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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:50 am    Post subject: Letter from Mold Doctor Reply with quote

Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2002 17:18:27 -0500
Reply-To: "Ronald E. Gots" <regots@ICTM.COM>
Sender: Occupational & Environmental Medicine for Clinicians & Public
Health Professionals <Occ-Env-Med-L@MC.DUKE.EDU>
From: "Ronald E. Gots" <regots@ICTM.COM>
Subject: Re: ACOEM mold position paper
Comments: To: Occ-Env-Med-L@mc.duke.edu
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Mold Position Paper

> I have reviewed thoroughly the position paper just published by the
> American College of Occupational and Enviromental Medicine rergarding the
> state--of-the-science re mold and mold toxins. I find it
> well-researched, comprehensive and accurately reflecting today's
> scientific knowledge. Dr. Harbut has made two suggestions or requests
> regarding this paper. First, he critically notes that only one of the
> authors is a physician who has seen patients following mold
> exposures. As both an M.D. and a Ph.D. I say that that is as it should
> be. Individuals trained in science and the scientific method, i.e. those
> with a proper Ph.D. education are expert (far more so than most M.D.s) at
> judging the quality of research studies. Secondly, they are less likely
> to be influenced by personal attribution biases. His other point dealt
> with the authors' appearances as experts in these matters. It would
> likely be hard to find indiviudals knowledgable in mold/health science
> who have not made such appearances considering the volatile, adversarial
> nature of the issue today. And, if that were a criterion for dismissing
> their careful review, by the same reasoning, would we dismiss every
> commonly-cited, published author who deals with this subject--Drs.
> Johanning, Morey, Jarvis, Chin Yang and maybe Dr. Harbut himself--among
> others. All have testified in mold matters. I have as well. The
> meaningful criteria for evaluation and interpretation of scientific
> literature lies in the reviewers' understanding of experimental design,
> the criteria for quality versus marginal research and in the fundamental
> science of causation assessment. The authors of the ACOEM document have
> demonstrated these abilities.



Ronald E. Gots, M.D., Ph.D.
International Center for Toxicology and Medicine
Georgetown University School of Medicine
regots@ictm.com
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ACOEM Overview

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) represents more than 5,000 physicians and other health care professionals specializing in the field of occupational and environmental medicine (OEM).


ACOEM - Board of Directors
ACOEM - Component Societies/Sections
ACOEM - Bylaws
ACOEM - Vision, Mission/OEM Mission
ACOEM - Calendar of Events
Founded in 1916, ACOEM is the nation's largest medical society dedicated to promoting the health of workers through preventive medicine, clinical care, research, and education. A dynamic group of physicians encompassing specialists in a variety of medical practices is united via the College to develop positions and policies on vital issues relevant to the practice of preventive medicine both within and outside of the workplace.

The College is composed of 31 component societies in the United States and Canada, whose members hold scientific meetings and network on a regular basis. ACOEM sponsors the annual American Occupational Health Conference, the nation's largest conference of its kind, each spring. Each fall, the College conducts the State-of-the-Art Conference.

The College also conducts continuing education courses such as Basic Curriculum in Occupational and offers training in mold/Alcohol Testing, Impairment and Disability Evaluation, and Board Review in Occupational Medicine. In 1997, ACOEM introduced the Corporate Health Achievement Award to recognize the finest health programs in North American companies.

ACOEM publishes the monthly Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, ACOEM Report newsletter, ACOEM E-News, MRO Update newsletter, CDME Review newsletter, and books including the Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines.

The College periodically issues position papers and committee reports that set practice guidelines for a variety of workplace/environmental settings. These position papers/committee reports cover topics such as spirometry, mold, environmental tobacco smoke, noise-induced hearing loss, multiple chemical sensitivities, workplace mold screening, confidentiality of medical information, depression screening, and reproductive hazards. ACOEM has also established a Code of Ethical Conduct to guide occupational and environmental physicians.

ACOEM members are knowledgeable and capable of treating job-related diseases, recognizing and resolving workplace hazards, instituting rehabilitation methods, and providing well-managed care. The continual emergence of new chemicals, complex tools, manufacturing methodologies, pollution and environmental impacting activities, and health care reform have focused and mandated the need for trained occupational and environmental medical specialists.
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