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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.


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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

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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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What to Expect at ACAM 2015?

Posted By Veronica Haynes, Executive Director, Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Greetings from ACAM Headquarters!

Have you registered for the integrative medicine meeting of the year - ACAM's annual meeting "Integrative Medicine's New Landscape - Practical Applications of New Technologies"? This year's meeting promises to be unlike any other! Under the direction of Dr. Ahvie Herskowitz, the Education Committee has put together a great lineup for this meeting in November. With a focus on PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS - that which you can take with you to begin utilizing first thing Monday morning - this meeting promises top CME lectures, amazing non-CME workshops and an emphasis on peer-reviewed, cutting edge content.

During last November’s meeting the members asked in overwhelming numbers for less CME credits if it meant receiving practical and cutting-edge education. Ahvie and the Education Committee listened and organized 10 non-CME workshops (CLICK HERE TO VIEW) which are hands-on, relevant, and the most-cutting edge in integrative medicine. We want you to leave this meeting with powerful knowledge at your fingertips taught by experts who excel in their respective fields of wisdom.
These workshops undergo the same peer review process as each CME lecture to ensure no bias or self-promoting is involved.

And have you seen the location of this year's meeting? AMAZING! Our conference room block, with special discounted meeting rates, is filling quickly and we don't want you to miss out on beautiful Red Rock Resort. REGISTER AND BOOK TODAY!

We look forward to hosting a great group of practitioners at the amazing Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas!
-Veronica Haynes, Executive Director

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