Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Temazcal

A temazcal is a traditional Mexican steam bath, similar to the Native American sweat lodge. It takes place in a circular, domed structure made of stone or mud. The size can vary; it may accommodate from two up to twenty people The structure itself is also referred to as a temazcal. Besides promoting physical well-being and healing, the temazcal is also a ritual and spiritual practice in which traditional healing methods are used to encourage reflection and introspection. While the body rids itself of toxins through sweating, the spirit is renewed through ritual. The temazcal is thought to represent the womb and people coming out of the bath are, in a symbolic sense, re-born. The word temazcal comes from the Nahuatl (the language of the Aztecs), although many of the indigenous groups had this practice, including the Mayans, Toltecs, and Zapotecs. It is a combination of the words temal, meaning "bath," and calli, meaning "house." The leader or guide of the temazcal experience is usually a curandero (a healer or medicine man or woman), and may be referred to as a temazcalero. In the traditional temazcal, hot river rocks are heated on a fire outside the structure and are brought in and placed in the center of the lodge at a few different intervals (traditionally four times) while the people inside sweat and may participate in a ceremony, rub their bodies with aloe, or swat themselves with herbs. Water that may have herbs soaking in it is thrown onto the hot rocks to create fragrant steam and increase the heat. Upon exiting the temazcal, participants may be invited to bathe in cold water by taking a quick dip in a cenote, the ocean or a pool, or to take a cold shower. In other cases, they may be wrapped in towels and their body temperature is allowed to come down more gradually.

ICIM Members in Maya Tulum

Retreat Wisdom: Maya Tulum, 2015

We Celebrated the carrer of John Parks Trowbridge in Dearborn

John Parks Trowbridge M. D., FACAM

Dr. John Parks Trowbridge earned the rank of Eagle Scout before he attended Stanford University as a National Merit Scholar and California State Scholar, graduating in 1970 with an A. B. degree in Biological Sciences.  While an undergraduate, he worked half-time-plus in the departments of immunology and medical microbiology for 3 years.  His first book, a training manual on blood coagulation testing procedures, was privately published in 1971.  After training in medical laboratory technology and serving as night director at the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Redwood City, California, he attended the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), finishing in 1976 with an M. D. degree.  Serving as the first National Trustee for the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), he was privileged to address the House of Delegates of the American Podiatry Association (APA) in 1975, where he received their Special Commendation for sponsoring closer inter-professional relationships, complementing a similar award that year from the American Podiatry Students Association (APSA).  As a student associate in the Division of Research in Medical Education, he completed a series of 12 color-videotapes on congenital heart disease, still used in teaching medical students around the world.

After a general surgery internship at Mt. Zion Hospital and Medical Center in San Francisco, he briefly studied urological surgery at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, in the Texas Medical Center in Houston.   In 1978, he started a general medical practice in Humble, a Houston suburb.  Always curious, he expanded into industrial medicine, serving the needs of over 50 light- and heavy-manufacturing companies, with concerns ranging from pre-employment determinations to on-the-job injuries to toxic chemical exposures. In 1980 - 82, Dr. Trowbridge was the chief medical consultant for Texas International Airlines, which bought and merged into Continental Airlines.  From 1980 through 1996, he served as an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) for the Federal Aviation Administration.  The last 12 years of FAA service were as a Senior AME, working closely with commercial airline pilots.  By 1981, Dr. Trowbridge was turning to the intensive study of how nutritional changes – with supplements and diet – could improve the condition of patients with chronic degenerative diseases ..... the ones for which operations provide little relief, the ones for which more and more medications are needed for years, the ones that finally kill people after long suffering without effective answers or treatments in traditional medical practices.
In 1985, he was awarded a Diplomate in Preventive Medicine by the Medical Research Institute of the Florida Institute of Technology for masters-level graduate studies in nutrition.   Dr. Trowbridge became certified as a specialist in the removal of toxic heavy metals by the American Board of Chelation Therapy (now the ABCMT) in 1985 and as a specialist in treating arthritis/sports injuries by the (now defunct) American Board of Biologic Reconstructive Therapy  (arthritis and pain medicine) in 1993; he served as an examiner for both boards.  In 2006, he was named a director and then secretary of the American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology (ABCMT).  The International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM) elected Dr.  Trowbridge a director in 2007; he became the first physician president in 2009.  He served as director and officer of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM, 1984 - 91) and was awarded highest recognition as a Fellow of the College (FACAM) in 1991.

