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Integrative Medical Discussion Group

The Integrative Medical Discussion Group (IMDG) became an initiative at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in May 2006. Deb Davies, L.Ac., patterned this group after UCSD’s HI-Med (Holistic Integrative Medical) group. The concept of IMDG is to join on a regular basis (every other month), current and future doctors of both eastern and western backgrounds, who are interested in integrative medicine. These enlightened discussions include good food and a pleasant atmosphere. Anyone in the community who shares this interest is also welcome and encouraged to join us.

The goals of the IMDG are to build bridges among all types of health practitioners and to increase awareness as to how powerful the medicine can be when combined. We want to create a higher context for growth and create options to empower both the doctors and the patients. This helps establish connections among future doctors, and will also educate, raise awareness and enlighten the community on the ever-growing topic of integrative medicine.

Some of Past Topics Include:

  • The Role of CAM in Preventive Medicine and Public Health
  • When to Refer a Patient Out
  • Complicated Cases and the Various Approaches
  • Grief and Bereavement with Gabrielle Traub
  • Current Integrative Models Within the PCOM/UCSD Community
  • Integrative Medicine from a Classical Chinese Medical Perspective”
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology & Integrative Medicine


For More Information, Please Contact:
Angela Yvonne L.Ac.
Senior Career Services Advisor
619-574-6909 ext. 145
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Next Meeting:

Hypothyroid in Female Fertility Patients and Its Effect on Conception

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Hypothyroidism is a thyroid disorder in which the thyroid is not making enough thyroid hormone. Having a low level of thyroid hormone affects the whole body. It can make you feel tired and weak, lead to temperature sensitivity, high cholesterol, and even increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Hypothyroidism can also impact fertility. Hypothyroidism is increasingly being diagnosed. Discover holistic avenues to help your patients overcome this disorder.

Join us to discuss the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of hypothyroidism in relation to female infertility. There will be three panelists: a naturopath, an acupuncturist, and a medical doctor. Each will discuss their perspective on treating female hypothyroidism and its relation to infertility.

Discover how three different treatment modalities can complement each other and how we can use each other as a resource for our patients. 

There will be a short question and answer time for practitioners after the panelists have presented. Don’t miss this great opportunity for your office to connect with practitioners that specialize in fertility and who can cross-refer to your office. Please bring marketing materials with you that you can share with the guests.

Our Panelists Include:

Kristen M. Kulasa, MD

Dr. Lauren Noel, ND

Shelly Krahn, LAc



Miss Out on the Last Discussion?

Sexuality and Health: Healthy Relationships with Self and Others, Friday, March 9, 2012

Chinese medicine seeks to restore balance in the body, which is believed to be the origin of optimal health. Have you ever considered that when your relationship or sex life is out of balance, it can lead to disharmony within the human body? Oriental medicine, including Acupuncture, can help alleviate numerous sexual health conditions for both men and women including libido issues, infertility, menopause, premature ejaculation, low sperm count, and impotence.

Chinese medicine views sexuality as an integral part of overall health and well-being. Chinese medicine embraces our sexual energy and desires as forces for healing, growth, and balance of body, mind, and spirit.

Not only does our sex life affect our personal health, but it also plays important roles in our understanding of culture, communities, families, and couples. Sexual health begins with an open dialogue and an education on the full picture—mind, body, and spirit. Join our diverse group of panelists to discuss Chinese medicine and its relation to sexuality and health!

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Vaccinations: Clearing the Controversy, September 23, 2011

Whether or not a child should be vaccinated is an issue increasing in controversy amongst parents, and Eastern and Western practitioners. Since the advent of vaccinations in the 18th century, people have shown concern over their effectiveness and safety. Some practitioners view the vaccination as a necessary tool in a constant battle between the body and bacterial organisms. In opposition, there are other practitioners that believe bacteria only harm a body that is already weak, and strive to restore the balance at the source without resorting to vaccinations. With so many conflicting opinions and myths, come join in the dialogue with our panel of experts, each one ready to explain their unique view and discuss the motivations behind them.

