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ICIM in Columbus
ICIM conference attendees will travel to the Midwest for the October convention, "Innovation! Meeting Today's Medical Challenges." It is time to get acquainted with the capital of Ohio. This is where ICIM was founded and we will return for our 30th anniversary.
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Potential role of 'love hormone' oxytocin in brain function revealed
ICIM speaker Kenneth Stoller, MD, will be discussion oxytocin and his research at the Amen Clinic at ICIM on Oct. 11.
In a study that appeared in Nature, NYU Langone Medical Center researchers decipher how oxytocin, acting as a neurohormone in the brain, not only reduces background noise, but more importantly, increases the strength of desired signals. These findings may be relevant to autism, which affects 1 in 88 children in the United States.
By ICIM member and speaker Joe Hickey, MD, who will speak on Alzheimer's disease at ICIM on Oct. 11 :
Heavy metal toxicity
Dr. Hickey writes, "In 1980, I finished my internal medicine residency, passed my specialty boards and embarked on the journey of the practice of medicine. Over the next 20 years, most of the chronic diseases I managed with medications had no known cause. They were called Idiopathic. It never occurred to me, or I must say, to my colleagues, that there might be a reasonable explanation for why my patients were becoming ill."
Listen to the best of ICIM: Neurotoxic Metals As An Etiology For Some Cases Of Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome By Joseph T Hickey, MD
Fibromyagia/chronic fatigue syndrome is a neurologic disease, not rheumatologic. These two devastating dysfunctions are predominant in women and increase with advancing age. Up to 10 percent of women ages 50 to 70 are diagnosed with FM/CFS.
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ICIM Speaker book:
BioMed Publishing Group
In this book, 15 cancer doctors, including ICIM speaker Martin Dayton, DO, share the details of their treatment protocols and answer difficult questions about cancer. Each physician is given their own chapter in the book.
By ICIM member Ellie Campbell, DO:
Update regarding popular Xymogen product: LipiChol
Orlando, Fla.-based nutraceutical company Xymogen announced that it will rebrand its medical food LipiChol and discontinue LipiChol 540. LipiChol 540 was distributed under Xymogen's medical food line PharmaceutiX. This decision was made under advisement from the United States Food and Drug Administration, which believes that the products do not meet the definition of a medical food as defined in the Orphan Drug Act.
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The business of integrative medicine: What they don't teach you in medical school and fellowships
Glen Sabin of FON Therapeutics was a speaker at the ICIM Practice Management Compulsory in Washington, D.C., last spring. ICIM is offering that course again in Columbus on Oct. 10 (for physicians) and Oct. 12 (for office staff).
A physician tirelessly invests more than a decade of her life devoted to scholarly study in college, medical school, residency and fellowships. However, the long journey in pursuit of a medical degree rarely intersects with practical opportunities to learn the fundamental basics of business development and management. This is a most unfortunate reality when considering the ramifications. Let's take a look.
Who will you meet at ICIM?
Jenny Rymer, ND, Jeff Romig, MD, Debbie Cowden, MD, Deborah Nash, MD, Gary Coller, DO, Terry Chappell, MD, Leila Zackrison, MD, David Nebbeling, DO, Paul Lynn, MD, Michael Bernui, MD, Conrad Maulfair, DO, Ted Rozema, MD, and James Carter, MD
By ICIM member Simon Yu, MD:
The yeast syndrome
Yeast syndrome is not a disease but rather a collection of symptoms that let you know you don't feel healthy. You enter a state of chronic unwellness, marked by subtle metabolic disorders such as hypoglycemia, functional hypothyroidism, adrenal insufficiency, nutritional deficit and environmental toxin overload.
By ICIM member Cathie Ann Lippman, MD:
Proton pump inhibitor drugs are prescribed for acid reflux disorder. Common symptoms include heartburn or chronic cough. Unfortunately, the assumption is made that the person is producing too much hydrochloric acid. Most doctors do not test for the actual level of hydrochloric acid produced in the individual's stomach. The PPIs are not supposed to be taken for longer than a few weeks. I know people who have been on them for years. There are unwanted effects from taking them for so long.
By ICIM member Catherine Waller, MD:
Handling hot flashes during menopause
Because hot flashes are related to the complex hormone changes that accompany menopause, anti-aging treatment may be able to help you control this uncomfortable symptom. However, there are many other things you can do on your own to reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes.
High levels of arsenic in rice are linked to genetic damage in humans
By Hasnain Patel, MD
High levels of arsenic in rice are linked to genetic damage in humans, according to a British-Indian study. The findings were presented in Scientific Reports. Researchers from the University of Manchester and the CSIR Indian Institute of Chemical Biology in Kolkata, India, examined volunteers in rural West Bengal, who eat rice as a staple food.
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.
By ICIM member Terry Chappell, MD:
Why we have opted out of insurance and Medicare
Our mission is to provide safe, innovative therapies to solve difficult health problems. We have searched the world for 30 years to find and learn techniques to enhance normal function. The medical-pharmaceutical-industrial complex limits itself to drugs and surgery. Expensive tests claim to be more accurate than they are.
