AIHM Journal Club

About the AIHM Journal Club

The AIHM Journal Club is open access, available online and comments on innovative articles in scholarly journals, books and current events for a global community of clinicians keeping pace with evidence-informed health and medicine.

About the Journal Club

Potential articles are reviewed by international clinical experts. The AIHM Committee on Publications supports the journal club’s editorial independence. The Journal Club also provides editorial support for the AIHM fellowship and AIHM educational offerings. We invite you to join the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine and bookmark the AIHM Journal Club Index.

The AIHM Journal Club is open access. You (or your organization) may link to, copy, distribute, and display AIHM Journal Club posts with the understanding that AIHM Journal Club authors retain copyright of their post. Articles must be attributed with the following information: (1) Author name, (2) (3) Title of post, and (3) Date first posted. Articles may not be used for commercial purposes—only authors of articles may build upon their own writing for future articles or other works.

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To submit an AIHM Journal Club article, Become a Member of the Academy or be invited to submit an article. Please contact David Riley, MD,  and/or download the Author Instructions.  We invite you to recommend an article or topic for consideration.

Journal Club Authors & Editors

Authors are​ ​members of the Academy of Integrative Health ​& ​Medicine or invited authors who submit articles and book reviews to the AIHM Journal Club Editor reviewing scholarly publications related to health and medicine.

The AIHM Journal Club transparently tracks competing interests. A competing interest is anything that influences with, or could be perceived as influencing, a Journal Club article or book review, article review, editorial decision-making, or publication in the AIHM Journal Club. Competing interests can be financial or non-financial, professional, or personal and do not exclude an author from contributing. We believe they should be transparently reported.


Ryan Bradley, ND, MPH, Editor

Dr. Ryan Bradley studied naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University and received post-graduate epidemiology and public health training at the University of Washington. He is the Assistant Director of the Helfgott Research Institute and an Associate Professor of Nutrition at the National College of Natural Medicine. His research activities include clinical and translational research methodology, spanning the spectrum of biomarker validation to whole systems approaches. Dr. Bradley has participated in clinical research on natural products including vitamin D, mind body therapies including Qigong, and integrative medicine approaches to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Russell Faust, MD, Editor

Dr. Russell Faust has spent more than three decades in academic medicine leveraging technology to better connect patients with their care teams. He began his career as a neurobiologist focused on artificial intelligence where he helped develop robotic surgery techniques for infants and published the first text on robotic surgery. He has developed and directed several medical laboratories in the fields of cancer research, gene therapy and proteomics.

Brad Jacobs, MD, Editor

Dr. Brad graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and received a Master’s Degree of Public Health from University of California at Berkeley. He also completed an Internal Medicine Residency and General Medicine Research Fellowship at University of California, San Francisco; Spine Medicine training at Kaiser Permanente; and 5-element and medical acupuncture training at the San Francisco School of Acupuncture and University of California, Los Angeles. During Dr. Brad’s tenure as faculty at UCSF, he was the Founding Medical Director and an Endowed Chair of the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Recognized as a national leader in integrative medicine and health & wellness, he has held workshops for Oprah’s “O You!” event, the Gap and Harvard Business School. He is also senior author of The American College of Physicians (ACP) Evidence-Based Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

AIHM Fellowship Scott Shannon

Scott Shannon, MD, Editor

Scott Shannon, MD, is an integrative/holistic psychiatrist. In 2010 he founded the country’s largest and most comprehensive integrative mental health clinic, Wholeness Center, in Fort Collins, Colorado. Norton published his latest textbook for professionals, Mental Health for the Whole Child in 2013 and his book for parents, Parenting the Whole Child in 2014.

Nancy Sudak, MD, Editor

Nancy Sudak, MD, graduated from Case Western Reserve University medical school in 1989. She is a founding Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM) and is board certified in family medicine. She has been the Executive Director of the ABIHM since 2010, and a CEO of the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM) since 2013. She recently left her unique holistic primary care practice in a community health center to support the growth of AIHM. She is an author of several medical textbooks including the Textbook of Functional Medicine (2nd Ed – 2010), Integrative Medicine (3rd Ed), and Textbook of Natural Medicine (4th Ed).


Jennifer Blair, Lac, MaOM

Jennifer holds a Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine from the Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Northwestern Health Sciences University. She is NCCAOM certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology, and holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is also trained in Guided Imagery, Reiki and Qigong and is a Master Practitioner of NLP, Master Practitioner of Humanistic NLP and a Master Hypnotherapist. She has been an active member of the Acupuncture and O.M. community in the Twin Cities, serving as legislative Chair and Vice President for the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Association of Minnesota and is a current board member for the Academy for Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM).

