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  • Mind Over Matter: Debunking Alternative Medicines

    07/03/2013 12:49:19 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 83 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 1, 2013 | Abigail Zuger
    When Dr. Paul A. Offit published “Autism’s False Prophets” in 2008, he elected to skip the usual round of book signings. His defense of childhood vaccinations so enraged some people who consider them a cause of autism that he was getting credible death threats. Others might have chosen to flee the public arena after that, but not Dr. Offit, the chief of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, whose appetite for the good fight seems only to have grown. Over the last decade he has become a leading debunker of mass misconceptions surrounding infections and vaccines, and now he...
  • Anyone tried Acupuncture

    03/29/2013 8:44:43 PM PDT · by averagemo · 86 replies
    Just curious. Has anyone tried acupuncture? Any success?
  • Cancer curing Dr. Burzynski case dismissed

    12/06/2012 11:08:05 AM PST · by Coleus · 31 replies
    the examiner ^ | 12.02.12 | Jeffrey Phelps
      Dead silence is all that remains, over a week since the Texas Medical Board was forced to drop their case against Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski. Other than a couple random small-town newspapers, a questionable blog and Saturday's opinion piece in a tiny Canadian regular, no one in the media has been willing to touch the news that, yet again, all charges were dismissed against a certain doctor that has literally and successfully cured cancer on many occasions.The Texas Medical Board and the Western medical establishment had been targeting Dr. Burzynski for years and the media was fully willing to...
  • Cancer Patient Thomas Navarro Dies at Age Six [medical freedom case]

    01/06/2002 8:53:39 PM PST · by Gelato · 47 replies · 2,509+ views
    Natural Health Line ^ | Jan. 1, 2002 | By Peter Chowka
    Cancer Patient Thomas Navarro Dies at Age Six © By Peter Chowka Photo courtesy of the Navarro family (Jan. 1, 2002) Thomas Navarro's two year long struggle to survive brain cancer came to an end on November 19, 2001 when the six-year old child died in Houston, Texas. During the first eighteen months after Thomas' diagnosis, in September 1999, his family's efforts to get him access to nontoxic treatments resulted in major national publicity, becoming the most compelling and heart-wrenching individual example of the search for medical freedom in more than two decades. Thomas and his parents James and ...
  • Burzynski: Cancer Is Serious Business

    06/12/2011 11:34:19 AM PDT · by thesearethetimes... · 51 replies
    Vimeo.com ^ | 6/12/11 | Burzynski
    This is a link to a free viewing of a very interesting documentary about a doctor in Texas who seems to have discovered an amazingly effective tool to fight cancer. I am in the middle of watching it, but just watched an undeniable Atlas Shrugged moment that moved me to post it here.... It will only be free to view until midnight tonight. Thought provoking stuff here, and I will be interested to hear what ya'll think.
  • Chelation-therapy heart trial draws fire

    11/14/2012 10:42:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 14 November 2012 | Ewen Callaway
    Critics not persuaded that metal-snaring treatment works. With millions of Americans regularly using complementary medicines, researchers usually applaud efforts to test and debunk folk treatments such as echinacea, a herbal supplement often deployed against the common cold. But what if a trial shows that an alternative therapy might work? That is the case for a study funded by the US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. The trial hints that a fringe therapy intended to sop up metal ions in the blood might reduce participants’ risk of...
  • Confirmation that vitamin D acts as a protective agent against the advance of colon cancer

    08/16/2011 8:59:19 AM PDT · by decimon · 31 replies
    Vall d´Hebron Institute of Oncology ^ | August 16, 2011 | Unknown
    A study conducted by VHIO researchers confirms that a lack of vitamin D increases the aggressiveness of colon cancer The indication that vitamin D and its derivatives have a protective effect against various types of cancer is not new. In the field of colon cancer, numerous experimental and epidemiological studies show that vitamin D3 (or cholecalciferol) and some of its derivatives inhibit the growth of cancerous cells. Researchers at the Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO), in collaboration with the Alberto Sols Institute of Biomedical Research (CSIC-UAB), have confirmed the pivotal role of vitamin D, specifically its receptor (VDR), in...
  • Think yourself better: Alternative medical treatments rarely work. But the placebo effect they...

