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Evidence Based Acupuncture Symposium 2018

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08-10-2018 through 08-10-2019
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EBA Symposium 2018 - Day 1

Understanding the context of modern healthcare is crucial for operating successfully in modern medicine. The current healthcare climate is creating vast opportunities for the acupuncture profession to play a leading role in improving public health. In order to make the largest positive impact, participants will learn the key forces at play to skillfully navigate the modern healthcare landscape in order to confidently offer and expand their reach.


EBA Symposium - Day 1 Lectures:

EBA Symposium 2018 - Day 1

Understanding the context of modern healthcare is crucial for operating successfully in modern medicine. The current healthcare climate is creating vast opportunities for the acupuncture profession to play a leading role in improving public health. In order to make the largest positive impact, participants will learn the key forces at play to skillfully navigate the modern healthcare landscape in order to confidently offer and expand their reach.


EBA Symposium - Day 1 Lectures:

Acupuncture and the Evolution of Consciousness: Understanding the Modern Scientific Landscape to Improve Healthcare through Better Access to Acupuncture

Mel Hopper Koppelman, DAc, MSc, MSc


We live in exciting times with unprecedented levels of opportunity for connection and access to information. Presently, acupuncture is enjoying increasing popularity as more and more patients choose to access it and an increasing number of mainstream institutions offer acupuncture and recommend it. However, the acupuncture profession also faces a number of challenges. On the one hand, energetic critics attempt to convince those who will listen that it doesn’t work while those outside of our profession are adding it to their own practices, sometimes with minimal training. How can we make sense of this landscape? How can we understand these threats and opportunities in a way that allows us to effectively forge a more positive future for public health?

In this talk, we will zoom right on out and start with a very high level overview of the evolution of thought, why different ways of thinking flourish in different times and how we can understand our profession’s way of thinking about healthcare in the context of modern medical science. We will then look at how best to communicate with different individuals and institutions with various types of thinking in order to improve public health and save lives by improving access to acupuncture.


Learning Objectives:    

  1. Learn about Spiral Dynamics, a model of the evolution of consciousness, and where acupuncture and scientific research fits into this model
  2. Learn about Integral Theory, its relationship to Daoism, and why Chinese Medicine and Biomedical science view health and medicine differently
  3. Learn to use these models to understand how to more effectively communicate with individuals and institutions at different places on the Spiral of consciousness and development for better healthcare outcomes


Authentic Acupuncturation - lessons from the historicity of acupuncture practice in the occident

Dr. Lara McClure Ph.D


This is a ‘long view’ of attitudes to Acupuncture. We will explore the import of Acupuncture treatment as a curiosity in 19th c. occidental settings, with particular focus on Churchill’s Treatise on Acupuncturation. We will consider how such documents compare with scientific research published in the 21st c. as trusted sources of evidence and the differences and similarities in the acceptability, scientific and social, of Acupuncture in the two time frames. We will suggest that Acupuncture met the prevailing standards of occidental societies in the 1820s as measured by the personal testimony of the eminent, and contrast how this acceptability is found in the 21st c. by means of the tenets of Evidence-Based Medicine. 


Learning Objectives:

  1. To meet Churchill’s Treatise on Acupuncturation and other early-19th texts in their original form and historical context
  2. To contrast this 19th evidence with examples of scientific research into Acupuncture published in the 21stc.
  3. To explore the texture of contemporary attitudes to Acupuncture in both settings
  4. To appreciate this juxtaposition as a source of motivation and inspiration for practitioners of Acupuncture


Weaving Evidence and Activism: Lessons from the Popular Movement for Integrative Healthcare

John Weeks


The rise of integrative health and medicine is typically presented as a popular, grassroots movement. The January 1993 NEJM publication that propelled the “alternative” and “complementary” toward an “integrative” dialogue between the dominant school and the insurgent products, practices and practitioners was a citizen survey rather than a systematic review of RCTs. Still, forms of scientific evidence had already profoundly shaped the consumer movement while in the shadows, non-recognized, in the “alternative medicine” era. Ground work in the science shaping present policy making relative to mindfulness, multi-modality and non-pharmacological practices was already being laid. And evidence of biomedicine’s glaring gaps was fueling the ardor of the advocates for alternatives. This North America-focused presentation presents 5 Eras in the emergence of the field, highlighting the peculiar interplay of scientific, popular and professional action across multiple stakeholders as the movement advanced. The presentation closes with a look at lessons. When did evidence alone make a difference? When was it evidence plus advocacy? When did evidence merely rationalize directions propelled by other factors? How are evidence and activism interwoven toward expanded access?