Integrative Oncology, May 20, 2011

Integrative Oncology has become an area of increasing need for attention, as cancer remains prevalent in today¹s society. Find out how cancer and its effects are treated in integrative medicine and the latest developments in how a treatment plan is best customized between both eastern and western perspectives. You¹ll learn from a diverse panel of medical professionals (Medical Doctors, Acupuncturists, Psychologists, and other licensed health professionals) on how they are integrating diverse methodologies in treating the cancer, preventing reccurence, and reducing the side effects and symptoms.

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Treatment of Chronic Pain in Integrative Medicine, January 21, 2011

One of the most common ailments in today’s society is chronic pain, or pain that lasts longer than six months. Find out how chronic pain is treated in integrative medicine from this discussion about the latest developments in understanding the patho-mechanisms of chronic pain and its treatment from eastern and western perspectives. You’ll also learn from a diverse panel of medical professionals (Medical Doctors, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors and other licensed health professionals) how they are integrating diverse methodologies to relieve chronic pain resulting from injuries, arthritis, surgical procedures, fibromyalgia, autoimmune diseases, and more.


IMDG in New York! First Meeting: October 4, 2010
Treatment of Chronic Pain in Integrative Medicine
For more information, contact Cynthia Neipris: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 1-800-729-3648


Integrative Psychology and Emotions ­ PTSD

More and more practitioners and patients are looking for alternative ways to treat emotional disorders. As such, panelists Tahir Bhatti, M.D., Lynda Harvey, L.Ac., Daniel Weber, Ph.D., and Christina Zampitella, Psy.D., FT., gathered to speak about integrative psychology to the public. Dr. Weber began by defining stress in psychological terms, and emphasized the point that there is no difference between the mind and the body; they are interconnected and cannot be treated separately. Dr. Bhatti weighed in on his perspective that every physical illness has an emotional component behind it. The emotions that we don¹t process effectively as children and adults eventually lead to physical illness. Zampitella explained her approach to healing patients suffering from emotional turmoil: learn how the patient sees the world. And finally, Harvey touched upon her experiences working in the Navy utilizing integrative modalities to help Navy personnel and their families cope with PTSD and other highly stressful situations. The dialogue then branched out to cover topics such as sleep, how to help patients cope with trauma, and the challenges the medical community faces in terms of helping integrate alternative modalities into psychology and psychiatry.

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Food As Medicine

The IMDG just keeps growing! Food As Medicine was the group’s latest topic of discussion, and the night’s expert panelists included John Kasawa, M.D., Heidi Wittman, N.D., Serita Ayerveda, and PCOM’s own, Warren Shier, L.Ac. The overall message of the evening: the power of food cannot be underestimated. The discussion ranged from how to instigate change in others in terms of eating healthily, what types of water are safe to drink, why there is an obesity epidemic and a growing number of people living with diabetes, why food allergies and sensitivities occur, and the behavioral effects of eating poorly. All four specialists stressed the importance of education, and teaching children early about nutrition and eating properly to avoid serious complications later in life. As a rule of thumb, take Heidi Wittman’s advice, “If food comes from a plant eat it.  If it is made in a plant avoid it.”

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Integrative Pediatrics

With each passing IMDG meeting, attendance continues to grow. On Friday, the walls were bursting at the seams. Two pediatrics specialists, Leslie McCoy and Aaron Cook, discussed topics ranging from their own success stories with pediatric integrative medicine, how integrative medicine can potentially help treat children diagnosed with autism, and their opinions on vaccination. Both specialists stressed how important it is to include the entire family in the process of treating a child. McCoy and Cook also reassured frustrated students that the acceptance of integrative medicine into the mainstream is a slow process; it requires patience, but it is being accepted more and more.

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