Center for Integrative Medicine
Center for Integrative Medicine
News Article | April 18, 2017
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) today announced that an all-star lineup of integrative medicine leaders will present at the 2017 conference: Dr. Richard Carmona (former U.S. Surgeon General), Elissa Epel, PhD (telomeres research pioneer, UCSF), Dr. Paul Limburg (Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic), Dr. Mehmet Oz (Professor of Surgery, Columbia University and host, “The Dr. Oz Show”), Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier (Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona and UCSF), Dr. Michael Roizen (Chief Wellness Officer, The Cleveland Clinic) and Dr. Andrew Weil (founder, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and renowned alternative medicine expert). Together, this heavy-hitter roster of experts has transformed the way the world thinks about both wellness and medicine, leading the charge for more holistic, preventive approaches that - as chronic disease and healthcare costs soar - represent one of the most critical trends in the world today. They span celebrity doctors who have brought the “wellness message” to hundreds of millions of people worldwide to doctors who are spearheading a new focus on wellness and prevention at revered medical institutions like the Mayo and Cleveland Clinics. The 2017 Summit theme is “Living a Well Life”, focusing on how new wellness concepts will impact every aspect of an individual’s life. And these leaders, who impact countless individuals’ lives, will keynote on everything from the latest in mind-body medicine and sleep science to the coming wave of personal biomarker and DNA testing. The 11th-annual conference is being held at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida from October 9-11, 2017. "The annual Global Wellness Summit has proven to be the premier convener of health and wellness thought leaders from around the world,” said Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, and 17th Surgeon General of The United States. “This year’s unprecedented meeting in Florida will define the essential role of wellness in a world desperately in need of health innovation and disruption." “This may be the most influential, inspiring and diverse group of medical-wellness pioneers ever assembled on a conference stage,” noted Susie Ellis, GWS CEO and chairman. “And delegates will have the opportunity to interact with them one-on-one during the many networking sessions, lunches and roundtables where casual discussions take place. It will be unprecedented access, something the Summit is known for.” More on the presenters: Richard H. Carmona, MD, M.P.H., FACS, was the 17th Surgeon General of the United States. He is also a combat decorated U.S. Army Special Forces Veteran and a Distinguished Professor at the University of Arizona, with a wide range of training and experience in healthcare management, clinical care and research. He’s currently the Vice Chairman of Canyon Ranch, President of the Canyon Ranch Institute, and serves as Director on several large, publicly traded corporate boards and several private companies. Elissa Epel, PhD, is Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), with a research focus on how chronic psychological stress accelerates biological aging; the interconnections between emotions, eating, metabolism and weight; and the effects of mindfulness. A member of the National Academy of Medicine, she has won many awards for her research. Epel co-wrote (with Nobel Laureate, Elizabeth Blackburn) “The Telomere Effect: The New Science of Living Younger Longer”, a 2017 New York Times bestseller. Paul Limburg, MD, M.P.H., is Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and consultant in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology. He also holds a joint appointment in the division of preventive, occupational and aerospace medicine and serves as medical director for several business units at Mayo Clinic responsible for defining or delivering health and wellbeing expertise within and beyond the organization. Mehmet Oz, MD, is Professor of Surgery at Columbia University and has won seven Daytime Emmy® Awards for “The Dr. Oz Show”. He directs the Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital; participates in 50 heart surgeries a year; has authored over 400 publications, including seven New York Times bestsellers; has received numerous patents; and hosts the internationally syndicated “Daily Dose” in 134 radio markets and a newspaper column in 175 global markets. He has received numerous global accolades, from being named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” to a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD, is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona and the University of California, San Francisco. At UCSF, he is Director of the Corporate Health Improvement Program (CHIP), a collaborative research program between CHIP and 15 of the Fortune 500. He is Chairman of the American Health Association; medical and business consultant to high-profile organizations like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization; and has published over 300 professional articles on behavioral and integrative medicine, disease management, worksite interventions, and epigenetics. The author of 13 books, his next, “Change Your Genes, Change Your Life”, will be published this year. Michael Roizen, MD: Since 2008, Dr. Roizen has served as