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The Best Way to Detox Heavy Metals

Posted By Dr. Murray Susser, Monday, April 6, 2015 - The Best Way to Detox Heavy Metals

Dr. Murray Susser is an expert in chelation therapy. He discusses the benefits as well as some of the preferred methods of removing heavy metals from the body. He also mentions some things you need to be aware of before starting a therapy.

Tags:  calcium  chelation therapy  detoxification  heavy metals  kidney health  lead  magnesium  mercury  zinc 

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Is Organic Gardening/Farming Really That Much Better Than Non-Organic?

Posted By Carol L Hunter, PhD, PMHCNS, CNP, Monday, April 6, 2015
Updated: Thursday, April 2, 2015
The promise of spring is a gift; a gift that instills hope into all of us. March is our gateway month when garden plans are laid down and seeds planted indoors. This month we celebrate heirloom seeds and organic gardening. We are showcasing some of the devoted folks who give us those rare, yet hardy heirloom seeds so that we may harvest vegetables that contain the flavor and nutrient content of plants that have survived and flourished over the long haul. The designation “organic” has largely become a legal term. To qualify as a “certified organic” farm, gardeners must present a ream of paperwork over a three year period. It can be a daunting proposition. But for those of us who are not operating a business but want the best that nature has to offer, there are many inventive methods for “organic” gardening.

Is organic gardening or farming really that much better than non organic? Let’s examine some of the data to help us make our decision. A good place to begin is to read Our Stolen Future, published back in 1996,a book that presents an astonishing story of just how toxic our environment has become, particularly in terms of the impact of hormone disrupters and implications for future generations. You can find information on the website : and Unfortunately, the battle continues today as the FDA refuses to ban bisphenol A (BPA), a compound found in polycarbonate plastics and the lining of food cans. When it comes to farming, exposure to pesticides is a grave concern. Organic farmers must comply with regulations to avoid the use of such contaminants. Some novel methods for insect control are simple yet effective. A spray bottle of water mixed with hot green chile juice or cayenne pepper can do the trick. Some insects like tomato worms can be picked off by hand although such a task would not be welcomed by all.

When I interviewed Julie, owner of Annies, it would be hard to walk away without becoming a believer in the goodness of heirloom seeds. Julie told a story from about 5 years ago when a tomato blight decimated the tomato crop in Michigan. Among the hybrids she had planted, there were some heirloom plants sprinkled throughout. Although the heirlooms eventually succumbed, they survived long enough to produce a crop of cherry tomatoes, holding out a good three weeks longer than the hybrids. Friends and neighbors couldn’t believe it as most of the state lost its tomato crop that season. Heirlooms have survived for many years, at least fifty or more, and over the course of their propagations the plants have fought off a variety of insects and blights, only to become stronger and more resistant to disease. In addition, heirlooms contain more sugar than hybrids and with the sugar, greater nutrient content. Julie and Scott’s farm is on an island in Lake Michigan and there are benefits to being off the grid, so to speak. “We don’t have to worry about our neighbor’s corn field cross pollinating with ours.” The goal is to continue to produce the pure genetic characteristics of the heirloom seeds.

Annie’s offers a variety of different seed packages for every type of gardener. If you have never gardened before, do not despair. Even if you live in New York City, you could have a window or rooftop container garden that would prosper. Here are a few of the collections available for purchase: Beginner’s Garden Collection, Southern Homestead, Northern Homestead, Master Homestead Garden, Asian Garden Collection, Summer in Italy Garden Collection and Mexican Salsa Garden Collection, just to name a few. Depending on what part of the country you live in, advice from a professional about preparation of the soil would be a good idea. Here in New Mexico, we have heavy clay soil in the green belt and sandy soils on the mesas. Last year I used a product from Back to the Earth called Cottonburr Blend, a natural compost soil builder designed to loosen clay soils and increase moisture retention. It worked well in my area which is about a mile from the Rio Grande River. Along with basic soil preparation, don’t forget the fertilizer. I use a 2-1-1 premium all purpose fertilizer called “Yumyum Mix” by Soil Mender Products out of Tulia, TX. I was pleased with the results and will use it again this year.

Another great way to begin gardening is to have a small culinary herb garden as close to the kitchen as possible. Last summer I had an amazing basil plant that grew to about two feet tall and was beautifully bushy and pleasing to the eye. A few snips with a pair of scissors before dinner added an incredible flavor to many summer dishes. Annie’s offers a basic culinary herb collection as well as a gourmet culinary herb collection. Herbs are not just pretty and tasty. Thyme, rosemary, basil, oregano and cayenne are all excellent detoxifiers in the body. Julie has graciously allowed me to present her recipe for pesto sauce, a wonderful unique sauce with that wonderful basil aroma, perfect for pastas and fish. This is an interesting variation on the classical Italian recipe. Julie uses sunflower seeds and arugula but encourages her customers to “think outside the box” and experiment with different herbs and nuts or seeds.

Sunflower seed, basil and arugula pesto sauce:

2 cloves garlic
½ cup packed fresh basil leaves
1 cup packed fresh arugula
¾ tsp. sea salt
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup sunflower seeds
“In a food processor, mince the garlic with the basil, arugula and salt. With the machine on, add the olive oil in a thin stream and continue processing until well blended. Add the sunflower seeds and process until the seeds are finely chopped. Serve over pasta, or as we love it, over fish. Local Michigan Lake Trout is our favorite, but salmon would be excellent as well,"

Courtesy of Annie’s Heirloom Seeds. You can order a seed catalog at or call 1-800-313-9140. For those who can’t plant a garden this season for whatever reason, please support your local growers. With your zip code, you can find them at and sign up for their newsletter.
Bon appetite!

Tags:  farming  gardening  nutrition  organic  pesticides  sunflower 

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Motion Sickness Medicine

Posted By Murray Susser, MD, Thursday, March 19, 2015
Motion sickness occurs in certain people when they travel, especially in a cars, trains, airplanes and boats. It’s symptoms include queasy and/or dizzy feelings and cold sweats. It also can lead to nausea and vomiting.

Motion sickness is different from Vertigo, which is often caused by an inner ear problem. Vertigo is a sensation of spinning, as if the room you are in is moving around you.  Motion Sickness, unlike Vertigo, is dependent on the person traveling, as in a car. READ MORE

Tags:  arthritis  Calcium  inner ear  magnesium  medicine  motion sickness  vertigo  Vitamin C 

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Fiber: Just One of Those Health Topics That Won't Go Away

Posted By Carol L Hunter, PhD, PMHCNS, CNP, Thursday, March 5, 2015
Welcome to the first edition of Link, ACAM’s new publication for the general public, devoted to achieving optimal health through natural approaches. It is my honor and pleasure to be a contributor for nutrition and exercise topics. Your feedback is always welcome. If you have any ideas for future articles, I will listen and do my best to present them as I see this as a partnership. As we make our way into 2015, I wondered how everyone was progressing with New Year’s resolutions. Have you eliminated those sodas? Stuck to that early morning exercise routine? Lost those first five pounds? If you haven’t achieved a perfect score, take solace. 

The heart of my first article is self-acceptance, a tool that will serve you well once you learn to embrace it. As we head into a new year, give yourself this precious gift and see what a difference it can make in your life. We humans fall short of our goals for as many reasons as the mind can comprehend. I like to attribute shortfalls to “life getting in the way,” my umbrella term for missed opportunities. Most people are their own harshest critic, berating themselves for days after a botched plan to get out on the trail or go to the gym. A family member had a birthday and it would have been rude not to indulge in a piece of cake. Stop beating yourself up mentally and learn to take a deep breath and realize that not all is lost when there has been a slip in plans. Acknowledge to yourself that eating that piece (or forkful) of cake is an important part of living with a glass half full. And that nap you took on your day off? Maybe your body needed it. Remember the words to the old song “pick yourself up, dust yourself off, then start all over again?” Perseverance can’t really exist without acceptance of our human failings; it is what makes perseverance so noble, so hard and so worthwhile. There’s only one way to become better at accepting yourself and that is practice. Don’t let the negative thinking of lost opportunities hold you back. Instead, understand that when you are human, there is no perfect plan and no one size fits all. But there is the power of your thoughts and the belief in your ability to reclaim your goals. Forgive yourself and get on with it. Right now that “it” is fiber, a most formidable tool in our dietary planning.

