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Volume 6; Issue 6October, 2010
Greetings!
5051_Earl_Bathurst_Cocklewood_Harbour_(c) Mike Crowe
We are nearing the end of the year, but not slowing down! Several more educational activities remain on our calender for 2010 (just take a look at the meeting schedule, below)! The biggest event of all takes place in just 2 weeks: the International Conference on Biotherapy (ICB), to be held in the US (Los Angeles) for the first time in its 14-year history.

But today I need to ask for your assistance. If you are planning to contribute to the BTER Foundation this year, NOW is the time to do it. We really need your support in our drive to raise $20,000 to pay our faculty's travel costs.

As you know, the BTER Foundation is bringing the leading clinicians and researchers from around the globe to share their knowledge and experience with us all. THIS is the way the BTER Foundation fulfills its mission to improve the QUALITY and AVAILABILITY of healthcare. The faculty has volunteered their services and time; we will pay their travel costs.

Never before have I used this platform to ask for donations; and I hope never to need to do it again. But our efforts to date to raise money through grants and sponsorship have fallen short. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Conference Grant that we worked so hard to get did not materialize. In fact, our application was rejected without review because "it was outside the mission of AHRQ" (AHRQ is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services). No one from AHRQ returned our telephone or e-mail messages, so we still do not know why our conference was "outside the the mission" of their Small Conference Grants program. But we do know that this will not stop us from moving ahead with the conference. We also know that raising the needed funds through very high registration fees is the wrong way to go, because it will prevent many people from attending. We want to increase biotherapy education, not inhibit it; our educational programs must remain affordable.

So with this mailing, I inaugurate our first fund drive ever:  to raise $20,000 to cover the ICB faculty travel costs. If you are in the fortunate position to have something to give this year, and if you plan to contribute to the BTER Foundation, please do it now. Donations can be mailed to the Foundation (address at the end of this newsletter) or submitted by credit card on-line.

Wishing you all a great Thanksgiving Holiday, and many reasons to be thankful. Today, I am thankful for you all.

/Ron Sherman
2010 International Conference on Biotherapy
5051_Earl_Bathurst_Cocklewood_Harbour_(c) Mike CroweThe 8th International Conference on Biotherapy is coming to America!
Mark your calenders, make your reservations:
Los Angeles, November 11-14, 2010.

This is the first time that the acclaimed Conference has been held in North America. The schedule includes 4 days of clinical and research developments in maggot therapy, leech therapy, helminthic therapy, phage therapy, hippotherapy, diagnostic canines and more. You can find additional information and registration materials at: www.bterfoundation.org/icb/icb2010.htm.

Want to get hands-on training in Maggot therapy? Leech therapy? Bee venom therapy? And earn educational credits and certification at the same time?  Hurry! - this is the year that all this is possible.

Want to hear the latest information about biosurgery, cancer-detecting dogs, viruses that  eradicate infection and the self-destruct when the infection is cleared? Hurry! - before the reserved (discounted) rooms are all gone.

Want to meet and network with the world's leading Biotherapy users and researchers, shakers and movers? Hurry! - before ICB-2010 in Los Angeles passes you by. 

And while you are in town . . . Join the Charles Mraz Apitherapy Course & International Conference (see below). AND . . . enjoy Universal City, Hollywood, and sunny Southern California!
Charles Mraz Apitherapy Course
and International Conference (CMACC)
Learn the ancient Art & Science of APITHERAPY - the medicinal use of products from the beehive: honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, bee venom and beeswax. Join The American Apitherapy Society, as they present the next Charles Mraz Apitherapy Course and International Conference (CMACC), November 11-14, 2010, at the Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City Hotel, Universal City, California 91608 USA.

You can attend sessions for both the International Conference on Biotherapy and the CMACC at the same time, in the same location!  Contact the staff at either conference to find out more. 

Leech Therapy Course in Malaysia
Leech Miracle proudly announces a leech therapy course in December.  The course is being produced in collaboration with Mehdi Jaffari, the international leech therapist based in New Zealand and Australia. For further information, visit the website www.leechmiracle.com/  or contact: Clive [+6017-5280140]

BTER Foundation Membership
Are you a member of the BTER Foundation?
If so, Thank You for supporting the organization that has brought biotherapy to hundreds of patients, and information to hundreds of thousands. This would not be possible without all of our volunteers and members.

If you are not yet a member . . . please review all of the benefits of membership.

This year, membership will pay for itself as a discount to ICB-2010. Members have access to our entire Biotherapy Library, for less than the cost of ordering one or two scientific papers from the publisher (based on the dues for Community and Student members).

Other benefits include: free educational materials, free insurance billing assistance, discounts on workshops and conferences, and more.
Upcoming Conferences & Events
International Conference on Biotherapy
Los Angeles, November 11-14, 2010
www.bterfoundation.org/icb/icb2010.htm.

Charles Mraz Apitherapy Course
and International Conference (CMACC)
Los Angeles, November 11-14, 2010
http://www.apitherapy.org/pdfs/CMACC-2010.pdf

MDT Workshops

Workshop & Certification at ICB-2010, Los Angeles, November 14, 2010.

Leech Therapy Workshops
Workshop & Certification at ICB-2010, Los Angeles, November 14, 2010.
Leech Miracle and Mehdi Jaffari jointly produce course in Malaysia, December, 2010

Bee Venom Therapy Workshops
Workshop & Certification at ICB-2010, Los Angeles, November 14, 2010.

Conferences with BioTherapy Lectures & Exhibits
Diabetic Limb Salvage; October 14-16; Washington, D.C.
International Conference on Biotherapy; Los Angeles, November 11-14
Am Assoc of Equine Practitioners; December 4-8; Baltimore, MD

How about a Workshop in Your Town?
To arrange a maggot therapy or leech therapy workshop in your community, contact the BTER Foundation. Local and national experts are available to provide 1-hour lectures, full day workshops, and anything in between.

Know about something we don't?
Let us know of any biotherapy news or event that isn't on our list, so we can make sure that everyone knows about it!

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."   - Margaret Mead
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THE BeTER LeTTER is published by:
BioTherapeutics, Education & Research (BTER) Foundation
36 Urey Court, Irvine, CA 92617
Phone: 949-679-3000 / Fax: 949-679-3001
editor@BTERFoundation.org  /  www.BTERFoundation.org

Editor:
Ronald A. Sherman

Contributing Writers:
Dr. Sagiv Ben-Yakir, Dr. Jose Contreras-Ruiz, Dr. Robert McKie, Dr. Jacques Oskam, Sheri Rosen, Dr. Pascal Steenvoorde, Dr. Tarek Tantawi, Catalina Wang,
Dr. Shou Yu Wang


Foundation Consultants:
Eve Iversen, Dr. Alana Jolley, Joanne Preston, Alison Shorger, Dr. Aletha Tippett

Foundation Board
Ronald A Sherman (Chair); Randall Sullivan (Secretary);
Samuel G Kohn (Treasurer); Sharon Mendez, RN, CWS;
and Pam Mitchell (Patient Advocate)

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