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Eulogy for Ellie
By Allen 'Buddy' Green, MD, ACAM President
As the President of ACAM it is with a heavy heart that I am announcing the death of a very important person to the ACAM family, Eleanor Hynote, M.D. Ellie, as we know her, had played a crucial role in ACAM for many years and her sudden and unexpected death is a loss to our organization and to all those whose lives have been touched by her. Ellie had generously given her service to our organization over the last decade by being President of ACAM from 2009-2011, as well as serving on the Board of Directors and many other committees. She worked hard developing the curricula of our educational conferences by serving as the program director several times. Her gifted ability to keep up with the latest advances in Integrative medicine and finding the quality speakers to teach us were among her legacies at ACAM. She accomplished all this dedicated service while facing serious health issues of her own.
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From the President - ACAM Suspends Spring 2014 Conference
Allen Green, MD, ACAM President
Dear ACAM Members, Supporters and Corporate Sponsors,

As you may already know, we announced at our last fall conference in Rancho Mirage, and in the last ACAM newsletter, that we would be holding our next spring conference at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada. After much deliberation we are sorry to announce that the spring conference for 2014 will have to be suspended. Allow me to explain why we made that decision.

Over this past year, ACAM’s leadership has been carefully assessing the organization’s priorities and goals. We have listened to feedback and suggestions from you, our members, as well as that of our vendors and corporate sponsors. Based on your feedback we realized that ACAM needed to pursue several necessary and important initiatives that would prepare us for the future, and position us as leaders in this increasingly competitive world of integrative medical education.

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From the Director's Desk
Michael Boutot, ACAM Executive Director
ASSISTANCE NEEDED - Evaluating the Fall 2013 Conference

Dear ACAM Supporters and Followers,

We have recently completed our Fall 2013 Conference and are fast underway to make plans for future conferences. We know that we need to build our membership base and find ways to entice more people to come to our conferences. As such, we are seeking YOUR input.

We have created two free on-line surveys through a program we have used in the past called SurveyMonkey. We are asking ALL who receive this e-mail to go on-line and select one of the two surveys based on whether you DID attend the Fall 2013 Conference in Palm Springs/Rancho Mirage or if you DID NOT attend the conference.

Click HERE if you DID attend the ACAM Fall 2013 Conference in Palm Springs.

Click HERE if you DID NOT attend the ACAM Fall Conference in Palm Springs.

The survey will remain open until January 11, 2014. It will only take 5 to 10 minutes to complete this important survey.

Thank you for assisting us in gathering this data. Results will be communicated after the first of the year.

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ACAM FEATURED WRITERS AND ARTICLES


Gastrointestinal issues associated with ethanol ingestion
By Dan Carter, ND
The winter holiday season is underway, and for some people this involves increased consumption of both food and alcohol; increased food and alcohol ingestion can incur long term effects in susceptible individuals. This discussion will center on a few of the toxic effects of alcohol and an approach to recovery as presented in a case history. U.S. adults who are current regular drinkers number 51.5% of the population, while those who are infrequent drinkers number 13.6 percent.
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The Future of Medicine – 'Vitality'
Several of our members had the opportunity to the movie "Vitality" at our Fall conference this November. We've gotten tremendous feedback on it. The screening was followed by a lively discussion led by our very own ACAM Doctors Hyla Cass, Angelique Hart, Roy Heilbron, and Pedram Shojai (the filmmaker).
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ACAM UPDATES

REMINDER: Let us know if your contact information has changed, so we can be sure to reach you with information about your ACAM membership benefits. Please send contact information updates to Rebecca Long at rebecca.long@acam.org.


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!

Anibal Avila, MD - Oklahoma
Daniela Dadurian, MD - Florida
Aleksander Bvodnar, MD - New Jersey
Fatima Ibragimova, MD - India
Zoukhra Ibragimova, MD - India
Steven Aussenberg, Student - Pennsylvania
Rosie Banker, Student - Arizona
Daniel Leal, Student - New York
Linda Cunningham, Student - Ohio
Ann-Charlotte Endahl, Student - Arizona
Michele Lisiecki, Student - Arizona
Erin Maxwell, Student - Arizona
Michelle Pettitt, Student - Arizona
Jade Robins, Student - Arizona
Jean-Marc Sobczyk, Student - Arizona

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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.

Susanne Bennett, ND - California
Karen Birdy, MD - Texas
Glenn Toth, MD - Wisconsin
Stephen Smith, MD - Washington
Jose Oblena, MD - Alabama
John Pittman, MD - North Carolina
James Neuenschwander, MD - Michigan
Edward Hanzelik, MD - California
Angelique Hart, MD - New Mexico
Casey Kelley, MD - Illinois
Rima Kittley, MD - Texas
J. William LaValley, MD - Canada

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BECOME AN ACAM MEMBER TODAY!