Fiber is just one of those health topics that won’t go away and for many good reasons. Let’s do a quick review of the benefits and then we’ll get into the yummy stuff: recipes!! My oldest daughter first brought this recipe to my attention and at first I must admit I was skeptical. One bite and I became a believer that beets and sweet potatoes are perfect partners after all!

Root vegetables are a great source of soluble fiber. The combination of beets with sweet potatoes and other vegetables makes for a colorful and hardy wintry side dish. The flavors blend together beautifully into a naturally sweet casserole dish without the addition of any sweetener at all. Not only is it nutrient dense in terms of vitamins and minerals, especially with the added skins, but it provides a good portion of daily fiber.  The fennel has the most wonderful aroma. Gone is the old sweet potato casserole laden with brown sugar and covered in marshmallows, once a holiday staple in our household.  The fiber content of this dish slows down digestion and helps to prevent rapid insulin release and blood glucose spikes resulting in less fat storage. Fiber also assists with the removal of unhealthy fats, like low density lipoprotein (LDL) or commonly known as the “bad cholesterol” from the body, improving the overall lipid profile.

The only starchy vegetable in the recipe is the sweet potato but don’t let that deter you. Sweet potatoes are a potent source of vitamin A, beta carotene, potassium and quercetin, an anti- inflammatory phytochemical. They are low in calories and contain no fat.  Beets are usually considered “sweet” but they only have a glycemic load of five on a scale of 0 to 100 with 0 being the lowest, meaning that they do not trigger an insulin surge due to their natural sweetness.

A caveat about this dish is the variability of the cooking time. With the same number of ingredients, I have had different cooking times, so a bit closer monitoring is required for it to turn out the way you like it. If you like dishes crispy and crunchy, then an hour of cooking time may be sufficient. But if you like food moist, like I do, you may want to cook longer checking the tenderness every 10 minutes until done. I like to drizzle some water on the dish at the one hour mark to make sure it stays moist. Another way to retain moisture is to cover the dish. Experiment until it turns out the way you like it. A further recommendation is to prepare the dish a day ahead of time and rewarm it on the day you will serve it. It gets better with each rewarming!

Time needed
40 min preparation (if you hand chop) + 60 min cooking plus

Serving Size / Yield

12 one half cup servings; calories per serving: 35; fiber per serving: 2.5 grams


  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 3 medium fresh beets cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1purple globe turnip, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 fennel root, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 med. onions, coarsely chopped
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes with skins on, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 1 1/2 C.)
  • 5 cloves garlic, cut into thin slices
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary leaves or fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin cold pressed olive oil
  • 1 Cup Vegetable Broth ( Certified Organic preferred)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Heat the oven to 425°F. Spray a 17 x 11-inch roasting pan or shallow baking sheet with the cooking spray.

Skins can be left on the beets, turnip and even the sweet potatoes. Cut off both ends and scrub well with a vegetable brush under cold running water. If you want to get your veges squeaky clean, let them soak for 10 minutes or so in a bath of white vinegar (a healthy splash) and water.  Peel and chop the onions and garlic. Chop the fennel from the green sprigs to the bulb.

Stir the sweet potatoes, beets, turnip, onions, fennel, garlic, rosemary and oil in the prepared pan. Roast the vegetables for 30 minutes. Pour the broth over the vegetables and stir.

Roast for an additional 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender when tested with a fork.  The next time I make this dish I am planning to add green chile, hot of course, in honor of my home state, the Land of Enchantment! Use your imagination to give this dish your own local flavor.

Bon appetite!

Tags:  fiber  nutrition 

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Ask the Expert: Is Hormone Replacement Safe?

Posted By Amber Passini, MD, Thursday, March 5, 2015

Q: My physician says hormone replacement is not safe.  Why does he not feel they are safe? I heard bioidentical hormones are safer than pharmaceutical hormones. What’s the difference?

A:  First of all the human body makes many hormones and we depend on them for virtually every system in the body.  Our sex hormones, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone help us to feel young, vibrant, energetic, and sexual, among other things, and when they start to fall people generally just don't feel well.  Symptoms can range from poor sleep, foggy thinking, low energy, and irritability, to low sex drive, depression, anxiety or weight gain.  Balancing our hormones can be a challenge and it is important to have a physician who is knowledgeable and experienced with bio-identical hormones.  Bio-identical hormones are just what it sounds like, they are exactly identical to the hormones your body makes, or used to make.   Estrogen, Progesterone, and Testosterone, are the three main sex hormones that most people are talking about these days although there are different forms of each.   Hormones that are patented by drug companies for hormone replacement therapy are not bio-identical and can be harmful. Pharmaceutical, genetically altered or horse derived, hormones are foreign to human bodies and are often more potent and more toxic to the human body.  This is especially true if they are metabolized a certain way.  In fact, the breakdown products of synthetic hormones can be several times more toxic than the original hormone.  They can help alleviate symptoms of hormone deficiency and menopause, but it comes with a price.

The Women’s Health Initiative a large clinical trial, which studied patented pharmaceutical hormone replacement (NOT bioidentical hormones replacement) found increased risks of breast cancer, strokes, blood clots, and heart disease. I do NOT recommend replacing hormones with synthetic estrogen and progesterone.   It is not safe!  Due to the Women’s Health Initiative many physicians do not feel any form of hormone replacement therapy is safe, but what they fail to realize is that the study used a horse estrogen and fake progesterone.  Sadly, most physicians are not educated on bioidentical hormone replacement and do not understand the difference between bioidentical hormone replacement and non-bioidentical hormone replacement.  It is something we are not trained on in medical school and those of us who are well versed in it have had to seek extensive additional training after medical school and residency.  

Human bodies have been making hormones for hundreds of thousands of years. Our bodies are at their best in our youth when our hormone levels are optimal, so having healthy hormone levels in and of itself is not the problem.  When our hormones fall we feel bad, (tired, irritable, depressed, achy, can't sleep, no energy or motivation, etc.).  In order to alleviate the symptoms of hormone deficiency we should be replacing hormones with bioidentical estrogen and progesterone in doses NO higher than what naturally occurs in the human body.  If bio-identical hormones are administered correctly they are as safe as the hormones that exist naturally in our body. Careful monitoring should be done to assure the hormone levels are balanced and are at appropriate levels for each person.  If you suffer from symptoms of hormone deficiency find a physician well versed in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to help you get back on the track to feeling healthy and vibrant again.  

Tags:  bioidentical hormones  hormone replacement 

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Why Is Integrative Dentistry So Important?

Posted By Liz Pullman, Monday, February 16, 2015
Updated: Thursday, March 5, 2015
There is a changing paradigm in dentistry, not completely new, but one that fits the time. Forward thinking dentists are redirecting their focus from the repair of teeth to oral health conditions effecting the entire body. These issues include chronic infections, mercury and other heavy metal toxicities, periodontal disease, TMJ and chronic pro-facial pain, and sleep disordered breathing. Increasing evidence links these conditions to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, anxiety and depression, poor performance and learning, dementia, and even cancer.

