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From the Desk of the Director
Michael Boutot, ACAM Executive Director
Risk Management in a Risky Environment
As our society becomes more and more litigious, ACAM is concerned that our members and those associated with complementary, alternative and integrative modalities of treatment have greater exposure and risk factors than traditional doctors. In fact, as evidenced by a recent survey of several insurance companies, many insurance providers are refusing to write insurance policies for those involved in any form of complementary, alternative or integrative medicine. If they are writing such policies, their rates are higher than that of traditional practitioners. That is why I am writing this article "Risk Management in a Risky Environment". It is risky not only because we are in such a litigious society, but also because we are in a risky industry.
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ACAM NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS


ACAM Announces Dr. Gervasio Lamas to Speak at Spring Conference
ACAM
The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), a leading provider of integrative medicine, announced that Gervasio Lamas, M.D. will be our special guest at ACAM's Spring 2013 Conference and Tradeshow in Hollywood, Fla., to present the results of the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT).
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ACAM Welcomes Naturopathic Physicians into Professional Membership
ACAM
The complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine community has always been comprised of forward thinkers committed to treating a patient well using the latest research. ACAM has experienced an influx of interest from naturopathic doctors (NDs) during the past few years and have had the opportunity to welcome many as faculty and as attendees at our conferences.
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ACAM Presents First Ever 'Professional of the Year' Award
ACAM
The ACAM Board of Director's has announced that it will present its first ever ACAM "Professional of the Year Award" at this year's Spring Conference, May 29 - June 2 in Hollywood, Florida. ACAM's "Professional of the Year Award" honors the individual who represents the best in the area of integrative care in the previous year in our industry. Don't miss this opportunity to nominate worthy candidates for one of ACAM's most prestigious awards.
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ACAM Welcomes Newest Members to Board of Directors
ACAM
The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) is pleased to announce that Drs. Jeanne Drisko, MD and Allan Magaziner, DO have both agreed to return to serve on the Board of Directors for ACAM. "We are excited to have Jeanne and Allan back on our Board" stated Michael Boutot, Executive Director of ACAM. "Both of these individuals have served ACAM very well in the past as Directors and even former Presidents of the organization and have served as Advisors through the years that they were not on the Board" concluded Boutot.
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ACAM Welcomes John Dearlove as Advisor to the Board of Directors
ACAM
ACAM welcomes John Dearlove as an Advisor to its Board of Directors. Mr. Dearlove brings a wealth of experience servingt the integrative medicine community to ACAM. He has served as CEO of mercola.com and founded and managed a marketing and communications agency for more than 20 years. More recently Mr. Dearlove has created Health Realizations Inc.
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ACAM Welcomes Our Newest Members
ACAM
Every month ACAM welcomes new integrative practitioners to the organization. We're happy to introduce our newest members to you!

New U.S. Members
Randall Turner, DO - Fairmont, W. Va.
Allen Lewis, MD - Gahanna, Ohio
David Sheridan, MD - Katy, Texas
Garine Kalaydjian, MD - New Jersey Nicole Baylac, ND - Hilo, Hawaii
Pramila Vishvanath, PA, ND - Fairfield, Conn.

New Canada Members
Madelain Beerens, MD, CCT - Calgary, Alberta
Laurence Grey, NMD - Oshawa, Ontario

New Affiliate Members
Sonza Curtis, MPAS, ND, PA-C - Allpharetta, Ga.
Heather Crider, ND - Winter Park, Fla.

New Association Members
Sue Peck, RN, PhD, GNP-BC - Eau Claire, Wis.

New Student Members
Katherine Layman - Gilbert, Ariz.
Elana Miller - Los Angeles, Calif.
Anil Bajnath - Hollywood, Fla.
David Larson - La Jolla, Calif.
Serina Aubrecht - Brooklyn Park, Minn.
Madalyn Otto - Mesa, Ariz.
Chad Larson - San Marcos, Calif.