Chief Wellness Officer at Cleveland Clinic, the first such position at a major U.S. healthcare institution. He’s also Chairman of the Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic; has published 175+ peer-reviewed scientific papers, 100 textbook chapters, and four medical books; received 13 U.S. (and many foreign) patents; and hosted six PBS specials. His “RealAge” and “YOU” series of books have sold millions of copies, have been translated into 44 languages, and resulted in four #1 New York Times bestsellers (more than any other physician). Andrew Weil, MD, is Founder and Director of (and Clinical Professor of Medicine at) the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, the leading global effort to develop a comprehensive curriculum in integrative medicine. He is editorial director of the popular website, Dr. Weil.com; has appeared in numerous PBS programs; and is founder of the Weil Foundation, Healthy Lifestyle Brands, and True Food Kitchen restaurants. An internationally recognized expert on medicinal plants, alternative medicine, and medical education reform, he’s authored many scientific articles and 15 popular books - and Oxford University Press is currently producing the Weil Integrative Medicine Library, a series for clinicians in various medical specialties. For more information, contact Beth McGroarty: firstname.lastname@example.org or (+1) 213-300-0107. For info on attending the 2017 Summit: http://www.globalwellnesssummit.com/2017-summit/ About the Global Wellness Summit: The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is an invitation-only international gathering that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy. Held in a different location each year, Summits have taken place in the U.S., Switzerland, Turkey, Bali, India, Morocco, Mexico and Austria. The next will be held at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida from Oct. 9-11, 2017.
News Article | June 5, 2017
There are over 40 clinical studies on the therapy showing significant improvement in the symptoms of erectile dysfunction. GAINSWave™ is ideal for men looking to improve spontaneous erections without the use of drugs like Viagra or Cialis," says Dr. Heidi Erickson, of Tri-County Center for Integrative Medicine. "It has proven to be a safe and effective alternative to Viagra and other oral ED medications. Patients receiving GAINSWave therapy have reported improved quality of erections, sensitivity, and overall performance. Additionally, many men are reporting decreased refractory times between orgasms, more powerful erections, which has yielded in many men seeking this treatment for sexual performance in addition to erectile dysfunction. The drug- and surgery-free procedure, commercially known as GAINSWave (or "extracorporeal shockwave therapy"), takes no longer than 20 minutes and enhances men's sex lives using sound waves, which stimulate the formation of new blood vessels and reactivate dormant ones. The result is improved blood flow, which ultimately helps men achieve and maintain more sustainable erections with increased sensitivity. Tri-County Center for Integrative Medicine is now treating men with the GAINSWave™ therapy in their offices at 4800 Linton Blvd, D502A. Boca Raton, FL 33487. Tri-County Center for Integrative Medicine provides an integrative approach to health care with an emphasis on Hormone Therapy and Sexual Wellness. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/dr-heidi-erickson-introduces-new-ed-treatment-300468796.html
News Article | June 19, 2017
It seems like we are hearing more and more about mindfulness-based meditation and the role it plays in stress reduction. But what exactly is mindfulness-based meditation and why is the practice getting so much attention? The practice of mindfulness dates back thousands of years and has roots in both yoga and meditation. "The overarching goals of mindfulness are for the individual to learn to be present in the moment and to be able to quiet his or her mind. This can make a significant impact on an individual's stress level and overall wellbeing," explains Jodie Katz, M.D., Director, Center for Integrative Medicine, The Valley Hospital. It also enables us to let go of judging ourselves and our experiences. The process of knowing the experience as it is and ourselves as we are, without relentless judgment, is a large component of the attitudinal foundation of mindfulness. We are encouraged to have a warm, open curiosity about life. In addition, according to an article in the Harvard Business Review, "Neuroscientists have also shown that practicing mindfulness affects brain areas related to perception, body awareness, pain tolerance, emotion regulation, introspection, complex thinking, and sense of self." Another wonderful aspect of mindfulness is that it is flexible and can be personalized to fit into an individual's lifestyle. You can actually benefit from short meditations and, believe it or not, you can meditate just about anywhere! Greater Good in Action, which was formed through a collaboration between UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center and HopeLab, has the following tips for beginning your mindfulness practice: Mindfulness-based meditation can make a genuine impact on an individual's ability to manage his or her stress. Adds Dr. Katz, "And, in today's fast paced and competitive environment, being able to mitigate the impact of life's stressors on our physical and emotional health is more important than ever!"