Dentists who are cognizant of this important medical/dental connection are seeking collaboration with integrative physicians to provide appropriate interdisciplinary medical/dental solutions. Removing toxic metals from the mouth requires medical support to detoxify the body. Airway/sleep disorders (ASD) is a hidden, ubiquitous problem affecting all parts of our society. ASD effects the brain, immune system, and ANS and other vital functions. ASD is often expressed in the form of one or more of the prevalent chronic diseases and syndromes today. Treatment of a manifestation of ASD can provide relief, but not necessarily long term benefits. Without recognition of the underlying problem, ASD will be present again in another form. Integrative dentists and healthcare practitioners of ACAM are the ideal collaborators in co-diagnosis and co-treatment.

For over 20 years our practice, the Hindin Center for Whole Health Dentistry had been located adjacent to Michael Schachter’s office. My son Jeff, his wife Jill, and I have utilized the resources available next door and from other complementary physicians in the area for the benefit of our patients and practice.

I am honored to be the first dentist elected to the ACAM Board. I have always promoted the medical/dental connection. I have done this in the past as president of the Foundation for Innovative Medicine, (FAIM) and as the Founder of the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry (AAPMD), and now as a ACAM Board member. I look forward to the day where every integrative dentist will have a close working relationship with a complementary physician. Expanded programs for interdisciplinary education and training are needed to better understand the connections and develop protocols for co-diagnosis and co-treatment. I look forward to bringing our AAPMD resources to a collaborative relationship with ACAM for the benefit of our memberships and our patients.

Tags:  dentistry  howard hindin  integrative 

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The Road to TACT2: Updates from the Second Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy

Posted By Reprinted with permission from CardioSource WorldNews, Thursday, January 22, 2015
Updated: Thursday, March 5, 2015
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Tags:  chelation  Lamas  TACT  TACT2 

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2014 Annual Meeting: Save the Date!

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 18, 2014
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The Future of Medicine is Here: ACAM conferences, DigiVision Media and the Art and Science of Real Healing

Posted By Mike Adams, Editor of (reprinted with permission), Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Updated: Friday, June 19, 2015
(NaturalNews) Given the medical brainwashing, propaganda, drug company bribes and all the other nonsense that goes on in conventional medicine today, it's very difficult to find a group of physicians and clinicians who have any real understanding of healing. But I've found them! They all seem to be members of ACAM, the American College for Advancement in Medicine, found at

Over the last year, I've been intently listening to the advanced medicine lectures given by ACAM and provided as interactive training DVDs by DigiVision Media (, and I have to tell you this is the most valuable advanced medicine information available today.

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Go Social: The Benefits of Professional Networking

Posted By Administration, Sunday, May 5, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
I have attended many professional conferences, but what continues to astound me after planning and executing 10+ ACAM conferences is the long-lasting camaraderie that our guests build with one another. The complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine community is such an open group of individuals that have such a spectacular common goal of wellness through whole body approaches that it is always a pleasure to see practitioners and corporate supporters that I have the pleasure of working with throughout the year get to meet each other and continue to strengthen their bonds conference after conference.

Of course, attending an ACAM conference is primarily about receiving cutting edge research straight from industry experts. However, we strive to provide a robust experience for attendees to satisfy their educational, business, and personal interests when they join us. Whether you are meeting old friends or enjoying the company of physicians you are meeting for the first time, we want you to make memories and provide a network of experts and thought leaders you can rely on.

We are infusing this concept into the core of our upcoming spring meeting by:

  1. Inviting new members and attendees (and long-time ACAM members!) to participate in our mentorship program and an introductory reception.
  2. Encouraging you to join us for pre-conference and General Session activities by saving with passport packages.
  3. Inviting anyone attending the General Session through regular a la carte and passport package rates to ask a colleague to join them in the General Session for $399, a 50% savings!
  4. Providing breaks and lunches in the exhibits areas and centralizing these areas with education so you will be able to find business solutions for your practice.
  5. Hosting the Friday evening Havana Nights reception to provide your mind much needed rest!

Our events are ever evolving based on feedback we receive from our guests. Anyone who missed the opportunity initially can still participate through our online survey!

About the Conference

ACAM will be hosting our Spring conference May 29th - June 2nd at the beautiful Westin Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, FL.

Pre-conference workshops will be hosted Wednesday, May 29th and Thursday, May 30th. Topics include Basic Chelation Therapy, Integrative Psychiatry, Lyme Diseas & Biotoxin Illnesses Co-Presented by BioResource, Inc, and Hands-On Hyperbarics Presented by International Hyperbarics Association.

ACAM's General Session, Mitochondria in Health and Disease: A Clinician's Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment, is designated for 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and will be hosted Friday, May 31st - Sunday, June 2nd.

Join ACAM in welcoming Dr. Gervasio "Tony" Lamas on Saturday, June 1st at lunch where he will discuss the ground breaking Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy, which he served as study chair for.

Please visit for more information and contact ACAM at 1-800-532-3688 with any questions. See you there!

In Good Health,

Megan Marburger, Director of Operations

Tags:  Annual Meeting  Education Summit 

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ACAM Welcomes John Dearlove as Advisor to the Board of Directors

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 8, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

ACAM welcomes John Dearlove as an Advisor to its Board of Directors. Mr. Dearlove brings a wealth of experience serving the integrative medicine community to ACAM. He has served as CEO of and founded and managed a marketing and communications agency for over 20 years. More recently Mr. Dearlove has created Health Realizations Inc.

"John brings years of business experience and passion to our organization," states Michael Boutot, Executive Director of ACAM. "I have grown to appreciate his level of knowledge in our industry and his professionalism," added Boutot. "I am honored to be invited to participate on the ACAM Advisory Board," stated Dearlove. He continued, "I have found ACAM to be a group of the most open and inviting physicians. This is an organization of medical professionals truly focused on advancing the cause of integrative medicine and I welcome the opportunity to assist ACAM in disseminating cutting edge information on the prevention and remission of disease."

Please join ACAM in welcoming John Dearlove!

Tags:  ACAM Board of Directors  Welcome 

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ACAM Welcomes Naturopathic Physicians into Professional Membership

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 5, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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.

It is with tremendous pride that we announce that our voting membership, historically composed of MDs and DOs, has voted by nearly a 9-1 margin to provide full active voting professional membership to licensed naturopathic physicians. Licensed naturopathic physicians have been provided professional affiliate membership at ACAM in the past, but did not have voting rights relative to membership measures.

Qualified naturopathic doctors who are existing members of ACAM have automatically been provided full benefits and new members will automatically be inducted into active voting membership. Benefits of membership include:

  • Discounts on ACAM programming and our Certified Chelation Therapy (CCT) Examination
  • Patient referrals through our Physician + Link system
  • Complimentary access to Natural Standard, a $300 value
  • 10% discount at the ACAM Store
  • Discounts on books, such as savings of up to 50% on Dr. Alan Gaby's book, Nutritional Medicine
  • Opportunities to serve as a mentor, receive mentorship, and serve the Organization through committee work

To qualify for membership, doctors must have graduated from an accredited medical school and professional members must operate in a state that licenses them. Naturopathic doctors who have graduated from an accredited program, but operate in a state that does not currently license naturopathic doctors may still join ACAM as affiliate members.

Please visit for more information regarding benefits and eligibility. Please contact ACAM's membership coordinator, Fatima Quintero, with questions at 1-800-532-3688 x1061 or by emailing

ACAM welcomes NDs to active membership and leadership fully supports your committment to patient care. Following are welcome messages from ACAM leadership.

Those who attend ACAM conferences, those who design our conferences, whether they be allopaths, osteopaths, or naturopaths are striving for intellectual honesty in the practice and educational arena of medicine. This to me means we look at nutritional and environmental influences on illness and health; areas that are the core of naturopathic training. Many of us have naturopaths within our offices and see the validation of their profession by universities where they work side by side with their MD/DO colleagues.

- Neal Speight, MD, ACAM President

Over the years, we have watched the practice of naturopathic medicine evolve into a highly sophisticated, rigorous practice model, with defined standards and scientific substantiation. There is increased legitimization of the field via recognition of naturopaths by universities and government programs like the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.Many ACAM physicians already cooperate successfully with NDs in integrative group practices. Their training and orientation complement the scope of services patients can draw upon.