    05/22/2011 6:42:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 60 replies
    The Economist ^ | May 19th 2011 | NA
    Alternative medical treatments rarely work. But the placebo effect they induce sometimes does ON MAY 29th Edzard Ernst, the world’s first professor of complementary medicine, will step down after 18 years in his post at the Peninsula Medical School, in south-west England. Despite his job title (and the initial hopes of some purveyors of non-mainstream treatments), Dr Ernst is no breathless promoter of snake oil. Instead, he and his research group have pioneered the rigorous study of everything from acupuncture and crystal healing to Reiki channelling and herbal remedies. Alternative medicine is big business. Since it is largely unregulated, reliable...
  • 6 Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain

    03/23/2011 9:53:48 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 27 replies
    Yahoo Health (from Woman's Day) ^ | 3/21/11 | Rita Rubin
    More often than not, patients must cobble together a variety of treatments, and increasingly those include some type of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) remedy such as yoga or acupuncture...
  • New study suggests tart cherry juice can be a natural solution for insomnia

    07/12/2010 10:55:03 AM PDT · by decimon · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Weber Shandwick Worldwide ^ | July 12, 2010 | Unknown
    Researchers find red hot Super Fruit aids sleep in older adultsLANSING, Mich., July 12, 2010 – Drinking tart cherry juice daily could help reduce the severity of insomnia and time spent awake after going to sleep, according to a new study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food1. A team of University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester and VA Center of Canandaigua researchers conducted a pilot study on the sleep habits of 15 older adults. The adults drank 8 ounces of tart cherry juice beverage (CheriBundi www.cheribundi.com) in the morning and evening for 2 weeks, and a comparable matched juice...
  • UGA researchers find daily ginger consumption eases muscle pain

    05/19/2010 11:10:52 AM PDT · by decimon · 24 replies · 807+ views
    University of Georgia ^ | May 19, 2010 | Genevieve di Leonardo
    Athens, Ga. – For centuries, ginger root has been used as a folk remedy for a variety of ailments such as colds and upset stomachs. But now, researchers at the University of Georgia have found that daily ginger consumption also reduces muscle pain caused by exercise. > Participants in the studies, 34 and 40 volunteers, respectively, consumed capsules containing two grams of either raw or heat-treated ginger or a placebo for 11 consecutive days. On the eighth day they performed 18 extensions of the elbow flexors with a heavy weight to induce moderate muscle injury to the arm. Arm function,...
  • 'Witch doctor' fed blind motorcyclist LSD-laced gherkins

    03/25/2010 7:47:54 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies · 843+ views
    metro.co.uk ^ | March 25, 2010
    A ‘witch doctor’ has been jailed for eight months after claiming he could cure a blind man – by feeding him gherkins laced with LSD. Jobless hairdresser Patrick Baecker, 35, posed as a mystic healer and told Axel Pfeffer he would make him see for £20,000. The court in Fehmarn, Germany, heard how the former motorcyclist had tried everything to restore his sight after losing it in a crash. But instead Baecker fed him pickles laced with powerful mind-bending hallucinogenic drugs to induce visions. ‘You are a hairdresser, not a shaman,’ Judge Markus Faerber told Baecker in court.
  • Reform Threatens Alternative Medicine

    03/17/2010 2:20:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 252+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 17, 2010 | Curt Levey and Jim Turner
    We are the heads of two non-profit organizations - one of us liberal and the other conservative - who are concerned that the impending healthcare legislation will negatively impact holistic and natural medicine and limit the healthcare choices of the people who consume it. Because alternative medicine is highly effective in treating many of the chronic conditions which resist treatment by establishment medicine -from arthritis, heart disease, and chronic pain to insomnia and attention-deficit disorders - nearly 50 percent of Americans regularly use some type of alternative therapy, according to a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association....
  • New evidence that green tea may help fight glaucoma and other eye diseases

    02/18/2010 10:42:44 AM PST · by decimon · 16 replies · 529+ views
    American Chemical Society ^ | Feb 18, 2010 | Unknown
    Scientists have confirmed that the healthful substances found in green tea — renowned for their powerful antioxidant and disease-fighting properties — do penetrate into tissues of the eye. Their new report, the first documenting how the lens, retina, and other eye tissues absorb these substances, raises the possibility that green tea may protect against glaucoma and other common eye diseases. It appears in ACS's bi-weekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Chi Pui Pang and colleagues point out that so-called green tea "catechins" have been among a number of antioxidants thought capable of protecting the eye. Those include vitamin C,...
  • First evidence that blueberry juice improves memory in older adults

