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Yin/Yang: The Marriage Between Conventional and Innovative Medicine: March 14-18, Washington Marriott, Washington, D.C., Program Chair Conrad Maulfair, DO

Treating the Impossible II:
Oct. 9-12, 2013, Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, Program Chair Richard Mason, DO


ICIM's 30th birthday party: A sunset cruise on the Potomac River
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VideoBrief PERQUE Integrative Health is treating ICIM members attending the upcoming ICIM conference to a beautiful cruise on the Potomac. The Spirit of Washington Cruise delivers the city's most vibrant and unique combination of dining, dancing, entertainment and waterfront views. With grand buffets, DJs playing Top 40 hits and an amazing wait staff, this one-of-a-kind experience let's you see Washington, D.C., in a way you never have before. More

Call for contributors
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of ICIM: Your Between Conference Connection, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of ICIM, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment.

Lead in pregnant women
Submitted by ICIM speaker Dr. Eleonore Blaurock-Busch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lead poisoning still occurs in the United States despite extensive prevention efforts and strict regulations. Exposure to lead can damage the brain, kidneys and nervous and reproductive systems. Fetal exposure to lead can adversely affect neurodevelopment, decrease fetal growth and increase the risk for premature birth and miscarriage. More

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A new resource: Global Journal of Traditional Medicinal Systems
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Traditional medicine comprises knowledge systems that developed over generations within various societies before the era of the modern system of medicine. Traditional ways of healing illnesses originating in ancient societies are called complementary medicine today. Many of the traditional medical systems are based on sound fundamental principles and centuries of practices by healers. Practices known as traditional medicines include Ayurveda, Siddha medicine, Unani, ancient Iranian medicine, Islamic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, traditional Korean medicine, acupuncture, traditional African medicine and other traditional knowledge and practices all over the globe. More

Saying goodbye to an old friend: James Pierson Frackelton, M.D.
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Medical pioneer and vibrant member of the Westlake community, James Pierson Frackelton, 85, died peacefully Nov. 30 after a brief illness. Jim was born July 19, 1927 in Flint, Mich., the only child of Ralph James and Berneda Pierson Frackelton. More

1 in 12 in military has clogged heart arteries
Reuters, submitted by John Parks Trowbridge, M.D.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Just over 1 in 12 U.S. service members who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars had plaque buildup in the arteries around their hearts — an early sign of heart disease, according to a new study. None of them had been diagnosed with heart disease before deployment, researchers said. More

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Acupuncture meridian assessment training for medical doctors
ICIM member Simon Yu, M.D.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What if there was a medical tool that a doctor could use which may assist in detecting the root causes of illness when conventional medicine fails? Would you want to know about it? Would you want to try it? Well, there is such a tool. It is called acupuncture meridian assessment, or AMA. More

Healing with Language: Habits
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Conscious processing is often considered serial or sequential processing of information, whereas unconscious processing is thought of as parallel processing, a simultaneous processing of large quantities of information at one time. A number of studies have shown that learning involves simultaneous use of serial and parallel processing — see Peter Brown, M.D., "The Hypnotic Brain: Hypnotherapy and Social Communication," and Daniel Kahneman, "Thinking, Fast and Slow." Serial processing (System 2) is managed by conscious thought; parallel processing (System 1) is managed by the unconscious. Compared with parallel processing, serial processing is slow.

This is one of the reasons we usually get what we rehearse rather than what we want: Habit, which is controlled by the parallel processing of the unconscious, is more powerful than the serial processing of conscious desire. As Kahneman says, the rational thinking of System 2 is lazy. By the time we remember that we wanted to do something in a new way, we have already done it the old way. Practice may not make perfect, but it certainly makes probable.

A habit is simply a pattern of thought or behavior that operates below the level of conscious awareness. Habits can serve as filters for perception as well as limit the options we consider when choosing how to do something.

The inescapable fact is that most of what we say and do is dominated by unconscious patterns. We have created mental grooves to follow and may find it difficult to choose to leave a groove behind even when we know that it is no longer serving a worthwhile purpose.

Although we like to think of ourselves as consciously aware, rational, and logical in the way we observe, learn, and behave, much of what we know about human cognition and behavior suggests otherwise. Both hypnosis and what are commonly called altered states or “everyday trances” illustrate the way that unconscious processes influence both cognition and behavior.

In "Trances People Live" (1991), Stephen Wolinsky says, "Trances are often a necessary means of surviving and negotiating the physical universe. They are like tunnels you walk through in order to maneuver and focus in the world. Some trances are functional and pleasing; others are dysfunctional and pathological. Some trances will be in alignment with your goals, while others will impede you" (p. 19).

Doctors and patients both have "trances of expectation" based on roles. "Patient" trances can include thinking the "doctor" knows best, but when communicating with others, be aware that as you break out of unconscious behaviors yourself, you are better able to interrupt patterns of unhelpful behavior and encourage others to make conscious choices that allow them to meet healthier goals.

Send your questions about communication to Joel P. Bowman or Debra Basham, co-developers of SCS Matters, LLC. We will provide answers to those for you. For more information about Healing with Language: Your Key to Effective Mind-Body Communication, neurolinguistic programming, hypnosis or hypnotherapy, or about the imagine healing process, visit or

Doctor Joke of the Week
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Patient: "Doctor, doctor, will I be able to play the violin after the operation?"

Doctor: "Yes, of course..."

Patient: "Great! I never could before!"

When the doctor returns to doctoring
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Studies have shown that more doctors than ever are choosing to take time off, at least twice as many as in previous generations. But while these physicians have more company and support than their predecessors, returning to practice remains daunting in large part because of the persistent stigma that colleagues would assume them incompetent or in possession of some serious personal flaw. More

Integrative medicine: How to ward off the flu
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Flu activity usually peaks in the U.S. in January or February. According to a recent FluView report posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza activity is on the rise for the season in the U.S., with 29 states experiencing high levels of influenza-like illness. What can you do to prevent the flu? In addition to good hygiene and vaccinations, there are a number of holistic interventions you can do to boost your immunity before or during a flu or upper-respiratory infection. More

Chinese study links MSG intake to sleep breathing disorders    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Intake of monosodium glutamate, or MSG, may be associated with a higher incidence of snoring and sleep-disordered breathing, suggests a new study. More

Are statin drugs killing the health benefits of omega-3 fat?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There is a growing awareness that the unintended, adverse health effects of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs far outweigh their purported benefits. But now new research indicates that these drugs may even interfere with the heart-protective effects of omega-3 fatty acids in those who are taking them. More

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