- Ronald Hoffman, MD, ACAM Past President and current member of the Board of Directors

Many NDs feel more at home at ACAM than with our membership organization; we are a diverse population of providers with diverse modalities...The quality of our continuing education is attractive to a variety of providers and I believe we will continue to attract a substantialmembershipof NDs if we are respectful and willing to treat NDs equally as peers. Certainly, as an ND myself, I feel that I have been treated as a peer, I think I have proven that over the years as a Board Advisor. I believe that we as NDs have a lot to teach and contribute to ACAM as well as a lot to learn. The stakes in our current healthcare catastrophe are too high to be exclusive and I believe it is to our benefit to act inclusively for our sustainability as well as our visibility.

- Lyn Patrick, ND ACAM Board Advisor and Education Planner

Tags:  Naturopathic Physicians  Professional Membership  Welcome 

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ACAM to Welcome Gervasio "Tony" Lamas, MD to Spring Conference

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It is with great enthusiasm that ACAM announces that we have the distinct pleasure to host Gervasio Lamas, MD to our upcoming Spring 2013 conference and tradeshow. Dr. Lamas will be speaking on Saturday, June 1, 2013 as a special lunchtime presentation during ACAM's General Session proceedings.

Dr. Lamas will be discussing the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT) which was a multi-center international collaborative study initiated in 2009. Sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Dr. Lamas was the lead investigator to determine the safety and effectiveness of EDTA chelation therapy in individuals with coronary artery disease. Dr. Lamas will be covering the TACT findings and its impact on the integrative medicine.

About Dr. Gervasio "Tony" Lamas

Gervasio A. (Tony) Lamas, M.D., is chief of Columbia University Division of Cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Fla. and author of the TACT trial report. Dr. Lamas is the Chairman of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Chief of the Columbia University Division of Cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He received his B.A. in Biochemical Sciences cum laude from Harvard College and his M.D. with honors (AOA) from New York University. He completed his Internship and Residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital of Harvard Medical School, where he later served as Assistant Professor of Medicine. During the last decade, he has enrolled thousands of patients in more than a dozen U.S. and international trials in order to improve cardiac care and prevent death and disability from heart disease. He served as Chairman of the Mode Selection Trial in Sinus Node Dysfunction (MOST), a trial that led to profound changes in cardiac pacemakers. He served as Co-Chairman for the Occluded Artery Trial (OAT), and Study Chair for the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT), a $30 million trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. He has authored over 300 scientific publications, and maintains an active clinical practice in Miami Beach and Key Biscayne.

About the Conference

ACAM's Spring 2013 Conference and Tradeshow will be hosted at the Westin Diplomat Resort in sunny Hollywood, FL Wednesday, May 29th - Sunday, June 2nd.
ACAM will offer pre-conference workshop learning opportunities in the areas of Lyme Disease & Biotoxin Illnesses, Basic Chelation Therapy (Heavy Metal Toxicology), Integrative Psychiatry, and Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment presented by International Hyperbarics Association (IHA) on Wednesday, May 29th and Thursday, May 30th.

Our General Session, Mitochondria in Health and Disease: A Clinician's Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment, is designated for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and will be hosted on Friday, May 31st - Sunday, June 2nd. Dr. Lamas will be our guest speaker at Saturday's lunch. All General Session attendees are automatically registered to hear this discussion.

ACAM will also be hosting its Certified Chelation Therapy Examination, is partnering with the Certification Board For Nutrition Specialists to host their examination, and will offer a multitude of bonus learning and networking opportunities.

For more information please visit

Tags:  alternative medicine  chelation therapy  complementary medicine  functional medicine  holistic medicine  integrative medicine  Spring Conference 

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Who is Your Primary Care Giver?

Posted By Holly Lucille, ND, RN, Monday, February 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
We love this blog post by Dr. Holly! Perhaps it will inspire a conversation you can have with your patients...

What would you say if I asked you who your "primary care giver” is?

Would you fumble for your insurance card, strain to remember your doctor’s name or claim you don’t have enough money to have one? Well, let me cut to the chase: aren’t YOU really supposed to be primarily in charge of taking care of yourself? Huh..huh?? Well…..AREN’T you? Uh huh….I though you might agree with me.

It makes sense, doesn’t it? Still, countless times after I finish a lecture and there is a period of Q & A, I will have someone ask me what I think about this or that, usually it is a medication they are taking. You see, I have gotten wise in my time and started to catch on to this manner of questioning so I shoot back right away and ask, "why are you asking”? Inevitably, every time, the person asking the questions admits to taking the medication about which they are asking. So I, in turn, ask, "well, what do you think about it?” and they say….”I don’t know, my doctor has me on it”. Here is where things get a little heated, because I get really serious and call them out, exclaiming, "WAIT! You mean to tell me that you are taking a medication that you don’t know how you feel about?!?!

Here is my point. We all have to start taking 100% responsibility for our health. Your doctor has every right to make a recommendation and prescribe anything, but after that, you are responsible for every thing that you put in your body- including (and especially) medications, what they are used for, what the side effects are, and everything else!

Here is some reframing I would like you to try when speaking about your healthcare. Instead of saying "my doctor has me on­­­­_____”, say "My doctor prescribed ______and I am choosing to take it.” This ultimately empowers you as the "boss” of your body! That is what makes a great partnership when it comes to health, but ultimately, you truly are your own primary care giver.

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Natural Treatments for Autoimmune Infertility Concerns

Posted By Fiona McCulloch, ND, Thursday, February 7, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
This article was published in the March 2011 NDNR Journal

Infertility is a reproductive disease which has an enormous impact on the quality of life for millions of patients. It affects 1 in 5 of all couples, and most patients undergo extensive diagnostic and treatment interventions on their journey to create a family. Infertility has a myriad of causes including endocrine disorders, gynecological disease, infectious disease, circulatory disease and aging and cellular health. Autoimmune disorders are also implicated in reproductive disorders and may especially play a role in unexplained cases of infertility.

It is known that autoimmune diseases such as diabetes, autoimmune thyroiditis and systemic lupus erythematosis are linked to decreased fertility. Other causes of infertility such as premature ovarian insufficiency, endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome include autoimmune components. In many unexplained cases of infertility, inflammatory processes may be involved or antibodies may be directed against hormones, clotting factors, or reproductive tissues such as the ovaries or testes. The research into autoimmune infertility is just in its beginning, but as naturopathic physicians there are valuable tests and treatments we can provide to our patients who present either with known autoimmune disorders and difficulty conceiving, or with the ever enigmatic diagnosis of "unexplained infertility”.

The biological factors involved in autoimmune infertility are various. These include a multitude of cellular and inflammatory changes. Some of the most common factors are discussed below.


Endometriosis has many autoimmune components including elevated levels of cytokines, and T- and B-cell abnormalities. Peripheral monocytes are more active, and peritoneal macrophages are present in higher numbers with higher activity levels. This causes increased inflammatory cytokine release.

There are alterations in B-cell activity and an increased incidence of autoantibodies in women with endometriosis. Like classical autoimmune diseases, endometriosis has been associated with polyclonal B-cell activation, immunological abnormalities in T- and B-cell functions, increased apoptosis, tissue damage, multiorgan involvement, familial occurrence, possible genetic basis, involvement of environmental cofactors, and association with other autoimmune diseases. TNF-a, levels are elevated in the peritoneal fluid of patients with endometriosis. In women with endometriosis, TH2 mediated immunity humoral responses are commonly elevated.

A 2001 study found that 50% of endometriosis patients had autoantibodies to candida enolase. The same study found increased levels of these antibodies in patients with a list of other autoimmune conditions.

Autoimmune thyroid disease and infertility.

