Integrative Medicine Symposium 2011 Sponsored by Eng3 Corporation
Organizers of the Integrative Medicine Symposium 20011 at the University of Miami invited Eng3 Corporation to participate and show their NanoVi™ technology to attendees. It is unusual to have a symposium on integrative medicine (also known as functional medicine or complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)) associated with a mainstream medical school. Perhaps even more remarkable is that the Miller School of Medicine has an associated Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CCIM). Not surprisingly, outstanding people stand behind both the center and the symposium. Leonard Smith, MD and Janet Konefal, PhD can be commended for what they have accomplished.
The symposium was well attended by doctors and other health practitioners as well as patient advocates and interested individuals. More than a dozen distinguished speakers and three panel discussions covered a wide range of integrative approaches to healing. Two world-renowned keynote speakers left no question as to the value of integrative medicine. Pascal Goldschmidt, MD, who is a cardiologist and Dean of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, highlighted the emerging health crisis and the importance of integrative medicine in coping with it. The second keynote speaker, Mark Hyman, MD, is a practicing physician, Chairman of the Institute of Functional Medicine, best-selling author, and international voice for functional medicine. Dr. Hyman He gave compelling examples of how a whole-systems medicine approach can successfully treat patients who are terribly challenged, and whose health had declined with conventional treatment.
The challenge for conventional doctors to shift to an integrative approach should not be underestimated. By definition, complementary and alternative medicine includes anything that is outside the mainstream medical system. Almost a decade ago, Symposium 2011 organizer Dr. Janet Konefal, published a paper on the challenges of educating physicians in complementary medicine. Konefal paper. She states “In the United States this means those practices that are not usually taught in medical schools, not available in most hospitals, clinics, and private practices, and often not reimbursed or otherwise routinely accessible.” Reimbursement is a key sticking point. For physicians whose practice relies on reimbursement and whose patients are not able or willing to pay privately, it is not possible to adopt many effective CAM approaches.
This is an issue for Eng3’s NanoVi™ device. Regardless of how it may be used to treat chronic diseases, mainstream medical practices and hospitals have trouble incorporating a device that cannot be billed to insurance. For the foreseeable future, it is the integrative or functional doctors and clinics that will be offering the NanoVi™ device to their patients. However, with thought leaders like Dr. Goldschmidt, Dr. Hyman and other presenters at Integrative Medicine Symposium 20011 working to bridge the gap between conventional medicine and integrative approaches, we remain optimistic.