News Article | June 6, 2017
Less than one year ago, Dr. Abend founded the Sañare Center for Integrative Medicine. According to its website, it "offers a unique blend of Eastern and Western principles and practices in a welcoming, peaceful and personalized environment." With over 25 years of experience in his role, Dr. Abend’s focus is on nonsurgical spinal treatments, sports injuries and neuropathy. He is double board certified in Family Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Additionally, Dr. Abend has served as the Founder, Medical Director, and President of Consultants in Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine for the past 27 years. He is also the President and Founder of the Union County Surgical Center, and the Founder and Past President, of the Robert Wood Johnson University Ambulatory Surgical Center. Dr. Abend has also served as Past Chief Medical Officer of Partners Healthcare, an Institutional Pharmacy and Hospice that offers Infusion, Home and Durable Healthcare Equipment. He is also the Past Medical Director and Founder of Comprehensive Rehabilitation Institute of New Jersey, a unique and sophisticated underwater gymnasium and a full land rehabilitation center sold to a Major Medical University Center. Furthermore, Dr. Abend is the Founder and Preceptor for the Department of Family Medicine Residency Program at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Desensitizing and Teaching Residents, and working with Children and Adults with Autism and the Medical Complexities (Gastrointestinal, Seizures, and Psychiatric issues). Currently he is in the process of founding a Vocational Program (Farming) for Special Needs Adults so they can contribute to society and have a purposeful and meaningful life. In recognition of his work, he has been the Founding Preceptor since the inception of the Kessler Institute Musculoskeletal Pain Management Fellowship Program for the past ten years. He is also the Past President of both the New Jersey Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the New Jersey Society of Medical Specialties. Dr. Abend has been educated at many prominent institutions: Drew University, UMDNJ, and Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. He was a Resident, and Chief Resident in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine, and in Family Medicine at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. Additionally, he completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship in the Department of Family Medicine at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Just this year, he was listed in the Leading Physicians of the World, 2016, for his work in Medicine, as well as his Extensive Humanitarian work in the field of Autism. In 2015, Dr. Abend was awarded the Dr. Margaret L. Bauman Award, which is awarded to Medical Professionals who goes above and beyond the call of duty in their field. In this case, Dr. Abend received the award due to his contributions towards Autism. This was also the expertise of the award's founder, Dr. Margaret L. Bauman, who had a 45-year accomplished career in the Autism field. Some of Dr. Abend’s many accomplishments include: Also due to his work in the field of Autism, he was awarded the Jefferson Award for Medicine, a prestigious national recognition, honoring community and public volunteerism, for the State of New Jersey and Region. He was also awarded the 2011 Citizen of the Year Award from Warren Township. To further his professional development, Dr. Abend is a Diplomate with the Association of Academic Physiatrists, a Fellow with the Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a member of the Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Medicine. Dr. Paul Abend is has 4 convenient Office locations in Bernardsville, Clark, RWJRAHWAY Hospital and North Brunswick. To view his full online profile and see his other locations, please follow this link: http://www.njtopdocs.com/DrAbend About Us NJ Top Docs is a comprehensive information resource of Top Doctors, Dentists and Hospitals. We are profiling over 900 Healthcare Providers and have made it convenient for you to find them. NJ Top Docs allows patients to “meet” these providers online before making their appointment. You can also follow us on Facebook – Twitter – YouTube
News Article | June 6, 2017
