The Integrity Project
The Integrity Project
Are you happy with your health care coverage? Would you like to have more coverage for wellness benefits? Would you be willing to help me gather research on all the things you do to stay healthy?
Would you do it if it was FREE?
I am conducting a clinical study to show insurance companies how you are keeping you mind, body, spirit, and community heathy. If we can prove that Integrative Medicine or Complementary and Alternative Medicine methods are effective, then we can build on that to raise money for Integrity to be born. This project is being privately funded by me, and will cost about $5,000.
Here is how you can help:
I am going to study 25 people who are practicing a variety of Wellness or Holistic methods, such as yoga, eating organic foods, massage therapy, chiropractic, etc.
I will also be studying 25 people who are using traditional heath care to monitor their wellness practices also.
Will you help me prove that Holistic Methods can be beneficial when combined with traditional health care? To review the Consent for the Clinical Study click LINK on file
Do you feel you stay healthy and traditional health care is enough to keep you well? I want to hear from you too! To review the Consent for the Clinical Study click LINK on file
Both groups will:
- Sign up for the Integrity Project by filling out your information below in the Subscription Box
- Each month you will be sent a brief survey to complete which will ask questions about your current wellness practices this month. This is important, because this is the data that the insurance company cannot collect…they can only see when you have been to the doctor or hospital. So please take a few minutes to complete this once a month. Here is the Clinical Survey Link sample: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3BB75TK
- All answers will be anonymously published in the findings, and you will have a copy sent to you as well.
Share Your Story
Whether you participate in the above clinical study or not, I will also be collecting any personal success stories you would like to share. I have heard some amazing success stories and I would love collect more qualitative data and to share those with my other findings. I would be happy to keep them anonymous or you can choose to publish your name. Can you take a moment to write your experience and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you want to know more about Integrity?
In 2009, I developed a program that would make it easier for people to stay healthy, promote holistic providers, provide community education on the benefits of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, while gathering research on the effectiveness of Integrative Medicine. Along with all of those benefits, it would raise money for local, state, and federal legislative policy advocacy and fund the Integrative Medicine Movement! Which is timely as we are facing another political change to the Affordable Health Care Act, and that gives birth to new ideas to come to the forefront.
My team worked for free for four years trying to raise the capital and awareness of the benefits of integrative medicine. I will continue to look for a business partner/ corporation to bring this heath care solution to life. If you would like to read more about my Journey to Integrity, check out my Blog.
Read Executive summary of Integrity here:
In 2014 the Affordable Health Care Act went into effect and it forced the citizens of the United States to become aware of their benefits and /or change their health care coverage. This awareness has created an opportunity for a change in the approach to healthcare. According to the National Institute of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine’s (NCCAM) report in 2007, 38% of adults and 12% of children used some form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine or CAM. This report shows that, even in 2007, individuals are seeking CAM supplements and treatments above and beyond insurance coverage. NCCAM has a 2012 report pending, and we can speculate that that percentage has increased as more people become aware of CAM methods and the downfalls of traditional medical treatments and medications. “CAM is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. Complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine, and alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine. Integrative medicine combines conventional and CAM treatments for which there is evidence of safety and effectiveness.” http://nccam.nih.gov/news/camstats/2007
Some of the barriers to obtaining these CAM treatments are related to the affordability to the individual, since many methods are not covered by insurance; and the lack of information about the holistic methods and/ or how to find holistic providers. The barriers for the Holistic Providers are the lack of revenue or privately paying clients and the ability to do major advertising. These Holistic Professionals usually have a Professional Organization who is interested in gathering research on the holistic techniques offered and representing the profession in order to do legislative and policy advocacy. These organizations have difficulty raising capital from their memberships in order to achieve the momentum necessary for their legislative and policy goals.
Integrity: MyHolisticApproach.com is designed to integrate the three target markets; the individuals using CAM methods, the Holistic Providers, and the Holistic Organizations by using an interactive holistic directory and a discount membership program that will collect research on what CAM methods are being used by individuals while saving money and increasing referrals and advertising for the Holistic Providers. The research and profits would be used for legislative and policy advocacy.