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Issue 3: June 3rd 2020 Brought to you by the organisers of the European Congress for Integrative Medicine. Keeping you updated on the activities of supporters, speakers, committee members and exhibitors and other interesting news from across the globe To share your news please email Sophie Potten


Open letter:
Sent to G20 leaders calling for a green recovery from Coronvirus


On May 26, 2020, over 350 organisations representing over 40 million health professionals and over 4,500 individual health professionals from 90 different countries, wrote to the G20 leaders calling for a #HealthyRecovery. The letter states that in a healthy economy and civil society the most vulnerable among us are looked after. Workers have access to well-paying jobs that do not exacerbate pollution or nature degradation; cities prioritise pedestrians, cyclists and public transport, and our rivers and skies are protected and clean. Nature is thriving, our bodies are more resilient to infectious diseases, and nobody is pushed into poverty because of healthcare costs.

The British Society for Lifestyle Medicine (BSLM) one of our ECIM supporters was one of these signatories. To read the letter and see the full list of signatories please follow the link below...

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Online Premier:
‘My Year of Living Mindfully’ FREE until 3 June 2020


Willem Kuyken from the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and Claire Kelly from Mindfulness in Schools Project interview Shannon Harvey (Journalist) about her film ‘My Year of Living Mindfully’.

Throughout her year of living mindfully Shannon is poked, prodded, scanned and screened as she travels the world to interview 18 of the world’s leading mindfulness scientists and pioneers. But after a 30,000 kilometre journey from the bright lights of Manhattan to the dusty refugee camps of the Middle East, what begins as a self-experiment, transforms into a life-changing experience.

This film is being streamed for FREE until 3 June 2020

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Arizona Weil Centre for Integrative Medicine: Fasting with Dr Valter Longo


In their most recent episode of their ‘Body of Wonder’ podcasts, Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Victoria Maizes from the Arizona Weil Center for Integrative Medicine (both committee members for the 13th ECIM Congress) welcome Dr. Valter Logo, director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California, the director of the Longevity and Cancer Program at the Institute of Molecular Oncology in Milan, Italy, and author of the book 'The Longevity Diet'

There's new evidence that intermittent fasting boosts immunity, improves cognition function, helps with weight loss, and even reverses certain diseases.

How is it possible that simply restricting meal times can alter how your body functions? There are several ways to approach fasting including, intermittent fasting, alternate-day fasting, and water fasting. Yet, many people who begin a fasting regimen struggle to maintain a routine long enough to reap the benefits. So how do you choose a sustainable and healthy approach?

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Dance 'with artistic active ingredients' can help to reduce falls


The ‘Dance for Health’ programme developed by Aesop have announced the results of the ‘Phase 1 Roll-out’ of this pioneering community dance programme for older people and has shown that there is a significant reduction in falls and cost savings to the NHS. 

The programme combines evidence-based falls prevention principles with the creativity, expression and energy of dance and helps to reduce falls and overcome lost confidence, reduced independence and isolation. The sessions are led by professional dance artists from leading dance companies who have been fully trained and qualified in falls prevention exercise methods.

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Researchers find specific kefirs improve behaviours in mice


Fermented foods have become very popular because of the growing awareness of the importance of gut health. While fermentation is one of the oldest forms of food preservation, much has still to be learned about the specific health benefits of fermented foods for our physical and mental health. Now researchers at APC Microbiome Ireland SFI Research Centre at University College Cork and Teagasc have shown that two varieties of kefir had similar effects on the gut microbiome of mice, yet had different effects on their immune systems and behaviour.

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Transform healthcare -Integrative Health & Scientific Network


Come together with a community of like-minded healthcare professionals, researchers, students and change-makers in the field of healthcare and explore the ways in which Integrative Medicine, which combines conventional, lifestyle and holistic approaches to improve health and well-being, takes a whole-person approach that empowers the person to take charge of their health and feel more informed about their own care. Join the brand new Integrative Health and Scientific Network from ECIM supporter NCIM.

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AIHM holds Integrative Health & Medicine Conference Online October 2020


One of the benefits of the lockdown is that many events are now offering online versions. If you haven’t been able to previously attend the Academy for Integrative Health and Medicine conference that is held in San Diego each year – this is one that you won’t want to miss. The AIHM virtual event features two and a half engaging days of integrative health and medicine education, interprofessional collaboration, self-care, networking, and inspiration.

Register by 15 August 2020 for early bird rates.

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Can forest therapy enhance health and well-being?


Susan Abookire, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School has published an interesting article explaining how Forest Therapy, inspired by a Japanese practice, is an immersion in nature that has been shown to have positive effects on health including the lowering of cortisol levels.

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The College of Medicine share inspirational reads


Unthinkable as it might seem now to congregate in large groups, the last few times the College of Medicine held its Foundation Courses on Integrated Medicine, they asked their attendees for some reading tips. And they gleaned almost a hundred suggestions – on everything from classic literature to wellness books and teaching manuals.

The College of Medicine have picked ten, from across a wide spectrum of interest, plus added a (lengthy!) list of other recommendations. The are titles in no way endorsed by the College of Medicine itself, simply ideas for books enjoyed by people who’ve attended their past courses.

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