Many people report deep feelings of connection and self-loss while listening to music, meditating or during intense experiences of awe, an experience captured by the phrase, “I felt at one with all things” or “I was lost in the music.” In psychology, feelings of oneness and self-loss are often described as symptoms of psychopathology, but might also they be associated with well-being? An interdisciplinary team of psychologists and neuroscientists thinks so. The team was put together by David Yaden, a research fellow and Ph.D. student in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. In a recent article, “The Varieties of Self-transcendent Experience,” published in the American Psychology Association journal Review of General Psychology, the team identified a number of mental states that involve a sense of unity and self-loss which tend to be associated with positive mental states and outcomes, like well-being. These mental states are mindfulness, flow, some positive emotions such as “love” and “awe,” and even “peak” and “mystical” experiences. While each of these mental states are the subject of on-going psychology and neuroscience research, the underlying similarity between them had not been previously described. “In some sense we've been studying this phenomenon all along, it's just been a little bit hidden,” Yaden said. “We found this self-transcendent aspect in these otherwise very different constructs.” By identifying a common element in these mental states and positioning them along a common continuum, the researchers hope to learn more about how these experiences are capable of increasing well-being and what neural mechanisms make them possible. The team of psychologists and neuroscientists is notable for their areas of research. Yaden, a doctoral candidate in Penn’s Positive Psychology Center studies the connection between certain mental states and well-being. Jonathan Haidt is a professor of social psychology at New York University. He has given a TED talk on the topic of self-transcendence. Andrew Newberg is a radiologist and focuses on experiences of unity using neuroimaging technology. David Vago is the director of research at Vanderbilt University’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and studies mindfulness meditation. Ralph Hood is a professor at the University of Tennessee and an expert in “mystical” experiences. “It was inspiring to have so much expertise on a topic from slightly different scientific perspectives,” Yaden said. “These researchers have spent many years of their lives thinking about these experiences. To work with people who understand why this topic is important and are inherently fascinated by it was very energizing.” The team worked together to compile a broad range of research on self-transcendent experience from the fields of social psychology, clinical psychology and affective neuroscience. “The constructs that we describe, like mindfulness, flow and awe, are all quite common,” Yaden said. “They already have their own research literature around them and researchers are actively working on them, but they're sort of siloed. We see this paper as a way to connect the dots between these different research areas and show that there's this underlying similarity in these disparate constructs.” Yaden, who had an intensely self-transcendent experience in college, believes that it’s important to study these experiences because of their prevalence. Some studies have shown that about a third of the US population agree that they’ve had an experience where they “felt at one with all things.” “I think that's a surprisingly high number,” Yaden said. “That means we all know people that have had an intensely self-transcendent experience.” In terms of the research, one aspect of it that Yaden is excited by is how certain fundamental faculties of consciousness are altered during these experiences “The sense of time changes, the sense of space around one changes, and the sense of self changes,” he said. “I think we can learn a lot about the presence of these aspects of consciousness by studying instances in which they're altered or absent, like during experiences of self-transcendence. Getting at how the mind and brain represent time, space and self are very deep questions in psychology, and I think that these experiences can help to illuminate those topics.”
