The Society for Integrative Oncology

The mission of the Society for Integrative Oncology is to advance evidence-based, comprehensive, integrative healthcare to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. 

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Call for Workshops Opens for SIO2015

SIO is accepting workshop submissions for the 12th International Conference, which will be held November 14-16, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The submission deadline for the proposals is Friday, May 8 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Click here for the guidelines and form for submission. Workshop proposals must be authored by at least two organizers from two different institutions. Notifications concerning the proposal review will be sent in late May. Announcement of the call for abstract submissions will be made soon.

SIO Reaction to Herbal Supplement Testing by New York Attorney General

On February 3, 2015, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released results of DNA testing of herbal supplements at major local retail chains. See the AG’s announcement.

Over half of Americans consume over 85,000 different supplements, including botanicals, spending $32 billion annually. Attorney General Schneiderman drew inspiration from a 2013 study performed at the University of Guelph in Canada, wherein a third of supplements tested with DNA barcoding did not find traces of the botanical being sold, only fillers. The Attorney General tested store brand bottles of St. John’s Wort, ginseng, Ginkgo biloba, valerian, garlic, and saw palmetto at major local chains: Wal-Mart, GNC, Target, and Walgreen Co. Testing of samples using DNA barcoding alone were performed by James Schulte II of Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. Results indicated that only 21% of the store brand supplements contained DNA fragments of the botanical product sold. Additionally, DNA evidence of rice, beans, wheat, and some unidentified contaminants were found. In response to these findings, Mr. Schneiderman noted that these products should be removed from the stores immediately, with the burden of proof on the industry to demonstrate that botanical products can be validated for authenticity and safety.

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SIO correspondence published in Nature Reviews Cancer

The February 19, 2015 issue of Nature Reviews Cancer has published the Society for Integrative Oncology's (SIO) response to the perspectives on oncology authored by David Gorski, MD, "Integrative Oncology: Really the Best of Both Worlds?" which appeared in the September 18, 2014 issue. The SIO response, Integrative Oncology – Strong Science Is Needed for Better Patient Care1, was led by Immediate Past President Heather Greenlee, ND, PhD, and co-authored by President Suzanna Zick, ND, MPH, and Past Presidents David Rosenthal, MD, Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, Barrie Cassileth, PhD and Debu Tripathy, MD.

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Save the Date for SIO's 12th International Conference

Mark your calendar: SIO’s 12th International Conference will be held November 15-16, 2015, with a theme of “Integrative Innovation” preceded by a first-ever Joint Conference on November 14 presented by SIO, the Society for Acupuncture Research, and Fascia Research Society. All in Boston, Massachusetts. Watch for updates!

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