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Complementary medicine champion Penny George profiled

Complementary medicine champion Penny George was profiled for her philanthropic support of research into and awareness regarding use of complementary and alternative therapies for cancer and other diseases.

Penny George is known to the complementary and integrative medicine community from her support for the Bravewell collaborative, which gives an annual prize to individuals who have helped pave the road for understanding of the useful clinical integration of complementary medicine into conventional medical care.

She is profiled in detail, including her use of complementary therapies such as "Ayurvedic cleansing down in New Mexico, acupuncture, healing touch, guided imagery, energy work, Korean healing, yoga and the vision quest at Four Corners that was so transformative," psychotherapy, and other modalities to help heal from breast cancer.

"Under her leadership, the Bravewell Collaborative started funding the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, which develops curriculums for medical schools based on the best science. Now 32 of the country's top medical schools, including Harvard, Duke, Columbia, the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota, are committed to teaching integrative medicine to medical students, said Dr. Ralph Snyderman, chancellor emeritus of Duke University's Medical Center.

"Bravewell funded training fellowships and formed a network of eight clinical sites nationwide, creating sustainable models for the delivery of integrative care."


Law Offices of Michael H. Cohen offers general corporate legal services, litigation consultation, and expertise in health law, with a unique focus on alternative, complementary, and integrative medical therapies.

Michael H. Cohen is also President of the the Institute for Integrative and Energy Medicine, also known as the Institute for Health, Ethics, Law, Policy & Society. The Institute serves as a reliable forum for investigation and recommendations regarding the legal, regulatory, ethical, and health policy issues involved in the judicious integration of complementary and alternative medical therapies (such as acupuncture and traditional oriental medicine, chiropractic, massage therapy, herbal medicine) and conventional clinical care.

The most recent book written by Michael H. Cohen on health care law, regulation, ethics and policy pertaining to complementary and alternative medicine and related fields is an interdisciplinary collection of essays entitled, Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion. This is the fourth book in a series, the first being Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Legal Boundaries and Regulatory Perspectives (1998).

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