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January 13, 2011




In The News 


  • Bon Appétit features Mara Vitolins, DrPH, Epidemiology & Prevention discussing the benefits of juicing.
  • Internal Medicine News quotes Stephanie Sohl, PhD, Public Health Sciences, regarding her study of yoga for ovarian cancer patients. The study finds promising quality of life improvements for patients when yoga is practiced following cancer therapy.
  • HealthDay notes WFUBMC as one of five academic medical centers funded by an NIH grant to study botanicals. Research will look at the potential of botanical oils to boost the immune system and reduce inflammation.
  • Savithri Nageswaran, MBBS, MPH Receives Hastings Center Award




CIM WFUBMC Pilot Research RFP

CIM's research strategies include translational, clinical, health services, and educational approaches in WFUSM's five priority populations including bone/joint health, cardiovascular, neurological, oncology, and pediatrics.  This RFP is for WFUBMC investigator-initiated studies in integrative medicine including botanical and natural products, vitamins and dietary supplements, mind/body therapies, acupuncture, meditation, and healing touch, energy medicine, and healthy lifestyle promotion.  For information, view Submission Requirements.  Deadline:  January 28, 2011. (WFUBMC Faculty and Staff only.)




Surgeon General Invites Public Comments on Draft National Prevention Strategy

Deadline for Public Comment:  January 13th

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the U.S. Surgeon General invite the public to comment on the National Prevention Strategy draft recommendations.


The National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council (National Prevention Council) was created by the Affordable Care Act and is in the process of developing a first-ever National Prevention Strategy.  To learn more visit


Draft Recommendations, which are overarching priorities with a focus on communities, are online for public comment at   




Nutrition Journal Club

   January 14th    9:00 - 10:00 AM  

Event: FREE    Audience: Open


"Nutrition from the Ground Up: Lessons from the Edible Schoolyard at the Greensboro Children's Museum", Anne-Marie Scott, PhD, RD and Eleanor Farlow Lead Educators, Greensboro Children's Museum

The Nutrition Jounal Club meets the second Friday of every month at the Women's Health Center of Excellence (WHCOE)[location information].   Contact Mara Vitolins, DrPH, MPH, RD (336)716-2886 for details.  For the full schedule visit the WHCOE education page.







Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Classes


January 19th thru March 16th

Wednesday Evenings

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Mood Treatment Center



Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has been on the cutting edge of mind/body and integrative medicine for more than 20 years.  The focus is training in mindfulness meditative practices (body scan, gentle yoga, sitting and walking meditation) and the integration of these practices into everyday life.  To sign up for the courses to reduce and manage stress, contact Ann McCarty, M.S., PA-C, (336) 908-1287.   See Class Brochure and Registration information.  





Emotional Management in Clinical Practice

January 22nd

2:00 - 3:00 EST


HeartMath® is sponsoring a Complimentary Webinar Introducing Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and Emotional Management in a Clinical Practice.


Join Wendy Warner, MD, and Brad Hubbell on step by step protocols in running patient sessions using HRV technology and emotional management techniques.  Click Here to Register Today!





WFUBMC BestHealth Special Presentation:

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy 

Thursday, January 27, 2011
BestHealth at Hanes Mall, Winston-Salem, NC
6:30 P.M.

Join WFUBMC primary care physician and CIM Member, Dr. Bruce Lantelme for an in-depth discussion regarding bioidentical hormone replacement for men and women. Come learn about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and why it is misunderstood.  What are perimenopause and andropause?  What options are available for men and women?  Which supplements are recommended?  Learn which hormones decline as you age, and what you can do.  Limited space.  Free.  Pre-registration required.  Call (336) 713-2378 for more information.




Natural Triad / Wake Forest Integrative Medicine Seminar Series 


 February 8,  2011

 12:00 - 1:00 P.M.


Nikolas R. Hedberg, DC, DABCI; Family to Family: Your Home for Whole Family Health.  Topic: Functional Medicine - A Chiropractic Physician's Perspective. 


The Seminar Series is open and free to the public.  Lunch is provided.  Location: Piedmont Plaza One, Kitty Hawk Room, 1920 West First Street, Winston-Salem, NC.  For more information, contact Tom Arcury at (336) 716-9438.  View complete seminar series schedule.




CIM 2010 Annual Report

We are developing the 2010 CIM Annual Report.  WFUBMC Faculty and staff are requested to submit their 2010 Integrative Medicine related accomplishments to CIM by February 14, 2011. 