News Article | September 18, 2017
"This gift catalyzes UCI's belief that human health and well-being requires a science-based approach that engages all disciplines in caring for the whole person and total community," said Chancellor Howard Gillman. "Susan and Henry Samueli's dedication, their vision for what is possible and their deep generosity will help UCI set a standard that, over time, other medical centers in the U.S. can follow." First systematic approach to integrative health The Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences will be the first university-based health sciences enterprise to incorporate integrative health research, teaching and patient care across its schools and programs. Integrative health redefines the relationship between the practitioner and patient by focusing on the whole person and the whole community. It is informed by scientific evidence and makes use of all appropriate preventatives, therapeutic and lifestyle approaches, and healthcare professionals and disciplines to promote optimal health and wellness. The existing Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine will become the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute and will focus on improving medical care by supporting multidisciplinary research, education, clinical service and community programs. Faculty and students in computer science, engineering, social sciences, business and other areas will collaborate within the institute to study the future of human health. The Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences will ultimately include the institute and the following UCI schools, as well as other research entities: "Despite our technological advances, too many people still suffer from chronic conditions such as pain, diabetes and heart disease or are caught in a cycle of taking too many medications," said Susan Samueli, a noted champion and practitioner of integrative health. "We must change what we mean by 'healthcare' and how we train all who provide care, including physicians, nurses and pharmacists. Today's health science students ask about integrative health from day one; harnessing that interest is key to turning our national system in a better direction." "Through its five academic medical centers, the University of California brings together top clinicians and researchers to provide world-class care, and with this gift from Susan and Henry Samueli, both valued UC alumni and supporters, UCI will help lead the way with important advances in personal and community health that will benefit Californians and others across the nation," said UC President Janet Napolitano. Gift will support state-of-the-art facility and generous endowment The Samuelis' gift will provide $50 million toward construction of a facility to house the college and $5 million for state-of-the-art technology and labs – forming the foundation of a national showcase for integrative health. It also earmarks $145 million to create an endowment for: "Recent research and clinical treatment has focused on the molecular underpinnings of medicine. Though practitioners can be slow to adopt new approaches, many in the field now believe we are reaching a tipping point at which a holistic approach is required – allowing for treatment plans that are more effective clinically and provide for the overall well-being of patients and family," said Howard Federoff, M.D., Ph.D., vice chancellor for health affairs and CEO of UCI Health. "The Samuelis' vision means UCI will be a beacon for the brightest faculty and students in all related disciplines – a place where they can do their best work and tackle grand challenges." Inquiry and discovery in service of the global community are at the heart of UCI's mission. Key to the success of the college – and this model of healthcare delivery – is research and care that crosses all departments and disciplines. "As a preventive cardiologist and researcher, I cannot stress enough the critical need for society to adopt a truly integrative approach to health, whether we are talking about community health, nutrition, prevention or appropriate medications. It must start with those who provide care and guidance," said Dr. Shaista Malik, director of the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine and the endowed chair of integrative medicine. "Through this exciting new college, we will demonstrate to everyone involved in the health system – from patients to providers to policymakers – the value of an integrative approach." Goal: recognition as 'standard of care' Fundamental change in thinking about healthcare and how it's delivered will take time, a steady stream of new evidence and strong academic leadership. The Samuelis' transformational gift is the first step toward creating an expanded health sciences campus, integrating the affiliated schools and programs of the college as well as new teaching, research and clinical spaces. "Susan and I have supported healthcare research for nearly 20 years, and over that time, we have seen a significant expansion of the scientific evidence demonstrating the value and efficacy of integrative health. This evidence