To the NCCAM

Today I’m grateful for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, providing grant money for research utilizing healing practices that are not within the scope of the Western biomedical model.  They also provide training for medical professionals interested in these kinds of healing modalities, research,  and health information for the public.
This was their Facebook page post today:
It is Yoga Week here in D.C. Check out our resources on the science of yoga, including our video “Scientific Results of Yoga for Health and Well-Being”: http://1.usa.gov/NAWKmh
It’s good to see aspects of the wisdom of yoga infiltrating government departments.  Although it’s clearly already infiltrated the White House Lawn 🙂

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If you have a research project you require funding for, the center is currently favoring the following kinds of investigations:

Although a wide range of research topics are of interest to NCCAM, studies focusing on CAM interventions used frequently by the American public, and on the conditions for which they are most frequently used are particularly encouraged. These would include, but not be limited to, investigations of the impact of CAM modalities in alleviating chronic pain syndromes and inflammatory processes, and improving health and wellness. Among all types of studies, attention to a range of endpoints meaningful to improved health, well-being, and quality of life is strongly encouraged.

Now . . . I wonder how closely the NCCAM works with the FDA . . . ?

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