Jason Jishun Hao, DOM

Jason Jishun Hao has been practicing and researching neural (scalp) acupuncture for 29 years and has been teaching classes and seminars in the West since 1989. He has trained hundreds of acupuncture practitioners and treated thousands of patients with disorders of the central nervous system in the United States and Europe. In 2006, Dr. Hao gave a neural acupuncture seminar at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he successfully demonstrated treatment of veterans with phantom limb pain. His case histories have been printed in the U.S. Army publication Stripes, in China Daily and in multiple medical journals. Jason Hao currently serves as chairman of the acupuncture committee in the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, as president of the board of directors for SouthWest Acupuncture College, and as president of the International Academy of Neural Acupuncture.

Jamie Harvie, PE

Jamie is the Executive Director of the Institute for a Sustainable Future (ISF), Duluth, M.N., and is a nationally recognized prevention leader through his extensive experience at the intersection of healthcare and ecological health. For this work he has been interviewed and cited in media including Time Magazine, USA Today, Minnesota and National Public Radio. His toxic pollution prevention expertise includes the coordination of a national mercury elimination campaign where he led negotiations with the top U.S. retailers to voluntarily eliminate the sale of mercury thermometers, and the successful coordination and passage of mercury legislation across the United States.

Professor Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, CWP

Professor Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, CWP, is Department Chair of Integrative Health Studies and Somatic Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where her focus is preparing graduate students as catalysts for positive change in health care, wellness and health promotion. Dr. Jordan is a clinical medical anthropologist, an award-winning international health journalist, behavioral medicine specialist, RN, author, and President of Global Medicine Enterprises, Inc. Her areas of expertise include integrative medicine, behavioral medicine, health promotion, wellness, and fitness. As a medical anthropologist, she specializes in the study of multidisciplinary models for integrative medicine (healing circles) and the emergence of health coaches as novel agents in health behavior change.

Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH

Kathi J. Kemper is the Director for the Center for Integrative Health and Wellness. She previously served as Caryl J. Guth Chair for Complementary and Integrative Medicine at Wake Forest University and the founding Director of the Boston Children’s Center for Holistic Pediatric Education and Research. Dr. Kemper is a Professor of Pediatrics and Dietetics in the College of Medicine and an Adjunct Professor in the College of Nursing at the Ohio State University. She is also a member of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Food Innovation Center and The Center for Clinical and Translational Science, both of Ohio State. She has served on the faculty of the University of Washington, Yale, and Harvard University. She is Past President of the Academic Pediatric Association, founded the APA Special Interest Group on Integrative Pediatrics, founded the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Integrative Medicine, and in 2014, received its Pioneer Award in Integrative Medicine. She has published over 150 peer-reviewed research papers and 4 books.

Helmut Kiene

Helmut Kiene, Dr. med.

Helmut Kiene studied medicine in Germany and is a co-founder and research scientist at the Institute for Applied Epistemology and Medical Methodology (IFAEMM) at the University of Witten-Herdecke. He was a world-class climber who pioneered several new climbing routes in Europe and the United States before focusing on medicine and medical research. Helmut has participated in a variety of clinical trials, with a focus on anthroposophic medicine and research methodology.

Gunver Kienle, Dr. med.

Gunver Kienle, Dr. med., studied medicine in Germany and is a co-founder and research scientist at the Institute for Applied Epistemology and Medical Methodology (IFAEMM) at the University of Witten-Herdecke. Her research activities have included placebo effects, clinical research methodology, single-case studies, reviews, qualitative research and whole systems approaches. Dr. Kienle has participated in pre-clinical and clinical trial on mistletoe therapy and anthroposophic medicine.

Karen Lawson, MD

Karen Lawson, MD, ABIHM, is an assistant professor in Family Medicine and Director of Integrative Health Coaching for the Center of Spirituality and Healing. Dr. Lawson teaches integrative medicine in the UMN Medical School and has in-depth expertise in shamanism, mind/body practices, yoga, dance/movement therapies and systems of healing. Dr. Lawson’s special interests include rites of passage and rituals for healing. She directs all Health Coaching activities, including the Masters of Arts program in Integrative Health Coaching and the Health Coaching track of the post-baccalaureate certificate in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices, all outside consulting contracts, and interdisciplinary research efforts.

Tieraona Low Dog, MD

Tieraona Low Dog, MD

Dr. Low Dog’s extensive career in studying natural medicine began more than 35 years ago. She studied midwifery, massage therapy and was a highly respected herbalist, serving as President of the American Herbalist Guild and running a teaching clinic in Albuquerque, before going on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Tieraona opened and ran a successful integrative medical clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before joining the faculty of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona where she served as the Director of the Fellowship from 2005-2014.

Rollin McCraty, PhD, Executive Vice President and Director of Research

Rollin McCraty, PhD is Director of Research of the HeartMath Research Center at the Institute of HeartMath. He is also a Professor at Florida Atlantic University. A psychophysiologist, Dr. McCraty’s research interests include the physiology of emotion, with a focus on the mechanisms by which emotions influence cognitive processes, behavior and health as well as the global interconnectivity between people and the earth’s energetic systems. Dr. McCraty has acted as Principal Investigator in numerous research studies examining the effects of emotions on heart–brain interactions and on autonomic, cardiovascular, hormonal and immune system function.

