“CAM Practitioners are the Key Holders of Knowledge”
Members of the complementary and integrative health community love to quote Albert Einstein’s line: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
This story suggests that trying to create major change by empowering an institution led by, and providing billions of dollars to, thousands of such thinkers who thrive in the reductive, disease-focused system is a quick way to guarantee that problems won’t be solved.
The NIH refused to budge. Concurrently, no one organized to challenge the lack of compliance with Congressional intent.
This doesn’t mean that NIH research has not cast light on, and even shown value in, some of these therapies and practitioners. There has been much good. In fact, even the paltry percent to CAM institutions has created a much greater set of terrific, committed, and experienced researchers in each of these fields that are, in the NIH’s own strategic planning words, “the key holders of knowledge.” (theintegratorblog.com), a leadershiporiented news, networking, and organizing journal for the integrative medicine community, and a columnist for Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal.