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An Integrative Approach

December 2, 2009 Leave a comment



This is one of the reasons that I love Portland so much!  It is an absolute mecca for anyone in the alternative health care business; and not just alternative but anyone in health care.  I may be a bit partial but I believe Portland is at the forefront of all things progressive in Medicine, intent on collaborating all types of Medicine to achieve the best possible outcomes for everyone.  If you are in the area check out this new lecture series that the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine is putting on.  They have already held two seminars; one of which you can view on their website. 

Did you know that Portland, Oregon might be the only city in the world to house a medical school, a naturopathic college, a chiropractic college and a college of oriental medicine? We are committed to enhancing health and health care by building upon this unique opportunity.

The Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine or OCIM is a collaborative formed between the National College of Natural Medicine, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University and Western States Chiropractic College that aims to promote integrative health through education, research and patient care.

It feels really special to be so close to all these great minds in the Alternative and Complementary Medicine world of Oregon, and to be a part of a such an amazing paradigm shift in the health care arena.  On their website, OCIM has resources for patients, practitioners and students and it looks like they will be expanding in the future.  In October they started a lecture series which is open & free to the public.  You can even access the video link to a lecture on the Swine Flu (their first integrative lecture) on their website.  I haven’t been able to make one due to school constraints but hope to attend one soon!  If you are in the Portland area, I highly recommend checking it out and seeing where the future of our Medicine is headed.  If you are a student, they are in the process of setting up a grassroots platform for change; if you would like to be a part of it, there is a link to email them for more information!  From the homepage click the ‘For Students’ link.

The next lecture will be held on January 13th, 2010 from 12 – 1:05 on the OHSU campus.  The topic will be Hypothyroidism; for more information please visit the website:  Other topics coming up include:  ‘Managing Side Effects of Common Cancer Therapies’ & ‘Sports Medicine’ which will be held after the new year as well.

If you are on Facebook or Twitter, you can keep watch there too!  Just scroll down to the bottom of the page here.

Stay tuned… this is only the beginning of an amazing collaboration between great minds in the health industry working together to promote healthy living and progress in the industry! 

~be well~


Source:  Oregon Collaboration for Integrative Medicine, Dec. 1st 2009


Happy Veteran’s Day!

November 11, 2009 Leave a comment

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It’s Veteran’s Day!  Remember to share the love and support with those who have served or are currently serving!  These people have and are risking their lives for our freedom, so if you can; donate some time, give thanks or a big hug to a Veteran.  They deserve it! 

At the very least please click on my SocialVibe link to the right and give something back to the IAVA cause, it’s free and easy!

‘Integrative PTSD Programs for Vets’

April 24, 2009 1 comment



Keeping with the theme of my last two posts, this article was just published in Acupuncture Today (both a newspaper and internet source). 

…and just when I was wondering why there weren’t more programs out there working to implement these complementary modalities in treating Veterans’ with PTSD.  It reaps benefits for both the afflicted vets as well as our economy! 

Advocates for the integrated approach in the treatment of PTSD at both Ft. Hood (El Paso, Texas) and Ft. Bliss (Killeen, Texas) were convinced that the traditional methods of treating PTSD weren’t long enough in duration, intense enough or comprehensive enough. A program was created that would address all aspects of PTSD and treat the whole soldier. This integrative approach treats many of the symptoms of PTSD that are not addressed through the standard mental health protocols, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and pharmacotherapy. The concept eventually led to the implementation of the Ft. Bliss Restoration & Resilience Center and the Warrior Combat Stress Reset Program at Ft. Hood that incorporated medical massage, meditation, yoga, acupuncture, marital/family therapy and reiki with the standard treatment protocols of cognitive-behavioral and cathartic psychotherapies and pharmacotherapy”.

To read the whole article, click this link:  Weighing the Costs, Integrative PTSD Programs for Veterans

Source: April, 23 ’09

Support Your Vets!

April 15, 2009 Leave a comment



A few years ago my Dad was diagnosed with PTSD; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; from serving in the Vietnam War.  Since then I’ve gotten to see a side of my dad that I never knew existed, one that surely shed some light on the actualities of war, and who the real victims are.  For one thing it’s taught me a lot about my family, human relationships, the real effects of trauma and for another, it’s one of the bigger reasons that I am studying the medicine that I am today (Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). 

Currently my Dad is being treated by an angel of an Acupuncturist as well as seeing a therapist who practices EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing); which is a type of therapy that basically retrains your physiologic and neurological pathways.  Or better put;

“It attends to the past experiences that have set the groundwork for pathology, the current situations that trigger dysfunctional emotions, beliefs and sensations, and the positive experience needed to enhance future adaptive behaviors and mental health”

Both modalities have been shown to be highly effective in the treatment of PTSD for any kind of trauma but in this case particularly for Veterans.  Currently the Department of Veterans Affairs is utilizing EMDR as a treatment modality and praises its effectiveness.  Organizations are starting to pop up throughout the country that are specifically designed for the treatment of veterans as well as those who are currently active.  One of these is Acupuncturists Without Borders, an organization originally put together to help the victims New Orleans in 2005.  Since their induction they have been gaining ground helping the victims of traumatic events.  For more information about Acupuncturists Without Borders and their mission you can check out their website HERE and/or my Blog post from January 8th, 2009.

The Veterans Project, which was instated in 2005 in Albuquerque, New Mexico by Acupuncturists Without Borders is also gaining ground across the country.  It offers free group treatments to vets, active duty and their family members in dealing with the effects of war. 

 “The potential of this program is enormous. History has shown that the long-term impact of war takes a tremendous toll for decades. By providing free acupuncture treatments to veterans currently returning from war, we can play a part in preventing history from repeating itself, and by providing treatments to veterans from past wars and conflicts, we can take part in helping mend the psychological wounds of the past”

The program has great potential to help thousands, but since it’s a service to these vets and their families they need all the help they can get, they rely on your help for funding towards facilities and supplies (namely just needles).  Please show your support and give what you can, we have the tools to help so many people and all it takes is just a little.  You can enroll as a member, buy t-shirts etc., or just donate whatever is in your pocket at the moment.  The woman who is currently treating my Dad is working on setting up a facility in my hometown of Ketchum, Idaho and she has been working hard donating her own time and money to get the ball rolling, but she and many others still need your help, and every penny counts! 

For more information on donating or becoming a member of Acupuncturists Without Borders, please CLICK HERE

In other news, I just attended a research poster session, showcasing current research projects from my school; Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, as well as the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and there were a few projects currently underway regarding Veterans and PTSD.  It was exciting to see just how effective Alternative modes of treatment such as Acupuncture, QiGong and other relaxation methods are in decreasing anxiety, stress, depression and other symptoms affiliated with PTSD!  So, please help in whatever way you can, it will mean the world to somebody!



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