Join Now!      Login

Whole Person Wellness Program Wellness Model
Skip Navigation Links
Health Centers
Key Services
Medicial Mistakes?
How many people each year suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death after a hospital visit?
from 46,000 to 78,000
from 78,000 to 132,000
from 132,000 to 210,000
from 210,000 to 440,000


 Our Ideals and the Politics of Affirmative Action: Should We Abandon 'CAM' 
The following is one in an ongoing series of columns entitled Integrator Blog by . View all columns in series

Most of us like the idea of our inclusive ideal, of one big tent, whether it is called integrative medicine, or integrative health or integrative practice or just good medicine.

This is integration at its aspirational best. We seek the Quixotic star of mutual respect, of actual clinical teams continuously declaring for the best interest of patients and leaving the economic self-interests and cultural biases of our guilds at the door. Our natural desire is to discard terms of division, such as CAM.

But to the extent there remains discrimination against the CAM professions, can leaders of CAM professions stop such practices by diminishing the focus which may come from maintaining this identity as CAM? Is this denial of the divisiveness that remains real?

United States Chief Justice John Roberts, writing on race recently, argued that “the way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” (4)

Whatever one thinks about the status of race relations in the U.S., I don’t think medicine and health care are ready for Chief Justice Roberts’ prescription. Meeker is on to something. Let’s develop an “exit strategy” -  an integrated plan to be conscious, open, respectful of differences, and of history, and plan our way into unity. To exit this acknowledgment of actual distinctions is to deny the politics that continue to inform the movements for integrative medicine, integrative health and integrative practice.

  1. For the Delphi Method: 
  2. For the statutory language and information on the make-up of the NCCAM advisory council: 
  3. For the March 28, 2008 Charlie Rose show:  
  4. Chief Justice Roberts, cited in the New Yorker 

  5. - John Weeks

     Previous   1  2  3    
 Comments Add your comment 

 About The Author
Resumes are useful in employment decisions. I provide this background so that you may understand what informs the work which you may employ in your own. I have been involved as an organizer-writer in the emerging fields......moreJohn Weeks
 From Our Friends
Find Focus with HeartMath Transformation Systems
Popular & Related Products
Popular & Featured Events
Wellness Inventory Certification Training
     April 3-July 3, 2018
     Los Angeles, CA USA
2018 National Wellness Conference
     June 18-20, 2018
     St. Paul, MN USA
Additional Calendar Links
Dimensions of Wellness
Wellness, Sensing, dimension!

Home       Wellness       Health A-Z       Alternative Therapies       Wellness Inventory       Wellness Center
Healthy Kitchen       Healthy Woman       Healthy Man       Healthy Child       Healthy Aging       Nutrition Center       Fitness Center
Discount Lab Tests      First Aid      Global Health Calendar      Privacy Policy     Contact Us
Disclaimer: The information provided on HealthWorld Online is for educational purposes only and IS NOT intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Are you ready to embark on a personal wellness journey with our whole person approach?
Learn More/Subscribe
Are you looking to create or enhance a culture of wellness in your organization?
Learn More
Do you want to become a wellness coach?
Learn More
Free Webinar