Thyroid diseases involving antithyroid antibodies have been correlated to infertility and increased pregnancy loss. Autoimmune thyroid disease, even in the absence of hypothyroidism has been associated with infertility and reduced response to fertility treatment. It has also been associated with gluten related autoimmunity. Autoimmune thyroid disease can lead to hypo or hyperthyroidism which can impact fertility and cause miscarriage.

Other Autoimmune Diseases and Fertility

Antinuclear antibodies (ANAs ) which have been associated with infertility can be present in conditions such as SLE, Sjogren’s syndrome, Raynaud’s syndrome, and can also be detected in women with a history of exposure to chemicals such as bisphenol-A.

Addison’s disease is associated with anti-ovarian antibodies which can reduce ovulatory function and cause premature ovarian failure in severe cases.

Patients with celiac disease may have multiple nutritional deficiencies that can lead to infertility. Celiac disease has been linked to recurrent miscarriage, pregnancy complication and infertility. A 2010 study found that between 5-10% of women with a history of stillbirth, recurrent miscarriage, intrauterine growth restriction, and infertility were seropositive for transglutaminase IgA compared to 1% of the control group. Latent celiac disease may be a major cause of unexplained infertility.

In approximately 20% of women with premature ovarian insufficiency(POI), autoimmune factors can be found. POI can be linked to autoimmune thyroid disease, Addison’s disease, or SLE or may have unknown etiology. Women may have antibodies against the ovarian tissues, or reproductive hormones such as FSH.

Antisperm antibodies are another cause of infertility. These can be present in either male or female patients. They are commonly found in males after vasectomy procedures, and their presence can make vasectomy difficult to reverse. Antisperm antibodies affect the ability of the sperm to penetrate the egg or reduce motility by attaching to the tail of the sperm . They have also been associated with antiphospholipid antibodies. Antisperm antibodies are generally produced by CD19+/5+ B cells and are associated with elevated natural killer cells and anti-dna antibodies.

Autoimmune blood clotting disorders

Disorders with increased antiphospholipid antibodies( APAs) including anti-cardiolipin antibodies cause a hypercoagulatory state in the blood and can be associated with reproductive failure and recurrent miscarriage. These antibodies can be found in systemic diseases such as SLE, or on their own.

Immunological Considerations for Patients with Reproductive Challenges

TH1/TH2 Ratios

A condition of TH1 cytokine dominance can be associated with the inability to conceive or maintain a pregnancy. In women with high TH1/TH2 ratios there is an increased incidence of pregnancy loss and infertility however for different autoimmune conditions the predominant immune pathway may differ.

Natural killer(NK) cells

Elevated peripheral NK cells are associated with many systemic autoimmune diseases but can also be found in women with unexplained infertility conditions. NK cells produce TH1 cytokines including TNF-alpha and Interferon gamma. These cytokines are normally involved in cellular toxicity directed at cancerous cells and viruses . If increased in early pregnancy, the presence of NK cells and their cytokines can disrupt the growth and development of the embryo. TNF-alpha works as a signal to other immune cells which then migrate to the uterus to attack the non-self invader which has been immunologically detected. A 1999 study found that in women who had repeated miscarriage, there was markedly increased NK cell cytotoxicity associated with a rise in CD56+CD16+ and a drop in CD56+ cells. Another special type of NK cell called uterine NK (uNK) cells have a protective immunosuppressive effect locally in the endometrium. Dysfunction of these cells has been associated with pregnancy loss

Homocysteine and Folate Metabolism

Both folate deficiency and hyperhomocysteinemia are known to be risk factors for infertility and pregnancy complications. Errors in these pathways caused by genetic mutations have been associated with autoimmune diseases Patients with a mutation of the MTHFR gene have difficulty reducing 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate to 5-methyltetrahydrofolate. 5- methyltetrahydrofolate is used to convert homocysteine to methionine by the enzyme methionine synthase. A 2010 study on a group of 71 Swedish and Finnish female patients with unexplained infertility found a higher incidence of folate metabolism polymorphisms compared to women in the general population. Folate receptor blocking autoantibodies have also been related to subfertility

Folate metabolism disorders can can lead to reduced cell division, inflammatory cytokine production, altered nitric oxide metabolism, increased oxidative stress, abnormal methylation reactions and thrombosis. This causes problems with folliculogenesis and implanting or maintaining a healthy pregnancy. In males, defects in this pathway can impair spermatogenesis.

Diagnostic testing in the naturopathic clinic

In addition to general and endocrine panels for infertility, consider testing for homocysteine, CRP, ESR, ANA panels, APA panels, PTT, Partial PTT, DHEA-S, TSH, Antithyroglobulin, Antithyroid peroxidase, HBA1C, CBC, diurnal cortisol, assessments for candida, and gluten sensitivity testing.

Clinically, I have found that optimal homocysteine levels should be 8mmol/L or below in patients with autoimmune infertility factors.

TH1 to TH2 ratios can be a very helpful tool for designing treatment plans. NK assays and testing for genetic variants of MTHFR are also available.

Conventional treatments:

These vary depending on results found and can include low dose aspirin, anti-coagulants, corticosteroids, IVIG, Lymphocyte immunization therapy (LIT) and TNF-alpha blockers. These are often combined with IVF or other assisted reproductive technologies.

Treatments in the naturopathic clinic

Some of the following treatment options may be considered after a thorough assessment determines specific autoimmune factors.

  1. To reduce TH1 dominant inflammatory responses in patients who require it, maritime pine extract (100mg bid), resveratrol ,(100mg bid) , and green tea EGCG (300mg catechins bid), . Maritime pine, and resveratrol also inhibit platelet aggregation and thrombosis,,. The antioxidant effects of these substances are also beneficial.
  2. Proline rich polypeptides such as those found in bovine colostrum may favour a shift towards TH1 and downregulate overactive TH2 responses.
  3. High quality omega 3 fish oil. 2 – 3g of EPA and DHA daily to aid with inflammatory and thrombotic disorders . A 2007 study on mice found that a ratio of 23:14 EPA to DHA decreased tnf alpha in 8 hours. EPA also regulates autoimmune markers in endometriosis
  4. L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate 5mg daily, vitamin B12 1000mcg qd and vitamin B6 75mg qd to improve homocysteine and folate metabolism. Screen for history of cancer before using high dose folate. Trimethylglycine 1000mg qd may also be used to lower homocysteine levels in selected patients.
  5. N-Acetyl Cysteine 600mg bid. Reduces inflammatory cytokines. Improves autoimmune thyroid disease NAC also enhances semen parameters and the oxidative status and quality of the endometrium . NAC also protects the integrity of ovaries subjected to physical and oxidative damage, and aids liver detoxifcation pathways.
  6. For patients with thyroid antibodies, l-selenomethionine 200mcg daily,,,. If hypothyroid, use of bio-identical hormone therapy may be indicated to prevent miscarriage. Trace minerals for thyroid function are also be beneficial.
  7. Thyroid protomorphogen may be useful for patients with antithyroid antibodies to act as a decoy. Increase dosage slowly to 1 tablet tid.
  8. Elimination of gluten should be implemented as required for patients with positive serology.
  9. Probiotics 20 billion CFUs daily. Rotate strains monthly to modulate immunity and repair gut lining. Treat candida if present.
  10. Support liver detoxification pathways.
  11. Bio-identical progesterone is a potent immunosuppressive agent capable of blocking both cytokine release and action . May be used in the luteal phase of the cycle to support early pregnancy.
  12. DHEA – can be useful in premature ovarian insufficiency and to improve pregnancy rate and reduce miscarriage in advanced maternal age. It has also been found to be beneficial in the treatment of autoimmune disease,, and to reduce NK cell activity. DHEA should only be used after serum DHEA-S and androgen evaluation. Dose adjusted according to patient need but is often 25mg tid or less.
  13. Addressing stress is very important in all patients suffering from the effects of reproductive challenges. Autoimmune diseases are aggravated by stress as it can increase humoral immunity and shift TH1:TH2 ratios. Adrenal therapies, sufficient sleep, yoga, meditation, movement therapy, and prayer can all positively effect patients in this journey


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The RARE System for Building a Prosperous Practice

Posted By Wendy Bauerschmidt, Monday, February 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

When you started your practice did you think "I’ll just set up my office, hang out a shingle and the patients will come.”?

