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East West Forum: Diabetes…


East West Forum: Diabetes Press Release

Austin graduate school of integrative medicine promotes diabetes awareness
Diabetes is a rapidly growing health care epidemic affecting over 300 million people. AOMA sponsors free forum with experts in the field November 16.
Austin, Texas, November 12, 2010 - Twice a year AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine sponsors an East West Forum in which biomedical and alternative medicine practitioners come together to talk about specific medical topics.  July's East West Forum was on fertility and in honor of World Diabetes Day on Tuesday, November 16, at 6:30-8:30pm AOMA will present an East West Forum on Diabetes. There will be several experts speaking about the various biomedical and alternative medicine approaches to treating diabetes.  
Kimberly M. Morris MS, RD, LD, CDE is a Registered, Licensed and Senior Clinical Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator with Seton’s Outpatient Diabetes Education Center and will be one of the experts on the panel.  Since receiving her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Human Nutrition and Foods, Kimberly has worked as a Public Health Nutritionist for Women, Infants and Children, as a nutrition consultant for the West Virginia University Extension Service’s state-wide Diabetes program ‘Dining with Diabetes’, and as Pediatric Clinical Dietitian. For the past 4 years, Kimberly has been teaching group Diabetes education classes and one-on-one consults for persons with Type 1, Type 2, Pre-Diabetes, and Gestational Diabetes. Kimberly has also received her Certificate of Training in Pediatric and Adolescent Weight Management through the Commission on Dietetic Registration and is currently in the process of receiving her Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management. Kimberly is an active member with the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
Another expert is Dr. Marlene Merritt, LAc, DOM (NM), ACN whom has a private practice specializing in reversing diabetes and insulin resistance. Dr. Merritt will share her experience of integrating nutrition, Oriental medicine, and utilizing Western lab testing, she has successfully treated blood sugar problems, and related disorders like PCOS and metabolic syndrome. She has lectured nationally on this topic, has a popular Youtube series on blood sugar, and is determined to reverse the trend in this country.
Lastly, authority Qianzhi (Jamie) Wu, LAc, MD (China), MS will share his knowledgeable acupuncture experience at the forum. Dr. Wu studied acupuncture from a veteran barefoot doctor, starting his practice of traditional Chinese medicine in 1977 and later enrolling in TCM schools for seven years. He served as supervisor, associate professor and medical doctor at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Wu has been a professor and clinical supervisor at AOMA since 1996, becoming dean of faculty on 2006 and VP of faculty in 2009. Wu has published six books and multiple articles. He maintains an active clinical practice at AOMA’s Professional Clinic, specializing in treating internal medical disorders (including diabetes), pediatrics, and pain management.
This is a unique opportunity to hear both East and West approaches to understanding diabetes according to the clinical experiences of practitioners from traditional and integrative medicine.  There will also be time set aside for questions from the various experts.  The East West Forum will take place at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, 2700 W. Anderson Ln., Ste. 512 Austin, TX 78757, in classroom B on November 16 at 6:30pm.  There is no charge to attend this event, however donations are appreciated and will be given to support the Herbal Outreach program for low income families to receive free acupuncture and herbs.  Please RSVP at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you plan on attending.


About AOMA
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine is one of the leading graduate schools of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in the nation. AOMA offers a 3.5-year master’s level graduate program in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, preparing its students to be skilled, professional practitioners. With an internationally renowned faculty, strong leadership, new regional accreditation, demonstrated student success, and a new campus opening in the spring of 2011, AOMA’s reputation as a national leader in the field of acupuncture and Oriental medicine education, health care and policy-making continues to grow. AOMA also conducts more than 20,000 patient visits annually in its student and professional clinics, collaborates with Western healthcare institutions including the Seton Healthcare Network, and gives back to the community through partnerships with nonprofit. AOMA is located at 2700 West Anderson Lane, and also serves patients and retail customers at its other location, 4701 West Gate Blvd.  For more information see or call 512-492-3034.

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