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Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine leads the transformation of healthcare by creating, educating and actively supporting a community that embodies the philosophy and practice of healing-oriented medicine, addressing mind, body and spirit.
List of Resources
Download a printable flyer with a list of organizations, both local to Tucson and national who are making an impact in changing the way we think about healthcare.
Nutrition & Health Conference
Nutrition and Health: State of the Science and Clinical Applications is the premier nutrition conference for health professionals in the U.S. Co-presented by the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, the conference assembles internationally-recognized researchers, clinicians, educators, and chefs, all of whose work focuses on the interface between nutrition and healthful living.
Arizona Integrative Health Center
A comprehensive primary care clinic in downtown Phoenix designed by the world's leading integrative medicine institution. The University of Arizona Integrative Health Center will treat you to a level of customer service unparalleled in the industry. Patients receive a full spectrum of primary care services, where a physician will take interest in the patient as a whole person (taking into account any existing health conditions, lifestyle, diet and exercise) and provide a broad range of conventional and complementary health services to best suit the patient's needs.
Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds
Arizona Health Sciences Center's Biomedical Communications page
The objective of IM Grand Rounds is to discuss clinical, scientific and/or policy information related to the practice of integrative medicine and relevant protocols and/or procedures that will directly improve patient care. CME credit is available for 90 days after the original presentation, see About Grand Rounds for more details.
Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), NIH
The ODS supports research and disseminates research results in the area of dietary supplements. It produces The International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) database, which provides access to bibliographic citations and abstracts from published, international, and scientific literature on dietary supplements. Users can choose to search the Full IBIDS Database, a subset of Consumer Citations Only or Peer Reviewed Citations Only. Go to dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov and select "Health Information."
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
NCCAM, as part of the NIH, maintains a free website that provides health information, research, clinical trials, training opportunities and information about complementary and alternative therapies. You can subscribe online for a free "NCCAM at the NIH" quarterly newsletter.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
AHRQ is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. As one of 12 agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports health services research that will improve the quality of health care and promote evidence-based decision making. AHRQ has a section entitled Complementary and Alternative Care that has a number of meta-analyses and/or systematic reviews for treatments such as garlic, milk thistle, omega-3 fatty acids, melatonin, SAMe and others.
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
CFSAN oversees the safety and labeling of supplements, foods, and cosmetics. Publications include "Tips for the Savvy Supplement User: Making Informed Decisions and Evaluating Information."
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The FTC is a federal agency that works to maintain a competitive marketplace for both consumers and businesses. It has publications for consumers about supplements, including "Miracle" Health Claims: Add a Dose of Skepticism."
The Canadian government regulates natural health products in Canada licensing products with proof of safety and efficacy. This is a very helpful site—it lists products licensed in Canada and has helpful monographs.
CAM on PubMed
CAM on PubMed, a database on the Web developed jointly by NCCAM and the National Library of Medicine, offers citations to (and in most cases, abstracts of) articles in scientifically based, peer- reviewed journals on complementary and alternative medicine. It contains 220,000 citations, has links to full text, and allows searchers to limit retrievals by publication type. Look for the Alerts and Advisories, treatment information, resources, links to other organizations (FDA, AHRQ, ODS etc.).
The Cochrane Library
The Cochrane Library is a collection of science-based reviews from the Cochrane Collaboration, an international nonprofit organization that seeks to provide "up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of health care." Abstracts of these reviews can be read on the Web without charge.
Clinical Trial Database
The Clinical Trial Database is the website of all dietary supplement clinical trials being conducted by the US government.
Longwood Herbal Task Force
Provides peer-reviewed monographs, clinician summaries, and patient information as well as carefully-evaluated links to other sites. While not extensive, I find this an excellent reference site. (Free)
Diet Information Websites
United States Department of Agriculture - choosemyplate.gov
Professional site - www.ChooseMyPlate.gov/information-healthcare-professionals.html
Consumer site - www.ChooseMyPlate.gov
The ChooseMyPlate Web site provides information specifically for professionals, in addition to the content for consumers. There are useful handouts for patients, as well as information for healthcare providers, especially under the Education Framework section.
I love this website. It has great information about the Mediterranean diet, as well as traditional food pyramids. Oldways is the widely-respected non-profit "food issues think tank" credited with successfully translating the complex details of nutrition science into the familiar language of food. It is best known for developing consumer-friendly health-promotion tools, including the well-known Mediterranean Diet Pyramid.
DASH diet handout
National Institutes of Health—learn to manage your blood pressure naturally. Click below to download a copy of the DASH diet.
United Natural Products Alliance
The United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) is an association of dietary supplement and functional food companies that share a commitment to provide consumers with natural health products of superior quality, benefit and reliability.
Health Calculators (Websites)
Vitamin D Calculator
This vitamin D calculator is provided by the Norwegian Institute for Research. A little more complex.
Note: It asks you for the latitude of your city. Click below to find the latitude of a US city near you.
Heart Health Calculator
This is a risk assessment tool for estimating 10-year risk of myocardial infarction and coronary death.
This calculator gives an approximate prediction of the risk of hip fracture over the next 5 years for postmenopausal women between the ages of 50 and 79.
Natural Partners Inc.
Wholesale Natural Supplements
Natural Partners offers over 13,000 nutritional products at wholesale prices. Ensure your patients get the quality care they need by shopping online with us today!
American Academy of Pain Management
The mission of the American Academy of Pain Management is to improve care for people with pain by advancing an integrative, patient-centered model of care through evidence-guided continuing education for healthcare practitioners, credentialing, and advocacy.
This group reports the results of independent quality testing on dietary supplements. It provides very useful information for the consumer not only on quality testing but also on product recalls, FDA warnings, etc.
This journal reports both science-based and traditional information on the uses of botanical medicines.
HerbMed provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an impartial, evidence-based information resource for professionals, researchers, and general public.
This is a leading online resource for healthy living based on an integrative medicine philosophy. DrWeil.com has helped millions of consumers and health professionals stay abreast of news and information in the field.
The Center for Integrative Medicine in Public Health (CIMPH)
CIMPH strives to build bridges to health in underserved communities using sustainable integrative approaches. Employing a combination of conventional and complimentary medical strategies, we are dedicated to designing, implementing and evaluating innovative public health programs, training health care providers and improving the quality and efficacy of health care delivery in low income populations.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database
Frequently updated scientifically based information on natural medicines. Excellent for clinicians.
This is an independent collaboration of international clinicians and researchers who created a database which can be searched by CAM subject or by medical condition. Quality of evidence is graded for each supplement. Soon to have Palm version. (Individual subscriber $99/year)
Other Web Tools
Dr. Weil's Vitamin Advisor
Dr. Weil's Optimum Health Plan
Dr. Weil On Healthy Aging:
Jigsaw Health.com self assessments
Wikipedia information on Integrative and Alternative Medicine
Rubin Naiman, PhD
A broad range of cutting-edge information about integrative sleep and dream health.
Deborah Hudson, LPC
Deborah Hudson is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master's Degree in Counseling. She is certified in Interactive Guided ImagerySM by the Academy for Guided Imagery, and she has worked with medical students and residents in AzCIM's programs.
Steven Gurgevich, PhD
Steven Gurgevich, PhD, author of books and audio applications of medical hypnosis; The Self-Hypnosis Diet, The Self-Hypnosis Home Study Course and 60+ other titles. His new book (with DVD) "Hypnosis House Call" releases January, 2011.