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GETTING THE LEAD OUT: ACAM Offers Solution for Latest Round of National Lead Poisoning

Posted By Administration, Friday, March 4, 2016

In February Flint, Michigan declared a "State of Emergency" in the wake of lead contaminated drinking water. Now we’re hearing of lead poisoning in other areas across the United States, including Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. As a result, we are once again faced with the age-old discussion regarding the health implications of lead accumulation. We know that protecting all people from lead exposure is extremely important to lifelong good health. Children, however, are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of lead because they absorb lead much more readily than adults. The current controversy over treatment revolves around three questions:

  1. Who should be considered at higher risk for harm and offered treatment?
  2. What treatments should be offered to individuals with elevated lead levels?
  3. At what blood lead level burden is it appropriate to start therapy?

Unfortunately, this type of water crisis is not uncommon. People worldwide continue to be exposed to potentially harmful levels of many toxic metals that can profoundly affect their health. They face potentially enduring, serious and complicated health issues.  Perhaps the major question, especially in children, is the level of lead in the blood to cause concern.

The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), an educational organization and a leading authority in the field of metal toxicity and treatment believes, as the CDC does, that “no safe blood lead level in children has been identified.” The effects of lead exposure on child cognitive development and behavior may be permanent if no intervention occurs. Experts from ACAM believe that certain interventions may be useful in lessening the symptoms and long-term neurocognitive damage that lead causes in children.

ACAM experts also contend that the myriad, harmful effects that lead can cause in other organ systems in people of any age should also be lessened. The original guidelines for intervention in lead poisoning were based on early FDA drug approval studies from the minimal research conducted in pediatric patients with blood lead levels above 45 mcg/dL. ACAM believes that appropriate medical intervention may be beneficial to those suffering from lead levels even at the current CDC cutoff of 5 mcg/dl, the level that places the child in the upper 2.5% of tested individuals.

Practitioners can now take a more proactive approach to prevent permanent damage and disability due to toxic metal exposure. ACAM has announced two offerings of its national recognized Chelation Certification – now titled Chelation Advanced Provider (CAP) Course & Certification. Whether you’re new to detoxification education or a seasoned practitioner, ACAM’s rigorous CAP training will enhance your practice’s treatment options and improve health outcomes. One step cannot be completed without the other – this is a sequential course designed to provide the most in depth chelation training available to date.

As the recognized leader in metal detoxification/chelation therapy education, ACAM works diligently to ensure our curriculum is robust, relevant and of the highest caliber. The CAP Program covers a broad spectrum of detoxification topics for from biochemistry to billing. Our faculty ensure scientific rigor, complete understanding, and safe, practical application of therapy to maximize health worldwide.

“This is a chelation dream team,” Lyn Patrick, ND, co-chair of the ACAM Chelation Committee and co-organizer of the CAP Program said. The Basic Chelation Webinar Series (step 1 in the 3 step program) offers chelation insights and training from Tony Lamas, MD, FACC, FAHA, FESC, Dorothy Merritt, MD, David Quig, PhD, Walter Crinnion, ND, Jeffrey Morrison, MD, and Roy Heilbron, MD. The live training and certification exam (steps 2 and 3, offered in the spring and fall) give experts W.A. Shrader, MD, Merritt, Quig, Patrick, and Stuart Freedenfeld, MD time for didactic lectures and thorough back and forth question/answer time.

Registration for the spring CAP Training is currently open at www.acam.org/CAP. For more information or if you have questions, please contact ACAM at 1.800.532.3688 or email info@acam.org.

Tags:  Advanced Providers  CAP  chelation  chelation therapy  Flint  heavy metals  toxic 

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New Specialties Available for Member Profiles

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 24, 2016
A NOTE TO OUR MEMBERS:
About two dozen specialty services have been added to the ACAM.org Physician's Link search engine. Please log into your account and review your profile to see if you supply any of these services - you'll definitely want to update your profile to show you are a provider in your area. With over 1800 website hits per day, ACAM.org's Physician's Link is your key to online referrals.
REVIEW PROFILE NOW

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We Need Your Feedback for a Groundbreaking Study on Integrative Medicine

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Dear ACAM Member:

You have been selected to participate in a groundbreaking study on the Integrative MD community. The American College for the Advancement of Medicine has partnered with Pure Branding, a leading wellness-focused research firm, along with other leaders in the Integrative Medicine community that you may also be affiliated with, to gain a better understanding of our community, so that we can continue to serve you as the field of integrative medicine continues to evolve and change the paradigm of healthcare in America. The information you provide will contribute greatly toward gaining further understanding of the needs and challenges of individual integrative physicians.

This is a comprehensive survey and should take you no longer than 20 minutes to complete. The information you provide will be kept completely confidential.

Please visit the following link to participate and let your voice be heard:
http://research.purebranding.com/s3/IMD-ACAM-4965123

Because the information you provide will be very insightful, and we know your time is valuable, we’d like to thank you for your efforts by offering the first 50 respondents who complete the survey with the choice of either $100 cash or a $100 credit toward the ACAM annual meeting registration fee. If you have already completed this survey, please disregard this notice.

