A Statement on COVID-19 and Treatments on behalf of AIHM Board of Directors
At AIHM we believe in treating the whole person: body, mind, emotions and spirit. We honor the many Global Healing Traditions and believe that creating health requires a multi-disciplinary approach. We also believe in evidence-based health and medicine and have a vested interest in public health for all. We welcome the release of the COVID-19 vaccines as one opportunity to reduce mortality, suffering and the sometimes, long-term illness caused by COVID-19, and we will continue to monitor the science and CDC recommendations closely.
We plan to continue with COVID-19 continuing education to keep our community updated about the latest research and also integrative treatment strategies. We strongly recommend following the public health measures of facemask wearing, hand washing and social distancing. Our current public health crisis has highlighted health disparities and the need for a Holistic Integrative Health and Medicine approach to disease prevention and health creation.
In short, this is our work. At AIHM we support and direct our members and clinicians to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for up-to-date information, guidelines and recommendations. And we will continue to offer education in integrative approaches to COVID-19, including health disparities, integrative prevention and treatment, and the latest information on vaccines.
On Behalf of the AIHM Board of Directors
The Academy’s Response to COVID-19
During these unprecedented times, the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine has created this resource page that brings together a multitude of resources from the integrative health community. You will find resources like how to request PPE if you are a clinic in need of it. Trusted partner resource pages from the naturopathic medicine, nutritional leaders, functional medicine, and others. You will find the new Registry as well as other clinical resources. Finally, AIHM is providing a variety of free webinars as resources for you during this difficult time. If your integrative health organization has recourses and would like to be listed, please contact us here.
Essential COVID Resources for Integrative Clinicians
Who We Are
Our 501(c)3 non-profit is an all-volunteer team made up of professionals in tech, medicine, legal, investments, and more. We hope to protect 10,000 most needed healthcare workers with sufficient PPEs so that they can continue to save lives. Our Mission is to harness the powers of technology and human kindness to find, fund, procure, and deliver PPE for front-line workers in the fight against COVID-19. HumanKindNow has built a technical platform to connect PPE suppliers, donors, and front-line healthcare workers who need PPEs. We use data, workflow and operational infrastructure to run the exchange. We use our suppliers, donor, and recipient relationships to populate the exchange.
Ryan Bradley, ND, MPH, Director of Research at the Helfgott Research Center at NUNM and a team of international colleagues from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sidney, the World Naturopathic Federation, and the NUNM IRB Chair created the Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Health and Medicine COVID-19 Support Registry. For more information, read the detailed invite from Dr. Bradley to our global community. This registry is now approved for distribution by the NUNM IRB. This project has multi-faceted importance for our community and AIHM fully endorses and commends the efforts of Dr. Bradley and his team. AIHM urges all clinicians to use the registry on COVID-19.
Clinical Resources for Integrative Clinicians
The Founding President, Mimi Guarneri, of the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine is a board certified integrative cardiologist that runs an integrative center in La Jolla, CA. Dr. Guarneri has provided numerous resources for clinicians that are operating integrative centers, such as the Coronavirus Patient Testing & Care Health Services Flowchart.
You can also access a video message that Dr. Guarneri has sent to the integrative community here!
UpToDate has provided a comprehensive resource page and have made them available *at no charge* to anyone seeking the latest evidence-based information and clinical guidance. For a complete list of Clinical Effectiveness resources, please bookmark this page. It contains all of the resources that have been made available to date and will be updated regularly in response to new developments, evidence and guidance.
Trusted Partner Resources
The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) has put together one of the most robust COVID-19 Resource sites available to all integrative clinicians. As concerns about the spread of coronavirus mount and efforts to contain it escalate, Naturopathic Doctors should be aware of the latest advisories from public health agencies and credible organizations, and be prepared to report and/or advise patients accordingly. The AANP advises healthcare practitioners to follow public health guidelines, and standard preventive medicine protocols, including basic naturopathic and lifestyle protocols that can support the immune system and mitigate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases.
AANP continues to update the page as they receive more information and as things change and put out a daily COVID email update.
The Integrative Complementary Traditional Health Practices section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) is calling on volunteers to create ICTHP-related communication materials (1,500 to 2,000 words, plus references) aimed to the general public, relevant to the COVID-19 epidemic. If you would like to help write, visit this sign-up sheet with list of proposed topics. ICTHP is also facilitating the development of a curated inventory of online ICTHP-related resources relevant to the COVID-19 epidemic. The spreadsheet below is open and they would appreciate contributions to make it grow!
The ANA is has launched the Personalized Nutrition & COVID-19 Resource Hub which includes: a rapid review of the latest science by the ANA’s Personalized Nutrition & COVID-19 Task Force. It is an educational tool for health professionals. You’ll also find resources for professionals and for the public from the ANA and the ANA community — including a series of web interviews on Personalized Nutrition and COVID-19, featuring esteemed ANA scientists and practitioners such as David Perlmutter, MD, FACN and Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS and many more.
The World Naturopathic Federation is in the process of completing rapid reviews on a number of naturopathic recommendations for their role in preventing, treating and aiding in the recovery of viral respiratory infections. The rapid reviews include: N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC), Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, Micronutrients necessary for optimal immune response, Naturopathic therapies that decrease inflammation (IL6), Link between blood sugar and optimal immune response, Echinacea (Echinacea spp), Elderberry (Sambucus nigra), Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Ivy Leaf (Hendra helix), and Honey.
Integrative Healers Action Network (IHAN) is a 501(c)(3) disaster response organization that offers trauma-informed integrative health care for first responders and underserved communities impacted by disaters.
National Chiropractic Mutual Insurance Company (NCMIC) has provided an expansive list of Covid-related resources. From how to talk to patients who want to cancel appointments to a sharable flyer for your office, they’ve developed a number of resources to help you handle the impact on your practice, staff and patients.
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is working to coordinate information from multiple sources and partners for use by doctors of chiropractic and their offices throughout the country during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The Institute for Functional Medicine has a new, online, on-demand course focused on the functional medicine approach to COVID-19 called Resistance, Resilience, and Recovery: Patient Care in a Pandemic. This first-of-its kind course explores clinical principles to reduce patient vulnerability to developing severe infection during the pandemic, increase resistance to infection, improve resilience to the more injurious consequences of infection, and optimize recovery from infection and its long-term consequences. The course provides protocols on what to recommend for which patients and at what point in the course of illness, including a framework for dietary and lifestyle treatments, managing comorbidities that influence risk, and therapeutic approaches to nutraceutical, botanical, and pharmaceutical interventions.
IFM is also providing a free COVID-19 functional medicine resources webpage. This page is continually updated with the latest free resources on the functional medicine approach to COVID-19, including information about the COVID-19 vaccines that have been granted emergency use authorization and those in the last stage of clinical testing.