Does calcium disodium EDTA slow CKD progression?
American Journal of Kidney Disease (Submitted by IBCMT)
Given the increasing incidence and prevalence of
chronic kidney disease, approaches to slow disease progression are essential. For more than a decade, Ja-Liang Lin and colleagues have published randomized placebo-controlled clinical trials reporting that treatment with calcium disodium EDTA slows CKD progression. The present study builds on a 2006 study of patients with diabetes by including a larger sample size and doubling the follow up time.
Healing with language: Presupposing positive outcomes
Healing with Language authors Debra Basham and Joel Bowman will be leading meditations at ICIM's fall meeting in Columbus.
Every sentence presupposes a point of view or perceptual frame. Because presuppositions are less likely to be challenged than direct statements, you can use them wisely to make sure that what you are presupposing for your patients or clients leads to a positive outcome.
By ICIM member Robert Rowen, MD:
Prostate cancer and heart disease treated with integrative strategy
Heart disease easily resolved in man now doing well long term with prostate cancer.
The pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation and the importance of sinus rhythm
Submitted by IBCMT
Remodeling of the atria caused by atrial fibrillation makes it more difficult to return to sinus rhythm, more
difficult to respond to treatment, and increases vulnerability to relapse. One of the main challenges of atrial fibrillation is the tendency of the disease to become chronic over time, during which a combination of molecular and structural changes make it difficult to achieve and maintain sinus rhythm.
Listen to the best of ICIM: Inflammation, oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction: Relationship with toxicants by Dan Rossignol, MD, FAAFP
Inflammation, oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction are in relationship to environmental toxicants. This lecture will discuss the effects that environmental toxicants can have on body physiology, including endocrine disruption, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction and inflammation.
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See all our speakers and learning objectives for “Innovation! Meeting Today’s Medical Challenges."
Get to know new ICIM member Dalinda Reese, MD
Dalinda Reese is an integrative wellness practitioner who has training and experience in both mainstream medicine and in complementary and alternative medicine modalities. From her own life experience, Reese knows that true health requires an integration of well-being in body, mind and soul.
Report: Probably carcinogenic chemicals in all municipal water samples tested
The Environmental Working Group has once again released a report that should grab your attention. After analyzing water samples from 201 municipal water systems from 43 states, EWG found chemicals considered "probable human carcinogens" in every single water system they tested. The watchdog organization wants the government to clean up the sources of public drinking water, thereby reducing the need for chemical treatment.
FDA attempting to restrict medical foods
Alliance for Natural Health USA
Want to manage your diabetes this way? FDA says no. The FDA has just issued an updated draft guidance on medical foods, and this new version drastically limits the number of medical conditions that medical foods can be used to manage. The guidance now uses "inborn errors of metabolism" to determine which diseases or conditions are included on the list. The guidance excludes diseases resulting from essential nutrient deficiencies like scurvy and pellagra.
Recommended by the American Holistic Health Association:
How to cook bok choy
Karen Roth via YouTube
AHHA is an organization that ICIM recommends as a great patient resource. We link to them on the patient resource page of our website.
Can we eat to starve cancer? Eating certain foods for halting the growth of cancer feeding blood vessels could be key to treating tumors, according to Dr. William Li. One of the foods that he has studied that has great potential for preventing cancer from growing is bok choy.
Estimating the risk of bowel cancer
Polyps in the mucosa of the colon are a common finding during screening colonoscopies. Some subgroups of polyps are classed as precursors of bowel cancer. Until now, it has not been possible to precisely estimate the risk of these polyps developing into bowel cancer. Thanks to a cooperation project with the University of Heidelberg, the working group led by Peter Birner from the Clinical Institute of Pathology at the MedUni Vienna has now demonstrated that the risk can be assessed very accurately with the help of a new antibody.
Buried by books
Jeffrey Cufaude writes, "I had such good intentions for making August a readapalooza month, catching up on the stacks of books that have accumulated since the start of the year. But after starting off strong the first week, here I am on week three without another completed themed set of books to report on because work and life kept me from completing them. I doubt I am alone in struggling to keep up with all the content that is vying for my time and attention. A couple of thoughts about this fairly new reality and how I am going to try and manage it moving forward. Maybe my approach will help you."
New cancer screening technology on its way to commercialization
A colon cancer screening test developed at the University of Alberta is on its way to commercialization and potential worldwide use, through a new collaboration with a leading Chinese research institute and a U of A spinoff company. The groundbreaking research, led by U of A scientists Richard Fedorak and Haili Wang, has the potential to save lives through early and noninvasive diagnosis of precancerous polyps in the colon.
Scientists make 'impossible material' by accident
Researchers in Uppsala, Sweden accidentally left a reaction running over the weekend and ended up resolving a century-old chemistry problem. Their work has led to the development of a new material — dubbed Upsalite — with remarkable water-binding properties. Upsalite promises to find applications in everything from humidity control at home to chemical manufacturing in industry.
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