Thank you in advance for your participation.
Sincerely,
ACAM Administration

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PRACTITIONERS UNITE: ACAM & AAPMD Come Together to Solve National Healthcare Crisis

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The gap in education and acceptable practices in mainstream medicine have long concerned healthcare professionals. There is a definite need to learn from one another in hope the pioneers of integrative medicine can bring critical resources together to address the alarming rise of chronic disease.  You can't know what you don't know - join us to bridge this gap in information.

Conventional medicine or even the pieces of integrative medicine will not solve this crisis. The only way this national healthcare is collaborative care designed for the individual. These concerns will now be addressed as practitioners unite in the deserts of Tucson, AZ September 15-18, 2016.

ACAM and AAPMD - This partnership will create new treatment options worldwide! Yes, doctors,dentists and other healthcare practitioners are collaborating to bring hope to millions of patients facing the silent killers found in airway disorders. With airway disorders AAPMD will delve into the ongoing stressors of nutrition, internal/external environmental toxins, hormone imbalances and more. Today's complex multi-caused health problems required a team approach for the most complete, enduring result - we want to hear from you. Where has collaboration come into play within your practice? What recent case studies can you contribute to this effort?

Please join us as we work together to create intelligent healthcare practices and disseminate collaborative information to patients. Even the most cutting edge practitioner will benefit from collaborating with practitioners in other genres of medicine! We don't just talk about collaboration - we are living it! Join us in Tucson!

Tags:  AAPMD  ACAM  ACAM 2016 Annual Meeting  ACAM2016  Tucson 

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ACAM Addresses Flint, MI Water Crisis

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 22, 2016
Updated: Monday, February 8, 2016

Flint, Michigan recently declared a "State of Emergency" in the wake of lead contaminated drinking water. As a result, we are once again faced with the age-old discussion regarding the health implications of lead accumulation. We know that protecting all people from lead exposure is extremely important to lifelong good health. Children, however, are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of lead because they absorb lead much more readily than adults. The current controversy over treatment revolves around three questions:

  1. Who should be considered at higher risk for harm and offered treatment?
  2. What treatments should be offered to individuals with elevated lead levels?
  3. At what blood lead level burden is it appropriate to start therapy?

Unfortunately, this tragedy goes far beyond Flint, Michigan. People worldwide continue to be exposed to potentially harmful levels of many toxic metals that can profoundly affect their health. They face potentially enduring, serious and complicated health issues.  Perhaps the major question, especially in children, is the level of lead in the blood to cause concern.

The CDC states, “Experts now use a reference level of 5 micrograms per deciliter to identify children with blood lead levels that are much higher than most children’s levels. This new level is based on the U.S. population of children ages 1-5 years who are in the highest 2.5% of children when tested for lead in their blood.  In the past, blood lead level tests below 10 micrograms per deciliter of lead in blood may, or may not, have been reported to parents. The new lower value means that more children will likely be identified as having lead exposure allowing parents, doctors, public health officials, and communities to take action earlier to reduce the child’s future exposure to lead.”

The CDC also states, “What has not changed is the recommendation for when medical treatment is advised for children with high blood lead exposure levels. The new recommendation does not change the guidance that the therapy used to eliminate lead from the body be considered only when a child has been tested with a blood lead test result greater than or equal to 45 mcg/dL.” [http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/ACCLPP/blood_lead_levels.htm]

However, medical science has determined that even very low blood lead levels in children can affect IQ, ability to pay attention and future academic achievement. It is now clear that IQ loss in lead-exposed children can occur at levels below 5.0 mcg/dL. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2212280/, from Neurotoxicology, 2006 Sep; 27(5): 693–701.

The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), an educational organization and a leading authority in the field of heavy metal toxicity and treatment believes, as the CDC does, that “no safe blood lead level in children has been identified.” The effects of lead exposure on child cognitive development and behavior may be permanent if no intervention occurs. Experts from ACAM believe that certain interventions may be useful in lessening the symptoms and long-term neurocognitive damage that lead causes in children.

ACAM experts also contend that the myriad, harmful effects that lead can cause in other organ systems in people of any age should also be lessened. The original guidelines for intervention in lead poisoning were based on early FDA drug approval studies from the minimal research conducted in pediatric patients with blood lead levels above 45 mcg/dL. ACAM believes that appropriate medical intervention may be beneficial to those suffering from lead levels even at the current CDC cutoff of 5 mcg/dl, the level that places the child in the upper 2.5% of tested individuals.

Due to the lack of current, cohesive, long-term studies in children with elevated blood levels below 45 mcg/dL, the decision when to initiate chelation therapy is a personal choice between a patient and their physician. To better elucidate what is the best treatment strategy for lead poisoning, ACAM is calling for the immediate initiation of a collaborative long-term research project. The project, conducted through appropriate channels, could provide immediate medical attention and intervention to all children and adults in Flint who have high blood lead levels (>5 mcg/dl). This research project should also investigate assessing those common genetic and metabolic defects that could render individuals even more susceptible to the harmful effects of lead.