Deanna Minich, PhD

Dr. Deanna Minich is an internationally recognized lifestyle medicine expert, creative visionary and author of five books. Her 20 years of experience in the nutrition and functional medicine fields led her to develop an integrated, “whole self” approach to nutrition called Food & Spirit, or a full-spectrum approach to whole-self health. In 2014, she launched the Certified Food & Spirit Practitioner Program ( to provide health professionals with a practical way to apply the Food & Spirit principles into clinical medicine. She has been a strong advocate and researcher in the area of detoxification, and has a book coming out in 2016 detailing her scientific and clinical research.

Jay Levy, DDS

Jay Levy, DDS, graduated from the New York University School of Dentistry in 1982. From 1999 through 2004 he was on the faculty and conducted research at the Oregon Health and Sciences University on the sensory properties of the teeth and chewing system. Since 2004 he has been in dental practice in Portland, Oregon, and travels nationally and internationally to present courses to dentists on dental occlusion, temporomandibular disorders and the physiology of the chewing system.

Gerard Mullin, MD

Gerard E. Mullin, MD, is a board-certified internist, gastroenterologist and nutritionist. He is an associate professor of medicine and serves as the director of Integrative GI Nutrition Services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Mullin has accrued over 20 years of clinical experience in the fields of integrative gastroenterology and nutrition and he earned a master’s degree in nutrition while in practice in 1994. Dr. Mullin is an authority in integrative gastroenterology and teaches medical professionals at international conferences on the role of nutrition and lifestyle and the gut microbiome in digestive health and weight control. He is the author of several books including his newest, The Gut Balance Revolution: Boost Your Metabolism, Restore Your Inner Ecology, and Lose the Weight for Good!

Tom Sult, MD

Dr. Sult is on faculty with the Institute of Functional Medicine and teaches doctors from around the world the principles of functional medicine. At his clinic in Minnesota—3rd Opinion—he practices holistic medicine and applies the principles of functional medicine to his patient’s medical conditions and the interrelationship of mind, body and environment.

AIHM Fellowship Lucia Thornton

Lucia Thornton, RN, MSN, AHN-BC

Lucia has been involved in nursing, holistic healing and health care for over 35 years. She has held clinical, managerial and administrative positions in various organizations and hospital settings including emergency and trauma, intensive care, education, research and development, and quality assurance. She helped develop one of the first inpatient hospice homes in the country over 30 years ago. She was instrumental in creating the process of Board Certification for Holistic Nursing in the United States and served as the first Executive Director of the American Holistic Nursing Certification Corporation. She is a past president of the American Holistic Nurses Association.

Erica Oberg, ND, MPH

Erica Oberg, ND, MPH, is a naturopathic doctor whose approach to health and healing combines the rigors of science and research with the wisdom on nature and our bodies. Dr. Oberg’s clinical approach emphasizes nutrition and lifestyle in ways that are practical for people with busy lives. She believes that patients bring as much expertise to the conversation as the doctors and as such, she honors a team-based approach to healthcare. She specializes in identifying the underlying causes of disease. She enjoys working with people with endocrine and hormone conditions, auto-immune disease, people ready for lifestyle transformation or weight loss, families who want to get healthy and stay healthy together, and anyone looking for a preventive, proactive, wellness-oriented doctor.

Tabatha Parker, ND

Dr. Tabatha Parker, co-founder of Natural Doctors International (NDI), worked in Nicaragua for over a decade developing the first permanent global naturopathic clinic as well as naturopathic global health courses and inter-disciplinary internships. Over the past decade, Tabatha has worked inter-professionally and served on the boards of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and the California Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND). She worked with the World Health Organization on the WHO Benchmarks for Training in Naturopathy and recently attended the WHO World Health Assembly. In 2011, she was given the UTNE Reader Visionary of the Year award and is currently the AIHM Director of Education.

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David Riley, MD

David Riley has been a medical editor and writer since 1995 and was the founding editor of the AIHM Journal Club in 2014.  He is also an editor with The Permanente Journal, and IMCJ (Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal). He collaborates with a variety of international publishers and is a member of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), the Council of Science Editors (CSE), the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME).

Ruth Wolever, PhD

Dr. Wolever has been working in the field of health psychology since 1989 and received her PhD in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of Miami in 1994. She is a clinical health psychologist specializing in behavior change, treatment of stress-related difficulties, and mind-body health and conducts research on the integration of mind, body and spirit treatments into mainstream medicine. She has explored ways to improve sleep, eating behaviors, weight management, diabetes control and cardiovascular risk factors, along with other health conditions. She also utilizes health coaching to strengthen accountability in creating significant lifestyle change. Dr. Wolever’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and by GlaxoSmithKline. She is the Director of Health Coaching and an Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical School.