Learning Objectives

Following this presentation the learners will be able to:

  1. Describe parallel advances of professional formation and new integrative health research.
  2. Explain the conflicting interests and interpretations of the Congressional mandate that created the NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
  3. Present examples of activism by scientists that potentized their work as instruments for policy change.


What can the pharmaceutical industry can teach us about promoting health through acupuncture?

Dr. Gil Barzilay Ph.D Dipl.CM (I.A.TCM, ETCMA)


We live in a Western society where the large food and pharmaceutical industry essentially dictate what we consume and how we treat/are being treated for diseases. Pharmaceutical companies have been using various methods to increase awareness to diseases and drugs and create demand for their drugs. These include:

  • Direct & Indirect Physician Training
  • Direct to consumer (patients and families) education
  • Lobbying to Stakeholders, including insurance companies, governing associations, lawmakers etc)

In fact, in 2013 pharma companies spent an estimated $27 Billion USD on marketing in the US only. These include investment in face-to-face detailing, educational & promotional meetings, Continuing Medical Education (CME), mailings, public relations including journal, web and direct-to-consumer ads via social media, awareness campaigns (World “X” Disease Day), grants to Health Advocacy Organizations (HAO) and others.

So what can we learn from this? Acupuncturists tend to be purists, more ethical and less at ease with the word “marketing”. To that we should add the limited budgets. However, existing in a Western society means that to create awareness about the wonders of our profession, we find it helpful to understand the strategies employed by pharmaceutical companies and ethically use these to our advantage.

In this lecture we will be looking at some of the key strategies and tactics, how some of the relevant ones can be adopted to our needs and what we should develop, both as individuals and organizations, to create more positive awareness of our profession and to improve public health through helping acupuncture be a first line treatment where appropriate.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how other healthcare industries promote awareness, access and demand for their products
  2. Understand what we can learn to advance our profession into first line usage, where appropriate
  3. Receive examples and take-home tips


EBA Symposium 2018 - Day 2


Let’s Get Serious – strategies for winning our place in modern healthcare

Charles Buck


The aim of this session is to foster more coherent communication of our brand and to facilitate wider acceptance of professional acupuncture and Chinese medicine. On completion, participants will have gained insight into the cognitive aspects that underlie acceptance of a nascent profession, aspects that lie beyond current definitions of “evidence”. These include issues such as cognitive biases, understanding of belief change as well as evaluation and communication of our traditional explanatory models. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. why the issues are important for the survival of the tradition
  2. How can we justify traditional explanatory models in a world of biomedicine?
  3. Understanding the cognitive biases that inhibit our progress
  4. Understanding belief change and the role of clinicians in facilitating this
  5. Pro-active branding - Brand Us vs Brand ‘acupuncture’/CHM and the need for coherence and credibility


The Unfolding of the Vessel:  Evolutionary Biology Perspectives on Human Growth and Development and the Blending of the Eastern and Western Systems.

David W. Miller, MD, LAc


Evolutionary Biology presents a phenomenal lens through which to understand the Chinese physiologic systems.  While many concepts in Chinese theory appear to be esoteric and ungrounded in juxtaposition to current understandings of human physiology, shifting our focus to consider the systems in the evolutionary paradigm corrects this.  The Chinese channel system and its basis in somatotopic mapping are well rooted in neurology, and this talk will frame the Chinese system in a way that allows the classic theory to blend with modern understandings.  Our journey from single cell to fully formed adult is structured and predictable, and this talk will argue that the Chinese physiologic systems are invaluable in describing the complex structures that pass from generation to generation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the key neurologic concepts that form the basis for somatotopic mapping
  • Correlate the Chinese channel systems with concepts of somatotopic mapping
  • Recognize the evolutionary persistence of systems presented
  • Frame the Chinese systems in relation to Western neurologic concepts
  • Appreciate the significance of posture as related to emotion and cognition


The Efficacy or Effectiveness of Acupuncture: Which Lens Offers Clarity?

