“CAM Prac­ti­tion­ers are the Key Hold­ers of Knowl­edge”

Alternative Medicine - - The Big Picture -

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.

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