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Course Leads to Board Certification in Integrative Holistic Medicine

A week-long course that will lead health professionals to board certification in integrative holistic medicine will be offered this fall. Presented by the American Board of Holistic Medicine (ABHM) and Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, "The Science and Clinical Application of Integrative Holistic Medicine" will teach physicians how physiology, biochemistry, nutrition and herbs, exercise, emotions, spirituality, and other elements of integrative holistic medicine can affect health and healing. The course will be held from Oct. 28 through Nov. 3, 2006, in San Diego, CA.

More than 25 "thought leaders" and medical experts will present applications during the course for effectively treating nearly 40 of America's most common diseases and chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, chronic pain, migraines, cancer, and menopause. The conference faculty includes the following nationally known speakers, clinicians, professors, authors, and researchers:

  • Robert Anderson, MD, founder and executive director of ABHM in East Wenatchee, WA.
  • Mimi Guarneri, MD, founder and medical director, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in San Diego.
  • Lee Lipsenthal, MD, president of the American Board of Holistic Medicine in San Anselmo, CA.
  • Steven Pratt, MD, best-selling author, SuperFoods RX in San Diego.
  • David Simon, MD, medical director of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, CA.
  • Lawrence Palevsky, MD, president of the American Holistic Medical Association in Northport, NY.

Continuing medical education credits are offered for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, and nurse midwives. A one-day introductory course on integrative holistic medicine also is available for the public on Saturday, Oct. 28. Call (858) 587-4404 or go to for a full conference brochure or to register.

NCCAM Adds 5 Members to Advisory Council

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) in Bethesda, MD, has added five new members to the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NACCAM). The council serves as the principal advisory body to NCCAM, a component of the National Institutes of Health within the Department of Health and Human Services.

The council, which meets three times a year, is composed of physicians, scientists, licensed alternative and complementary medicine practitioners, and representatives of the public who contribute their time and expertise over a four-year term. Council members offer advice and recommendations on the prioritization, conduct, and support of complementary and alternative medicine research, including research training and disseminating health information derived from NCCAM's research.

The new NACCAM members are:

  • Silvia Corvera, MD, professor in the Program in Molecular Medicine and Department of Cell Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA.
  • Joan E. B. Fox, PhD, professor at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.
  • Ted J. Kaptchuk, OMD, assistant professor of medicine, and director of the Asian Medicine and Healing Program at Harvard Medical School, Osher Institute, in Cambridge, MA.
  • Bruce G. Redman, DO, clinical professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Danny D. Shen, PhD, professor and chair in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.