base is critical as UCI – a young, innovative institution – takes this big and influential step," said Henry Samueli, Ph.D., an engineer and co-founder of Broadcom Corporation. "We are very excited for the UCI College of Health Sciences to become a national model for integrative health. We believe this model will eventually become the standard approach for promoting health and well-being in our society." Planning for this effort will be a central feature of an upcoming UCI fundraising campaign, with Susan and Henry Samueli as honorary co-chairs. Their latest pledge continues the Samuelis' generous support of UCI, more than $70 million prior to this announcement, highlighted earlier this year by a $30 million gift from the Samueli Foundation for a convergent sciences building. In 2000, the couple received the UCI Medal – the university's highest honor – for their exceptional contributions to UCI's mission of teaching, research and public service. About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 30,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It's located in one of the world's safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County's second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit www.uci.edu. PHOTO, B-ROLL AND OTHER INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: http://cohs.uci.edu
News Article | September 16, 2017
Preclinical and Clinical Data Support Efficacy of Novel Approach to Cancer Immunotherapy Developed by CHIPSA Hospital CHIPSA Hospital, dedicated to the accelerated development of nontoxic cancer immunotherapies announced today filing of a patent application covering the combination of FDA approved antibodies known as “checkpoint inhibitors” together with Coley Vaccine, a stimulatory of innate immunity. CHIPSA is the only licensed hospital facility (under doctor supervision) treating with the Coley’s Vaccine in North America. The patent was based on animal data using the established B16 melanoma mouse model, as well as patient cases. CHIPSA is one of the oldest hospitals to be using Coley’s Vaccine therapy. Their experiences and published literature suggests that Coley’s Vaccine is one of the most potent activators of the innate immune system,. Given that cellular components of the innate immune system such as macrophage and dendritic cells play a fundamental role in the visibility of cancer to the immune system, CHIPSA believes that activating these cells with Coley’s will increase responsiveness to checkpoint inhibitors. This belief is supported by animal experiments and pilot human studies, said Edward Clay, Former CEO of CHIPSA Hospital and now Chief Executive of United Cancer Centers, as well as co-inventor of the patent. Currently, only about 20% of patients with advanced cancer respond to checkpoint inhibitors. Data generated by CHIPSA collaborators and published data suggests that stimulating the innate immune system makes tumors more visible to the adaptive immune system, thus potentially increasing the number of patients responding to checkpoint inhibitors. Dr. Thomas Ichim, co-inventor of the patent says that the immunology behind this combined approach, which yielded synergistic antitumor effects, is very interesting in that checkpoint inhibitors, such as Yervoy, Keytruda, and Opdivo act to stimulate the adaptive part of the immune system, whereas Coley’s Vaccine activates the innate arm of the immune system. Classical immunology teaches that the innate and adaptive arms of the immune system work in synergy. By concurrent activation of both of these arms of the immune system, CHIPSA believes they are driving the immune system into a state of overdrive, thus overcoming tumor associated immune suppression and increasing probability of remission. Dr. Ichim goes on to say that he's proud to have led the clinical implementation of combining Coley’s Vaccine, which has been used for more than 100 years, with cutting edge immunological treatments like checkpoint inhibitors. The filing of today’s patent, is testimony of how CHIPSA goes the extra mile to offer the most advanced medicines to their patients, says Dr. Stephen Iacaboni, an Award Winning former MD Anderson Oncologist, who along with the other doctors at CHIPSA, performed the first combination therapies of Coley’s Vaccine with Checkpoint Inhibitors. CHIPSA (Centro Hospitalario Internacional del Pacifico, S.A.) is a full service hospital caring for sick and injured families within the ocean-front suburb of Playas de Tijuana. Since inception in 1979, CHIPSA Gerson integrative medical practice has become world renown and has been long identified as the home of Mexico’ Center for Integrative Medicine and Research. Our founding legacy, Gerson Therapy, represents the original medical practice of immuno-nutrition therapy developed by Max B. Gerson, M.D. (founder of immune-nutrition) known for his many contributions to address chronic, degenerative and infectious disease, as well as the documentation and remission of cancer.  Jessy T. Immunity over inability: The spontaneous regression of cancer. J Nat Sci Biol Med. 2011 Jan;2(1):43-9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3312698/  Maletzki et al. Reevaluating the concept of treating experimental tumors with a mixed bacterial vaccine: Coley's Toxin. Clin Dev Immunol. 2012;2012:230625 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3502841/