It’s been my experience that for an integrative physician, this strategy results in a schedule that is not as full as it could be and income that is inconsistent. That’s a shame because just a few regular activities can change all that and create a steady flow of qualified patients and income.

Patients are the lifeblood of your practice. Apply the RARE System detailed below and your patient flow will be abundant. To do this, there are the 4 key areas where regular action is required. Together they create a firm foundation for a prosperous practice:

Patient Retention/reactivation

Keeping your current patients engaged creates a stable platform from which your practice can grow. It is much easier and less costly to sell additional services to a current patient than to recruit a new patient. While consistent new patient acquisition systems are definitely important, starting from scratch and running after new patients each month is costly and time-consuming, not to mention nerve-wracking. That said, even patients who are open to integrative medicine can tend to use it sporadically, i.e. only when they are "broken” again. Therefore, the challenge is to keep patients coming in regularly.

Developing solution-focused packages, ongoing wellness programs, health education in the form of newsletters, blogs and events all encourage patients to become part of your community. This keeps patients engaged and more inclined to come in regularly. Loyalty programs and special offers to current patients reinforce patient appreciation and make it more likely that patients will stay with you.

Reactivating patients is an area of low hanging fruit that is often overlooked. That’s too bad, because patients who have invested in your services and had a positive experience are more likely to come back. A phone call or letter to a patient who hasn’t been in for a while might be all that it takes. A special offer for a follow-up or a service that helps them maintain their health may do the trick. By following up you also send the message that you care about the ongoing health of your patient. The resulting positive regard is also more likely to trigger a referral.

New Patient Attraction

Whether you’ve been in practice for a long or short time a steady flow of new patients is usually required to maintain a consistent revenue stream. A website that works as a recruiting tool is increasingly important. Many patients who are interested in integrative medicine tend to do quite a bit of research. The internet is often their tool of choice. A web presence that connects with these clients is an essential element in that attraction process.

Speaking engagements are another effective way to attract new patients. Look for opportunities where your ideal patients hang out. Natural grocers, yoga and Pilates studios, women’s clubs and business or country clubs can be effective locally. In-office presentations can also work. The participants may not be ready for your services right away, so it is important to find a way to stay in their thoughts so that you come to mind when they are ready, or have a friend or family member who will benefit from your services.

You can accomplish this by getting them to sign up for a free report. To give them incentive to sign up, choose a hot topic for your ideal patient - one that addresses their most pressing health challenge or concern. Once they are on your list, provide some regular communication of value such as a newsletter or blog with articles or health tips. You can also use this opportunity to make special offers that encourage subscribers to become a patient. Your newsletter or blog is also an important part of your patient retention strategy as it also helps keep current patients plugged in.

Print, online and Facebook advertising, postcards and snail mail are also ways of attracting prospective patients. Once you have the free report discussed above you can offer it on your website to capture the e-mail addresses of those who visit your site via online and Facebook ads as well as organic search.

Patient Referrals

By doing your transformational work with patients and following some of the above steps you will naturally get referrals. A simple sign in your waiting room or at check-out reminding patients that a referral is the highest form of compliment reinforces this.

Referrals from other practitioners are another important source of ongoing patients. Cultivate relationships with referral partners by keeping in touch on a regular basis. Show your appreciation with a Thank You card. Keep the referring practitioner up to date on your treatment. Best of all - reciprocate with your own referral whenever possible.

Other aligned service providers can be a good source of referrals. For example, we have found that organic hair salons attract clients who are chemically sensitive. These are my husband’s ideal patients.

Patient Experience

Since patients are often paying out of pocket for integrative treatment, they expect a higher level of service than that received in a typical medical office.

The feeling a patient gets from the first time they call your office to their ongoing interaction with you and your staff creates their experience. That experience can add to the health benefits that they receive by working with you – or work against the goodwill gained by your clinical skills. Positive feelings reinforce their commitment to your practice and make them feel comfortable referring friends, family and colleagues.

Training front desk staff on how to answer calls from prospective and current patients is helpful here. Scripts of the most common questions work well and make sure that your message is consistent. Also, have your reception staff smile BEFORE picking up the phone. It will create the positive attitude that can be the difference between sale and no sale.

Simple things that make a patient feel considered and cared for are not costly and easy to implement. For example, patients value done-for-you checklists and instructions. In my husband’s office we have found that patients find the instructions in many of the take-home tests that he uses confusing. We have created our own instruction sheets and are adding videos of these instructions to our website. This reduces patient anxiety and inconvenience. An added benefit is that is also minimizes staff time answering questions about the tests.

Patient appreciation in particular enhances the positive experience for patients. Sending a Thank You card for a referral or a phone call after a first visit are easy and low cost ways to make a patient feel appreciated. These are easily implemented systems that your front desk can handle.

Look for other ways to show your patients appreciation. It was after I completed my own round of chelation that I realized in my husband’s office that we were missing a huge opportunity for patient acknowledgement. After completing 20 IV’s I felt that I should receive something to commemorate this important milestone. We now have a gift bag with a card acknowledging the patient’s significant investment in their health.

Consistency is Key

Practice building can be likened to the work that you do in getting a patient back to health – it is a marathon not a sprint. Aim for a minimum of one activity in each of these key practice-building areas each month. If you do one a week, the tasks are very do-able. The cumulative effects will be significant.

Many of these activities can and should be delegated. Your highest value is in generating revenue by providing services or converting leads into patients or additional services. Lead generating content, mailings, event planning and phone calls can be done by others.

Putting it All Together

As an example, one month’s activities might include:

Week 1 – (Retention) Phone calls to past patients

Week 2 – (Attraction) Speaking engagement

Week 3 – (Referral) Lunch with a potential referral colleague

Week 4 – (Experience) Staff training, patient appreciation program

Implement the RARE System regularly and you will soon find that your schedule is rarely open.

About Wendy

Wendy Bauerschmidt’s experience has been earned by growing her husband’s successful functional medicine practice in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Along the way, she has encountered most of the opportunities and pitfalls of marketing and managing the operations of a growing integrative medical office.

Wendy’s passion is helping integrative practitioners get more patients and manage their office and overhead so that they can help more people and change the face of health care while earning a healthy income. She specializes in creating outstanding patient experiences, developing solution-focused packages that sell themselves and training front desk staff to become a marketing asset.

Wendy holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from SDA Bocconi in Milan, Italy. Her corporate career specializing in "high touch” servicing systems prepared her to create high-performance, patient-focused environments that are key ingredients to success in the new integrative medicine paradigm. Wendy invests heavily in coaching and marketing mentorship to stay on the leading edge of what is working in today’s competitive marketing environment and how it is best applied to integrative medicine. Her website is

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Announcing New Stategic Alliances

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 1, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Irvine, Calif -- The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), a leading provider of integrative medicine, today announced a strategic alliance with Natural Standard and Doctor's Data, Inc and the unveiling of a new member benefit for ACAM members.

The new ACAM-DDI-Natural Standard member portal will allow ACAM members to have access to some of the most robust research tools in the alternative medicine arena.

"We are thrilled to be able to provide this new member benefit at no cost to our ACAM members," stated Michael Boutot, Executive Director for ACAM. He continues, "ACAM is thrilled about this joint venture relationship with both Natural Standard and Doctor's Data, Inc. and is looking forward to a long lasting relationship with both organizations."

