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UTMB’s United to Serve Day

April 5, 2012

Come help prune, weed and plant new herbs UTMB’s Botanical Medicine Garden!!!!


March 13, 2012

MD Anderson Cancer Center’s next lecture in the integrative medicine lecture series is happening at 1pm on 3/20 in the in their Hickey Auditorium (R11.1400). Shivendra V. Singh, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology and urology from the University of Pittsburg School of Medicine, will present “Bioactive Food Components and Cancer Chemoprevention”.


The researchers found that participants who had higher circulating concentrations of vitamins (C, D, E, and specific B vitamins) scored higher on cognitive function tests and had less total brain shrinkage (measured by MRI) than those with lower concentrations. Likewise, participants with higher circulating omega-3 fatty acid concentrations had better executive function than those with lower concentrations.


This is a great article outlining the molecular mechanisms of cinnamon’s bioactive components and their effects on inflammation, insulin sensitivity, antioxidant potential and blood lipids. Really interesting!


Cool! I always wondered how kombucha could alleviate my indigestion…

In a survey of 29 U.S. integrative medicine centers, 75 percent reported success using integrative practices to treat chronic pain and more than half reported positive results for gastrointestinal conditions, depression and anxiety, cancer and chronic stress.

2/6: “Using Botanicals in Medical Practice” w/ Dr. Julie McKee

January 26, 2012

Our next meeting will be Feburary 6th at 12pm in the CSA auditorium. “Using Botanicals in Medical Practice” will be presented by Dr. Julie McKee, distinguished professor of medicine in the department of family medicine. The lecture will cover the top 10 most common botanicals and herbs as well as indications, contraindications and dosing. Lunch provided. RSVP to

NEWS: New evidence of holistic therapies

January 26, 2012
  • Electroacupuncture Helps With Chronic Stress in Laboratory Rats
    In a laboratory study, researchers found that electroacupuncture was able to affect a key stress response in rats—by blocking a sympathetic pathway that is stimulated during chronic stress.
    Study review by NCCAM. Entire article.
  • Spinal Manipulation or Home Exercise More Effective Than Medication for Acute Neck Pain
    In this randomized controlled trial, spinal manipulation or home exercise was more effective than medication for treatment of acute to sub-acute neck pain. Spinal manipulation therapy consisted of various techniques, including spinal adjustments (low amplitude, high velocity) and mobilization (low velocity) of areas of the spine.
    Study review by NCCAM. Entire article.
  • Effects of Black Tea on Blood Pressure: A Randomized Controlled Trial
    This study showed that regular consumption of 3 cups/d of black tea over 6 months, supplying approximately 429 mg/d of polyphenols, resulted in lower SBP and DBP of between 2 and 3 mm Hg. Entire article.

Next Meeting 11/29: Intro to Midwivery w/ Pat Jones

November 21, 2011

Where: Levin 3.324
When: Tuesday, November 29th @ 12-1pm
Lunch provided!

Pat will give an introduction to midwivery while underlying its importance and place in our society. Topics include supplies & emergency training, what to look for when hiring a midwife, waterbirth, vbac, cesarean statistics, infant mortality in the field, physician/midwife relationships and insurance reimbursement.

Pat Jones has been a midwife for over 30 years and a Certified Nurse Midwife for over 20 years. She has operated her own home-birth practice for the entire 30+ years she has been a midwife, and has assisted in the delivery of more than 1,600 babies. Pat received her certification from Baylor College of Medicine in 1987 and currently serves the Houston area. For more info visit

Next Meeting 11/3 – “Survival of the Wisest” w/ Ken O’Neill

October 24, 2011

Where: Levin Hall 3.320
When: November 3rd, 12-1pm
How: RSVP to

We will have Ken O’Neill, an independent researcher, writer, lecturer and coach in evolutionary fitness care, come speak about the new paradigm of evolutionary medicine. A delicious paleo-style lunch will be provided!

“Jonas Salk declared the next task in human evolution to be meta-biological evolution, one integrating prudent exercise of our embodied minds ensuring Survival of the Wisest. Current medicine’s continued reliance on an orientation rooted in its 20 century triumph over communicable, infectious disease in misapplication to non-communicable, non-infectious disease contributes to the escalating pandemic of chronic degenerative disease plaguing civilization. For a quarter century the emerging, multidisciplinary new paradigm of evolutionary medicine offers causal insight and practicable, sustainable solutions for preventing, arresting, and reversing upwards of thirty-five leading diseases institutionally misclassified as stand-alone conditions.”
Ken O’Neill, MA (

Volunteer with SIM at the Grow Your Own Food Drive!

October 10, 2011

SIM will be taking part in the Green House Foundation’s Grow Your Own Food Drive in an effort to educate the surrounding community about safe, easy, economical ways to improve health through use of various foods, herbs and lifestyle modifications.

This is a BIG DEAL! The event includes the construction of the community garden at Wright Cuney Park, an indoor health fair and an outdoor food fair geared toward providing fresh, healthy food and refreshments.

I’d like to meet with those interested in volunteering this week to discuss some topics to be presented at the table (samples, recipes, ect…) – maybe over dinner? All ideas are welcome! By compiling/dispensing evidence-based info we will impact the community as well as learn about the effects of certain foods on our own biochemistry!! No prior knowledge required!!

  • Date: Saturday October 15, 2011 
  • Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm (stay as little/long as you like – just come help!)
  • Location: Wright Cuney Park and Recreation Center in Galveston (41st and Ball).

Email me at by Wednesday (if possible!) if you are interested in volunteering!


The Green House Foundation
, founded in Galveston by local students and community members after starting a local community garden, has partnered with the City of Galveston Family Children Youth Board to support a collaborative effort with the local neighborhood to bring a new community garden into fruition at the Wright Cuney Recreation Center at 41st and Ball.  Their goal is to support a forum and teaching garden where dialogue can begin about nutrition and food.  They envision a platform for mentorship as well as a bottom-up approach towards social and cultural change, providing an opportunity to spark curiosity and give hope to a disadvantaged population.  Innovative and sustainable approaches towards social and cultural change are required in an environment that is becoming increasingly resource poor and subjected to a tormented history of policy change.