For more information, contact CIM.




Integrative Healthcare Symposium

March 4 - 6
New York, NY 


Nationally recognized practitioners and experts in Women's Health, Environmental Health, Ayurveda & Traditional Chinese Medicine, Functional Medicine, Homeopathy and more present on nutrition, integrative oncology, endocrinology, brain & mind health, and leadership & policy.  Visit website for information.




Integrative Care in Pediatrics: Bridging the Gap Between Evidence & Practice

 March 28, 2011
 Cincinnati, Ohio


The inaugural Integrative Care in Pediatrics Conference will be held at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.  The conference will provide empirically-based evidence on Integrative Medicine and holistic care in pediatrics, including practical ways to use these findings to improve the care of children and their families. 


Keynote address will be provided by Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH, MPH, Director of Center for Integrative Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and author of Addressing ADD, Naturally; Mental Health, Naturally; and The Holistic Pediatrician.


See Conference Brochure or Conference Website for information.




Natural Triad Health, Wellness, and Green Living Show 

 Saturday April 9, 2011

 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Greensboro Coliseum 

This event is the largest health show of its kind in the Carolinas!Last year WFUBMC had a large presence, with over 12,000 people in attendance.  For more information, contact Natural Triad.  




Three Treasures Tai Chi Classes 

         Tuesdays - 12:15 to 1:00 PM

Piedmont Plaza One ~ 2nd Floor
Research Conference Room


These basic Tai Chi classes are for those who want a "rest and energize" break in the middle of their day.  Beginners are

welcome.  Cost:  $25/month or $10/class. Call Alan Graham (336) 765-2323 to register.




First International Conference on Integrative Care for the Future

March 11-12, 2011


Integrative Oncology is evidence-based adjunctive care to control physical and emotional symptoms. The conference will open with a half-day Round-Table Symposium at which an international panel of Health Policy leaders will discusses the fiscal, organizational and policy challenges confronting Integrative Care.  This will be followed by a full-day Plenary Session, when experts from around the world will discuss the current state of Integrative Oncology in their regions.  Visit for information.




Recent Publications and Presentations

glassesDaily Use of Complementary and Other Therapies for Symptoms Among Older Adults Study Design and Illustrative Results.  Arcury T, Grzywacz J, Neiberg R, Lang W, Nguyen H, Altizer K, Stoller E, Bell R, Quandt S. JAH 2011.


21st International Symposium on the Autonomic Nervous System: Improvement of chronic idiopathic nausea in children with orthostatic intolerance by fludrocortisone is not accompanied by correction in gastric dysrhythmias.  Fortunato JE, Shaltout HA, Larkin MM, Rowe PC, Diz DI, Koch KL.  This work represents a collaborative effort within WFUBMC among pediatric gastroenterology, adult gastroenterology, and the Hypertension and Vascular Research Center as well as collaboration with the pediatric group at Johns Hopkins (PC Rowe). Poster and Abstract.




Gentle Yoga for Cancer Patients 

Lynn Felder, RYT has firsthand knowledge when it comes to teaching yoga to cancer patients. "When I was sick, I felt really isolated," she says, "and touch was really special."   She doesn't touch much, and she doesn't touch often while she's teaching , but when she does, it's intentional.


The Gentle Yoga for Cancer Patients: Reconnecting Body, Mind, and Spirit course (and DVD) was developed as part of research studies at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center that looked at the effects of yoga on cancer patients.

Read More!   --- Excerpts from January 2011 Winston-Salem Monthly


Related Items:

  - Gentle Yoga for Cancer Patients - YouTube  

  - Yoga Programs for Cancer Patients at Yoga Gallery (W-S, NC)

  - Gentle Yoga Enhances Quality of Life for Breast Cancer Patients

    The Medical News




Leadership and Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine

(LEAPS into IM)

Applications are now available for the 2011 Leadership and Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine (LEAPS into IM).  LEAPS is designed to train and nurture the next generation of medical student leaders in Integrative Medicine (IM).   National leaders, Wayne Jonas, MD, and Mark Hyman, MD will be among the distinguished faculty.  Throughout the year, student leaders will be guided in completing an Integrative Medicine leadership project at their medical school with the help of local mentors.  Limited space, cost is minimal.  Applications due by March 21.  Visit the AMSA website for more information.




