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Center for Integrative Medicine




July 8, 2011




WFBH CIM Member Media & Publications

Cheryl Locke Honored with Women in Business Award


Holistic Approach to Treatment of Intractable Central Neuropathic Itch. Curtis AR, Tegeler C, Burdette J, Yosipovitch G.  J Am Acad Dermatol 2011.


Mental Health, Naturally by Kathi J. Kemper received the Gold Award from Foreword Reviews, and the Silver Award from Nautilus Books for Wellness, Prevention, and Vitality.


The Latest Trend in Kids' Medicine: Acupuncture.  Kathi J. Kemper quoted in Redbook, July 2011.


1-Year Results of a Community-Based Translation of the Diabetes Prevention Program.  Katula JA, Vitolins MZ, Rosenberger EL, Blackwell CS, Morgan TM, Lawlor MS, Goff DC.




"If you can learn to enjoy waiting,

you don't need to wait to enjoy."


Jeff Feldman, PhD




CIM Pilot Project:  Vitamin D and K Status and Physical Function in Heart Failure overall goal of the CIM/Aging Center pilot is to assess associations between vitamin D status and vitamin K status with exercise capacity and physical function in older adults with heart failure (HF) and healthy older controls.  Vitamin D status has been measured from stored blood samples in 115 heart failure patients and 55 healthy age-matched controls.  Thirty percent of HF patients were vitamin D deficient and 60% had insufficient vitamin D levels.  In contrast, 12% of healthy controls were vitamin D deficient and 50% were insufficient.  In HF patients, lower vitamin D status was associated with lower exercise capacity (measured according to maximal oxygen consumption) and lower physical performance (measured according to distance walked in 6 minutes).  Additional statistical analyses of associations between vitamin D status and cardiovascular outcomes are underway, and laboratory analyses for measures of vitamin K status in these same participants are also in progress.  (Co-PI's: Dalane Kitzman, MD and Kyla Shea, PhD)




New Additions to CIM Website & Library have NEW resources for clinicians and patients on our website! CIM Library has over 1,000 integrative medicine books, CD's, DVD's, and videos to lend to WFBH employees.   New additions to the library include:

  • Complete Guide to Complementary & Alternative Cancer Therapies by American Cancer Society
  • Integrative Gastroenterology by Gerard Mullin
  • Stress and Your Body by Robert Sapolsky
  • Fighting Cancer: A Nontoxic Approach to Treatment by Robert Gorter, MD, PhD and Erik Peper, PhD
  • The Gerson Therapy: The Proven Nutritional Program for Cancer and Other Illnesses by Charlotte Gerson and Morton Walker, DPM
  • Resilience in Aging: Concepts, Research, and Outcomes by Barbara Resnick, Lisa Gwyther, and Karen Roberto
  • Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front by Joel Salatin
  • Breaking the Cycle: How to Turn Conflict into Collaboration When You and Your Patients Disagree by George Blackall, PsyD, MBA; Steven Simms, PhD; Michael J. Green, MD, MS
  • The Integral Operating System by Ken Wilber (Donated by Christina Ross, PhD)
  • The Roar of Silence: Healing Powers of Breath, Tone & Music by Don G. Campbell. (Donated by Bonnie Poston, MSLS.)




Healing Touch Services is the first hospital in the region to provide a program in Healing Touch for patients, families, and staff.  Healing Touch is recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as a biofield therapy and is a simple, non-invasive technique  which uses  the human hand to provide comfort and promote healing.   As an energy-based approach to health and healing Hospitals, Hospices, Nursing Units and Long Term Care Facilities are utilizing this therapy throughout the United States to help promote healing, reduce pain, and bring to another a sense of calm and well being.


Refer to a recent Healing Touch article by WFBH researchers:




Access to Evidence-Based Information on Complementary and Alternative Medicine
NIH NCCAM offers a new online resource, designed to give health care providers easy access to evidence-based information on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).  With this new resource, providers will have the tools necessary to learn about various CAM practices and products, and be better able to discuss the safety and effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine with their patients.  Read more.  The resource includes:




Brain Feedback Game Improves Happiness happiness is a brain event, then can we train our brain to spend more time in its happy state?  Apparently so.  Researchers from the University of Louisville studied the brainwave brain biofeedback system Neureka developed by Dr. Jon Cowan that rewards the person's brain when it emits more happiness-related behavior ("prefrontal gamma" waves) by showing the person enhanced photos with pleasant music.  The study won an award from The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Bio-feedback where the system was demonstrated.  The training required a total of 5 hours over 12 sessions.  Afterwards, the researchers measured significant gains in the person's happiness and improvements in memory.  The gain in overall happiness remained constant when measured after four months.   Read more!




What Makes for a Long Life May Surprise You!

Longevity Project participants who were the most cheerful and had the best sense of humor as kids lived shorter lives, on average, than those who were less cheerful and joking.  It was the most prudent and persistent individuals who stayed healthiest and lived the longest.


That was the conclusion of one of the lead researchers in the 80-years-long study on longevity, recently published as a book, The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study (Hudson Street Press).  Conducted at the University of California at Riverside, and building on data first collected at Stanford University, the research compared personality characteristics of individuals with their heal histories and mortality.    Read more, or watch the video about the study results and findings!






Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. In the United States, where practitioners incorporate healing traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries, acupuncture is considered part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).




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Articles of Interest

         Pyramid Scrapped for Imperfect Plate - Harvard School of Public Health

         Modest Changes in Diet May Impact Long-Term Weight Gain - Harvard School of Public Health




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