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ACAM Welcomes Allergy Research Group to Our Corporate Alliance Partners Program
ACAM
For more than thirty years, Allergy Research Group® has been known for the highest quality, most hypoallergenic, and most cutting-edge nutritional supplements available. Physicians and healthcare practitioners around the world depend on ARG for their patients' nutritional support. Originating with the ground-breaking oxidant/antioxidant work of Stephen Levine, Ph.D., Allergy Research Group was one of the first to introduce truly hypoallergenic products to the market. ACAM welcomes Allergy Research Group as a Silver Corporate Alliance Partner.
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WHAT WE'RE READING


Can We Change Our Mental Health Genes?
TotalHealth
Epigenetics is a word unfamiliar to most of us, but is becoming better known daily. This emerging science is steadily revealing the causes of many of the world's most challenging medical disorders, such as cancer and heart disease, and is providing a roadmap for developing vastly improved therapies. New research indicates that many mental disorders also appear to be epigenetic in nature, and that improved treatments are available for such conditions as schizophrenia, clinical depression, autism, ADHD, and criminal behavior. Moreover, these new therapies are based on natural substances rather than pharmaceutical drugs, with their inexact targets and difficult side effects. This is the subject of Dr. Walsh's information-packed new book, Nutrient Power.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Date Event Location
April 18-20 11th Annual IPT/IPTLD Integrative Oncology Conference Arlington, Texas
April 26-29 Healthy Medicine Academy Scottsdale, Ariz.
May 29-June 2 ACAM Spring 2013 Education Summit Hollywood, Fla.
Dec. 6-8 11th Annual Dr. Roizen's Preventive Care and Integrative Medicine Conference Focus on Inflammation Las Vegas, Nev.

  For a complete list of upcoming events, click here.


INDUSTRY NEWS


The Psychology of Illness
Online Psychology Degree
Illness, whether acute or chronic, often impacts much more than just our physical health and well -being. The mind and body both play a role in coping with, recovering from, and preventing a wide range of illnesses, and there are often major ramifications for both if either sees major disruption. This relationship between our psychological selves and physical selves is often complex and, in some cases, is poorly understood, but that doesn’t make it any less important or revelatory. What follows is an exploration of the multifaceted study of the psychology of illness, addressing the numerous ways our physical and mental well-being intersect, overlap, and influence one another.
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Homeopathy Under Attack in California
Alliance for Natural Health
Because homeopathic medicines are protected at the federal level, the attempt to eliminate them is coming at the state level. Homeopathic medicines are protected as legal drugs under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C)—which means homeopathic manufacturers can make disease claims. We can thank a brave legislator for insisting on this when the Act was enacted many decades ago.
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Alternative Care Goes Mainstream
The Vancouver Sun
When Dr. Ashley Riskin sits down with a new patient, the interview takes far longer than the industry standard eight minutes. Riskin's first consultation lasts a full hour with a physician and 30 minutes with a health planner and focuses on the totality of the patient's well-being, not just illness or symptoms, but diet, stress factors, exercise and sleep. It’s an approach that until recently was far more common among so-called complementary and alternative practitioners such as naturopathic doctors, homeopaths and doctors of traditional Chinese medicine.
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Allergy Patients Turning to Homeopathy for Relief
KHOU-TV
VideoBriefAllergies are difficult to control without prescription drugs, but clinics have been popping up all over town promising natural remedies. Every year it seems the allergy season starts earlier and ends later. "Spring in Houston starts in January," said Dr. Frank Orson, with Baylor Medical Center. He said some of his clients are ditching over-the-counter medicines.
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Traditional Marketing for Integrative Medicine Still Effective
FON Therapeutics
While there's no denying the Internet's huge impact on just about everything, including the continued ascent of evidence-based integrative health, the following facts should not be overlooked when considering an overarching marketing approach to increasing clinic utilization and the sale of natural products and services.
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Seasonal Allergies are Getting Worse Every Year
Alliance for Natural Health
According to the Harvard Health Letter, seasonal allergies are starting earlier every year and pollen counts are rising. At least 36 million people are affected by seasonal allergies each year in the U.S. Uncovering what makes the immune system respond the way it does is important. There are natural approaches to seasonal allergies that work well.
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