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March 18, 2011






On November 23rd, Ed Shaw, MD, CIM Senior Associate Director, announced our first WFUBMC internal RFP for investigator-initiated studies in integrative medicine. The RFP drew 7 applications, and two were selected for funding:  

  • An Analysis of the Effects of North American Ginseng on the Influenza Vaccine Responses in Patients with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia with Leslie Ellis, MD from Section of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine as Principal Investigator (PI), and Kevin High, MD, MS and Doug Case, PhD as Co-Investigators.
  • Yoga Skills Training to Alleviate Treatment-related Symptoms of Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy with Dr. Stephanie Sohl, a postdoc in the Division of Public Health Sciences as Principle Investigator, and Nancy Avis, PhD and Suzanne Danhauer, PhD as Co-Investigators.

Congratulations to Drs. Ellis and Sohl! 

Best wishes to all applicants who submitted proposals. 





NIH Acupuncture in Menopause Study

NIH Acupuncture in Menopause
(AIM) Study

          WFUBMC - Winston-Salem, NC


Nancy Avis received a $2 million, five-year award from the National Institutes of Health to conduct a pragmatic trial of acupuncture for hot flashes.  Collaborators at WFUHS include Claudine Legault, Suzanne Danhauer, and Boyd Bailey.  See or contact Kristin Prevette at (336)716-5170 for information, including participant recruitment details.


Related acupuncture links:




Guided Imagery for Inpatients & Families

The Department of Recreation Therapy is conducting a three month pilot study utilizing HealthJourneys guided imagery CD's with inpatients and their families on various hospital units.  Guided imagery is a gentle but powerful technique that focuses and directs the imagination.  Some of the guided imagery CD's used in the study include:


~ Fatigue                                ~ Fight Cancer

~ Ease Pain                             ~ Chemotherapy

~ Relieve Stress                       ~ Optimizing Chemotherapy

~ General Wellness                 ~ Radiation Therapy

~ Healthy Immune System      ~ Managing Distress of Cancer

~ Tranquilities for Persons Experiencing Cancer

~ Bone Marrow & Stem Cell Transplantation


For information, contact Pam Wilson or Suzanne Melcher Thompson at (336) 716-6778 or (336) 713-3088.




Integrative Medicine Nursing Conference

The Caregiver Stress Task Force and Action Health sponsored the first Nursing Integrative Medicine Conference for nurses and others at WFUBMC with 7.25 hours of continuing education credit.  The event on March 11th, was anchored by Dr. Kathi Kemper who presented an "Introduction to Integrative Medicine".  The conference and also featured presentations by Boyd Bailey (Acupuncture/ Acupressure), Deborah Larrimore (Healing Touch, Reflexology), Suzanne Melcher Thompson (Ambient Therapy), and Fadel Zeidan, PhD (Mindfulness).  The afternoon also included QiGong, Yoga and Drumming.  


Future nursing Integrative Medicine conferences include: 




NIH Office of Dietary Supplements

The Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health provides a wealth of information on dietary supplements, including scientific information and supporting research to foster an enhanced quality of life and health for everyone.  


Recent articles include:


         Calcium Fact Sheet

         Vitamin D Fact Sheet

         Nutrient Recommendations

         My Dietary Supplements (MYDS) Mobile App

         ODS Consumer Newsletter 




Integrative Practitioner Update

John Week's Integrator Round-Up features recent developments in integrative Healthcare policy, research, education and news.  Recent features include:





Exploring the Science of Healing

The Samueli Institute mission is to transform health care through the scientific exploration of healing. Recent eNews:





Articles from the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

A Systematic Review on the Anxiolytic Effects of Aromatherapy in People with Anxiety Symptoms


Neurofeedback-Enhanced Gamma Brainwaves from the Prefrontal Cortical Region of Meditators and Non-Meditators and Associated Subjective Experiences.  


Beliefs, Decision-Making, and Dialogue About Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Within Families Using CAM: A Qualitative Study


The Transport of Extremely Low-Frequency Electrical Signals Through an Acupuncture Meridian Compared to Nonmeridian Tissue


One Method for Objective Adherence Measurement in Mind-Body Medicine




Chiropractic News

Chiropractic Hospital-based Interventions Research Outcomes (CHIRO) Study:  A Randomized Controlled Trial on the Effectiveness of Clinical Practice Guidelines in the Medical and Chiropractic Management of Acute Mechanical Lower Back Pain.  


This paper received the 2010 Outstanding Paper Award for Medical & Interventional Science by  The Spine Journal.





Noteworthy New Books 

The Gift of Anger: Seven Steps to Uncover the Meaning of Anger and Gain Awareness, True Strength, and Peace by Marcia Cannon, PhD (New Harbinger)


The Good Caregiver: A One-of-a-Kind Compassionate Resource for Anyone Caring for an Aging Loved One by Robert Kane, MD, with Jeannine Ouellette (Avery)


Healing Power Beyond Medicine: A Guide to Remove Obstacles and Reclaim Joy by Carol Wilson, PhD (O Books)


Homegrown Herbs: A Complete Guide to Growing, Using, and Enjoying More than 100 Herbs by Tammi Hartung (Storey Publishing)


The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study by Howard Friedman, PhD, and Leslie Martin, PhD (Hudson Street Press)


