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By ICIM member Joel Bowman, PhD:
Adventures in pulsed power at ICIM
Dr. Joel Bowman writes, "The meetings of the International College of Integrative Medicine always provide new and interesting information about advances in holistic healthcare. Regular readers of this blog will remember my previous posting about my adventures in mesotherapy, when I sought a way to improve my hearing. Although I had not expected another opportunity to improve my hearing acuity at the Oct. 2013 ICIM meeting in Columbus, Ohio, that's what happened."
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Betsey Angus honored at ICIM's birthday party
On Oct. 12, ICIM held an event to celebrate our 30th birthday. As part of that, we honored Betsey Angus, who has played many roles in ICIM over the years. She helped Dr. Chappell, secretary of the Institutional Review Board, from approximately 1995-2000. She helped Barb Grunewald, past ICIM executive director, at meetings. When Grunewald resigned, Angus was then made coexecutive director with Bob Angus in the interim year fall 2003-fall 2004. In 2006 she was hired as ICIM's financial administrative assistant until 2012. She also helped with registration at the meetings and was the board's recording secretary for several years. We thank her for many years of service and for her loyalty to our organization.
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ICIM member Simon Yu's Tooth-Organ Meridian Chart
Take a look at Dr. Simon Yu's Tooth-Organ Meridian Chart.
By ICIM member Su Faircild, MD:
MTHFR — Methylation genes
In biochemistry, methylation is the process by which a methyl group is added to modify a substance. Methylation is catalyzed by enzymes. Methylation can be involved in regulation of gene expression, regulation of protein function, heavy metal detox and immune function. It is important in the metabolism of neurotransmitters, drugs and environmental toxins.
By ICIM member Allan Warshowsky, MD:
The debate on mammography — Mammograms or breast ultrasound
Recently, there has been a plethora of discussion and debate regarding the US Preventive Services Task Force's latest recommendations concerning screening mammograms. The USPSTF changed the timing for initial baseline screening from 40- to 50-years-old and then recommended only biennial screening. Screening would stop at age 75. The task force also advised that self breast exam no longer be taught, as it did not result in any advantages in mortality. It was decided that the possible negative consequences of over-diagnosis, anxiety and biopsy were not worth the effort.
Special thanks to Miller Pharmacal Group
Miller Pharmacal Group
Thank you to Miller Pharmacal Group for their generous donation to the ICIM Meeting in Columbus, Ohio. Even though they couldn't be with us, we appreciate their continued support. Miller has been with us from the start. We'll see them again in Nashville, Tenn., next spring.
By ICIM member Rev. Debra Basham:
A verbal account of ICIM, Columbus
The ICIM conference addresses innovation in medical challenges including: Alzheimer's disease, chronic degenerative neurologic problems and autoimmune disorders that can lead to maladies, including cancer. The audio files are posted in reverse chronological order, with the most recent on top and the oldest at the end of the list.
By ICIM member Helene Leonetti, MD:
Helene Leonetti via YouTube
Dr. Helene Leonetti describes the potential health problems associated with too much wheat in the diet.
Inflammation and obesity linked with lower probiotic diversity
Ever wonder why some people seem to have more inflammation, fatigue and obesity than others despite their best efforts? New research has discovered the answer relates to the diversity of our gut's probiotic bacteria. New human clinical research from France has found that the more genetic diversity our gut bacteria have, the lower our tendency for inflammation, obesity and metabolic dysfunction.
Healing with language: The rule of 3
Three is a magic number. Orators and writers have been using the "Rule of Three" since the beginning of recorded history. When we want others to remember what we have said, we need to repeat it at least three times. Recall TV commercials you have loved or hated. Note that they repeat their most important point or points at least three times.
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Big pharma and FDA: A marriage not made in heaven
Alliance for Natural Health USA
In this excerpt from the new book "Crony Capitalism in America 2008-2012," Hunter Lewis exposes the incestuous relationship between government and the drug industry.
Customized medicine: Healthcare tailored to your needs
Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center
Dr. Janet Levatin writes, "I was recently introduced to a company called YouBar. Their concept is very novel and innovative. You can order a box of nutrition bars for which you select the ingredients from their extensive list of choices — including a base ingredient, protein powders, seeds and nuts, dried fruits and berries, sweeteners, seasonings, grains, etc. You even get to name your bar."
Shape-shifting disease proteins may explain variable appearance of neurodegenerative diseases
Neurodegenerative diseases are not all alike. Two individuals suffering from the same disease may experience very different age of onset, symptoms, severity and constellation of impairments, as well as different rates of disease progression. Researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have shown one disease protein can morph into different strains and promote misfolding of other disease proteins commonly found in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other related neurodegenerative diseases.
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American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine
Dr. Victor Sierpina writes, "One change, persistently applied, can reap enormous benefits. Trying to do too much is unlikely to be sustainable. Making no change is simply inertia, doing the same thing over and over and is like expecting lightning to strike and change our life. We must be mindful in order to change behavior. One level is to be aware that we have something that needs to be changed. The second is becoming mindful of habits that keep us stuck where we are. Finally, we must face the inevitable discomfort of change. Change helps us move to a new level but does so by dragging us, often kicking and screaming, from our familiar patterns."
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