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John Weeks
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John Weeks is publisher-editor of the Integrator Blog News & Reports (www.theintegratorblog.com) the leading resource on policy, business and integration activity related to integrative health care. He currently writes three related columns for the Pain Practitioner, IntegrativePractitioner.Com, 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 (www.ihpc.info 2001); and directed the National Education Dialogue to Advance Integrated Health Care (2005-2006). He co-founded the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (www.accahc.org) for which he currently serves part-time as executive director. He has a passion for promoting whole practice, real-world research. Weeks attended Stanford University for three years, studying history. He has been awarded three honorary doctorates: Bastyr University (1992), National University of Health Sciences (2011) and Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (2012). Weeks views as his highest professional accomplishment breaking loose for a 3-year (working) sabbatical in Costa Rica and Nicaragua with his spouse and children (2002-2005).

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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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Honoring How Powerful Consumers Known as Bravewell Implanted Integrative Medicine in the System

(5) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 1:49 PM

That alternative medicine is a consumer movement is well known.

Less known or appreciated is how a powerful group of consumers shaped the movement to implant these alternatives into conventional treatment. These consumers partnered with medical doctors to promote the movement in academic medicine and health systems...

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The World You Are Entering: My 2013 NYCC Commencement Address to Integrative Health and Medicine Graduates

(3) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 11:45 AM

The following is a commencement address I was honored to deliver on Aug. 3, 2013. My audience was the graduates of the programs of Doctor of Chiropractic, Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and Master of Applied Clinical Nutrition at New York Chiropractic College/Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental...

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Beltway Battle Over Patients' Rights to Integrative Medicine and Health

(41) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 3:40 PM

A battle inside Congress and the Executive branch over the right of patients to choose care from the types of practitioners they prefer is erupting inside the Beltway.

At stake is the meaning and potential revocation of "non-discrimination in health care," Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act....

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Non-Discrimination: A 'Big Honking Lawsuit' to Advance Integrative Medicine and Health?

(16) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 5:57 PM

Two years ago, I was part of an invitational, strategic meeting of integrative medicine leaders that included an impromptu exploration. We considered the resistance of hospitals and insurers to embracing integrative medicine and health.

These institutions claim to be "patient-centered." Yet they are slow to uptake the...

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Positive Naturopathic Integrative Medicine Cardiovascular Risk Study Provokes Editorial in Top Medical Journal

(15) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 6:04 PM

"Can naturopaths deliver complementary preventive medicine?" Thus ran the headline in a recent editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

The editorial was written in reference to the publication in the same edition of a randomized clinical trial led by Dugald Seely, N.D. Seely and 13 colleagues,...

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Top 10 for Policy and Action in Integrative Medicine and Health in 2012

(6) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 9:20 AM

A recent practice of subscribing to Google Alerts for "integrative medicine" and "complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)" astonishes with the raw material of growth and reach of the 15- to 20-year-old integrative health and medicine phenomenon in U.S. health care.

The links listed here and

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CFO Magazine Urges Fortune 500 Firms to Explore Cost Savings Via Alternative and Integrative Medicine

(6) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 5:00 PM

CFO Magazine would seem an unlikely source of cheerleading for more inclusion of complementary and integrative medicine practices and providers into U.S. health care delivery. Yet the magazine that targets chief financial officers (CFOs) of Fortune 500 firms has been shaking those pom poms in recent months.

There is...

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Review Finds Cost Effectiveness of Complementary and Integrative Medicine in More Than Two Dozen High-Quality Studies

(25) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 1:22 PM

Even when research finds that complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) or approaches are effective, these still may be shunned by health care's major stakeholders. Employers, private insurers and government agencies like Medicare that pay for services often block inclusion due to concerns about costs.

The findings of an exhaustive, systematic...

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Physician Heal Thyself: M.D.s Earn Continuing Education Credit to Learn Yoga Poses

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 4:30 PM

Satkarin Khalsa, M.D., has delivered yoga programs for medical doctors for years. This year the director of Alberquerque Integrated HealthMedicine scored a breakthrough. Her doctor students were able to earn continuing medical education credit (CME) for learning how to practice yoga.

For patients of integrative medical doctors...

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U.S. Agency to Fund National Coordinating Center for Integrative Medicine

(2) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 4:18 PM

In 2002, the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Policy included a primary recommendation. A CAM office should be created inside the U.S. government. Its role: "to coordinate Federal CAM activities and to facilitate the integration of safe and effective practices and products into the...

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The Supreme Court and Health Reform: Much Is at Stake for Integrative Medicine

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 10:52 AM

I have never favored single-issue politics. Life and legislation are typically too complex for decision-making based on one position.

Yet as we wait on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, I find myself focusing on the meaning of full repeal to a limited...

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How Naturopathic Doctors Are Proving the Value of Integrative Medicine

(45) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 5:11 PM

In the mid-1980s, leaders of the reemerging naturopathic medical profession faced a tough challenge. They had to make the case for a scientific basis for their field prior to any history of federal support for naturopathic research.

The naturopathic physician authors of such pioneering volumes as the

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Mr. Walker Takes TEDMED to Washington

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 5:22 PM

Common sense suggests that alluding to the naive politician played by Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to describe a decision by the founder of Priceline, billionaire Jay Walker, is awfully wrong-headed.

Yet there is blunt idealism in the 46-year-old Walker's language about re-positioning the...

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Homebirth Midwives and the Hospital Goliath: Evidence Builds for Disruptive Innovation

(100) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 4:05 PM

"Midwives have a central focus in our strategic plan. We are hoping Washington State can double out-of-facility births in the next two or three years."

The speaker was Jeff Thompson, M.D., MPH, chief medical officer of the state of Washington's Medicaid program. He spoke in a taped interview...

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New Bravewell Report a Goldmine for Those Intrigued by Integrative Medicine, Pandora's Box to Skeptics

(8) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 6:01 PM

Reading through Bravewell's report, "Integrative Medicine in America: How Integrative Medicine is Being Practiced in the United States," opens a treasure trove of riches for those intrigued by the emerging field. One wanders through one display after another on how medical directors in 29 health system-sponsored integrative medicine...

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Indian Health Service Includes Licensed Naturopaths, Acupuncturists and Chiropractors in Loan Repayment Program

(10) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 2:07 PM

A bit of integrative medicine history was made in January 2012 when the U.S. Indian Health Service (IHS) quietly announced that licensed naturopathic doctors, acupuncturists and chiropractors would be included in 2012 in the IHS' student loan repayment programs.

The announcement magnetized students and recent graduates. Was this...

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