Integrative Pediatrics Council website launched

The Integrative Pediatrics Council launched its website today. The Integrative Pediatrics Council is a nonprofit dedicated to transforming children's health care. Its mission is to enhance the health and development of children, families and communities by leading the evolution of pediatric healthcare toward integartive, high-quality, accessible care.

Pediatricians and other members of the community are welcome to join the network. The Integrative Pediatrics Council is currently chaired by Dr. Lawrence D. Rosen. Colleagues Paula Gardiner, MD, Benjamin Kligler, MD and Sunita Vohra, MD serve with others on the executive committee, while Kathi Kemper, MD (author of The Holistic Pediatrician) and Pamela Miles (author of a new book on Reiki) and David Riley, MD join me and others on the advisory board.

The site notes in its section on values that:
Children are society's most valuable resource and must be nurtured within the context of healthy families, communities and environments.

The optimal functioning of children in all areas of life is essential to society. Improving the care of children will improve the world.

Children, as well as adults, have inherent self-healing capabilities which can be enhanced and strengthened.

Child healthcare is a right, not a privilege.

Awareness of the mind, body and spirit are essential to the full attainment of quality of life.

The healthcare system should be open to considering all aspects of the attainment of wellness.
The new website includes a page of valuable resources related to integrative pediatrics. The Council is involved as well in Pangea, a conference for the future of pediatric wellness:
The Pangea 2007 Conference is a multi-track integrative medicine program, offered to all doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, clergy, complementary therapy practitioners, residents, students and others in health care training programs. The two-day program is designed for all those who care for children in therapeutic settings. It will be held at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco.

Our children, with or without medical needs, are faced with many challenges in this quickly changing and complex environment. Professionals who care for children and are involved in today's healthcare system will need to rely upon supportive, collaborative relationships for the purpose of healing the child. Integrative medicine is a holistic approach to this challenge. It is a three-tiered endeavor. It concerns itself with the body, mind and spirit and their complete interaction within the child. It addresses the issues of procedures and protocols of conventional care with complementary and therapeutic methods. Lastly, it is the human connection; the involvement of a healing team with the child that promotes their health and wellness. Thus, as we attempt to envision;"the best care," the potential for the "whole child" to be treated comprehensively becomes the central purpose.

The Pangea 2007 Conference is a promotion of intentional dialogue, through which we hope to create new partnerships that support research and clinical practice. These conversations will be ongoing, requiring generosity, discovery and collaboration. Pangea provides a forum to discuss research, accepted practices and change, in order to foster comprehensive care for all children.
Colleagues Linda Barnes, PhD and Tieraona Low Dog, MD are included among the keynote speakers. Morning Tai Chi is also on the program.
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