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If there are still conventional doctors who are not agreeable to or ignorant
of the concept of completmentary/alternative medicine, the public doesn't
seem to be hesitating to seek it out for themselves. Such things as supplements,
dietary intervention, herbal or 'immune strengthening' approaches to fighting
cancer are some of the avenues explored by patients themselves.
The Scientific American article asked it's readers in1999 why people are going outside traditional medical sources, and according to the flood of response, the answer seems to be that,
"People are alienated from an increasingly impersonal health care system. Traditional medicine is seen as expensive, impersonal and, in the end, not all that effective at promoting health, but rather at treating illness. On the other hand, alternative therapists are viewed as attentive, responsive and willing to give the patient a role in the treatment and its outcome. The common thread is that we are seeking long-term health, not quick-fix cures; prevention, not pills; and, most of all, care. And we are willing to chance the outcome and pay the cost from our own pockets..."
CAM - Complementary and Alternative Medicine, on PubMed
National Center for Complementary
and Alternative Medicine http://nccam.nih.gov
CancerNet http://cancernet.nci.nih.gov/treatment/cam.shtml (NCI) Excellent page with good unbiased information on the topics of: 714-X • Antineoplastons • Cancell • Cartilage (Bovine and Shark) • Coenzyme Q10 • Gerson Therapy • Gonzalez Protocol • Hydrazine Sulfate • Hydrazine Sulfate • Immuno-augmentative Therapy • Laetrile • Mistletoe (Iscador)
Steve Dunn’s page on CancerGuide/alternatives http://cancerguide.org/alternative.html is very helpful for those looking for advice on choosing alternatives. See the talk he gave at the 1999 Center for Mind Body Medicine alternative therapies conference; "How to Separate the Wheat from the Chaff"..
Ralph Moss http://www.ralphmoss.com His website is full of great information on alternative treatments, see especially 'The Cancer Chronicles'. This site, as well as his sister site, Cancerdecisions.com are intended to whet your interest enough to pay the $275 for his 'Moss Reports', which are full of information on alternative approaches, doctors and clinics for a wide variety of cancers.
The Wellness Web http://www.wellnessweb.com Awarding winning, excellent site for information on complementary medicine, set up by a co-founder of oncolink. Here you’ll find a very informative list of what to beware of regarding the possible interactions of herbs with mainstream treatments.
American Botanical Council Online Herbal Education Catalogue http://www.herbalgram.org/
Herbs Research Foundation-Herbs and Herbal Medicine for Health http://www.herbs.org/index.html
Advising Patients Who Seek Alternative Medical Therapies http://annals.org/article.aspx?volume=127&issue=1&page=61 An article in Annals of Internal Medicine. This discusses the issue from a conventional medical perspective.
Unconventional Cancer Treatments Official US Government report on unconventional cancer therapies. There is an HTML version of the report on Quackwatch http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/OTA/ota00.html
Healing People.com http://www.healingpeople.com Commercial site with interactive communities which covers: Chinese Medicine • Homeopathy • Western Herbalism • Nutrition & Lifestyle • Ayurveda • Aromatherapy Bodywork • Cancer Risk Reduction • Color Therapy and more
Alternative Medicine http://alternativemedicine.com An online magazine, some good articles.
|Last Updated ( Friday, 07 September 2012 )|