Happy Thanksgiving!

We celebrate Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. on the fourth Thursday in November. Because I live in the U.S. and Thanksgiving falls on my regular blogging day this year, I get the day off.

On this Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for the cornucopia of blog fodder coming up as we move toward the end of 2013 and into 2014. The Bravewell Collaborative is shutting down this month although it is not giving up on pushing the integrative medicine agenda. On December 13th, the Council for Chiropractic Education, which is only provisionally accredited now due to failure to follow numerous regulatory requirements, will have its day in court before the National Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity. The NAICI will then recommend to the Department of Education whether or not the CCE should continue as the approved accrediting agency for all chiropractic colleges. On January 1, 2014, Section 2607 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination against state-licensed CAM providers, kicks in along with the rest of the ACA. Lawsuits to follow. Early next year will undoubtedly bring a new batch of proposed state legislation seeking to license naturopaths as primary care doctors. These are always interesting reading as they inevitably include a laundry list of legally permissible quacky naturopathic treatments such as colonic irrigation, organ repositioning and homeopathy. And, given the ACA’s emphasis on, and reimbursement for, primary care, chiropractors will certainly continue their campaign to convince everyone that they are actually PCPs. I expect legislation will be introduced seeking expansion of chiropractic and naturopathic scope of practice. Perhaps acupuncture too.

So stay tuned. And Happy Thanksgiving wherever you live.

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11 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. Max says:

    Where does the letter say that The Bravewell Collaborative is shutting down this month? It says, “The Bravewell Collaborative will be sunsetting its operations sometime in 2015,” not 2013.

    1. windriven says:

      Max, what are you talking about? What does this have to do with Ms. Bellamy’s Thanskgiving greeting?

      1. Max says:

        In the second paragraph, “The Bravewell Collaborative is shutting down this month” links to a Letter from Bravewell’s President.

        1. windriven says:

          Lingering death. But still death. 2015 is good. 2013 would be better.

    2. Jann Bellamy says:

      You are correct. Although I don’t have the original announcement, based on what it said I put on my calendar that they would be shutting down in November, 2014, after their annual awards dinner. I didn’t check this date when I linked to the website. In addition, I don’t recall any information about these legacy projects in the previous announcement. So it looks like they changed their plans and I didn’t notice. Sorry. It will be interesting to see what the results of the research project are and we will certainly be following that on SBM.

      1. Max says:

        November 2014 is next year. Did you mean November 2013, or did you mean they’re shutting down this month next year?

      2. windriven says:

        Actually, according to Christy Mack, ” The Bravewell Collaborative will be sunsetting its operations sometime in 2015.” This from a
        president’s letter, undated so far as I can tell.

        The letter goes on to talk about two Bravewell legacy projects: a sCAM anecdote database and “a year-long Leadership Program in Integrative Medicine to promote effective cultural transformation in healthcare institutions and practices across the country” in collaboration with Duke (?!).

        Un-freaking-believable. Some days I just despair.

  2. daijiyobu says:

    Here’s the language for the 2014 NY naturopathy bill, by way of a webinar they have post up on their Vimeo account

    And when these turkeys are licensed…



  3. goodnightirene says:

    The biggest possible THANKS to everyone who makes this blog possible. I am very grateful for the time and talent you all offer to further the cause of science and informed decision making.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

  4. June Hua says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! Tomorrow will be better.

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