About Natural Standard:

Natural Standard is an international multidisciplinary collaboration that includes contributors from more than 100 eminent academic institutions. Research teams systematically gather scientific data and expert opinions to develop comprehensive monographs that are designed to facilitate clinical decision making. For each therapy, the available scientific evidence of effectiveness is evaluated using the Natural Standard Evidence-Based Validated Grading Rationale™. All monographs undergo blinded peer review prior to inclusion in Natural Standard databases. Scott Wolter, national director for Natural Standard stated "It has been a pleasure working with ACAM and DDI. We are excited that we are able to provide our resource to ACAM members." Wolter continues, "ACAM members will now have access to the most comprehensive database of high-quality, evidence-based systematic reviews on dietary supplements and CAM therapies. Our database is a clinical decision support tool that is designed to advise clinicians and researchers on the safety and efficacy of herbs, supplements, vitamins, diets, nutrition, exercise, and complementary practices and modalities." For more information about Natural Standard visit

About Doctor's Data, Inc.:

Doctor's Data, Inc., (DDI) an independent clinical laboratory with over 40 years' experience, provides specialty laboratory testing and services for healthcare practitioners worldwide. DDI's tests are utilized in the assessment, detection, prevention, and treatment of heavy metal burden, nutritional deficiencies, gastrointestinal function, cardiovascular risk, metabolic abnormalities, and diseases of environmental origin.Darrell Hickok, President and CEO of DDI states "we are very pleased to continue our ongoing support of ACAM and its members. This educational tool can provide relevant and rapid information for physicians as needed.” For more information about DDI

About The American College for Advancement in Medicine:

The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating physicians and other health care professionals on the safe and effective application of integrative medicine. ACAM's healthcare model focuses on prevention of illness and a strive for total wellness. ACAM is the voice of integrative medicine; our goals are to improve physician skills, knowledge and diagnostic procedures as they relate to integrative medicine; to support integrative medicine research; and to provide education on current standard of care as well as additional approaches to patient care. ACAM enables members of the public to connect with physicians who take an integrative approach to patient care and empowers individuals with information about integrative medicine treatment options.Celebrating now more than 40 years of service, ACAM represents nearly 700 medical professionals in 28 countries. ACAM is the largest and oldest organization of its kind in the world dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of the integrative medicine industry.

For more information, visit the company’s website at

American College for Advancement in Medicine
8001 Irvine Center Drive; Suite 825
Irvine, CA 92618
Phone: (949) 309-3520

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ACAM Welcomes Dr. Paul Tai as Newest Advisor to the Board

Posted By Administration, Monday, January 28, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Calif -- The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Tai, DPM, FACFS, ABPS, ABAARM, DACBN as ACAM’s newest Advisor to the Board of Directors.

Dr. Tai has a tremendous history and passion towards integrative medicine with a significant focus on anti-aging.

"We look forward to Dr. Tai assisting ACAM with incorporating the concepts of rejuvenation and optimized biomedical gerontology into the educational curriculum of ACAM,” said Neal Speight, MD, President and CEO of ACAM.

Among many other accolades Dr. Tai is the founder and serves as Chairman and President of the Brasil American Academy of Aging & Regenerative Medicine (BARM).

About ACAM: The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating physicians and other health care professionals on the safe and effective application of integrative medicine. ACAM's healthcare model focuses on prevention of illness and a strive for total wellness. ACAM is the voice of integrative medicine; our goals are to improve physician skills, knowledge and diagnostic procedures as they relate to integrative medicine; to support integrative medicine research; and to provide education on current standard of care as well as additional approaches to patient care.

About Dr. Tai: Prof. Dr. Paul Ling Tai is the Chairman of the Department of the Post Graduate Medical Education and Chairman of the Department of Medical Research at University of Health Science Antigua (UHSA), School of Medicine & School of Nursing; A Professor of Aging & Regenerative Medicine & Professor of Clinical Nutrition; Chairman & President of the Brasil American Academy of Aging & Regenerative Medicine (BARM), Institute of Bones, Joints & Muscle Pain, International Society of Obesity & Metabolic Dysfunction, American Academy of Anti-Aging Clinical Nutrition & International Society of Stem Cell & Genetics; A past faculty member and lecturer of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), American, and World Organization of Natural Medicine Practitioners (WONMP); a frequent lecturer at American Naturopathic Medical Association (ANMA) and countless other Anti-Aging & Health Conferences worldwide.

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Fighting Colds and Flu Naturally

Posted By Anette Mnabhi, DO, Friday, January 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

How many viruses does it take to get sick?


Simple steps you can take to help your body!

These foundation steps are critical to building and restoring your immune function. Nothing can replace the basics. No pill can take the place of what the body needs to build and repair itself.

The Foundation

Water, Water, Water

  • Humidify the air at home and work!
  • Stay Well Hydrated! Drink 8-10 glasses daily!
  • Handwashing–wash those germs away!


  • 7-8 hours average
  • 9-10 for people with chronic health concerns


  • Sugar paralyzes your white blood cells


  • Strengthens your immune system

A Positive Attitude

  • "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine”
  • Positive attitude boosts your immune function

Foods & Nutrients To Boost Immune Function

  • Zinc
    • Beans, Nuts (such as pumpkin seeds)
  • Vitamin C
    • Citrus Fruits, Kiwi, Strawberries, Red and Green Peppers, Tomatoes, Cantaloupe
  • Garlic and Onions
    • Antibacterial
    • Antiviral
    • Increase the activity of NK cells and T-helper cells
  • Fresh Oregano and Thyme
  • Fresh Ginger
    • Honey Ginger Tea
  • Vitamin D3
  • North American Gingseng
  • Probiotics

This is a great little recipe to try when you feel something coming on. If it is too strong you can always dilute more and drink more. Take as you would an antibiotic, ate least twice daily and better if 3-4 times a day.


16 ounces pineapple juice

8-10 garlic cloves (a small bulb of garlic)

Blend well and drink as needed.

Here is a nice little recipe for your own essential oil hand sanitizer. Gentle on the hands, but effective.

Home Made Hand Sanitizer Recipe

4oz glass spray bottle

Sterile water

1 Tsp aloe vera gel

5 drops each of these essential oils:

Cinnamon, clove, rosemary, eucalyptus

10 drops of lemon or wild orange essential oil.

Shake gently and use 2-3 sprays on hands as needed.

For natural decongestant effect crush these fresh herbs and put into a bowl of hot steaming water, cover your head with a towel, and enjoy the soothing natural decongestant effects.

Decongestant Herbs:

Eucalyptus, Thyme, Rosemary, Peppermint

Staying well is a challenge when the cold and flu is raging all around you, but keeping your immune system healthy by getting the basics in, like sleep, good nutrition, and staying well hydrated goes a long way to staying fit and healthy.

Be well!

Dr. Anette

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Join ACAM & Save 50% on Dr. Alan Gaby's Textbook "Nutritional Medicine"

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Nutritional Medicine is a textbook designed to teach healthcare practitioners how to use nutritional therapy as an alternative or adjunct to conventional medicine.

It is the result of over thirty years of research, study, and experience by Dr. Alan Gaby, who is widely recognized as an authority on medical nutrition.

"A landmark, a milestone in the history of 21st century medicine." - Jonathon V. Wright, M.D. | Pioneer in nutritional medicine.

"I recommend that Nutritional Medicine be on the desk of every healthcare practitioner." - William Manahan, M.D. | Past President, American Holistic Medical Association.

The book features:

  • More than 400 different health conditions and symptoms discussed in detail.
  • Sixty-one chapters on vitamins, minerals, and other therapeutic agents, including biochemistry, clinical indications, absorption, excretion, deficiency signs, requirements, assessment of nutritional status, adverse effects, drug interactions, nutrient interactions, preparations, and dosage and administration.
  • Chapters on fundamentals of nutritional medicine including dietary fundamentals, reactive hypoglycemia, food allergy, "sub-laboratory" hypothyroidism, and candidiasis.
  • More than 1,300 pages and 15,000 reference citations.

