Friday, April 7, 2017

ICIM's Presidential History

Charles Adams MD 2016 – present
Ronald Casselberry MD 2012 - 2016
Robban Sica MD 2008 - 2012
Terry Chappell MD 2003 - 2008
Don't misunderstand - we're not out to be the biggest organization of our kind, but the best.  We've listened carefully to what members of our community need and want.  We've found today's health professionals are struggling with escalating conference costs, finding it difficult to decide which conferences are really  worth attending, and which associations will give them the biggest 'bang for the buck'.  No question - it's going to be us.
Arthur Weisser DO 2002
Al Scarchilli DO 2001 – changed organization’s name to International College of Integrative Medicine
Tammy Born DO 2000
I believe we have been given special insight into the practice of medicine and with that insight comes increased responsibilities.  “To whom much is given, much is required”—applies to us.  Remember to use your talents and insights for the good of your patients and for the momentum of our mission.  We are here to make a difference and we shouldn’t be complacent. 
William D Mitchell 1999
Leo Modzinski, D.O. 1998 
John Wilson MD 1997
William Mauer DO 1996
The comradeship experienced during the Great Lakes meeting is extraordinary.  Here is a group of physicians sitting, hour after hour, listening to lectures and when the end of the day comes, gathering around various speakers or in groups of each other to converse and review what had been presented that day.  A far cry from most medical meetings when the choice of a restaurant for the evening becomes the main topic. 
John Parks Trowbridge MD 1995
Here’s the best thing of all, for GLACM:  our membership ranks could swell with new dentists, chiropractors, podiatrists, naturopaths, pharmacists, Ph.D. “doctors” and others who would finally find a home with allopathic and osteopathic physicians who value their input enough to embrace them as organizational colleagues.  That means more membership and meeting monies, bigger projects that we could sponsor, more impact we could make. 
James Ventresco, Jr., D.O.  1994
Our organization grows not only in number, but also in stature.  I believe this is a direct result of the purpose and direction of this organization has chosen –to search for ‘truths’ in their everyday practice.  Many of these treatments fly in the face of orthodox medicine, but we are happy to use them, and our patients are most grateful, for one simple reason – ‘They Work’.
Ted Rozema MD 1993
The Great Lakes Association of Clinical Medicine has made great strides in the past few years by petitioning the NIH and receiving certification to do Institutional Board Reviews of well thought out, scientifically designed research projects.  It is one thing to be a clinical observer within one’s office and know that a particular therapy is beneficial but is another thing to fit within the accepted scientific community and demonstrate with statistical methodology to our usually unbelieving fellow “docs” that what we are doing works and why.  It comes to my attention that if we work within the system we have greater credibility and are better able to achieve our goals than running amuck and doing things only because we think we should be. 
Paul Parente MD 1992
Art Koch 1991
John Baron MD 1990
Terry Chappell MD 1989
Grant Born 1988
James Nutt DO 1987
Al Scarchilli DO 1986
1n 1985 Dr. Conrad Maulfair Jr.  wrote that when doctors come together, there is more safety. Physicians feel more courage to do integrative therapies (such as chelation). If more physicians are doing integrative therapies, there are more satisfied patients to spread the word.  This increases public awareness of these therapies and makes it more difficult for critics and adversaries to eliminate this healing work members are doing.  More people performing studies and observations in their clinical practices create support for physicians in small towns who feel opposition from local colleagues.  Medical Associations that focus on Integrative Medicine help small town physicians gather strength and practice what they believe and what they have seen work to help their patients.
Our founding members saw a need for an organization to help inform and encourage each other. They explored controversial issues.  They created a legal support group of members who had successfully fought off attack by regulatory agencies.
Jack Slingluff DO was our first president in 1983

As early as 1975, Dr. Jim Nutt held office practice seminars, and Dr. Hoekstra (Senior) would hold meetings that were educational and informative and not designed to be commercial. They merged together and the nucleus of a new group was formed.  Most of the doctors were at that time from Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.  Most of the doctors were only a couple of hundred miles apart and could meet to speak together in an open forum in which they all learned and everyone contributed.  They were called GLACM (Great Lakes Association of Clinical Medicine), GLCCM (Great Lakes College of Clinical Medicine, Inc.), and now ICIM (International College of Integrative Medicine).

Friday, November 4, 2016

More Toronto learning

Toronto Marriott

Speakers and Guests in Toronto

Toronto, Fall 2016

What is so international about International College of Integrative Medicine?
I asked that question when I started working here 10 years ago. The answer I got went something like this: we may not have a lot of international members, but we pursue therapies and thought processes that are beyond a country of origin. We think internationally.  I have seen that play out as ICIM has consistently brought speakers to our meetings from across the globe. Members and friends from Japan, Denmark, Ecuador, Turkey, Germany, Greece, England, France, Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria, India, Cuba, and The Netherlands have graced our meetings. Board member Simon Yu has a strong desire to see ICIM grow beyond our borders. In Chicago, he introduced a new international scholarship, a large donation to ICIM for the purpose of off-setting costs so that more people from countries outside the US can be with us. We will maintain that scholarship into the future, and we welcome additional donations to keep it growing strong.