Dr. Trowbridge also served as chairman of the board of governors of the National Health Federation (NHF) in 1989 and as president of the Great Lakes College of Clinical Medicine (GLCCM, now ICIM) in 1995 - 96.  From 1996 through 1998, Dr. Trowbridge was program chair for the advanced chelation training seminars in “Heavy Metal Toxicology: Diagnosis and Treatment”; he has lectured at the advanced training as a founding faculty member since 1993.  In 2000, he was re-elected to the board of directors of GLCCM and appointed editor of their newsletter; in 2001, the society changed its name to the International College of Integrative Medicine (ICIM) and he was named as board secretary, a post he held through 2008.   From 1992 through 1998, he served as a charter member of the board of directors of the American Preventive Medical Association (now the American Association for Health Freedom, AAHF).  Since 1995, he has served on the Medical Advisory Board of the Arthritis Trust, having become skilled in using this specialized treatment program in his practice since 1983.  He served as president of the NCR Doctors Association, a group promoting a safe and effective treatment for migraine and other headaches and painful neck, back, and posture problems, from 2002 to 2003; in 2003, the group reformed as the NCR Research Institute, and he served since as its president through 2011.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

ICIM isn’t all study. Our community knows how to have a great time together.

We have a schedule of social events that will showcase the best of Detroit, rejuvenate your mind and raise your spirit! We have so many social activities planned we thought you’d like to see it all in one place:

I’m going to start with Sunday afternoon first, because I think it is so rare and exciting to have a chance to explore Detroit from the inside. Sunday afternoon we have something very special planned. Local raw foods chef and farmers market vendor Charma Dompreh will be creating packed lunches for us, including her famous “Sassy Green Chips”. We will enjoy our food at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and then take a personal docent tour of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History by ICIM member and local expert Ann Burton MD. Please plan to linger a little longer for this fascinating opportunity.

Wednesday night
At 8pm we’ll be having wine and cheese and a movie night in Suite 170 to watch an episode from Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey where heavy metals are the star.

Thursday night
Happy Hour; Drinks, Docs, & Delicious Dishes from 6-7:30pm sponsored by World Nutrition in the Grosse Point Room, near the registration area. Join Jennifer McClellan, and speaker Donese Worden, NMD to start the weekend off with a bang!

Friday morning
Friday morning Health Dimensions is sponsoring a networking breakfast in the Lincoln Room. Join Franca Gardner NP, and meet others working with Lyme disease and Immune Dysfunction.

Friday night
Friday night is also our Exhibit Hall Party 6-8pm, always a fabulous time. With an open bar and open hearts, we welcome back Dr. Dick's Good Vibes, a popular Detroit area jazz group led by our founding member, Dr. Dick Tapert. The Sing MAHALIA Chorus” and Renee King Jackson will be performing for our party, right outside the classroom doors. Our Exhibit reception will feature vegan delights, and a Pina Colada station.

Buy a stretch limo ride in a Hummer for $10, the perfect way to see Detroit. The limo will shuttle people from 7:30-10:30pm to the free DLECTRICITY festival in Midtown. The Detroit Institute of Arts is open until 10pm, with live music and art using the medium of light throughout the Cultural Center Historic District. This area has the best 1920s architecture of the city including the Detroit Public Library, Detroit Historical Museum, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American HistoryDetroit Science Center, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The DLECTRICITY festival will light up the neighborhood and bring thousands of people out to enjoy art installations, theater, food trucks, and the many bars and restaurants with a local flair.
For those with tickets, The John Parks Trowbridge dinner will begin at 8pm, and end at about 9:30pm. Your ticket price includes a trip on the Hummer limo to head downtown and enjoy the festival until after midnight. Dress code for the dinner is flexible, but not formal.

Saturday night
ICIM membership meeting will be at 6pm in the Fairlane Room. New members- come and be introduced!
Saturday will be quieter, but we will have an evening activity at 8pm I’m calling “Show and Tell.” I know many attendees come with special techniques to address pain. If you would like to demonstrate a technique or a piece of equipment you find effective, come gather for an informal time of sharing hosted by Jenny Rymer.