    01/20/2010 8:42:01 AM PST · by decimon · 18 replies · 693+ views
    American Chemical Society ^ | Jan 20, 2010 | Unknown
    Scientists are reporting the first evidence from human research that blueberries — one of the richest sources of healthful antioxidants and other so-called phytochemicals — improve memory. They said the study establishes a basis for comprehensive human clinical trials to determine whether blueberries really deserve their growing reputation as a memory enhancer. A report on the study appears in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a bi-weekly publication. Robert Krikorian and colleagues point out that previous studies in laboratory animals suggest that eating blueberries may help boost memory in the aged. Until now, however, there had been little scientific...
  • Thyme oil can inhibit COX2 and suppress inflammation (Carvacrol)

    01/13/2010 10:53:51 AM PST · by decimon · 41 replies · 1,057+ views
    Appearing in the January 2010 issue of JLRFor those who do not drink, researchers have found that six essential oils –from thyme, clove, rose, eucalyptus, fennel and bergamot—can suppress the inflammatory COX-2 enzyme, in a manner similar to resveratrol, the chemical linked with the health benefits of red wine. They also identified that the chemical carvacrol was primarily responsible for this suppressive activity. These findings, appearing in the January issue of Journal of Lipid Research, provide more understanding of the health benefits of many botanical oils and provide a new avenue for anti-inflammatory drugs. Essential oils from plants have long...
  • Mango effective in preventing, stopping certain colon, breast cancer cells

    01/11/2010 11:19:10 AM PST · by decimon · 30 replies · 821+ views
    Texas A&M AgriLife Communications ^ | Jan 11, 2010 | Unknown
    COLLEGE STATION - Mango. If you know little about this fruit, understand this: It's been found to prevent or stop certain colon and breast cancer cells in the lab. That's according to a new study by Texas AgriLife Research food scientists, who examined the five varieties most common in the U.S.: Kent, Francine, Ataulfo, Tommy/Atkins and Haden. Though the mango is an ancient fruit heavily consumed in many parts of the world, little has been known about its health aspects. The National Mango Board commissioned a variety of studies with several U.S. researchers to help determine its nutritional value. "If...
  • Farah's Story: Her Gift to Us and What it Means

    05/19/2009 4:23:40 AM PDT · by Alie James · 60 replies · 2,647+ views
    Blog Critics ^ | May 18, 2009 | Alie James
    We need to De-Politicize Cancer ... for Farah. Here's a recent article I wrote for Blog Critics: "I watched Farrah’s Story, knowing full well it would make me sad, and it certainly did do that, but it also was so much more than just another sad celebrity story. It was Farrah’s gift to us - to her generation of Baby Boomer men and women. It was her way of giving us a Paul Harvey-esque “end of the story.” We are left with a wake-up call - the reality that if it can happen to Farrah, it can happen to any...
  • Teen with cancer can forgo chemotherapy

    08/16/2006 8:08:37 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 72 replies · 1,217+ views
    A 16-year-old cancer patient 's legal fight ended in victory Wednesday when his family's attorneys and social services officials reached an agreement that would allow him to forgo chemotherapy. At the start of what was scheduled to be a two-day hearing, Accomack County Circuit Judge Glen A. Tyler announced that both sides had reached a consent decree, which Tyler approved. Under the decree, Starchild Abraham Cherrix, who is battling Hodgkin's disease, will be treated by an oncologist of his choice who is board-certified in radiation therapy and interested in alternative treatments. The family must provide the court updates on Abraham's...
  • Cheap, safe drug kills most cancers

    02/02/2007 7:33:20 PM PST · by alnick · 50 replies · 2,316+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 23 January 2007 | Andy Coghlan
    New Scientist has received an unprecedented amount of interest in this story from readers. If you would like up-to-date information on any plans for clinical trials of DCA in patients with cancer, or would like to donate towards a fund for such trials, please visit the site set up by the University of Alberta and the Alberta Cancer Board. We will also follow events closely and will report any progress as it happens. It sounds almost too good to be true: a cheap and simple drug that kills almost all cancers by switching off their “immortality”. The drug, dichloroacetate (DCA),...
  • A teen's Y chromosome problem (Abraham Cherrix case)

