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John Weeks
John Weeks is publisher-editor of the Integrator Blog News & Reports ( the leading resource for informing stakeholders and professionals in the movement for integrative health and medicine. He also writes regularly for Integrative Practitioner, and Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal. Weeks has worked as writer, speaker, organizer and in various executive capacities in this field for 28 years. He has written for such publications as Medical Economics, Health Forum, and Physician Executive. His work has been cited in such publications as Newsweek, New York Times, Boston Globe and Physician Executive. Sample consulting relationships have included the US National Institutes of Health, World Health Organization Traditional Medicines/CAM 2014-2023 Strategy, American Hospital Association, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Providence Health System, Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner and the National Managed Health Care Congress.

As organizer, Weeks convened the Integrative Medicine Industry Leadership Summits (2000-2002); gathered start-up funding for the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium ( 2001); and directed the National Education Dialogue to Advance Integrated Health Care (2005-2006). He also co-founded the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care ( and served on the founding board of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. He has a passion for promoting whole practice, real-world research. Weeks attended Stanford University for three years, studying history. He has been awarded four honorary doctorates: Bastyr University (1992), National University of Health Sciences (2011), Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (2012) and National College of Natural Medicine(2015). In 2014, three consortia in the field and others combined to present Weeks with a Lifetime Achievement Living Tribute Award at the banquet night of the major scientific meeting in the field. He views as his highest professional accomplishments managing to work from abroad fromCosta Rica/Nicaragua (2002/2005) and Puerto Rico (2012-2015) with his spouse and children.

Entries by John Weeks

Top Integrative Pain Researcher Urges End to Reductionist Dominance

(3) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 12:32 PM

The call for profound change from the Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) scientist was refreshing: "It is time for all stakeholders making or influencing health and medical care decisions to step back, take a collective breath, and consider what they can do to restructure the highly reductionist biomedical...

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Chronicle of Health Creation: Are Integrative Health and Medicine Part of the National Pain Strategy?

(11) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 11:30 AM

The medical industry's uptake of complementary and integrative health and medicine is wildly uneven. This is true even in pain treatment, an area that drew most people to integrative practices and practitioners. For those interested in seeing more integration of these contributions, opening new governmental pronunciations is kind of like...

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Chronicle of Health Creation: The Shadow in Berwick's Call for a 'Moral Era' for Medicine

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2016 | 4:05 PM

The shadow of the U.S. medical industry is shockingly apparent in the names of the priorities its reformers declare.

Most recently this dark matter was outed in the Journal of the American Medical Association by the physician and change agent Donald Berwick, MD. Berwick, something of a personal hero,...

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Bernie and Hillary: Weighing Their Support for Integrative Health and Medicine

(7) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 2:13 PM

A colleague recently sent me a photo of presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders at a 2010 integrative medicine conference. His right ear is full of acupuncture needles. They looked like the five needle NADA protocol that, given its value in stress reduction, should likely be a regular...

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Open Letter to Barack Obama on Your $1.1 Billion Opioid Initiative: The Imperative for Integrative Medicine

(27) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 3:27 PM

Dear President Obama:

I received news today of your $1.1 billion initiative to fight the nation's epidemic of opioid abuse.

No one questions the depth of the problems. What needs questioning is whether you are empowering the right professionals to find the solutions. Do we have a...

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Confucius (and Mark Twain) Say: Boycott 'Health Care' and 'Health Care System' Unless That's What We Mean

(13) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 3:32 PM

I have a pet peeve.

It's bigger than a peeve, actually. If I am right about what I am about to say, then I have both Confucius and the plain-speaking Mark Twain in my corner to underscore the importance of what I am about to...

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Chronicles of Health Creation: The Naturopathic Profession's Impact on Integrative and Functional Medicine

(31) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 7:30 PM

I was called by a consultant to an institute associated with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians to participate as an outside expert in a strategic process.

I spent the 1983-1993 years working in an intense period of the profession's re-emergence. I have since closely observed its multiple contributions...

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Coming of the Light: The 2015 Integrator Top 10 for Policy and Action in Integrative Health and Medicine

(5) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 12:42 PM

The Integrator Blog News & Reports annually marks the winter solstice with a Top 10 list in integrative health and medicine. The focus is on positive signs -- the coming of the light -- in policy and action from individuals and organizations in the field. Those for

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Chronicles of Health Creation: Report Shares Successes/Challenges in M.D.-Led and N.D.-Led Integrative Patient-Centered Medical Homes

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2015 | 12:48 PM

Positive outcomes in patients with obesity and multiple chronic conditions are among the findings in an investigation recently reported out as "Prototypes Emerging of MD-Led and ND-Led Integrative Patient-Centered Medical/Health Homes."