If you do Reiki, Energy work or Prayer, please send light and blessings to our gathering, and hold the intention that our time together will be intellectually stimulating, emotionally nurturing, and spiritually insightful.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Check in with our current Corporate Sponsors

Doctor’s Data Inc.
Doctor's Data, Inc. has provided innovative specialty testing to healthcare practitioners around the world from our advanced CLIA-licensed clinical laboratory since 1972. A specialist and pioneer in essential and toxic elemental testing, the laboratory provides a wide array of functional testing to aid in decision making and better patient outcomes.  Choose DDI to help you assess and treat heavy metal burden, nutritional deficiencies, gastrointestinal function, cardiovascular risk, liver and metabolic abnormalities, and more.
Labrix Clinical Services, Inc.
Accurate and reliable salivary hormone testing and urinary neurotransmitter testing with fast turn-around times makes Labrix a leader world-wide.  New York certified and committed to scientific quality and integrity, Labrix gives practitioners a strong foundation upon which to build successful practices. Labrix was founded by clinicians for clinicians to fulfill each practitioner’s need for precision, reliability and service. We offer reliable results on Estradiol, Progesterone, Testosterone, and DHEA by averaging four samples throughout the day to more accurately reflect each patient’s hormonal function (since these levels fluctuate greatly). FDA-approved, guaranteed 5 day turnaround, secure on-line practitioner access, free staff physician consultations on reports, patient friendly kits for easy sample collection.
Alletess Medical Laboratory, Inc
Alletess Medical Laboratory, Inc. has been a market leader in allergy and immunology testing for over thirty years. The laboratory is committed to providing reliable, reproducible and affordable test results. Our dedication to our clients is maintained by a highly knowledgeable staff, cutting edge medical technology, customized diet and wellness programs and exceptional service. Nutrition consultations and technical support provide additional value for our clients.
Wellness Pharmacy
Wellness Pharmacy® has helped make the art of compounding simple for over 45 years. With licensure in 49 states and pharmacists readily available to answer your questions, we can provide quality compounds, injectables, and service to you and your patients.  Wellness is also the only pharmacy to hold two patents on IV Glutathione. David Perlmutter, MD, has noted us in several medical references for experience and compounding expertise including and The Better Brain Book. Representative samples of our compounds are analyzed in independent labs for sterility and quantity of active ingredient. Our state-of-the-art, USP 797 compliant, IV laboratory contains Class 100 laminar hoods in certified clean rooms. All inject able products go through extensive end product testing for sterility, potency, endotoxin and particulate matter. Some of our specialties include patented reduced l-Glutathione, formulations for Autistic patients, Antifungals, Pain Gels, Bio-Identical Hormones, Chelation Therapy, Thyroid preparations, Mesotherapy, Prolotherapy, and various Injectables.  Wellness also provides professional grade supplements from Allergy Research Group, American Biologics, Cardio Vascular Research, Klaire Labs, MMSPro, Kirkman Labs, Nordic Naturals, and Thorne Research.
Nordic Naturals
Since 1995, Nordic Naturals has been an industry leader in omega-3 fish oil supplementation, setting standards for purity, freshness, taste, and sustainability. With a reputation for efficacy and potency, Nordic Naturals fish oils and essential fatty acid blends are regularly chosen by independent research institutions and universities, with over 25 published scientific studies and more than 30 in progress. Distributing to over 30 countries on 6 continents, Nordic Naturals offers more than 150 products in a variety of flavors, concentrations, and delivery forms. Nordic Naturals continues to deliver on its promise of innovation and quality you can trust.
MD Prescriptives
MD Prescriptives was created by clinicians who realized patients were taking a large number of supplements with marginal effectiveness. MD Prescriptives products are the most potent, bioavailable supplements on the market, but are designed for sensitive individuals. The products are also hypoallergenic with no hidden fillers, artificial colors, fragrance to diminish the bioavailability or quality of the product. In addition, products are free from wheat, yeast, gluten, corn, sugar, starch, preservatives or hydrogenated oils.
Women's International Pharmacy
Women’s International Pharmacy provides custom compounded doses of bioidentical hormone therapies to men and women.  Founded in 1985 by Wallace L. Simons, R.Ph., we have helped hundreds of thousands of individuals with their hormone balance.  We compound the prescription as directed by the licensed healthcare practitioner to meet the patient’s needs.  We deliver the highest quality, individually, compounded prescriptions possible in the shortest amount of time and with the latest technology.  Our consulting pharmacists are available to answer technical questions from healthcare practitioners, clinic staff, and their patients on specific formulations and/or dosages for hormone-related imbalances.  Women's International Pharmacy is dedicated to customer satisfaction, exceptional service and provides, upon request, educational information on hormone therapies for practitioners and their patients.
Ecological Formulas- Cardiovascular Research
With the founding of Cardiovascular Research, Ltd. in 1981, four products were launched, each possessing a different mechanism of action in cardiovascular physiology.  In response to the growing needs of individuals with food and chemical sensitivities, Ecological Formulas, a subsidiary, was established in 1982.  Ecological Formulas was the first company to introduce: Vitamin C from Tapioca, Non-Yeast GTF, Tri-Salts, Caprylic Acid, Sorbic Acid and Selenium Crucrificate.  Both companies have been responsible for a number of major product introductions: CDP Choline, Lipoic acid, Allithiamine, Pantethine, Chondroitin-4-Sulphate, Melatonin, Serrapeptase and several formulas containing acetylated amino acids.
The Cardio Group
The Cardio Group focuses on the implementation of the Max Pulse cardiovascular diagnostic device. The Max Pulse device is a three minute test that utilizes pulse wave analysis technology. This is a functional test with a primary focus on kinetics of blood flow.  The Max Pulse device will provide an arterial elasticity score, eccentric constriction score as well as remaining blood volume. The test can be administered by a staff member and is recognized by Medicare and most insurance companies. Within three minutes the patient and clinician are presented with valuable information regarding cardiovascular risk factors. The clinician may use this objective data to prove clinical efficacy with their treatment protocols. This cardiovascular profit center will save lives through early detection as well as add six figures to your bottom line.
MercOut International

