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REMEDY BLOG | WHO KNOWS

REMEDY BLOG | WHO KNOWS

Who Knows What They Are Talking About

January 8, 2018 | Chad Hildebrand

To bring 2017 to a close and wrap a nice little bow on what went right, the Huff Post covered Integrator Blog and News Report's thoughtful list of the Top 10 in policy and action in integrative health and medicine. Who was on the list?

 

Receiving the bronze medal at the #3 spot was none other than the World Health Organization (aka WHO). Well, we aren't really sure that the list was ranked in any particular order, but heck ... its Olympics season. So, what did the WHO do? The agency rebranded its traditional medicine initiative as "traditional, complementary and integrative medicine." In a giant leap for primary care, this change highlights formal strategic changes over the course of the next 5 years for the inclusion of integrative medicine. 

 

Who took home the other medals?

 

Silver medal: Pain management guidelines (more about that later)

Gold medal: The Samueli's $200 million golden gift

 

To read the entire Top 10 list: click here.

 

2018 Sounds Promising Already

 

Taking a deeper dive (wrong Olympics) into the Top 10 list, we see a cascade of events leading to an approach that moves beyond medications. By now, we are all keenly aware of the opioid crisis in America and understand what happens when we naively believe in the full safety of prescription medications. The Joint Commission, the American College of Physicians, the National Academy of Medicine, the Mayo Clinic and even the FDA (finally) have taken note. Non-pharmacologic and integrative methods are now firmly rooted in national pain management guidelines in a move to help relieve some of the pain caused by protocols gone very wrong. Its here where we pass the baton to the insurance companies and gently demand that these procedures and methods are covered. [This message is for you Aetna, Anthem, United, Cigna, Humana, etc....]

 

Viva La Revolucion

 

I always found it odd that there is so much resistance for integrative approaches to health. The backlash from the Samueli donation was palpable here in Los Angeles and the opposition took to the the papers to voice their disdain. But truly... aren't we just attempting to better understand how to provide the best health care for all? It has never been about East vs West, traditional vs holistic, or us vs them. Its about being healthy vs unhealthy, happy vs depressed and inclusion vs exclusion.

 

I am happy to quote a newspaper from my hometown, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, who last month stated, "(integrative) practices are not at odds with traditional medical practices; rather, they enhance them." Thank you, Pittsburgh press... we agree.

 

To read more about the next revolution in health care: click here.

 

Finally, from all of us here at REMEDY HIKE, we want to wish you the very best and happiest New Year. We look forward to seeing you out on the trails soon. Stay tuned for upcoming events.

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