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From the Desk of the Director
Michael Boutot, ACAM Executive Director
Proposed Compounding Legislation & What You Need to Know
Senate Bill S959 is scheduled for a vote in the Senate as early as September. This bill, "The Pharmaceutical Quality Security and Accountability Act," has implications that could negatively affect the access of doctors and patients to compounded prescriptions. If you are a doctor or patient who uses compounded medications, please act now to educate yourself on this bill and to contact your state's congressional representatives.
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ACAM FEATURED WRITERS AND ARTICLES


Update: Senate compounding vote delayed - bill limits availably of compounded drugs for doctors
Gretchen DuBeau Executive and Legal Director of the Alliance for Natural Health USA
Here's the latest on this dangerous bill.

Just before Congress left for its summer recess, there was a push for a vote on S.959, the compounding bill we’ve been telling you about. Thankfully, our opposition helped prevent the vote! As we reported two weeks ago, the bill grew from its original 50 pages long to a whopping 189 pages—and it's still a threat to practitioners and their patients.

Congress is returning on September 9. We still need to get our messages to the Senate; we especially need messages from practitioners.

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Primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of cancer: Strategies for the integrative clinic - Part One
Rebecca Stealey
While advances are being made every day to improve cancer management, the disease nevertheless remains the second leading cause of death in the United States and the seventh worldwide in 2011. Integrative medicine is in a unique position to educate, support, and give people a fighting chance at preventing this disease.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Prevagen Professional Improves Memory

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ACAM NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS


ACAM welcomes our newest members
ACAM
Each week ACAM welcomes new integrative practitioners to the organization. We're happy to introduce our newest members to you!

Andrew Na, MD - New Taipei
Beverly Kotsanis, BS - Grapevine, Texas
Christopher Turner, ND - Winnipeg, Manitoba

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ACAM welcomes the following member renewals
ACAM
ACAM would like to recognize the following professionals who have decided to renew their membership.

Jutta Worwag, MD, MPH - Broomfield, Colo.
Daniel Wiltz, MD - St. Martinville, La.
Catherine Waller, MD - Rochester Hills, Mich.
H. Joseph Holliday, MD, CCT - Athen, Tenn.
David Schwartz, MD - Louisa, Va.
David Edelberg, MD - Chicago, Ill.
Gary Ostrow, DO - New York, New York
Chang Soo Kim, MD, PhD - Abu Dhabi, UAE

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
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ACAM CONFERENCE NEWS


Exhibitors committed for Fall Conference
ACAM
The following exhibitors have committed to exhibit at the ACAM Fall 2013 Conference at the Westin Mission Hills in Palm Springs:

CORPORATE ALLIANCE PARTNERS (12 exhibitors/15 booths)
  • Allergy Research Group (2)
  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America
  • College Pharmacy
  • Cyrex Laboratories
  • Doctor's Data (2)
  • ForeverHealth (2)

  • McGuff Company
  • Merit Pharmaceutical
  • OxyHealth (2)
  • T.A. Sciences
  • Wellness Pharmacy
  • Women's International Pharmacy
  • OTHER EXHIBITORS (38 exhibitors/42 booths)
    • A.C. Grace
    • Alletess Medical Laboratory
    • Alliance for Natural Health
    • AMARC Enterprises
    • American Association of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry
    • American Herbal Laboratories
    • Belmar Pharmacy
    • Biorica International Corp
    • Bio-Tech Pharmacal (2)
    • Biotics Research Corporation (2)
    • Designs for Health
    • DigiVision
    • Dunwoody Labs
    • Ecological Formulas
    • EdgeTech
    • Essential Formulas
    • Fairway Physicians Insurance
    • Fry Laboratories
    • Heptech
    • Ilhwa NA


  • Immunosciences Lab
  • Innovision Health Media
  • Med-Chem Laboratories
  • Mushroom Science (2)
  • National Health Federation
  • National Practitioner Magazine
  • Natural-Immunogenics
  • Neogenis
  • NeuroScience
  • Perfect Balance
  • ProThera
  • Quincy Bioscience
  • SEI Corp/Healing Institute of Beings
  • The Biomat Store
  • The Great Plains Laboratories
  • Wiley Compounding
  • Your Energy Systems
  • Zycal Bioceuticals

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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    ACUPUNCTURE


