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Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

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Certificate in Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Certificate in IHECS for NDE, SDE, SME at CAM Institute
United Nurses Network On-line Collaborative Workshop
Diploma in integration of Virginia Satir and Energy Medicine
Postgraduate Diploma in Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Bachelor of Science in Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Master of Science in Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Doctor of Philosophy in Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Doctor of Philosophy in Energy Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Energy Therapy Healing
Doctor of Philosophy by Dissertation in Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Doctor of Philosophy by Dissertation in Energy Medicine

Welcome to the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Programs!

To meet the challenges of our global healthcare needs, a multitude of issues concerning efficiency and economic imperative, public demand and satisfaction, safety and efficacy, access and ethics, and humanitarian and socio-cultural interest are driving changes of attitude and action in both our healthcare consumers and the conventional and politically dominant medical and healthcare systems through which they navigate.

These changes have seen a thriving interest, demand and private utilization of healing resource domains, systems and practices that currently fall outside of mainstream healthcare, but that nonetheless satisfy needs unmet or poorly delivered by conventional care. These are the broad and diversified healing resources collectively known as Complementary Medicine and include health systems ancient and modern; from the East, West and in between; ranging from herbal medical practices to energy medicine, homeopathy, body-work and manipulative therapies; mind-body practices, environmental healing modalities, and beyond.

To the extent to which Complementary and Alternative Medicine diversifies and extends healthcare concepts, responsibilities and options, however bright the promise, it also seems very bewildering. There are such a vast amount of healing modalities and options to choose from, where do you begin? How and where did they originate? Do they work? If they do, what and who for, at what time, with what else, in what way, in which context and delivered by whom? How do we contribute to the published evidence base to document this? How do these diverse practices "complement", integrate with or even serve as alternatives to conventional care or other forms of "Complementary Medicine" for that matter? Who is fit to practice what and how are issues of safety, competence/expertise, and ethical practice addressed? How do we apply and develop optimal scientific and epistemological methods to address issues of efficacy, safety, satisfaction, development and integration? Where do professional regulation and appropriate business practices fit in? How are we to collaborate and communicate with one another when concepts and techniques are so varied? How can the history of healing systems give us clues to the farther reaches of possibility and development? How do we deepen and extend our current practices? How should media and information resources for the public be coordinated?

These are all questions that demand the critical reflection and systematic inquiry that are not major parts of most independent practitioner training programs in Complementary Medicine. Whatever the questions of interest are to you, they ARE the kind of questions we encourage you to explore with us through our degree and certificate programs here in our School of Complementary Medicine at Akamai University. We welcome you and will do whatever we can to make your journey of development, learning and discovery an enjoyable one!

The Complementary and Alternative Medicine Programs are designed to serve the needs of a broad array of practitioners and scholars whose interests may include: Energy Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Mind-Body Healing, and Chinese Medicine. Our CAM programs also serve scholars with interest in Herbal Medicine, Native American Healing, Therapeutic Bodywork, Expressive and Movement Therapies, Bio-energetic Technologies, Trans-cultural Medicine, Applied Eco-Environmental Energetics, and Health Education and Promotion.


Mary Jo Bulbrook, Ed.D.
Program Director, Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Christopher Johannes, Ph.D.
Integral Health

James O. Wear, Ph.D., CCE, CHSP, FASHE
Public Health

Deryl Gulliford, Ph.D.
Hospital Administration

Daniel L. Huber, Ph.D.
Spiritual Psychology, Shamanism

Rosemary Cook, BPS
Complementary Medicine, Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda

Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D.

Mansoor Quli Khan, B.Sc., MBBS, Ph.D., MD
Public health, Disease Prevention, Applied Health Science

Daniel Eckstein, Ph.D.
Behavioral Medicine, Health Education and Promotion<

Vijay P Gupta, Ph.D., DFM, MBBS
Applied Health Science and Toxicology

Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.
Energy Medicine

Stephen Lentz, Ph.D.
Environmental Health

Anthony R. Maranto, Ph.D.
Environmental Health

Anthony Payne, N.M.D., Ph.D., M.D. (honorary)
Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Herbal Medicine

Seamus Phan, Ph.D.
Complementary Healthcare

Arif Hussain Shah, Ph.D.
Applied Health Science, Toxicology, Disease Prevention and Control

Henry Zeidan, Ph.D.
Applied Health Science

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The Research Council for Complementary Medicine
British Institute of Homeopathy USA
Center for Traditional Medicine

RCCM was founded in 1983 by a group of enthusiastic practitioners and researchers from both orthodox and complementary medicine. Today, their aim is to develop and extend the evidence base for complementary medicine in order to provide practitioners and their patients with information about the effectiveness of individual therapies and the treatment of specific conditions. Akamai was listed with RCCM beginning in 2004.
27a Devonshire Street, London W1G 6PN
Tel: 020-7935-7499
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RCCM Website

InnersourceInnersource provides information and self-study programs for developing optimal health, personal growth, spiritual development, and well-being through Energy Medicine, Energy Psychology and Conscious Living programs for professionals, laypersons and students. Innersource also offers energy psychology information, research, and support, award-winning home-study training resources for professionals, laypersons, and graduate students. Innersource began collaboration with Akamai University on 29 March 2005.
Innersource Website

The British Institute of Homeopathy is recognized as the largest, most successful school of homeopathic medicine in the world. Internationally recognized for excellence in education, it offers an outstanding curriculum, featuring a student body exceeding 11,000 residing in 80 countries. The British Institute of Homeopathy is best known for its exceptional, self-paced distance education courses, professional personal tutors and interactive lessons which makes for a thoroughly enjoyable educational experience for the dedicated student.
BIH-USA Website

Center for Traditional Medicine
The Center for Traditional Medicine promotes the cross- cultural healing arts and sciences and advances social change to benefit individual and community health through activist scholarship, research and practice.
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New announcements are pending

CAM training is recognized in institutions across a broad spectrum. One of my good friends just retired from the Mayo clinic as a nurse and has been practicing CAM in that institution combined with nursing for many years. We have individuals in many places offering energy based therapy as part of nursing care or as stand alone positions.

In Hawaii, I know and have taught Healing Touch grand rounds at Kaiser Permanente Hospital and at Queens Hospital where they have active programs for many years. In California another of my friends developed an integrative medicine program at Scripts Hospital. In North Carolina, where I have lived since the early 1980s, Duke Medicine Program has an integrative medicine program that was started by another holistic nurse friend - that is still active today. I have also taught nurses at Duke Medical Center in the oncology department where another friend was a staff nurse there and used CAM with her clients.

So the short answer to the question whether CAM training can lead to career opportunities, there is an affirmative YES to your question. I am a RN, as well, and have taught CAM in four other universities, including: Texas Woman's University; University of Utah; Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada; and at Edith Cowan University in Perth Western Australia, as well as taught practitioners in the following countries: Peru, South Africa, Chile, and New Zealand.

John Thie who developed Touch-For-Health was a personal friend for many years and I have taught TFH since the 1970's. I have watched "CAM" grow up since I have became active inthe early 1970's.

Dr. Mary Jo Bulbrook, Director
Complementary and Plternative Medicine

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