    07/24/2006 9:33:39 PM PDT · by freespirited · 74 replies · 1,554+ views
    Townhall ^ | 7/25/06 | Cal Thomas
    A 16-year-old Virginia boy who suffers from Hodgkin's disease has been told by a state judge he must report to a hospital this week and accept treatment deemed necessary by his doctors. The boy and his parents have chosen to pursue alternative treatment. It consists of a sugar-free, organic diet and herbal supplements supervised by a clinic in Mexico. On July 21, juvenile court Judge Jesse E. Demps ruled that the boy's parents, Jay and Rose Cherrix of Chincoteague, were neglectful and that they must continue to share custody of their son, Starchild Abraham Cherrix, with the Accomack County Department...
  • Mom's search for alternatives finds chorus of support

    06/29/2006 8:58:12 AM PDT · by Sopater · 2 replies · 432+ views
    SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER ^ | Thursday, June 29, 2006 | CLAUDIA ROWE
    The case of a mother who took her 9-month-old child on the lam, frantically searching for alternative therapies as state and medical authorities demanded kidney surgery for the boy, unfolded before the public last week like a high-drama television show. But at bottom, it pitted the rights of a mother and father against the power of the state.Baby Riley While rare, such disputes typically involve parents who decline treatment for their children based on religious beliefs. Tina Carlsen has now refocused those questions. The issue is not opposing treatment but whether a parent may look beyond traditional medicine for help....
  • I was right: The teacher admits that Airborne doesn't work (herbal cold "remedy")

    03/01/2006 8:43:28 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 11 replies · 513+ views
    Respectful Insolence ^ | 3/1/2006 | Orac
    A while back, I wrote about Airborne, the "herbal" concoction designed by a schoolteacher that is touted as preventing colds and the flu if taken preemptively or lessening their severity if taken early on in the course of a cold. I concluded that there was no evidence that it did what Victoria Knight-McDowell, a schoolteacher and the creator of Airborne, claims. Now the company itself seems to be admitting as much. It turns out that the company commissioned a study to "prove" Airborne's efficacy, and its results did seem to show a mild positive effect on colds. Unfortunately, the study...
  • Mexican Clinic Where King Died Is Closed

    02/03/2006 7:31:01 AM PST · by lunarbicep · 20 replies · 1,216+ views
    MEXICO CITY — The Mexican clinic where Coretta Scott King died has been closed, U.S. Embassy officials said Friday. Mexican officials were not immediately available to explain why the Santa Monica Health Institute in the Mexican beach resort of Rosarito, 16 miles south of San Diego, was shut. Judith Bryan, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, said the U.S. consulate in Tijuana was helping patients find new facilities. King last week traveled to the beachside clinic. She was seeking treatment for advanced stage ovarian cancer and a stroke she suffered several months ago. The clinic specializes...
  • Texas Officials, Parents Spar Over Girl's Cancer Treatment

    06/09/2005 1:06:46 PM PDT · by clearsight · 97 replies · 1,436+ views
    06-09-05 | unknown
    Texas Officials, Parents Spar Over Girl's Cancer Treatment Parents Think Doctors Have Not Been Upfront About Treatment Options UPDATED: 11:41 am CDT June 9, 2005 CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- A judge has postponed until Friday a ruling that could prevent doctors from treating a 12-year-old girl who was taken from her parents after Texas officials accused them of not doing enough to treat her cancer. It's the latest maneuver in a dispute over the medical care of Katie Wernecke, reported KPRC-TV in Houston. Her parents, Michele and Edward Wernecke, said their daughter's Hodgkin's disease is in remission and she doesn't...
  • Alternative Drugs

    01/26/2005 8:14:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 445+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 26, 2005 | Masthead Editorial
    A DECADE AGO, Congress passed a law shielding makers of dietary supplements from regulatory scrutiny. The consequences of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 were entirely foreseeable: largely uncontrolled sales and marketing of vitamins and herbal remedies without advance approval of their safety and effectiveness. According to a new report by the Institute of Medicine, the foreseeable has come to pass. The report deals broadly with alternative and complementary medicine, which has become a giant industry in America, worth $27 billion a year; visits to alternative-care providers now exceed visits to primary-care doctors. --snip-- An estimated 15...
  • 'Cosmic' bakery's phone mast fear

    01/08/2005 10:42:47 AM PST · by fso301 · 47 replies · 933+ views
    BBC ^ | 12/20/2004 | Staff
    Biodynamic food is grown out of a spiritual understanding of nature A bakery is fighting plans for a phone mast because it claims radio waves will ruin its "cosmic bread". Artisan Bread say emissions from the antenna will disrupt "subtle forces" which help to make the loaves. The bakery plots planetary movements and uses a special calendar to work out the best time to make the bread. But it is claimed the shop in Whitstable, Kent, would lose its special licence because the mast is too close to the premises. Bakery owner Ingrid Greenfield, who supplies exclusive shops including...
  • Herbal Supplements and alternatives are under attack!! Take Action