The Mindfulness Revolution: Leading Psychologists, Scientists, Artists, and Meditation Teachers on the Power of Mindfulness in Daily Life, edited by Barry Boyce and the editors of the Shambhala Sun (Shambhala)


Nerve: Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress, and the Brave New Science of Fear and Cool by Taylor Clark (Little, Brown)


The Ragged Edge of Silence: Finding Peace in a Noisy World by John Francis (National Geographic)


The Small Change Diet: 10 Steps to a Thinner, Healthier You by Keri Gans, RD (Gallery)


Yoga for Emotional Balance: Simple Practices to Help Relieve Anxiety and Depression by Bo Forbes (Shambhala)


                                                             List Courtesy of Dan Fields





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21st Annual Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference 

March 21 - 25, 2011

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Capturing the Wisdom of Practice and the Rigor of Research - Discovering the Best Health Promotion Strategies conference brings  together practitioners, scientists and educators from across disciplines to learn and share.  The conference will feature:

         Pre-conference Intensive Training Seminars

         Breakout sessions from the top scientists and practitioners in health promotion.

         Additional presentations featuring panel discussions, research reports and case studies.

Visit the American Journal of Health Promotion for information.




Global Health & Humanitarian Summit 

April 1  thru 3

Atlanta, Georgia   


The 2011 Global Health and Humanitarian Summit is a FREE event that brings together local, national and international humanitarians and those who wish to join the movement to share information, stories, and networking.  This event will present on a variety of humanitarian topics, nonprofit agencies, and a cultural exchange of musicians, artists and filmmakers.  View the Summit Brochure for information.   





Globally Connecting Hearts and Minds ~ Free Webinar 

March 30th 

11:00 AM and 6:00 PM (PDT)


The world is changing quickly and people are joining together to share ideas, participate in global change activities and connect with one another.  Social media and the formation of many thousands of groups, like the Global Coherence Initiative (GCI), are creating a dynamic force for positive change worldwide.


The webinar will focus on the importance of connecting hearts and minds during these changing times, bringing groups together to help create positive change, and what you can do.  Click on the times above to register for the webinar.





Health, Wellness and Green Living Show 





Be an Everyday Environmentalist - 10 Tips


Being an environmentalist today calls for greener thinking-from what you choose at the grocery store to how you commute to work.  Try these 10 tips to help you become an everyday environmentalist!



  1. Purchase locally grown organic food.
  2. Use baking soda, vinegar, and water mixtures for household cleaning.
  3. Carry reusable water bottles with you.
  4. Reduce your meeting travel - try video conferencing.
  5. Purchase wood and paper products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
  6. Use energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.
  7. Consume seafood only from sustainable sources.
  8. Use fair-trade organic health and beauty products.
  9. Commute by bike to reduce your carbon emissions.
  10. Visit for more tips!




 Planet Party 2011

 April 16

10 am - 5 pm

Winston-Salem, NC


The NC Piedmont

Environmental Alliance

announces the 2011

Piedmont Earth Day Fair at the Dixie Classic Fair Grounds.  The Fair promotes environmental stewardship through practical applications.  For information, visit 




Mission Hospital's Integrative Medicine Events

Self-Care Day: Keys to Vibrant Living.  March 24, 25. Gerton, NC.


Exploring, Sharing, and Nurturing Our Authentic Selves. April 15, 16. Asheville, NC.


Self-Leadership: The Art of Living a Powerful Life.  May 6, 7. Arden, NC.


Self-Care Day:  Reflexology.  May 24. Asheville,  NC.


Contact Nancy Rankins at or (828) 213-1042 for more information. 




NIH Pain Consortium  ~  Free and Open to the Public

April 14th

Bethesda, Maryland


The NIH Pain Consortium is holding its 6th Symposium on Advances in Pain Research.  The event is free and open to the public.  Registration will be available on the meeting website soon. 


NIH publications about various pain symptoms, conditions and treatments are also available.




Opening to a Deeper Human Connection

 The Healing Power
of Story:
Opening to a Deeper Human Connection


June 2 thru 4

Mill Valley, California


Rachel Remen, teacher and master storyteller, will show you how the power of story can deepen your life and enrich your work.

Most health professionals don't take the time to remember and tell their own stories or have the opportunity to listen to the stories of colleagues. Yet our stories can heal. Taking time to discover our stories and explore them in the context of our calling and commitment can ease our loneliness and restore our sense of energy, meaning, purpose and direction in our work life.

Who should attend: Physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers, pharmacists, physical therapists, massage therapists and others in the healing professions. Students in these fields are welcome.




International Energy Psychology

Portals to a Transformed World: Integrating Ancient Wisdom with Modern Practice


June 2 thru 8

Reston, Virginia


Energy Psychology is a family of powerful evidence-based healing methods that blend contemporary and ancient healing traditions to provide relief from mind-body distress.   This conference will feature over 60 leaders in the field, and up to 44 hours of continuing education credit.  View the 16 page conference brochure for details.




Introduction to Human Caring

July 25 thru 27

Oakland, CA 


Jean Watson, Internationally Renowned Human Caring Theorist, and Robert Browning of HeartMath are presenting a program designed  for healthcare professionals to fully enculturate and sustain human caring science/theory into concrete professional clinical day-to-day caring-healing practices.  For additional information, view the website or flyer.




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Natural Triad / Wake Forest Integrative Medicine Seminar Series




In Closing ...

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