Lee Hullender Rubin, DAOM, LAc, FABORM


When researchers set out to design a trial and compare acupuncture with a “sham or placebo” needle, very often the trial results in no difference between groups. When acupuncture is compared to usual care or another treatment like physical therapy, for example, we may see acupuncture doing as well as or better than the comparative treatment. Why is this? In this interactive lecture, we will unpack the importance of the control arm and why the question of efficacy versus effectiveness is so important in understanding evidence-based acupuncture.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define how the research question frames a research trial from the outset
  2. Define and describe the sham paradox
  3. Compare and contrast efficacy versus effectiveness


Telomeres and your Jing: Secrets to Restoring Health, Fertility and Longevity

Katherine Anderson L.Ac, FABORM


Scientists have long known that telomeres influence our aging, but it wasn’t until the recent past that they came to understand why and how they can be activated. This lecture will explore the science behind how telomeres affect general health, fertility and aging and how we can influence that both positively and negatively. We will examine how acupuncture can be used to help regulate telomere activity and thereby increase one’s lifespan and overall health.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the science behind telomeres and their relationship to health, aging and reproduction.
  2. Understand the connection between telomeres and Yang Sheng
  3. Acquire knowledge about regulating telomeres to increase longevity and reproductive capacity with epigenetics and the power of Chinese medicine
  4. Integrate evidence-based practices into your clinic and your life to deliver better patient care and empower patients to improve their health
D7 Presenter: 
Gil Barzilay
Mel Hopper Koppelman
John Weeks
Lara McClure
Charles Buck
David Miller
Katherine Anderson
Lee Hullender Rubin

Evidence Based Acupuncture Symposium 2018 - Day 2 - Distance Education

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Alberta CAAA 6.0 CEU - AcNZ 6.0 CEU
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Evidence Based Acupuncture Symposium 2018 - Day 2

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CTCMA Category A2, 6.0 - AAMA 6.0 Points allocated
Texas Provider CAE00011; 6 GEN CAE - California 591, 6 CEU (Category 1)
Alberta CAAA 6.0 CEU - AcNZ 6.0 CEU
Florida 50-8743; 20-627879, 6 CEU GEN
NCCAOM ACHB 553-510; 6 PDA AOM-AC - Massachusetts 6.0

Pediatrics: Exploring Vaccination: Integrative Perspectives on Ethics, History, Controversies, and Integrative Care

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Pediatrics: Exploring Vaccination: Integrative Perspectives on Ethics, History, Controversies, and Integrative Care
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California 591; 6 CEU, Category 1
NCCAOM 553-421; 6 PDA AOM-BIO - Massachusetts; 6 CEU
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David Miller

David Miller
David Miller

Dr. David W. Miller, MD, LAc is one of the only MD physicians in the U.S. dually board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Dr. Miller received his Bachelor’s degree in Theoretical Mathematics from Vassar College, his M.D. from the Brown University School of Medicine, and completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics at the University of Chicago. He then completed his Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine with the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago.

Pediatrics: Exploring Vaccination: Integrative Perspectives on Ethics, History, Controversies, and Integrative Care

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While giving specific counselling on vaccination is out of scope for most acupuncturists, every patient seen in clinic and every acupuncturist personally is affected by this practice. Acupuncturists will need to confront their patients' and their own beliefs and knowledge base about this issue, and so professionals should endeavor to be informed about this important and complex medical intervention. Acupuncturists will be regularly asked about their position on vaccination, but receive no consistent, formal training on this as part of their accredited curriculum.


  • Have ideas about how to support kids with TCM who are both vaccinated and unvaccinated
  • Develop a more sophisticated understanding of the history and complexity surrounding vaccination.
  • Understand myths and realities encountered from both the pro- and anti- vaccine lobbies.
  • Have a clear understanding of how vaccine targeted diseases differ, and hence how vaccines should be considered individually rather than as a uniform category.
  • Be able to identify the real limitations in the study, production, and distribution of vaccines, and how this medical intervention should be evaluated on the 'best available evidence' in multiple domains.
  • Be able to better advocate for good vaccine policy.



Introduction, Lecturer Bio, Disclosures

  1. Pro or Con on Vaccines?
  2. Disclaimer; responsibility of primary physician to have the conversation
  3. Can We, Should We, Have the Conversation?
  4. What to expect if you open the can of worms, foundational medical ethics, AMA stance, use of research subjects
  5. Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)
  6. Disagreement in Informed Consent
  7. Coming to Terms with James Phipps - vaccination, variolation, natural selection, and human rights
  8. Tipping to "YES" - The Balance of Arguments in Fostering Real Discussion about Vaccination
  9. National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP)
  10. Personal Opinion/Overview - Try not to be a Corporate Shill
  11. Tactics Used to Discourage Legitimate, Scientific Discussion
  12. Examples of Tactics to Discourage: Greening of Vaccines, Dr. Bob's Vaccine Schedule
  13. Avoiding the Real Questions: E.g. Wakefield
  14. Exaggeration of Dangers: E.g. Measles
  15. "Anti-Vaccine" Voices are not New
  16. Question and Answer

What is an "Evidence Based Conversation"?

