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July
2012
Oregon Association Of Naturopathic Physicians Newsletter

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Notes From The Office

The Run for Natural Medicine Visits Oregon
by: Laura Farr l Executive Director, OANP


For almost a year now, we have been focused on working through the legislative and Health Authority processes to get naturopathic doctors included in the transformation ofthe Oregon Health Plan. While that process grinds on (see Legislative Update below), we now also have an opportunity to highlight our efforts with the media and general public to help us build momentum.
 
That media opportunity is coming to us in the form of the Run for Natural Medicine. Some of you may remember the amazing efforts of the Run last summer, when Dennis Godby, ND and his sons ran across country to raise awareness of naturopathic medicine.
 
This year, the Run is hitting the road again, with two runners heading from the Canadian and Mexican borders and meeting in Sacramento. They'll be coming right through Oregon between the dates of August 21st through September 1st.
 
We'll be working with the Run organizers to plan events in several cities as they come through Oregon, with a rally planned in Portland to call on the new Coordinated Care Organizations to fully integrate naturopathic doctors into the new CCOs. We'll be asking you to invite your friends, family, patients, staff and of course yourselves to join Jeremiah Godby in running at various points along his path, and will be working with NCNM and the Run to draw media attention to our campaign.
 
Stay tuned for more details - and watch out for emails that you can send to your networks to join us in this opportunity to bring attention to getting naturopathic doctors covered by insurance! Visit www.therun.org for more information on the Run's activities and itinerary.
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.. Community News

Jud Richland Named CEO at the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
by: Adam Briggs l Membership Manager, OANP
 
The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians is pleased to announce the appointment of Jud Richland as its new CEO. For the last 25 years, Richland has been a national leader in advancing national prevention and public health policy. "AANP was determined to find a CEO who is passionate about improving health and who is experienced in driving policy change," said Michael Cronin, ND, President of AANP. "In Jud, we found that person. Under Jud's leadership, naturopathic medicine will continue its remarkable growth and advance the health of an increasing number of Americans each year." Richland comes to AANP from Partnership for Prevention, a national health policy organization, where he served as President and CEO. He had previously held the same position in the organization's early years. Richland previously served for seven years as Executive Director of the American College of Preventive Medicine, the national medical specialty society representing preventive medicine physicians. He also served for seven years as Deputy Director and Acting Executive Director of the Public Health Foundation.
 
"I am thrilled to be joining AANP at such an exciting time. I share AANP members' commitment to prevention, to treating the whole person, and to strengthening the body's instinct for self-healing. I have yet to meet an AANP member who does not bubble over with enthusiasm and passion for his or her work. I feel privileged to be able to support such outstanding physicians."
 
Richland will be responsible for leading AANP's federal and state advocacy efforts. AANP's advocacy goals include ensuring that the new health reform legislation expands patients' access to naturopathic physicians and that additional states license naturopathic physicians. Richland will be responsible for increasing awareness of naturopathic medicine's scientific foundation and for expanding the body of naturopathic medicine research. He will also lead AANP's efforts to expand continuing naturopathic medical education offerings, to help members build successful practices, and to collaborate with organizations that share AANP's mission of advancing prevention-oriented, whole person care.
 
Richland received his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, a master's degree in public health from George Washington University, and a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Texas.
 
 
Camp Blue Spruce, a worry-free camp for kids with (and without) food allergies, is now accepting registrations.
by: Adam Briggs l Membership Manager, OANP
If anyone has pediatric patients with severe food sensitivities who just wish they could enjoy summer like all the rest of the kids, here's an option for you to recommend!
 
Children can sign up now for a week of swimming, hiking, arts & crafts, field games, campfires, and more! All in a camp that is free of the foods that cause more than 90% of allergic reactions – dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, soy, gluten and sesame.
 
Parents of children with food allergies now have a worry-free camp environment for their children. Parents of all kids can be assured that their kids will be eating great food, in the great outdoors. Camp Blue Spruce's cooks prepare most of the food from scratch, using fresh ingredients. All the manufactured products at Camp Blue Spruce are carefully vetted and will mostly come from allergen-aware companies.
 