News Article | September 29, 2017
UA Center for Integrative Medicine sleep and dream specialist Dr. Rubin Naiman's comprehensive review of data about the causes, extent and consequences of dream loss includes recommendations for restoring healthy dreaming TUCSON, Ariz. - A silent epidemic of dream loss is at the root of many of the health concerns attributed to sleep loss, according to Rubin Naiman, PhD, a sleep and dream specialist at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, who recently published a comprehensive review of data. His review, "Dreamless: the silent epidemic of REM sleep loss" in the "Unlocking the Unconscious: Exploring the Undiscovered Self" issue of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, details the various factors that cause rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and dream loss. Typical sleep follows a pattern in which deeper, non-REM sleep is prioritized by the body. Only later in the night and into the early morning do people experience dreaming, during REM sleep. "We are at least as dream-deprived as we are sleep-deprived," noted Dr. Naiman, UA clinical assistant professor of medicine. He sees REM/dream loss as an unrecognized public health hazard that silently wreaks havoc by contributing to illness, depression and an erosion of consciousness. "Many of our health concerns attributed to sleep loss actually result from REM sleep deprivation." The review examines data about the causes and extent of REM/dream loss associated with medications, substance use disorders, sleep disorders and behavioral and lifestyle factors. Dr. Naiman further reviews the consequences of REM/dream loss and concludes with recommendations for restoring healthy REM sleep and dreaming. For more information about Dr. Naiman's research, please visit drnaiman.com For more information about the Integrative Health and Lifestyle program (IHeLp) taught by Dr. Naiman at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, please visit azcim.org/ihelp About the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (UACIM) is leading the transformation of health care by creating, educating and actively supporting a community that embodies the philosophy and practice of healing-oriented medicine. UACIM is internationally recognized for its evidence-based clinical practice, innovative educational programs and research that substantiates the field of integrative medicine and influences public policy. Since its creation in 1994, the Center's vision of making integrative care available to all is being realized worldwide: Center graduates now are guiding more than 1 million patients to take a greater role in their health and healing. To learn more about UACIM, please visit azcim.org About the University of Arizona Health Sciences The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs almost 5,000 people, has nearly 1,000 faculty members and garners more than $126 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: uahs.arizona.edu
News Article | September 16, 2017
Preclinical and clinical data support efficacy of novel approach to cancer immunotherapy developed by CHIPSA hospital. CHIPSA Hospital, dedicated to the accelerated development of nontoxic cancer immunotherapies announced today filing of a patent application covering the combination of FDA approved antibodies known as “checkpoint inhibitors” together with Coley Vaccine, a stimulatory of innate immunity. CHIPSA is the only licensed hospital facility (under doctor supervision) treating with the Coley’s Vaccine in North America. The patent was based on animal data using the established B16 melanoma mouse model, as well as patient cases. “CHIPSA is one of the oldest hospitals to be using Coley’s Vaccine therapy. Our experiences and published literature suggests that Coley’s Vaccine is one of the most potent activators of the innate immune system,. Given that cellular components of the innate immune system such as macrophage and dendritic cells play a fundamental role in the visibility of cancer to the immune system, we believe that activating these cells with Coley’s will increase responsiveness to checkpoint inhibitors. This belief is supported by animal experiments and pilot human studies.” Said Edward Clay, Former CEO of CHIPSA Hospital and now Chief Executive of United Cancer Centers, as well as coinventor of the patent. Currently, only about 20% of patients with advanced cancer respond to checkpoint inhibitors. Data generated by CHIPSA collaborators and published data suggests that stimulating the innate immune system makes tumors more visible to the adaptive immune system, thus potentially increasing the number of patients responding to checkpoint inhibitors. “The immunology behind this combined approach, which yielded synergistic antitumor effects, is very interesting in that checkpoint inhibitors, such as Yervoy, Keytruda, and Opdivo act to stimulate the adaptive part