Arti Prasad, MD
Arti Prasad, MD, is professor and chief of general internal medicine at the UNM School of Medicine. She is also the founder and executive director of the UNM Center for Life.

Health professionals and the public are invited to the UNM School of Medicine's Symposium of Integrative Medicine Professionals in the Land of Enchantment – or SIMPLE Conference – slated July 11-14 at the Sagebrush Inn in Taos, N.M.

The SIMPLE Conference, directed by UNM Center for LIfe founder Arti Prasad, MD, focuses on integrative health, including issues related to cardiology, women’s health, pain management, psychiatry, oncology, botanical medicine (including medical cannabis), palliative medicine and medical/physician wellness. The conference also features a special workshop on modern medical meditation and Alzheimer’s prevention by Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD.

International integrative medicine expert Victoria Maizes, MD, will deliver the keynote address. Maizes is executive director of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and professor of medicine, family medicine and public health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Under the tutelage of Dr. Andrew Weil, she has implemented a national education model to teach physicians lifestyle change and built a successful integrative primary care clinical model, and is developing noninvasive research tools that measure health and well-being.

SIMPLE Conference attendees will be presented with the latest research in complementary and integrative health, including preventive medicine, lifestyle, nutrition, wellness, spirituality and stress management, indigenous healing ceremonies and Ayurvedic medicine. Breakout sessions enable guests to pursue specific interests, like integrative medicine at end of life, the practice of energy medicine, and spices for health and healing. Plenary sessions include reviews on integrative medicine and cardiology, geriatrics, palliative care, insomnia and more. The opening reception and banquet will feature a presentation on “Laughter is Good Medicine,” and attendees can take in an improvisation medicine show, herb walk, movie night, and morning yoga, and experience indigenous healing ceremonies.

SIMPLE also is hosting a separate Simply Botanicals preconference workshop, entitled “Clinically Important Herbs: Evidence and Practice,” slated Sunday, July 10, beginning at 10 a.m. Cost is $195. For more information or to register for SIMPLE, call 505-272-3942.

The UNM Center For Life (CFL) in Albuquerque is a state-of-the-art integrative and inter-Cultural center for prevention and wellness, treating people with a wide range of health issues using ancient and modern techniques. Services at CFL focus on non-pharmacological management of chronic diseases and cancer survivorship and rehabilitation, including:

  • Integrative Medicine Consultations
  • Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Myofascial and Massage Therapy
  • Energy Medicine
  • Opportunity to meet with Curanderas, Native healers and other spiritual healers

For more information about the UNM Center For Life Integrative and Inter-Cultural Center for Prevention and Wellness, call 505-925-7464.