NCCAM Clinical Digest

NCCAM Clinical Digest is a service of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, NIH, DHHS, and offers evidence-based information on CAM, including scientific literature searches, NCCAM-funded research, fact sheets for patients, and more.  Recent articles include:  



Subscribe to NCCAM Clinical Digest eNewsletter!




Deadly Medicine:  Prescription Drugs 

Prescription drugs kill some 200,000 Americans every year.  Once upon a time, the drugs Americans took to treat chronic diseases, clear up infections, improve their state of mind, and enhance their sexual vitality were tested primarily either in the United States or in Europe. No longer. As recently as 1990, according to the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services, a mere 271 trials were being conducted in foreign countries of drugs intended for American use.   Read more.          --- Excerpts from Vanity Fair




Recent articles in the Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up #39 include:

  • 2011 revision of CPT a breakthrough for time-intensive, health-focused, integrative practices
  • "LEAPS into IM" program for MD/DO students benefits from additional Weil Foundation grant
  • ALLEGRA Learning Solutions gains traction with AHNA for integrative health CE courses
  • Council for Responsible Nutrition in joint education/ promotion effort with nurse practitioners

The Integrator is made possible through the generosity of NCMIC, Alternative Medicine Integration Group, Inner Harmony Group, Institute for Health and Productivity Management, Integrative Practioner Online/Healthcare Symposium and many others who contribute. 




Of Interest: Compassion & Positive Emotions

Regulation of the Neural Circuitry of Emotion by Compassion Meditation: Effects of Meditative Expertise.


BOLD Signal in Insula is Differentially Related to Cardiac Function During Compassion Meditation in Experts vs. Novices


The Caregiver's Tao Te Ching: Compassionate Caring for Your Loved Ones and Yourself  Provides information about self-compassion, and is intended for students, researchers, and the general public.

Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at the University of North Carolina.  Provides information on how positive emotions affect people's thinking patterns, social behavior, and physiological reactions.




Noteworthy New Books

Beautiful Brain, Beautiful You: Look Radiant from the Inside Out by Empowering Your Mind


Beyond Happiness: The Zen Way to True Contentment by Ezra Bayda (Shambhala)


Defeat Chronic Pain Now! by Bradley Galer, MD, and Charles Argoff, MD (Fair Winds Press)


Eating with Fierce Kindness: A Mindful and Compassionate Approach to Losing Weight and Making Peace with Food by Sasha Loring (New Harbinger)


From Seed to Skillet: A Guide to Growing, Tending, Harvesting, and Cooking Up Fresh, Healthy Food to Share with People You Love by Jimmy Williams and Susan Heeger (Chronicle Books)


The Immortality Edge: Realize the Secrets of Your Telomeres for a Longer, Healthier Life by Michael Fossel, MD, et al. (Wiley)


Lighten Up: Love What You Have, Have What You Need, Be Happier with Less by Peter Walsh (Free Press)


Meditation for the Love of It: Enjoying Your Own Deepest Experience by Sally Kempton (Sounds True)


The Mind-Body Mood Solution: The Breakthrough Drug-Free Program for Lasting Relief from Depression by Jeffrey Rossman (Rodale)


The Playful Brain: The Surprising Science of How Puzzles Improve Your Mind by Richard Restak, MD, with puzzles by Scott Kim (Riverhead)


Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation by Sharon Salzberg (Workman)


The Self-Compassion Diet: A Step-by-Step Program to Lose Weight with Loving-Kindness by Jean Fain (Sounds True)


The Simple Art of EatingWell: 400 Easy Recipes, Tips and Techniques for Delicious, Healthy Meals by Jessie Price and the EatingWell Test Kitchen (Countryman Press)


Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals by Heidi Grant Halvorson (Hudson Street Press)


What Really Helps: Using Mindfulness and Compassionate Presence to Help, Support, and Encourage Others by Karen Kissel Wegela (Shambhala)


The Worry Solution: Using Breakthrough Brain Science to Turn Stress and Anxiety into Confidence and Happiness by Martin Rossman, MD (Broadway)


Guided Meditations for Self-Healing by Jack Kornfield (Sounds True)  Audio CD.


The Joy of Eating Well: A Practical Guide to Transform Your Relationship with Food, Overcome Emotional Eating, and Achieve Lasting Results by Andrew Weil, MD, and Carolyn Ross, MD, MPH (Sounds True)  Audio CD.


List Courtesy of Dan Fields





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