Integrative Medicine: The State of the Science and Its Interface with Environmental Health: A Conversation with Dean Ornish, MD

March 26, 2009
1:00 pm US Eastern Time

Slides & Resources

Video of Dr. Ornish's Address at the Institute of Medicine Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public

From the Summit website:

"On February 25-27, 2009, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) convened the "Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public," in Washington, DC to advance the science, understanding and progress of integrative medicine. The Summit brought together distinguished researchers, practitioners, and leaders from multiple sectors to present the vision, challenges, evidence base, and opportunities for integrative medicine to improve health care in the United States.

"Integrative medicine is described as orienting the health care process to create a seamless engagement by patients and caregivers of the full range of physical, psychological, social, preventive and therapeutic factors known to be effective and necessary for the achievement of optimal health."

Listen to Recording

This special CHE conversation on the state of the science in integrative medicine and its interface with environmental health featured renowned physician and author Dean Ornish, MD, founder and president of the Preventative Medicine Research Institute.

On February 25-27, the Institute of Medicine and the Bravewell Collaborative held a Summit on Integrative Medicine and Public Health at IOM’s offices in Washington, DC. Dr. Ornish gave a widely praised keynote address on the state of the science in integrative medicine.

Participants were encouraged to view Dr. Ornish's address to the IOM Summit prior to participating in this call.

About the Speaker

Dean Ornish, MD, is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California. For over 30 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. He recently directed the first randomized controlled trial demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or reverse the progression of prostate cancer. His current research showed that comprehensive lifestyle changes affect gene expression, “turning on” disease-preventing genes and “turning off” genes that promote cancer and heart disease.

He is the author of six best-selling books, including his most recent book, The Spectrum. He writes a monthly column for Newsweek magazine.

The call was moderated by Michael Lerner, President of Commonweal. The call lasted one hour and was recorded for archival purposes.