We chose acai berry for this issue because of its popular use for promoting health and as an anticancer agent. A small berry that grows on a palm tree, acai is indigenous to the Amazon region and in Central and South Americas where it is consumed as food, and used in traditional medicine.

More than 325 physicians, researchers, nurses, integrative medicine practitioners, patient advocates, and patients from 20 countries convened in Chicago, Illinois, from November 12th-14th at the 14th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology.

The conference program focused on the theme of person-centered care in integrative oncology. SIO 2017 was presented with the assistance of Northwestern Medicine Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.

SIO programming for the three days included three outstanding keynote presentations and four plenary sessions, plus multiple workshops, oral abstracts, posters, and networking opportunities.

We chose mistletoe for this month because of the continued debate over its use. A semi-parasitic plant, mistletoe grows on many species of trees native to Europe and Western Asia. The leaves and twigs have a long medicinal history, but the berries are highly poisonous.