Created by a medical doctor, and clinically proven by physician-supervised trials, MercOut helps restore a healthy balance in people who test high in mercury. This safe and effective formula combines the detoxifying compound DMPS with vitamins, minerals and herbs targeted to support and replenish the body as the toxins are removed.  

Monday, June 2, 2014

Registration begins for Dearborn!

Registration is now open for ICIM:
Join us September 24-28, 2014 for our 59th Congress, training Integrative Medicine Physicians
You can get content from many places. Listen to a webinar; go to a massive conference; read a book. But there is no substitute for the kind of learning that can be done face to face, with passionate debate and group processing. ICIM exists to provide education, and our greatest resource is the expertise, wisdom and invaluable experience of our members. We are a community of 150 lifelong students of science and healing; the colleagues you will meet at ICIM become trusted friends.
September 24-28 we take on the topic of chronic pain, offering a large array of tools to treat and diagnose one of the most challenging struggles our patients face. Some amazing people in history suffered from chronic pain. Harriet Tubman had migraines. Florence Nightingale had fibromyalgia. During his time in the Navy JF Kennedy slept on a plywood board and wore a corset-type brace due to crippling back pain. And artist Frieda Kahlo who lived and worked in Dearborn, MI lived in pain her entire life. To honor the many brave and exceptional people who live with chronic pain, we vow to study it relentlessly.
 “End Pain” September 26-28 features the great Fish Oil Debate with Brian Peskin and a panel of people ready to offer another view of the science. Jacob Teitelbaum is coming with a wealth of experience in conquering pain through SHINE. Derrick Lonsdale will consider the strong link between subclinical and overt thiamine deficiency and extremely painful conditions such as diabetic neuropathy, polyneuropathy and post herpetic neuralgia. John Humiston is teaching IV amino acid protocols to detox narcotics, psych meds, and alcohol, as well as a protocol for restoring neurotransmitters in overworked stressed people. We’ll hear innovations with compounding pain pharmaceuticals from Sahar Swidan, the process of un-learning pain from Howard Schubiner, and the power of learning to love as transformational healing from Helene Leonetti. Jenny Rymer brings her extensive experience with bodywork and micro current in her workshop “Energy is Faster than Pills,” and Guy Chamberland will provide information on botanical solutions. Clinician David Nebbeling, and authors William Faber, and Robert Rowen will share some of the skills and tricks of the trade that work in their practices. And Bruce Shelton will assert that all treatments work better with homeopathy.
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