Friday, January 9, 2009

Alternative Medicine To Be Explored At Loyola Conference

Chicago-area medical students, faculty to examine benefit of acupuncture, homeopathy, bioenergetic healing and other forms of traditional therapies

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- For decades, traditional medicine has been dismissed as so much voodoo by practitioners of more modern medicine, but millions still rely on acupuncture, homeopathy and other alternative therapies to heal their aches and pain.

On Saturday, Jan. 17, area medical students and faculty will put aside their skepticism to explore the possible benefits of alternative therapies during the Integrate Chicago Conference 2009, an event that will be held at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, John & Herta Cuneo Center, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood.

"The students who participate are going to have a much better knowledge of the alternative treatments many of our patients are already using," said Dr. Aaron Michelfelder, associate professor, family medicine, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. "They'll be better able to integrate alternative medicine therapies with standard treatments we normally use for patients."

The conference, which is in its fifth year, was organized by Chicago-area medical students who wanted to learn more about alternative medicine, said Erin McNeely, a second-year medical student at Stritch School of Medicine who attended last year’s conference.

"Even if I don't agree with or use any of those alternative methods, I'm going to one day have patients that are interested in them and want to ask me questions about them," said McNeely, who helped organized this year's conference. "I feel that it's my responsibility to learn about these things."

Traditional treatments that will be discussed and demonstrated include acupuncture, integrative oncology, homeopathy, bioenergetics healing, Qigong, and herbal, massage and Reiki touch therapies. Michelfelder, who is board-certified in medical acupuncture and family medicine, will demonstrate acupuncture while discussing some of its principles. Dr. Charles Dumont, associate professor, pediatrics, Stritch School of Medicine, will discuss homeopathy.

Admission to the conference is $15 before Thursday, Jan. 15 and $20 afterwards. To register online, go to Online registration closes at 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 16. You can register the day of the conference beginning at 9 a.m. when the event begins. For directions, speakers' bios and more information, go to All activities take place at Stritch School of Medicine. The day's events will include: * 9-9:30 a.m. -- Registration, Break-out Session Selection (first come, first serve) and Breakfast, Room 190 * 9:30-11 a.m. -- Dean's Welcome: Dr. John M. Lee, Stritch School of Medicine, Room 190 - Morning Plenary: Dr. Aaron Michelfelder: "Pathways to Integrative Medicine," Room 190 * 11-11:15 a.m. -- Break * 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Breakout Session One – Choose one: - "Wisdom from the East: Developing a Healthy and Balanced Lifestyle," Dr. Charles Dumont, Room 445 - "Women's Health & Fertility," Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman, Room 150 - Healing Touch, Massage Therapy, Art Therapy, Music Therapy Experiences and Discussions -- Horizon Hospice CAM Team, Rooms 170 & 190 - "Bioengetic Healing and Qigong," Dr. Patrick Massey, Room 360 - "Perfect Health and Total Healing, According to Ayurveda," Sathi Singh, Ph.D., Room 160 * 12:15-1:15 p.m. -- Catered lunch with Breakout Session Leaders * 1:15-2:15 p.m. -- Breakout Session Two -- Choose one: - "Integrative Oncology," Dr. Nora Bucher and Charlotte Gyllenhaal, Ph.D., Room 150 - "Homeopathy: The Subtle Medical Science,” Dr. Charles Dumont, Room 445 - "Holistic Care in Life's Final Journey," Dr. Michael C. Marschke, Room 375 - "Acupuncture Demonstration," Dr. Aaron Michelfelder, Room 170 - "Reiki Touch Therapy: A Hands-On Healing Method for all Physicians," Dr. David Miller, Room 360 * 2:15-2:30 p.m. -- Break * 2:30-3:30 p.m. Keynote Address: "Current Research in Herbal Medicine," Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman, Room 190 * 3:30-5 p.m. -- 2009 Planning Committee meeting with those interested in organizing next year's Integrate Chicago conference, Room 190

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.