JUNE 2018 


Applications of Clinical Cannabis in Medicine
As clinical cannabis is rapidly becoming accepted as a treatment for an array of chronic diseases and disorders, there is a growing and pressing need for clinical education surrounding medical marijuana—and alternative treatments for pain control. The use and acceptance of medical cannabis continues to evolve, as demonstrated by the growing number of states that now permit its use and applications for specific medical indications. 



This episode on our podcast Redefining Medicine features Andrew Heyman, MD, MHSA: internationally recognized expert in Integrative Medicine, and the Director of Integrative Medicine at George Washington University. Dr. Heyman's ability to treat unique patients may stem from his training at the University of Michigan, as a clinical working group co-chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, or from his educational background editing medical journals. Yet his exceptional aptitude in finding answers despite puzzling patient presentations is most likely a result of his background in Traditional Chinese Medicine combined with his conventional medicine training.



Faculty member Mark Houston, MD, MS, FACP, ABAARM—Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Director of the Hypertension Institute, and expert in cardiovascular health—has published an article in EC Cardiology focused on the role of specific dietary fats in treating coronary heart disease.



Kenneth Orbeck, DO, a speaker at the upcoming Pellet Therapy workshop, explains the myths and misconceptions behind the practice of pellet therapy: a type of delivery system for bioidentical replacement hormones. Dr. Orbeck dedicates his practice to helping women and men find relief from hormonal imbalances such as menopause, andropause (the male menopause), adrenal fatigue and thyroid disorders, using a three-tiered approach to wellness, combining customized nutrition and fitness regimens with bioidentical hormone therapy.

Q: Is Pellet Therapy an invasive procedure?
A: Many people perceive the practice to be invasive, but they do not understand the dynamics of hormone release. When the pellet is inserted, it does not simply dissolve and flood into the system: it is based on neuro-endocrine system and cardiovascular output through the capillary beds that surround the pellet. It is extremely specialized and personalized, because it is based on the person’s blood flow.
Q: Why do you specifically prefer to use pellet therapy, as a form of hormone delivery?
A: When you do hormonal optimization, it is critical that you have routine contact with the patient. Pellet therapy forces the patient to have contact with the doctor, at least every 3-4 months, which delivers better results. You are walking the patient through the process, not simply giving prescriptions.

Q: Why do people discuss the complications of pellet therapy?
A: Complications are solely based on the operator’s skill, and the type of pellet you are using. You must ensure that you select the correct pharmacy, and the right type of pellet with the precise type of content. This is extremely personalized, and contingent upon the manufacturing of the pellet—how it is made, and what it is made of.
Q: Are the pellets often rejected by the body when inserted?
A: No. If you use the right kind of pellet, it is a myth that the pellets are rejected. It takes training and an understanding of the therapy, but pellet therapy has been used since 1938 with success.



The World Congress has announced one of its newest educational initiatives: Medtech Impact on Wellness. This three-day breakout session will feature lectures on digital enablers including big data, AI, mobile apps, and applications to drive patient care and promote overall health. MedTech's diverse experts will include clinicians, healthcare executives, technology and device developers, and entrepreneurs: all of whom will focus on digital management of chronic disease, devices that improve patient engagement, and data integration technologies.

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