of the immune system, whereas Coley’s Vaccine activates the innate arm of the immune system. Classical immunology teaches us that the innate and adaptive arms of the immune system work in synergy. By concurrent activation of both of these arms of the immune system, we believe we are driving the immune system into a state of overdrive, thus overcoming tumor associated immune suppression and increasing probability of remission.” Said Dr. Thomas Ichim, coinventor of the patent. “I am proud to have led the clinical implementation of combining Coley’s Vaccine, which has been used for more than 100 years, with cutting edge immunological treatments like checkpoint inhibitors. The filing of today’s patent, is testimony to how here at CHIPSA we go the extra mile to offer the most advanced medicines to our patients.” Said Dr. Stephen Iacaboni, an Award Winning former MD Anderson Oncologist, who along with the other doctors at CHIPSA, performed the first combination therapies of Coley’s Vaccine with Checkpoint Inhibitors. CHIPSA (Centro Hospitalario Internacional del Pacifico, S.A.) is a full service hospital caring for families with sick and injured within the ocean-front suburb of Playas de Tijuana. Since inception in 1979, CHIPSA Gerson integrative medical practice has become world renown and has been long identified as the home of Mexico’ Center for Integrative Medicine and Research. Our founding legacy, Gerson Therapy, represents the original medical practice of immuno-nutrition therapy developed by Max B. Gerson, M.D. (founder of immune-nutrition) known for his many contributions to address chronic, degenerative and infectious disease, as well as the documentation and remission of cancer.  Jessy T. Immunity over inability: The spontaneous regression of cancer. J Nat Sci Biol Med. 2011 Jan;2(1):43-9. [2 Maletzki et al. Reevaluating the concept of treating experimental tumors with a mixed bacterial vaccine: Coley's Toxin. Clin Dev Immunol. 2012;2012:230625 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3502841/
News Article | February 20, 2017
BOISE, Idaho, Feb. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Idaho Center for Integrative Medicine (ICIM) (http://idahointegrativemedicine.com/), a leader in functional and holistic healthcare, is hosting a Customer Appreciation Day on February 21, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The clinic is located at 3271 N. Milwaukee Street. In addition to complimentary refreshments and supplement samples, the staff will be available for free therapy, chair massages, office tours, and answer questions for participants. "We are excited to host this event as it gives us an opportunity to thank our patients for their support and let them know how important they are to us," said Dr. Noah Edvalson, Founder of ICIM. "This event will also allow us to introduce therapies to our customers that they may be unaware we have. Patients are our top priority and we look forward to providing them with the best care possible." In addition to celebrating customer appreciation, ICIM will present new members of the team, including Greg Howard and Randi Roark. Greg Howard, Nurse Practitioner, comes with a broad background working in both Family Medicine and Urgent Care settings. While most of his background and training is in traditional medicine, he has always been open minded about alternative medicine, and recognizes the need to support the body through nutrition and lifestyle modifications. Randi Roark, a nationally certified massage therapist and Bodyworker, practices a variety of massage techniques including Swedish, Deep Tissue, NMT/Trigger Point, Shiatsu, Cranial-Sacral Fascial Release, Tai/Yoga, and Integrative/Mindful Expression. Randi believes that every body is different and there is no one massage that suits all; therefore, her approach is tailored to each individual. She loves helping others and is enthusiastic about health and overall well-being. ICIM strives to use a functional and holistic approach to provide competent and progressive health care encompassing physical, nutritional, emotional, and energetic vitality in a compassionate and collaborative environment. The clinic treats the cause of disease using safe, natural, and effective therapies, while enriching the community with education, self-reliance, and self-empowerment. About The Idaho Center for Integrative Medicine The Idaho Center for Integrative Medicine effectively helps their clientele find the healthcare they need. Dr. Edvalson, founder and owner of ICIM, is trained in Chiropractic (a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician and has received the Distinguished Service Award by the American Chiropractic Association Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness), Naturopathy, Functional Medicine, Acupuncture, Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation, and much more. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ozone therapies, with the distinguished honor of being certified as an Advanced Prolozone Therapist. It is his passion and ICIM's goal to help offer a new hope to those suffering unnecessarily with chronic diseases.