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February 28, 2018
Osher Collaborative team urges imperative to imbed health justice in integrative medicine
Integrative Practitioner

The earliest analysis of users of complementary and alternative medicine services created an association with a well-to-do, cash-paying clientele.

A survey of major integrative centers in large institutions published in 2012 found a not dissimilar demographic. The limited insurance coverage for licensed integrative professionals and the misfit of integrative and functional models with insurance schemes stimulated a rise of concierge practices. These seem to fix the image in lacquer. Antagonists love to trumpet the portrait: integrative medicine is a dalliance of the wealthy. The last place to expect integrative medicine to create value would be in public health or with the underserved. Read more.

February 2018
Integrative Medicine and the Imperative for Health Justice
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

Proponents of integrative medicine have made clear our collective interest in providing evidence-based care, using the best pedagogical tools to train the next generation of practitioners, and conducting rigorous research. The changing healthcare landscape and increasing sociopolitical challenges, however, point to additional core features of integrative medicine, clinical care, education, and research that are still not consistently acknowledged. As more of us turn toward the suffering of substantial segments of society, we recognize that a conventional approach to ‘‘unconventional’’ medicine is not enough. What is the collective responsibility of advocates of integrative medicine to society? Read more.

January 16, 2018
Interest in the Ketogenic Diet Grows for Weight Loss and Type 2 Diabetes


This summer, 25 overweight and obese adults participating in a tightly controlled feeding study will take up full-time residence for 3 months at a wooded lakefront center in Ashland, Massachusetts. However, before checking in at Framingham State University’s Warren Conference Center and Inn, they will have to lose 15% of their body weight on a calorie-restricted diet with home-delivered meals. Read more.

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