    Acupuncture may relieve osteoarthritis of the knee
    TeleManagement
    Acupuncture can offer short-term pain relief and improved joint functioning for people with osteoarthritis of the knee, a study finds. To date, there is only limited scientific evidence that acupuncture actually works. But many osteoarthritis sufferers are turning to the ancient Chinese treatment as an alternative to pain medications, some of which have recently been linked to increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
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    AUTISM


    Autism's unexpected link to cancer genes
    The New York Times
    Researchers studying two seemingly unrelated conditions — autism and cancer — have unexpectedly converged on a surprising discovery. Some people with autism have mutated cancer or tumor genes that apparently caused their brain disorder. Ten percent of children with mutations in a gene called PTEN, which cause cancers of the breast, colon, thyroid and other organs, have autism.
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    Autism link to cancer genes discovered
    Brisbane Times
    Researchers studying two seemingly unrelated conditions - autism and cancer - have unexpectedly converged on a surprising discovery. Some people with autism have mutated cancer or tumour genes that apparently caused their brain disorder.
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    Study: Inducing labor may be tied to autism
    The Associated Press via KABC-TV
    The biggest study of its kind suggests autism might be linked with inducing and speeding up labor, preliminary findings that need investigating since labor is induced in increasing numbers of U.S. women, the authors and other autism experts say. It's possible that labor-inducing drugs might increase the risk - or that the problems that lead doctors to start labor explain the results. These include mothers' diabetes and fetal complications, which have previously been linked with autism.
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    COMPOUNDING PHARMACIES


    FDA announces voluntary recall for specialty compounding products
    Student Newsie
    The United States Food and Drug Administration has announced a voluntary recall made by a Texas compounding pharmacy on all of their sterile products. The agency said in a statement that "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care providers and patients of a voluntary nationwide recall of all products produced and distributed for sterile use by Specialty Compounding, LLC, Cedar Park, Texas."
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    GLUTEN-FREE


    New regulations mandated for 'gluten-free' foods
    The Boston Globe
    Six years after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed regulating foods labeled "gluten-free" — to ensure that they had negligible amounts of the wheat protein — the agency has finally issued new labeling rules. And not a moment too soon: A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine last Tuesday found that people with celiac disease who had persistent damage in their intestines from not avoiding gluten had a higher risk of lymphoma than those whose intestines had healed.
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    GMO ISSUES


    Supporters of GMO labeling collect 30,000 signatures
    WVNY-TV
    We're all used to seeing calories, sodium, and fat listed on food packages - but some people want more details, like if the food has been genetically modified. Last week supporters took a big step in their fight. 30,000 Vermonters signed post cards in support of labeling genetically modified food - now they're hoping their voice is heard at the Statehouse.
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    HEALTH & WELLNESS


    Supporters of GMO labeling collect 30,000 signatures
    WVNY-TV
    We're all used to seeing calories, sodium, and fat listed on food packages - but some people want more details, like if the food has been genetically modified. Last week supporters took a big step in their fight. 30,000 Vermonters signed post cards in support of labeling genetically modified food - now they're hoping their voice is heard at the Statehouse.
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    US health and wellness market growth to 2017 driven by baby boomers and parents
    PRNewswire via The Herald
    Within the US health and wellness market, in absence of a popular new diet, food manufacturers are focusing on gluten-free products. Though the number of Americans with coeliac disease is relatively small, health-conscious consumers are gravitating towards gluten-free food to improve their wellbeing. Gluten-free products are marketed as helping with digestive issues, arthritis, autism, and weight loss. As companies invested money into research and development, the taste profile of gluten-free products improved, thereby further increasing demand for these products among non-coeliac disease sufferers.
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    HYPERBARICS


    Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy being tested to treat PTSD, TBI
    DVIDS
    Service members who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injuries may have a new treatment called Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy increases the amount of oxygen in your red blood cells and the tissue in your body, which may change the way the body heals.
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    LYME DISEASE


    Universal lyme disease vaccine on the horizon
    Healthline
    A vaccine is in the works for Lyme disease, a debilitating illness that is spread by ticks and affects people across the U.S. 300 people living in Austria and Germany took part in phase 1 and 2 clinical trials for the vaccine, the results of which were recently published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. What makes this vaccine especially powerful is that it works on all North American strains of Borrelia, the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. The vaccine triggers a healthy immune response with no major side effects.
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    ORGANIC FOODS


