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“What is it about Homeopathy? The Debate, the Facts, and the Human Endeavor of Scientific Research”


Presented by Dr. Iris Bell, MD, PhD


When: Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 from 12pm – 1pm

Please feel free to bring your lunch

Where: Room 8403, 8th Floor AHSC, 1501 N Campbell, Tucson, AZ

(paid parking is available, sorry we are unable to validate)


If you ae unable to join us in person please see below for information on how to view this presentation online


This talk will summarize the historical context for the controversies surrounding homeopathy, a 200-year old whole system of complementary and alternative medicine. The evidence base and methodological issues, emerging basic science models for the nature of homeopathic remedies, observational trial data, efficacy trial data, and the nonlinear dynamical systems perspective on the nature of responses to homeopathic treatment, point to conclusions different from the blanket rejection of homeopathy as a biologically-inert placebo by mainstream medicine. Finally, the discussion will raise some of the underlying human factors in the debate over the science of homeopathy.


For more information or to watch online please visit: Integrative Medicine Arizona


Iris Bell, MD, PhD has been a researcher in areas related to holistic, complementary and alternative medicine for over 30 years. She was chosen as one of the Best Doctors in the Pacific region of the US in 1996 and in the US in 1998. Currently Professor of Family & Community Medicine, Dr. Bell has served on the faculties at Harvard Medical School, University of California San Francisco, and the University of Arizona. She graduated magna cum laude in biology from Harvard University and then received her PhD in Neuro- and Biobehavioral Sciences and MD from Stanford University. Her psychiatry internship and residency were at the University of California–San Francisco, and she is Board certified in Psychiatry with Added Qualification in Geriatric Psychiatry. She is licensed to practice conventional medicine in Arizona and California. She is also nationally certified in biofeedback, a fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and a licensed physician in homeopathy and integrative medicine in Arizona.


Objectives: 1) Identify what is meant by integrative medicine, and how it differs from complementary and alternative medicine (CAM); 2) Identify various Integrative Medicine modalities and their benefits, including (but not limited to): Mind-body Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Botanicals, Energy Medicine, Shamanic Healing and Manual Medicine; 3) Describe the demand and impact of Integrative Medicine on Public Health in the United States; 4) Choose appropriate integrative therapeutic recommendations for patients with a variety of health problems; 5) Review appropriate reference and resource materials to provide the rationale and support needed for an integrative management approach to patients’ health; 6) Describe major criticisms and impediments to acceptance of CAM in the modern medical environment; 7) Describe how nutritional/dietary interventions may influence various health conditions; 8) Identify examples of botanical functional analogs of pharmaceuticals used in the therapy of various health conditions; 9) Describe current research approaches used in CAM research, including advantages and disadvantages to these approaches; 10) Appreciate the value of ethnomedicine and comparative medical systems in a healing paradigm; 11) Discuss important policy issues in Integrative Medicine and its various modalities; 12) Recognize warning signs of physician “burn-out" and learn how to utilize practice self-care techniques.


Target Audience: Physicians


Methodology: Discussion, Lecture, Case Studies


Accreditation: The University of Arizona College of Medicine at the Arizona Health Sciences Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The University of Arizona College of Medicine at the Arizona Health Sciences Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Disclosure: Dr. Bell has nothing to disclose

P.O. Box 245153  .  Tucson, AZ 85724-5153
520-626-6417  .  FAX: 520-626-3518  .  Clinic: 520-626-6489
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If you get a chance to watch the above video in its entirely from the U. of Conn. not only does Dr. Bell give a great lecture but also Dr. Andre Saine presented on the historical use of homeopathy in awesome and informatiive talk!
I am assuming we can watch Dr. Bell's lecture live via online streaming Thursday.


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