One remarkable early lesson appears to be that integrative care should not be dismissed -- as some...

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Chronicles of Health Creation: RAND Report Begs New Look at Integrative Medicine and Health Professionals in the Triple Aim Era

(3) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 5:01 PM

Are you a thing or are you a human?

If someone wishes to assess your potential contributions to this life we live, what is the best starting assumption: thing or human?

The questions may seem silly. But a recent report from the RAND Corporation bores in on how...

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The Coming of the Light: Top 10 for Policy and Action in Integrative Medicine and Health in 2014

(2) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 1:50 PM

In 2006, I began publishing, on or near the winter solstice, an annual Integrator Top 10 list for the emerging field of integrative health and medicine. Together these chronicle nine years of policy and action in this popular movement. Links to past Top 10 lists are at the bottom of...

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Chronicles of Health Creation: Joint Commission Issues New Pain Standards in Response to Integrative Medicine Team

(6) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 7:40 AM

A Nov. 12, 2014 announcement from the principal accrediting agency for health care organizations could significantly impact access to integrative pain care throughout the United States.

The agency is the Joint Commission. The revised accreditation standard will apply to all the institutions under the agency's guidance and...

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Chronicles of Health Creation: Republican Win Strips Integrative Medicine and Health Leaders From Powerful Committee Roles

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 1:03 PM

That integrative health and medicine would lose its top champion in the past 20 years, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), was one foregone conclusion of the 2014 Congressional election. Harkin had announced plans to retire. His contributions have been immeasurable. (See "Gratitude to Integrative Medicine and Health's Retiring...

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Chronicles of Health Creation: 'Never Only Opioids" Urges Imperative for Integrative Medicine in Pain Care'

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 4:29 PM

Integrative medicine and complementary health practices and professionals have been listed in some pain guidelines of the dominant school of medicine since at least 1999. Usually they are buried, a last resort. If all else fails, try acupuncture. If all else fails, see a chiropractor.

A new eight-page, policy brief,...

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Chronicles of Health Creation: Gratitude to Integrative Medicine and Health's Retiring Champion U.S. Senator Tom Harkin

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 4:21 PM

The movement for complementary and alternative medicine is famous for its consumer base.

The rising tide of our collective personal choices overflowed conventional medicine's barriers. The medical industry was pushed to look outside its towers at choices being made in the community, among the people.

In the...

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Chronicles of Health Creation: Is the Cleveland Clinic/Functional Medicine Partnership a 'Tipping Point' for Integrative Medicine and Health?

(6) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 4:30 PM

"If we can show that we have better outcomes and it's cheaper to take a functional approach, in the end, the doctors who adopt this model -- and their patients -- they will be the ones who win."

This is Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) president Mark...

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Chronicles of Health Creation: Exit Interview With Integrative Medicine Clinic Pioneer Peter Amato

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 12:24 PM

After 17 years in the integrative medicine tough lands of coal country Scranton, Pennsylvania, Peter Amato is calling it quits with his ground-breaking Inner Harmony Wellness Center. On July 31, 2014, the clinic will provide the last of an estimated 34,000 patient visits.

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Hooking Up: Don Berwick, Integrative Medicine and His Call for a Radical Shift to 'Health Creation'

(4) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 10:45 AM

Yesterday, a colleague reminded me of a question in a survey developed for the 2000 Integrative Medicine Industry Leadership Summit.

The participants in that historic gathering represented all health care stakeholders: academic medicine, insurers, hospitals, policymakers, employers and leaders of professional organizations. Each was, in his or her own...

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Secret Sauce and the Positive Side Effects in Whole-Person, Integrative Medical Care

(7) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 2:00 PM

Those who grow up experiencing medicine and medical treatment as pharmaceuticals, diagnostic procedures, and surgery can have trouble with the idea of "positive side effects."

Multiple pages of small print warn us of nagging and sometimes awful adverse effects of drugs. Diagnostic imaging shoots rays through the system that can...

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Top 10 for Policy and Action in Integrative Medicine and Health in 2013

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 7:59 AM

In 2006, I began publishing annual The Integrator Top 10 lists for the emerging field of integrative health and medicine. Since 2011, these have shown up here on The Huffington Post. Links to past blogs are here and at the bottom of this posting. Together these...

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