    06/04/2004 7:39:35 PM PDT · by Coleus · 45 replies · 1,188+ views
    Herbal alternatives are under attack. Download and print flyers. The flyers urge consumers to tell their congressmen and senators to attend the JUNE 17th Herbal Alternatives Congressional Briefing to learn the truth about herbs & health. It is critical that Congress attends this briefing because: HERBAL ALTERNATIVES ARE UNDER ATTACK. News headlines misinform and mislead decision makers. Products you depend on for your health could soon be banned. MANY CAPITOL HILL STAFFERS AND POLICY MAKERS DO NOT UNDERSTAND NATURAL HEALTH INDUSTRY ISSUES. Since DSHEA was passed in 1994, about 50% of Congressmen and Senators and 80% of Congressional aides have...
  • Most Americans Use Alternative Medicine -Report

    05/27/2004 11:54:56 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 3 replies · 166+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/27/04 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly two-thirds of American adults use some form of complementary or alternative medicine ranging from prayer to herbs, a U.S. government survey showed on Thursday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted the survey of 31,000 U.S. adults, asking about 27 types of therapies such as acupuncture and chiropractic, the use of herbs or botanical products, special diets, and megavitamin therapy. About 36 percent of those surveyed said they had used one or more of those approaches. When prayer was considered, the number rose to 62 percent. Women, people with higher education, those who had...
  • The Ongoing Problem with the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

    11/21/2003 8:05:14 PM PST · by Russian Sage · 16 replies · 168+ views
    The Ongoing Problem with the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine In spite of statements to the contrary by its director, the NCCAM continues to fund and promote pseudoscience. Political pressures and the Center's charter would seem to make this inevitable. Ethics and the public interest are compromised. Kimball C. Atwood IV, M.D. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) was established in 1998, seven years after the creation of its predecessor, the Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM). The OAM had been formed not because of any medical or scientific need, but because Iowa senator Tom Harkin...
  • Alternative Medicine Agency Puts Health Claims to Test

    11/16/2003 3:52:58 PM PST · by Brian S · 13 replies · 320+ views
    WASHINGTON -- Shark cartilage and mistletoe as possible cancer treatments? Ginkgo biloba as a means of preventing dementia? Milk thistle to cure chronic hepatitis? Prayer and positive energy to fight brain tumors? Those and other alternative approaches to modern medicine are undergoing scientific scrutiny at the federal government's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Bethesda, Md. The center, an arm of the National Institutes of Health with a budget of $114 million, was created by Congress in 1998 to examine unconventional ways to heal the body, mind and spirit. In the process, it has become a frequent target...
  • Kinder, Gentler Doctors Courses in alternative healing now required at nation's medical school

    11/24/2002 6:58:46 AM PST · by anobjectivist · 14 replies · 166+ views
    Fox News ^ | Sunday, November 24, 2002 | By Anita Vogel
    Sunday, November 24, 2002 By Anita Vogel LOS ANGELES — Medical schools were once the bastion of traditional medicine, based in well-researched scientific techniques. But nowadays the scalpel is making way for the acupuncture needle. Once considered far outside the medical mainstream, non-Western techniques like acupuncture have broken through traditional barriers. Now alternative healing techniques like yoga and prayer are among a number of required classes at prestigious medical colleges around the country like Columbia, Yale and University of California at Los Angeles that branch far from traditional classes. At the University of Arizona, students are even being taught horse-whispering...
  • New News Concerning The Impact of Smoking

    05/16/2002 6:11:54 AM PDT · by danielmryan · 9 replies · 205+ views
    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | May 16, 2002 | CBC News Staff
    C B C . C A   N e w s   -   F u l l   S t o r y : Tobacco destroys brain cells: study Last Updated Mon May 13 16:44:53 2002 PARIS-- French researchers say they've found the first direct evidence that smoking destroys brain cells. Scientists at the National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM) in Paris studied four groups of rats given high, medium, low and no doses of nicotine. INDEPTH: Smoking Up a Storm The study is published in the The Journal of Neuroscience. The rats were allowed to absorb...