  1. The DBRPCT Trap
  2. 9 Reasons the Conversation is not just Relevant, but Critical
  3. Exemptions; Adjuvants; Titer Testing; Managing Complex Discussions
  4. Schedule Changes, Rise in Chronic Disease (Asthma, Food and Skin Allergies, Peanut Allergies, Type 1 Diabetes, Autoimmune Disease, Autism); New Vaccines in Development; Push for 100% Compliance
  5. Considering Hep B
  6. Civil Liberies: Malawi or Maryland?
  7. Translational Research
  8. Evidence Be Damned: Flu Vaccine; Natural Immunity vs. Vaccine Acquired Immunity; Profit Motives
  9. Firing Vaccine Refusers: Trends
  10. Exemptions: Types and Threat To
  11. Funding for Vaccine Research; Bringing Vaccines to Market; Flu Vaccine in Pregnancy; Daycare Mandates; Hep B Survival on Surfaces: Relevance; Shigles Burden; Approaches to Building Immunity; School Compliance; Provision of Data by Drug Companies
  12. Strategy of Attack and Post licensure trials
  13. Human Ecology: What is normal flora?
  14. Vaccine Escape and Vaccine Induced Strain Replacement
  15. Logic of the Popular Media: Biased Reporting
  16. How to be Counseled?
  17. Lingering effects from pneumococcal meningitis?
  18. Question and Answer

Optimal Vitamin D Levels?

  1. The Complexity of the Discussion: Must Consider Each Vaccine and Each Disease Individually
  2. Overall Strategy Considerations: Example - Maternal Transmission of Immunity
  3. Strategy Example: Varicella - Route of Infection, Protection of One Illness Against Another (Benefit of Disease?)
  4. Cost Effectiveness of Varicella Strategy? Varicella and Shingles
  5. Extinction Strategies and Herd Immunity and Herd Farming via Vaccination
  6. Wild Cards in the Vaccine Safety Conversation
  7. The Institute of Medicine Report
  8. First Study on CDC Schedule in Relation to Autism
  9. Hannah Poling
  10. Evidence Not Allowed by the IOM: Animal Data
  11. Tolerating Risk/Benefits: Example - Immune Scenecense
  12. Immunity from Natural Illness vs Vaccine Derived
  13. Benefits of Natural Illness? Hodgkins Lymphoma and Measles
  14. Importance of Research Objectivity: Conflicts of Interest, Government Industry Partnership, Who is Paul Offit
  15. Mitochondrial disorders and research; How does the body process aluminum? Differences in current vs history vaccine manufacturing; Human DNA in vaccines; Generalizing recommendations based on Hannah Poling; Is the size of the person getting immunized significant?
  16.  Government and Industry: Rick Perry, Gates Foundation, For Profit Relationships
  17. Phases of Trials for Vaccine Development
  18. VAERS and Safety Monitoring Systems (Vaccine Safety Data Link, Offit vs Sears)
  19. Case Study of Vaccine Safety: Gardasil
  20. Guidelines for Pap Smears (discussion); Required Reporting; Punishments for Practices not Vaccinating?
  21. Aluminum Adjuvants and their Safety
  22. Mercury Commentary; caution on Tylenol and antipyretics with vaccines
  23. Contemplating What's Safe Enough
  24. Detox protocols for aluminum? Better adjuvants than aluminum? After antibiotics, how long to wait to vaccinate?
  25. Myths Propagated by Allopaths vs. Non-Allopaths
  26. "Can" not "Do" Vaccines Work for US?
  27. Morbidity vs. Mortality: Example Measles
  28. Measles and Vitamin A
  29. Changes in Disease Burden Attributab

Polio – Western/Eastern

  1. Potential Stages in Immunization Programs
  2. Correction to Risk due to uncounted cases: Hemophilus Influenza type B, Rotavirus, Measles – Western/Eastern, Mumps – Western/Eastern, Rubella, Pertussis – Western/Eastern, Other Diseases
  3. Problems Recommending Against Vaccination; Homeopathic Vaccination
  4. What Should Everyone Be Doing to Minimize Problems from Vaccination?
  5. The Potential Recipe for Disaster?
  6. Long Term Considerations
  7. Reference: Vaccines on the U.S. Market
  8. Future Trends in Vaccine Manufacturing
  9. Other Resources NVIC, ProCon.Org
D7 Presenter: 
David Miller