We can take a more proactive approach to prevent permanent damage and disability not only in the population of Flint, MI but to everyone exposed to the potential devastation caused by lead.

ABOUT ACAM:
The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating physicians and other health care professionals on the safe and effective application of integrative medicine. ACAM's healthcare model focuses on prevention of illness and strives for total wellness. ACAM has been educating physicians in metal removal techniques such as chelation therapies since 1973. A recent NIH sponsored study has demonstrated that the chelation technique using EDTA is safe when it is used by physicians educated in these techniques.


FIND A PHYSICIAN NEAR YOU FOR ASSISTANCE:
ACAM offers Physician+Link – a free service provided to the public for finding integrative practitioners in their area. Call
1.800.532.3688 for personal assistance or visit www.acam.org/ACAMPL

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
A rationale for lowering the blood lead action level from 10 to 2 μg/dL

Effect of Chelation Therapy on the Neuropsychological and Behavioral Development of Lead-Exposed Children After School Entry

American Academy of Pediatrics: Lead Exposure in Children: Prevention, Detection, and Management

Safety and Efficacy of DMSA in children with elevated blood level concentrations

Children with moderately elevated blood lead levels: a role for other diagnostic tests?

What level of lead in blood is toxic for a child?

Tags:  chelation  detoxification  Flint  MI  Michigan  water 

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Support S. 1406 Saving Access to Compounded Medications for Special Needs Patients Act

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 9, 2015

ATTENTION ALL INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE PRACTITIONERS:

ACAM is starting a letter writing campaign to strongly suggest to our senators to vote "YES" on Senate Bill 1406, which will continue to allow doctors to  prescribe compounded medicines and allow patients to continue receiving them.

PLEASE SHARE  http://www.congressweb.com/iacp/8 with all of your colleagues to write a letter of support for Senate Bill 1406 and PLEASE write one yourself! Also, please pass this link on to your entire patient e-mail lists with a strong statement asking them to write to their senators too.  If a patient is willing to write a personal letter, to tell their unique stories about how compounded medications have either saved their lives or greatly enhanced their health and quality of life this would also be EXTREMELY helpful.


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An Invitation from President-Elect Michael Bauerschmidt

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dear ACAM members,

You probably don't know me, but as President-Elect for ACAM I most certainly want to know you! The time is getting closer for our annual meeting, Practical Applications of New Technology, at the Red Rock Resort near Las Vegas, Nevada November 12-15, 2015. Have you registered? If not, I'm asking you to review the details of this exciting meeting!

ACAM has been the leader in integrative medical education for decades, providing practical approaches and solutions to the problems our patients deal with daily. We pride ourselves on our history of developing programs you want and need. This program is no different - in addition, we have added some interesting side events and special optional workshops, all the while building in optional time to enjoy the ACAM family or your own at Red Rock Resort.

Please come, enjoy the meeting, mingle with like minded practitioners, recharge and re-energize your love of our profession and, if you have time, I would love to meet you!

Best Regards,

Mike Bauerschmidt, MD, CCT
President-Elect, ACAM

Tags:  2015 annual meeting  las vegas 

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ANH News: New House Bill Sells Out Our Children

Posted By Alliance for Natural Health, Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Big Food Once Again Tries to Muscle in on Kids’ School Lunch Trays

Please oppose a new House bill that puts corporate profits ahead of children’s health. Action Alert!

A 2002 federal program that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables to the country’s poorest schools is now at risk because of crony capitalism. Lobbyists from the frozen, fried, canned, and dried food industries are all jostling to have their products included in the government program, and their efforts are paying off. Reps. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) have recently introduced legislation that would broaden the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program to include frozen, canned, dried, and pureed fruits and vegetables.

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Our Apologies - You may have received a dues invoice in error

Posted By Brenda Carney, Association Manager, Friday, August 28, 2015

On Thursday, August 27th you may have received an invoice stating that your ACAM membership was due for renewal. A software glitch mistakenly triggered the Membership Dues Invoice to be sent to all ACAM members - whether they were paid or not. We apologize for this inconvenience. Please disregard the email.

ACAM is continuing work to bring the best service to our members. We again apologize for this confusion. Should you have further questions please call Headquarters at 800-532-3688.

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Officer Nomination Extended Until August 7th

Posted By Brenda Carney, Association Manager, Thursday, July 30, 2015
The deadline for ACAM Board of Director nominations extended until August 7, 2015.

In late 2014 at the annual meeting, ACAM proudly welcomed four new board members, including: Tim Guilford, MD, Howard Hindin, DDS, Dennis Harper, DC, and Ahvie Herskowitz, MD. Now we are again seeking your assistance - please take this opportunity to further shape ACAM's future as we open four more board positions. In addition to these board positions, we seek integrative professionals to fill positions remaining on various committees.  Please submit your nominations to help us build a stronger leadership platform for ACAM. Thank you for considering nomination and involvement.

Nominations may be submitted HERE.

Tags:  2015  Board of Directors  Elections 

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