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ICIM is a medical association of physicians dedicated to exploring and teaching integrative treatments to help our patients. Our 60th meeting is coming up Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in Chicago. This newsletter is designed to prepare attendees and continue discussions of the education we provide.

What is the need for an organization like ICIM?
Dr. Maulfair suggests that when doctors come together, there is more safety. Physicians feel more courage to do integrative therapies (such as chelation). If more physicians are doing integrative therapies, there are more satisfied patients to spread the word. This increases public awareness of these therapies and makes it more difficult for critics and adversaries to eliminate this healing work members are doing. More people performing studies and observations in their clinical practices create support for physicians in small towns who feel opposition from local colleagues. Medical Associations that focus on integrative medicine help small town physicians gather strength and practice what they believe and what they have seen work to help their patients.
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Recommended by Robban Sica MD: Stents fail
C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD
Another sacred cow of cardiology appears to be another emperor without clothes. JAMA Neurol, published online Jan. 12, 2015. A mortality rate of 32 percent at two years after carotid artery stenting in a new study has raised concerns about the risk-benefit of this procedure, especially in older patients. This rose to 37.3 percent in symptomatic patients. It "shows us that treating an artery may not treat the patient — at least not enough to keep him or her alive for more than a few years."

In addition, 2 percent die from the procedure and 20 percent of the patients block within six months despite the stent. In other words, in addition to the 32 percent failure rate there is an additional 22 percent risk — or 52 percent of the patients fail to have significant long-term help.

Coronary bypass surgery is even worse. Although it does stop angina pain-because the nerve supply to the heart is essentially cut, it does not prolong life and frequently leads to brain damage. There are safer and more effective procedures, especially Chelation and EWOT-Exercise with Oxygen Therapy.

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Recommended by ICIM member John Parks Trowbridge MD: Finding a common language: Resolving the town and gown tension in moving toward evidence-informed practice
Ben Kligler, MD, MPH, and John Weeks
The discussion around evidence and knowing degenerates into a Tower of Babel. Every profession clings to its own view of the truth and speaks its own language without enough substantive effort to understand the others. Some of us are deeply wedded to the notion that everything can be proven with randomized trials — despite much recent evidence of the limitations and flaws of this perspective.
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By ICIM member Terry Chappell MD: Tylenol (Acetaminophen) does not out perform placebo for low back pain
A large study in Australia treated low back pain patients with acetaminophen or placebo. The median recovery time for both groups was 17 days. There was a minimal relief of pain with the drug, much like using NSAID's like ibuprofen and Aleve. Most patients recover from acute low back pain reasonably well with maintaining activity and utilizing safer modalities as needed, such as acupuncture, massage, chiropractic and herbal supplements.
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By ICIM member Catherine Waller MD: Too good to be true? Avoid these top 3 hidden sugar traps
Waller Wellness Center
Sugar is not limited to candy, cookies and ice cream. Sugar and high fructose corn syrup are very much alike, and the two of them are in a lot of common foods. Nutrition experts recommend that only 100-150 calories per day come from sugar, but many adults consume sugar as 16 percent of their daily caloric intake.
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By ICIM member Megan Strauchman MD: Good intestinal bacteria never recover from antibiotic use — extends to future generations
Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Centers
Emerging research shows that the harmful effects of antibiotics go much further than the development of drug resistant diseases. The beneficial bacteria lost to antibiotics, along with disease-inducing bacteria, do not recover fully. Worse, flora lost by a mother is also lost to her babies. The missing beneficial gut bacteria are likely a major factor behind much of the chronic disease experienced today. The continuous use of antibiotics is resulting in each generation experiencing worse health than their parents.
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Recommended by ICIM member Chuck Adams MD: American Medical Association opposes mandatory vaccines: Medical ethics statement
Natural News
According to the "Informed Consent" section of the AMA Code of Medical Ethics posted at the American Medical Association website, the AMA is fundamentally and unambiguously opposed to mandatory vaccine programs in America.
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Pros and Cons

'Friendly viruses' as beneficial to gut health as 'friendly bacteria'
Medical News Today
Jeanette Hudson Wagner writes: "Alison Barrington, what do you make of this? Are they trying to exploit the simple rules of biocompetitiveness among pathogens as another justification for GMO 'studies' and marketing? Quoting: 'Senior study investigator and assistant professor Ken Cadwell says their study provides 'compelling' evidence about how viruses and bacteria naturally work together in the mouse gut.' Well of course they 'work together.' It naturally takes a team effort to overcome their triple-walled competitors: fungi, yeast, mold.

Alison Barrington writes: "A nanometer-sized molecule can penetrate cell porins which are 1 nm wide. It is an attempt above to make what nature already created, but you cannot sell what nature has that is freely given"

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ICIM Book of the Week

By ICIM member David Goldstein MD: 'Adrenaline and the Inner World: An Introduction to Scientific Integrative Medicine'
This accessible work is the first in more than 75 years to discuss the many roles of adrenaline in regulating the "inner world" of the body. David S. Goldstein, an international authority and award-winning teacher, introduces new concepts concerning the nature of stress and distress across the body's regulatory systems. Discussing how the body's stress systems are coordinated and how stress, by means of adrenaline, may affect the development, manifestations, and outcomes of chronic diseases, Goldstein challenges researchers and clinicians to use scientific integrative medicine to develop new ways to treat, prevent, and palliate disease.
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Aluminum and medicine
Christopher Exley
It is not difficult to argue the case for at least a few atoms of biologically reactive aluminum being present in every space or compartment of the human body. Every organelle, cell cytoplasm, systemic fluid, epithelial secretion and surface of the human body will be experiencing some biological chemistry with aluminum.
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    Suggested by Malcolm Sickels MD: Are nutritional IVs going mainstream? (Vice)
Urgent concern by ICIM member Chuck Adams MD: We need state integrative medicine associations for legal protection! (Association of American Physicians and Surgeons)
Suggested by Robban Sica MD: The genetically modulated healing effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy interview (Scribd)
Recommended by Terry Chappell MD: The Road to TACT2 updates from the 2nd trial to assess chelation therapy (Gervasio A. Lamas MD)
By ICIM member Dale Guyer MD: Holistic urology and integrative medicine (The Guyer Institute of Molecular Medicine)

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