ACAM is now in all 50 states and in 26 foreign countries. The learn more about the benefits of being an ACAM member, CLICK HERE. To sign up today as a member CLICK HERE. If you wish to learn more about membership you can also call Rebecca Long at (770) 450-8046.


INDUSTRY NEWS


ACUPUNCTURE & WEIGHT LOSS


Acupuncture shows promise for weight loss
NewsMax Health
Placing five acupuncture needles in the outer ear may help people lose that spare tire, researchers report. Ear acupuncture therapy is based on the theory that the outer ear represents all parts of the body. One type uses one needle inserted into the area that is linked to hunger and appetite, while the other involves inserting five needles at different key points in the ear.
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ALZHEIMER'S & DEMENTIA


Five lifestyle behaviors lower dementia risk by 60 percent, way more than any drug or allopathic advice
Natural News
As we approach an epidemic in the number of newly diagnosed cases of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, irrefutable evidence continues to emerge supporting the science behind following simple lifestyle modifications to dramatically lower the risk of developing memory-robbing illnesses and most other chronic diseases as well. Based on the current trend, experts fear that as many as one in three Americans over the age of 65 will suffer from some degree of dementia by the year 2050.
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CHIA SEEDS & DIABETES


Studies show that chia seeds can treat diabetes, boost energy and more
Natural News
Chia is a species of flowering plant that bears oval-shaped, multicolored seeds. These seeds, which have a neutral taste and crunchy texture, have been cultivated for centuries as a survival food in their native Mexico and Guatemala. Chia seeds had only just begun to enjoy recognition in the United States, however, when the eccentric Californian gadget company, Joseph Enterprises, began to market them in the 1980s as "Chia Pets," which are terracotta figurines that sprouted chia.
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GMO FOODS & RISE IN ALLERGIES AND CANCER


Allergies and cancer on the rise due to GM foods
Natural News
Food allergies have become a global epidemic and conventional medicine has no cure. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, food allergies (in kids) have increased by 50% between 1997 and 2011. Could this have anything to do with genetically engineered foods?
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HERNIAS & REGENERATIVE MEDICINE


Count on regenerative medicine for hernia and abdominal wall repair
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LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE


Lou Gehrig's disease: From patient stem cells to potential treatment strategy in one study
The Almagest
Although the technology has existed for just a few years, scientists increasingly use "disease in a dish" models to study genetic, molecular and cellular defects. But a team of doctors and scientists led by researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute went further in a study of Lou Gehrig's disease, a fatal disorder that attacks muscle-controlling nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.
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LYME DISEASE


Bay Area Lyme Foundation announces $100,000 award for an emerging scientific leader in Lyme research
PR Newswire via the Sacramento Bee
The Bay Area Lyme Foundation announced the first annual Bay Area Lyme Foundation 'Emerging Leader Award' and a $100,000 grant which will be given to a promising scientist who embodies the future of leadership in Lyme disease research. The award recipient will be an emerging researcher who has identified a defined approach to improved diagnostics or therapies for Lyme disease.
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ORGANIC FOODS


Report: Organic food market in US to grow at 14 percent CAGR during 2013-18
Digital Journal
United States is the highest demand generator for organic food in the world with continuously increasing domestic production. During 2002-11, the country's domestic organic food production increased to about 240 percent. The country is home to about 17,750 organic farms. The demand for organic food is continuously increasing in the United States as Organic Trade Association 2012 estimates reveal that eight out of ten parents are reportedly purchasing organic food in the country.
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PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE & ACCIDENTAL DEATH


Prescription drug abuse may now be the top cause of accidental death in America
Natural News
The phrase "prescription drug abuse" allows Big Pharma to get away with too much, shifting the blame to stoners, druggies and youths who like to get their kicks from illegal prescriptions and black market OxyContin-type drugs that sell for high prices. Death by Modern Medicine: Seeking Safe Solutions, written by Dr. Carolyn Dean, outlines the statistics and issues within several other categories of prescription drugs that have caused deaths despite being properly prescribed and used.
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CLASSIFIEDS


Rothfeld Center for Integrative Medicine seeking a full time Nurse Practitioner

The Rothfeld Center for Integrative Medicine is seeking a full time Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant to work in our Waltham and Plymouth locations. Will also consider MDs looking for the right situation. Glenn S. Rothfeld, MD has been at the forefront of the integrative medicine field for the past 35 years. Our thriving healthcare practice strives to integrate the best of conventional and complementary medicine in a caring and healing environment. The right candidate must be passionate about their profession and be a team player. We treat a range of chronic conditions from Thyroid Disorders, Adrenal Fatigue, Metabolic issues, Hormone therapy, Lyme disease, etc. Some knowledge of Functional Medicine a plus, but will train the right candidate. All candidates should send their CV attention: Sara Raimundo to sraimundo@rothfeldcenter.com.
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