance plans from capriciously excluding a range of integrative health practitioners from coverage, based solely on licensure. While HHS Secretary Sibelius moves forward to ensure its implementation, the AMA contemplates what actions they may take to upend this landmark non-discrimination language.

 
 
 

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