    Sales of organic products rose 13 percent this year
    Food Navigator
    Sales of organic products rose 13% to $11.2bn in the year to July 6 in the US retail market, with the highest growth found in shelf-stable meats, poultry and seafood (+61%); followed by baby food (+34%); and shelf-stable functional beverages (+33%); according to new data from SPINS*.
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    REGENERATIVE MEDICINE


    New gene repair technique promises advances in regenerative medicine
    Medical Xpress
    Using human pluripotent stem cells and DNA-cutting protein from meningitis bacteria, researchers from the Morgridge Institute for Research and Northwestern University have created an efficient way to target and repair defective genes. Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team reports that the novel technique is much simpler than previous methods and establishes the groundwork for major advances in regenerative medicine, drug screening and biomedical research.
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    STEM CELL THERAPY


    Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj comments on new model for the creation of iPSCs
    Digital Journal
    Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj has long been interested in stem cell therapies, as he believes that they hold the key to curing and treating numerous conditions. An article published by Science Daily explains that researchers have taken another significant step forward in better understanding stem cells and leveraging them to address certain medical needs.
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS


    PHILIPPINES


    Bill filed to regulate stem cell therapy in PH
    Inquirer News
    A congressman has joined the call to regulate stem cell therapy administered in the country. La Union Rep. Eufranio Eriguel has introduced House Bill No. 212, which would put up a “bioethics advisory board” that would establish "ethical standards" governing the practice of stem cell research and therapy. Under the proposed Stem Cell Research and Therapy Act of 2013, the board "shall be responsible for addressing contentious ethical, scientific and legal issues in stem cell and cell-based or cellular research and therapies.
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    FDA hearing on stem cell therapy set on Friday, Aug. 23
    InterAksyon.com
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will conduct on Friday, August 23, a public hearing on the regulation of stem cell therapy in the country. The FDA said the public hearing is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 5 p,m, at the Audio-Visual Room, 3rd floor, Annex Building, FDA office on Civil Drive in Alabang Muntinlupa.
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    LEGAL & LEGISLATIVE CORNER


    NEW HAMPSHIRE


    House subcommittee begins work on GMO labeling bill
    Concord Monitor
    Two months after his state passed legislation requiring labels on genetically engineered foods, Maine Rep. Lance Harvell, the bill's chief sponsor, pitched his case yesterday for why New Hampshire lawmakers should follow suit. "If you want to make the American people potentially a lab experiment, at least let them know what's going on," Harvell told members of a New Hampshire House subcommittee, as they began work on a similar bill introduced and retained earlier this year.
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    WASHINGTON


    GMO labeling battle heats up in Washington State
    SustainableBusiness.com
    The battle for GMO labels is heating up in Washington state where 350,000 signatures have put it on November's ballot. Last year, San Juan County, Washington banned growing GMO crops with 61 percent of the vote. On GMO labels, a recent voter survey shows strong support for the measure, with 66 percent saying they support I-522, which would label GMOs in food sold in the state. Just 22 percent oppose it. 44 percent "strongly" support; 13 percent "strongly" oppose it.
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    UPCOMING EVENTS

    Date Event Location
    Aug. 31-Sept. 2 41st Annual Cancer Convention Universal City, Calif.
    Sept. 7-8 Amino Acid Therapy: Defeating the Greatest Dietary Crisis of All time New York City
    Sept. 13 American Massage, Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Spa Conference San Diego, Calif.
    Sept. 20-22 Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Conference Chicago, Ill.
    Sept. 21-22 Obesity, Dysmetabolic Syndrome and Weight Management: Naturopathic Solutions to Optimize Clinical Management Pasadena, Calif.
    Oct. 5 LDN 2013 Palatine, Ill.
    Oct. 14-16 Stem Cell Meeting on the Mesa La Jolla, Calif.
    Oct. 20 ACAM & Equinox host 1st Annual "Keys to Life Maximization" Health & Fitness Conference New York City
    Oct. 26-27 National Student Conference for Integrative Medicine 2013 Chicago, Ill.
    Nov. 8-11 International Health & Wellness Conference Atlanta, Ga.
    Nov. 12 The Most Common Drug Prescriptions: Clinical Updates, Managing Adverse Effects and Avoiding Drug-Herb Interactions Online Webinar
    Nov. 20-24 Save the Date for the ACAM Fall Conference! Westin Mission Hills, Palm Spring, Calif.
    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.


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