Oregon’s great outdoors will make Camp Blue Spruce the highlight of your child’s summer. They are accepting campers now and with only one week available (August 19 – 24), the slots will fill up fast. Priority is given to children with food allergies, ages 10 – 14, but all kids are welcome to apply. Check out their website for more information: www.campbluespruce.org or email: info@campbluespruce.org or call 503-726-8886.
 
 
 
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  Member & Supporter News
OANP Member Leah Olsen Releases New Book on Practice and Life Management.
by: Adam Briggs l Membership Manager, OANP


Dr. Olsen, a member of the OANP and practicing ND at The Clover Clinic in Newberg, has written a tool for you to use for 6 months to truly maximize your efforts, hone in on your goals on a daily basis, diversify your outreach efforts and guide you to be more organized in private practice. The Momentum Planner was written with the naturopathic physician in mind and has a step by step workbook followed by an easy point based method of making sure you're covering your bases every week.
 
Dr. Olsen's book is available now. Check out this link to buy it online. Check out www.momentumplanner.com for more information.
 
 
Community Supporter Spotlight: Integrative Therapeutics
Integrative Therapeutics and the AANP Invites Clinics to Apply to the 2013 STAIR Integrative Residency Program
By: Adam Briggs l Membership Manager, OANP

Integrative Therapeutics and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) are proud to provide ongoing collaboration in support of the STAIR Integrative Residency Program, which provides hands-on knowledge to help shape the future of naturopathic medicine. Now in its sixth year, the STAIR Residency Program is again seeking out clinical practices who want to retain a free ND resident and provide a truly unique residency experience in 2013. By applying to become a STAIR residency site, integrative practitioners provide ND students the ability to "step up” to the next level of professional success and learn from experts to continue growing the naturopathic and integrative medical community. Two residency sites will be chosen, and actual residency will start in the fall of 2013.

According to Tara Brown, Professional Education and Community Relations Manager at Integrative Therapeutics, "This is a great opportunity for both clinics and ND residents. For residents, the program is a CNME-approved, postdoctoral, naturopathic, medical education program under the administration of Bastyr University that provides a unique, hands-on, integrative experience. For practitioners, it is not only an opportunity to be a mentor for the future of naturopathic medicine and showcase yourself as a leader in the community, but also a great way to enhance and grow your practice with the addition of a highly qualified ND resident provided for free, sponsored by Integrative Therapeutics.”

For more information go to stair.integrativeinc.com or contact Gary Garcia, MD, at 206.834.4124or email ggarcia@bastyr.edu. Deadline to apply is September 10, 2012.

 
In Memoriam: Dr. Teresa Magda Mische

By: Alexandra Gayek, ND

Teresa Magda Mische, ND, of Orcas Island, Wa., passed away Feb. 13 while on a scubadiving trip in the Bahamas. She was 63.

Dr. Mische was born February 11, 1949 in Rockville Centre, NY. After earning her BS in Pharmacy from the Univ. of Connecticut in 1971, she traveled West and fell in love with the Grand Canyon. She put her pharmacy career on hold to live there, managing Phantom Ranch, at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, while she backpacked thousands of miles and learned to row the big whitewater of the Colorado River.

Her love of adventure then led Magda on a 19 month world trek in 1977, working and traveling throughout Europe and Asia.

On her return to America in 1979, she worked as a pharmacist in Vancouver, Wa. while pursuing her ND degree. Dr. Mische graduated from NCNM in 1990, then moved to Orcas Island, where she worked as a pharmacist while building her practice there and in Anacortes, Wa. was a beloved family practice physician on Orcas Island for 22 years.

A lover of wild places, Magda was happiest in nature, especially on and in the water. Although she traveled and lived all over the world, it was the majesty of the Grand Canyon that called her. In all, she made some 23 Canyon trips down the Colorado River, most of them at the oars of her trusty 14 foot raft.

Her active life led to more than a few injuries, including a broken back. Each time she bounced back and pressed on undaunted — hiking, climbing, river rafting, sea kayaking, and in 2009 became a certified diver. She credited the caring and support of the Orcas Island community, her family, her spiritual pursuits, and her many friends for her courage to heal.