ACAM has secured an exclusive discount on this valuable textbook for our new members. Join ACAM today and pay only $147.50 for this incredible book! (Retail value: $295)

Call us at: 1-800-532-3688 or (949) 309-3520 for information on this promotion.

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Save the Date for ACAM's Spring Education Summit

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Please save the dates for ACAM's upcoming Spring 2013 Education Summit, May 29 - June 2, 2013, in beautiful Hollywood, Florida.

Enjoy ACAM's one-of-a-kind continuing medical education combined with a relaxing getaway at the Westin Diplomat Resort.

Pre-Conference workshops will be hosted on Wed, May 29 and Thur, May 30 on the following topics:

  • Integrative Psychiatry for the Non-Psychiatric Practitioner
  • Metal Toxicology
  • and more to be announced soon

The General Session will be Fri, May 31 - Sun, June 2 on:

  • Managing Mitochondrial Function in Clinical Practice

Be first to get information on this event by joining the Interest List here.

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Attend IHS and Save 15% - Compliments of ACAM

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 13, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Integrative Healthcare Symposium

Conference: February 28 – March 2, 2013

Pre-Conference Workshop: February 27, 2013

Hilton New York, NY

Visit for more information.

Practical and Inspirational knowledge to immediately enhance your practice.

The Integrative Healthcare Symposium brings together the most influential and inspiring multi-disciplinary practitioners and healthcare professionals who are dedicated to improving patient care and defining the future of integrative healthcare.

Join us for four days covering more than 60 live session hours presented by nationally and internationally renowned speakers in the fields of Nutrition, Hormones/Women’s Health, Mind Body Spirit, Integrative Approaches, Integrative Nurses, World Medicine and more.

2013 Keynotes include: - Jeffrey Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB

- David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM

- Mehmet Oz, MD

- Larry Dossey, MD

See a complete list of 2013 Speakers

Register today!
Register online at and use

Promo Code: 105403 for your 15% ACAM discount.

Visit for more information:

View the 2013 Conference Program

Learn more about: Continuing Medical Education credit certified by Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke’s & Roosevelt Hospitals and Continuing Education Programs offered to naturopaths, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and registered dietitians.

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ACAM Reflects on the Life of James Frackelton, MD, FACAM

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of one of ACAM’s founding fathers, James Frackelton, MD, FACAM. Dr. Frackelton served as ACAM President from 1985-1987.

He was a major player in the fight for EDTA chelation therapy, examining the therapy and its critics as well as publishing articles and studies such as the landmark study about free radical control as the primary mechanism for chelation therapy that he published with Elmer Cranton, MD in 1984.

Dr. Frackelton received his undergraduate education from Yale University and his MD degree from Case Western Reserve University. After an extra year in Immunology and hospital training, he spent two and a half years in the U.S. Navy where he served as a flight surgeon. He established practice in Westlake in 1958 emphasizing Family Practice with a specialty in Exercise Cardiology. As chairman of the Family Practice Department at Fairview General Hospital, he established the Family Practice Residency program.

In 1976, Dr. Frackelton changed the direction of his medical practice to emphasize Preventive Medicine and formed Preventive Medicine Group. After many years of studying biochemistry, he began teaching nutrient and detoxification therapies to alternative oriented physicians.

A special note from Dr. Frackelton’s longtime business partner, Derrick Lonsdale, MD, FACAM:

"Jim Frackelton and I met in a small group of professionals that had become interested in what has come to be known as Complementary Alternative Medicine. At that time, only a few short years ago,it was easy to get into a position where one's medical license was jeopardized.We met in each other's houses, somewhat like the early Christians and called it ‘The Nutrition Cell’.

In 1982 Jim offered me a partnership in the practice that he founded in 1976. In spite of several official attempts to discredit us, we never looked back and the practice became known as Preventive Medicine Group.Jim was a true pioneer and a tireless leader who has been a giant in helping CAM to its present acceptance.

He had a degree in Chinese language and had the courage to give the first two minutes of a lecture in China in their own language.It was during his presidency that he changed the name of the organization from the American Institute of Medical Preventics to its present name as the American College for Advancement in Medicine, a fundamental change in professional perspective that made it easier to attract speakers for the biannual conferences.His pioneering leadership in chelation and CAM treatment of cancer patients enabled him to ease the health burdens of thousands. In spite of his rapidly declining physical health, his mind remained as sharp as ever and he continued to drive to the office and see patients until only twenty four hours before his death.As his partner and friend of thirty years I am one of many physicians, nurses and patients that owe him a debt of gratitude that is beyond price.” - Derrick Lonsdale, MD

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ACAM Welcomes New Executive Director Michael Boutot

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
ACAM is thrilled to announce the hiring of Michael Boutot as ACAM’s new Executive Director.

"We are delighted to have Michael join us. He is highly qualified to help lead ACAM into the next decade and beyond as we forge new paths through the world of Integrative Medicine and we are privileged to have him as part of our team!” said Neal Speight, MD, ACAM President and CEO.

Michael is a business consultant and entrepreneur with nearly 30 years experience in various professional arenas. Michael has spent the past 15 years in sales leadership and sales training in the legal and litigation support arena as well as serving as a business coach and consultant to several companies and organizations.

He has previously served as director of litigation management for Atlanta-based Crawford & Company, the world’s largest provider of claims management solutions to insurance companies. Michael established Crawford & Company’s Litigation Management Division and there developed his Managed Legal Care concept to litigation management. He grew that business in less than three years to over 2,500 law firms across the United States and Canada and likewise established their Legal Services Provider Network.

In July 2002 Michael became one of the originating founders of the International Litigation Management Association and served as their President and Chairman of the Board until 2007 when the organization merged with the Council on Ethical Billing and together later became the Council on Litigation Management (or the CLM). He served in a transitional role as Chairman of the advisory board and President for the first year after the organizations merged. With over 20 years experience in the insurance claims industry, Michael has extensive experience in the area of litigation management and the creation of litigation management standards and guidelines.

An experienced private investigator (trained as a counter-intelligence agent with the United States Army), claims manager, and having served as an executive in sales & marketing, Michael presents a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm as a gifted speaker and motivator. In addition to his professional experience, Michael has formed extensive relationships and alliances within the legal, litigation, risk management and insurance industries.

Married for over 31 years, Michael and his wife Carol have raised twelve children. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. He has also received training as a family counselor. Michael and his family currently reside in Monroe, GA.

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Suzanne Somers Speaking at ACAM Fall 2012 Conference

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 9, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Irvine, Calif. --American College for Advancement in Medicine is ecstatic to welcome Suzanne Somers to its Fall Conference and Tradeshow Friday, Nov. 16.

Ms. Somers will speak in place of Tony Lamas, MD who was originally set to discuss the findings of the NIH Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT).

"ACAM is pleased to be joined by wellness advocate Suzanne Somers to discuss her life altering experiences related to integrative and alternative therapies,” said Megan Marburger, Executive Director for ACAM.

Ms. Somers' speaking engagement will be hosted at ACAM's Friday luncheon which is complimentary to all guests of its 'New Developments in Gut Health and its Relationship to Systemic Illness' Scientific Session.

For more information on ACAM’s Fall Conference and Tradeshow please visit

About ACAM: The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) is a not-for-profit Organization dedicated to educating physicians and other health care professionals on the safe and effective application of integrative medicine. ACAM's healthcare model focuses on prevention of illness and a strive for total wellness. ACAM is the voice of integrative medicine: our goals are to improve physician skills, knowledge and diagnostic procedures as they relate to integrative medicine; to support integrative medicine research; and to provide education on current standard of care as well as additional approaches to patient care.

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