Our community has enjoyed retreats in Mexico and Costa Rica. In September 2016 we’ll meet in Toronto, one of the most “international” cities in the world. Our long term planning team has sights set on Cuba sometime in the near future. We are nurturing relationships with new integrative medicine associations in Canada, Turkey and Nigeria. We look forward to having the honor of affiliating beyond our borders for many years to come. -

ICIM as a sanctuary

When I started working with ICIM ten years ago, I quickly learned that integrative medicine had enemies. Shady entities like the Federation of State Medical Boards and Quackbusters were organized with the single aim to slander and persecute physicians who explored natural medicine. According to consumer advocate and past ICIM member Tim Bolin, Stephen Barrett MD (who the Pennsylvania licensing board officially classifies as "Not in Good Standing,") single handedly operates "" out of his basement in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Insurance companies fund vigorous lawsuits, and doctors who do alternative therapies risk being accused of Medicare and Medicaid fraud because there are no codes to match their methods. Our own James Carter MD wrote a comprehensive book Racketeering In Medicine as a resource describing the war against holistic healing.
Wikipedia is among the ranks of detractors. The Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology created a petition to Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia: Create and enforce new policies that allow for true scientific discourse about holistic approaches to healing. It says “Unfortunately, much of the information related to holistic approaches to healing is biased, misleading, out-of-date, or just plain wrong...For five years, repeated efforts to correct this misinformation have been blocked.” expanded the request, with almost 8,000 supporters writing, "As gatekeepers for the status quo, they refuse discourse with leading edge research scientists and clinicians or, for that matter, anyone with a different point of view.” Jimmy Wales’s response unveiled his personal bias, calling integrative medicine practitioners “lunatic charlatans.” The website Natural News did an exposé on the issue. In 10 shocking facts you never knew about Wikipedia and Jimmy Wales, Mike Adams writes, “Wikipedia claims to be run by "volunteers" but is actually edited by corporate-paid trolls on many topics such as GMOs, vaccines, chemotherapy and pharmaceuticals... The fact that Wales continues to allow anonymous editing across Wikipedia means any corporate troll can alter information in Wikipedia pages to benefit the financial interests of that corporation (or government, or industry group, etc.).
Wikipedia isn’t the only trusted source of news that is openly hostile toward integrative medicine. The Alliance for Natural Health accused PBS of relying on “expert testimony” from Big Pharma employees their Frontline documentary program, produced in part by the Canadian Broadcasting Commission. Frontline aired an hour-long program titled Supplements and Safety which left viewers with the one-sided impression that dietary supplements are unregulated and unsafe.
These days, integrative medicine faces new challenges with increasingly restricted access to sterile water, LDA, EDTA, and other vital supplies. Even the compounding pharmacies we rely on are threatened; we risk losing our source of essential tools for our practice of medicine.
As we gather in Toronto, ICIM will create a sanctuary from our enemies.
On Friday night we have rented a small Gothic church for a private organ recital. This lovely building has become a testimony to tenacity and stubbornness. Toronto reporter Kevin Plummer wrote an article telling the story called Historicist: The Heart of the City: The eventful history of the Church of the Holy Trinity

In the summer of 1845, Mary Lambart Swale of Settle, England died at the age of 25, and gave the Toronto Diocese a gift of 5000 sterling to build a church. Unlike other Anglican churches which relied on the sale of pews as a major source of revenue, Mary stipulated that the pews of her church would be “free and unappropriated forever.” This unique policy opened the door for not only poor people of the city of Toronto, but eventually other outcasts:  draft-dodgers, hippies, professors, and excommunicated priests.
Holy Trinity came into a blazing spotlight in the mid-60s when the Eaton family and investors announced a $200 million downtown development to take place on and around its property. The church flatly refused to sell, to the consternation of the mayor and many local politicians. Instead, they held out for their alternate plan of creating a park surrounding the church, an oasis from city “progress” all around it.
Today on its website The Church of the Holy Trinity describes itself as” a community of people who seek to express Christian faith through lives of integrity, justice and compassion. We foster lay leadership, include the doubter and the marginalized, and challenge oppression wherever it may be found.”
By struggling against powerful forces of mainstream culture, Holy Trinity has maintained itself as a place of healing and hope.
We need to stay ever focused on our calling and mission as physicians and healers. First, to do no harm. As we re-examine this oath, we need to understand what is wrong with the current standard of care.  Propped up by gatekeepers of corrupt political systems and big money rather than pure scientific exploration, mainstream medicine has turned away from the physician’s ancient mandate to help the body heal itself.

With an insatiable curiosity for what works, ICIM is about expanding the evidence, opening the envelope, and open minded exploration tempered by critical thinking and scientific training.