Dr. Mische is survived by her partner, Alexandra Gayek, ND (NCNM ’97,) her brothers, Philip and Eric Mische, and extended family. A celebration of her life took place at the Orcas Center on Orcas Island on June 24.

 
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.. Continuing Education & Community Events
 
OANP August Member Meeting: Cardiology with Dr. Peter Bannit "Getting to the Heart of the Matter"
August 28th, 6:30-9pm Kells Irish Pub Portland, OR
Peter Banitt, MD practices General and Interventional Cardiology in Portland, OR. He will discuss frequently seen cardiovascular conditions and how Naturopathic Physicians and Cardiologists can collaborate in caring for these patients. 2 hours Gen CE Credit.
 
2012 AANP Annual Convention and Exposition
August 15-18, 2012 Hyatt Regency Bellevue, WA
 
 
NCNM Min Zidell Healing Garden Lecture Series
Thursday Evenings July 26th through August 30th Min Zidell Healing Garden, NCNM Campus
Learn about herbal medicine from a variety of presenters while experiencing the natural beauty of NCNM's Min Zidell Healing Garden! This series is free to attend with a suggested donation of $10 - $15 to help support and maintain the Garden.
 
 
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.. Legislative Updates

CCO Update
by: Laura Farr |Executive Director, OANP

The last two months have been marked by the Oregon Health Authority trying to finalize administrative rules for the new law authorizing the creation of Coordinated Care Organizations - SB 1580.
OANP-member Kelly Fitzpatrick, ND from Eugene was appointed to the CCO Rules Advisory Committee in May, and we are extremely grateful for the time she took off from her practice to give NDs a voice in developing the rules.
 
Unfortunately, not many of the comments that she or the OANP contributed during the committee's meetings were adopted in the next draft of the rules.
 
Our concerns are:
 
•The rules do not clarify that NDs can and should be credentialed in the CCOs as primary care providers - they still do not define provider at all!
 
•There is no provision in the rules for CCOs to provide continuity of care for people who have an "open card" on the OHP who currently see an ND for their primary care to be able to continue seeing their ND in the new CCO.
 
• The non-discrimination language in the rules does not further define what constitutes discrimination and does not define what is an "adequate network" of providers from which people can choose.
 
• Rules need to be more clear that varying reimbursement rates must only be based on quality and outcomes of providers, and not based solely on provider type.
 
The second draft of the rules just finished having a public comment period on July 22nd, and OANP members helped to get over 150 comments voicing these concerns submitted to OHA. More than half of those comments were submitted by your patients after you helped spread the word about this for us. Thank you for helping us in this legislative battle!

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.. Clinical Research & Practice Information


Butterbur Effective in Reducing Migraine Frequency
by: American Academy of Neurology
 
A report from the American Academy of Neurology’s 64th Annual meeting summarizes the conventional and natural options with the strongest evidence supporting their efficacy in reducing the frequency of episodic migraines. Among natural migraine-preventive options, butterbur extract received a "Level A” rating, the highest endorsement possible, indicating it is effective and should be offered to patients to reduce the severity and frequency of attacks. Other natural agents with evidence of migraine-preventive efficacy mentioned in the report are magnesium, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and coenzyme Q10...
 
 
Probiotics Reduce Antibiotic-associated Diarrhea
by: Journal of American Medicine
 
A recent review in the Journal of the American Medical Association confirms the efficacy of probiotics in preventing and managing antibiotic-associated diarrhea. Two independent reviewers examined data from 63 randomized, controlled trials that included 11,811 participants. Probiotic administration reduced the risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea by 42%. Antibiotic-associated diarrhea occurs in up to 30% of those using the medications and is a significant reason patients fail to comply with antibiotic prescription therapy.  
 
Hempel S, Newberry SJ, Maher AR, et al. Probiotics for the prevention and treatment of antibiotic-associated diarrhea: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA. 2012 May 9;307(18):1959–69.
 
 



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