Wednesday, September 12, 2018

What Works about ICIM

Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot

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An Orthomolecular Approach to Cancer

Register for ICIM’s 65th Congress in Minneapolis, Oct 17-21, 2018 – Two-time Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling coined the term “orthomolecular medicine” to describe a robust and comprehensive approach to helping patients through the use of naturally occurring substances, particularly nutrients, in maintaining health and treating disease. At this fall’s semi-annual meeting, the International College of Integrative Medicine (ICIM) and the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine (ISOM) have assembled a broad curriculum of lectures and workshops on how to incorporate the developing field of orthomolecular medicine into a medical practice, particularly in dealing with cancer.
New this year, registration includes a physician AND a guest, such as another practitioner or a family member.  So bring a friend!
The backdrop for this conference is the beautifully restored historic train station, Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel - The Depot.  Reserve a room in our discounted room block when you register before September 19
There’s a lot on the learning agenda.  Program Chair Jeff Kotulski DO and his ICIM team have invited Tom Wagner MD to speak about the field of molecular immunology and his belief that modern medicine should leave the world of small organic molecule drugs and enter the world of personalized cellular medicine. Paul Anderson ND will describe the use of labs and imaging in primary assessment, and how to troubleshooting and reassess when the treatment program should be altered. Local Minneapolis icon Greg Plotnikoff MD plans to address variations in the vitamin K and vitamin A pathways for cancer prevention and treatment. ICIM member David Brownstein MD, author of fifteen popular books on integrative medicine will discuss the importance of ensuring optimal iodine levels in order to prevent cancers of the glandular tissues and other organs.
Chemotherapy has remained the standard for treating metastatic cancer for the last several decades. Canadian cancer pioneer Akbar Khan MD claims to reveal the truth about chemotherapy in his lecture: “Is Chemotherapy Overrated?  Metabolic Therapy with DCA and DMSO as an Alternate Approach.” ICIM member Joe Hickey MD brings a wealth of experience to his topic about the carcinogenic qualities of the body’s toxic metal load. Vitamin C has long shown promise as a treatment for cancer, and we’ll be hearing from two researchers looking at both high- and low-dose protocols: Ron Hunninghake MD and Walter Lemmo ND. With so many options for treatment available, Virginia Osborne ND and Christine Salter MD will present a road map to individualize cancer care. The conference will include Angela Poff PhD covering the metabolic alterations characteristic of cancer cells and the multifaceted ways that ketosis may influence these pathways to elicit therapeutic effects, and Jen Green ND who urges patients to address underlying imbalances in their “oncology terrain." Dr. Green writes, “while conventional cancer therapies are often needed to remove cancer, cancer is like a perennial plant and the soil must be modified to prevent recurrence.”
ICIM member and board advisor John Parks Trowbridge MD will challenge attendees to re-write the medical textbook by acknowledging how deep blood fungus could relate to cancer. Finally, we will conclude with Greg Plotnikoff MD, reminding physicians to check stool testing for small chain fatty acids, in his lecture “Microbial Production of Butyrate: Histone Deacetylation and Cancer,” and Michael J Gonzalez PhD “Targeting the tumor microenvironment for cancer prevention and therapy.”
Consider coming early for three lead-in workshops with perspectives on regenerative medicine, IV therapies for cancer, and cancer care with herbs and wholistic treatments.  
According Dr. Kotulski who designed this meeting, the connecting thread is an awareness of spirituality which weaves it all together. “Overwhelming data shows that the best predictor of long term survivability is having a spiritual connection,” says Dr. Kotulski, who plans to infuse the gathering with a deep sense of meaning. As always, social events at ICIM will surprise and delight attendees with local treasures, including a meal by the Sioux Chef, morning walks on the Stone Arch Bridge, and a visit to the famous Guthrie Theater for “Frankenstein – Playing with Fire.”

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

ICIM registration and welcome to "What Works in Clinical Medicine"

ICIM portraits

Heavy Metal Toxic Blues (aka The ICIM Fight Song)

(commissioned by ICIM President Chuck Adams MD, to the tune of "Working at the Car Wash Blues")

The Industrial Revo-lu-lution
Started the pol-lu-lu-lution
Now there's metal in the meadows, in the flowers and trees,
Not to mention in the birds and the bees, they wouldn't listen to the
Fact that there was danger,
Now we're shakin' all the way to our shoes,
We got them...
Steadily distressin’ low down mind-messin'
Heavy metal toxic blues

Well, our blood pressure is rising higher
And good health is falling free
We see people too young growing old too fast,
Asking 'How can this be happening to me?'
They called the doctor but
 the mainstream docs are all puzzled and shocked
'Cause they never really learned what to do
With them
Steadily distressin’ low down mind-messin'
Heavy metal toxic blues

You've got to dig way down
Sort the data around
To find the underlying cause
I'd treat my patients' ills
Without big pharma pills
but right now that's against the law

Now we've got toxins in the air and the water
We've got toxins in our food and our phones
We've got air pollution, light pollution,
Up too late at night pollution
And metal just won't leave us alone, that heavy metal
It's an uphill climb, but one patient at a time
You and I can make a difference too
And we'll beat those...
Steadily distressin’ low down mind-messin'
Heavy metal toxic blues

Friday, June 1, 2018

Welcome from Carol Petersen RPh, CNP

Welcome to spring in Cincinnati and to What Works in Clinical Medicine!
We are very happy to announce that this meeting has been approved by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) for up to 20 hours of Category 1 CME credits.  We submitted our application in a format called “blended learning”.   This means that we have scheduled blocks of time for all to participate.  We intend that the speakers will be the matches that ignite discussion. 
The expression “a happening” comes to my mind when I think about ICIM meetings.   This one is no exception.  We have celebrations at the Cincinnati Zoo, a taste of astronomy, music, entertainment and even grocery shopping which all serve to provide opportunities to mingle with old friends and make new ones.  This leads to powerful collaborations that can last for a lifetime.
As usual, we have taken good care to provide excellent nourishment.  Banned are the ordinary pastry and coffee breaks.  With our concentration on quality of food, we become better learners.  Partaking in good food stimulates even more opportunities for mingling.
We have a great group of exhibitors who are here to help solve problems in your practices.  Each of them have a message for you!  Take the time to find out what it is.  They are here not only to support your practices but have committed to help make ICIM a strong organization by attending, promoting and supporting this meeting.  Let’s acknowledge and thank them individually during the exhibit times.
Finally, we have offered a large menu of learning opportunities.  Most are directed to toward clinical practice but there are opportunities to learn practice management skills and get updated on legal issues.  Don’t forget to provide feedback for future programming.
And now the Beatles’ song “Come Together” is playing in my head.  Coming together here in Cincinnati not only improves the quality that we bring to our work and for our patients but makes an impact on the health and resilience of our whole society.
Thank you for coming together and we hope this meeting will be unforgettable.

Carol Petersen RPh, CNP
Program Chair