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"And indeed, since the 1970s, there has been an extraordinary rise in the availability and visibility of'alternative', 'complementary', and 'cross-cultural' medicines. But is the astonishing popularity of heterodox medicine novel? Certainly, there have been other periods of tumultuous competition between medical systems, periods that powerfully shaped today's biomedicine. Bodily health and corporeal beauty have deep significance in historical, as well as contemporary, western cultures, and biomedicine has never been alone in seeking to provide them to an eager public. Consider the case of R.B."
- Roberta Bivins, Alternative Medicine?: A History (Get the book.)

"What I expect from a professional in the field of health care is a discussion of alternatives when the alternative is feasible. This must be an active process on the part of the person who will help me and on my part also. I expect alternatives (even difficult alternatives like prevention with a plus lens) to be discussed, with the issue of effective prevention clearly identified as the second opinion. Since my eyes legally belong to me, it would be up to me to go out and research the true effect that a minus lens has on the refractive status of the natural eye."
- David De Angelis, The Secret of Perfect Vision: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Nearsightedness (Get the book.)

"First, it illustrates the vital point that the cross-cultural transmission of medical knowledge and expertise—even 'alternative' medical knowledge and expertise—is not a uniquely contemporary phenomenon. Neither, evidently, was it ever a unidirectional process. The account documents a British response to a Chinese medical procedure, and the re-exportation of knowledge about that procedure to Britain's colonies in India. Second, it demonstrates a remarkable (at least to us) level of lay access to and participation in the medical press and the process of medical innovation."
- Roberta Bivins, Alternative Medicine?: A History (Get the book.)

"It is therefore unsurprising that much interest in alternative forms of medicine came from surgeons, and 'irregulars'. They had less to lose, and much to gain—particularly if the innovations they proposed or adopted from other cultures opened up new commercial territories. As a systemic disease, gout was properly treated by regimen (a planned way of life designed to improve health, and usually incorporating regulated diets, exercise, and actual medicines)—the therapeutic province of physicians."

- Roberta Bivins, Alternative Medicine?: A History (Get the book.)

"Many medical practitioners shared their clients' dissatisfaction with medicine mired in precedent and authority, and their interest in alternative ways of learning about the natural world. Yet scholastic medicine was backed by classical authority and had relatively high cultural status; it also underpinned patients' expectations about how they would be treated for any given constellation of symptoms, like gout. Physicians had much to lose by lightly dismissing or dangerously deviating from scholarly medical precedent."

- Roberta Bivins, Alternative Medicine?: A History (Get the book.)

"All the alternative therapies discussed in this chapter are generally safe for home use, except for pregnant women. GENERAL EXERCISE PROGRAM here is strong and rapidly accumulating evidence that muscular exertion reduces cancer risk. The following recommendations are based on a review of recent scientific literature on physical exercise and cancer risk reduction: 1. To prevent injuries, begin each exercise session with Joint Warming Exercises and end each exercise session with Basic Stretches (see the following pages). 2. Exercise six days a week. Walk or do moderate hiking on your day off."
- Tori Hudson, N.D., Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: alternative Therapies and Integrative Medicine for Total Health and Wellness (Get the book.)

"I no longer believe in a fractionated approach to health and healing where alternative medicine is on one side and conventional medicine is on the other. There is a spectrum of options that go from simple to complex, from the least intervention to the most aggressive intervention, and from the most natural therapy to the most synthetic or technological. We need all of it. Human intelligence has created incredible tools and techniques."

- Tori Hudson, N.D., Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: alternative Therapies and Integrative Medicine for Total Health and Wellness (Get the book.)

"Some licensed alternative practitioners may have expertise in osteoporosis management as well. Many physicians do not even discuss osteoporosis, and you may have to insist on a DXA scan to measure bone density. An ultrasound test of the heel, which is much less expensive, may be a helpful screening test for some women. There is some evidence that a heel test is 85 to 90 percent accurate compared with the bone density of the hip on a DXA scan."

- Tori Hudson, N.D., Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: alternative Therapies and Integrative Medicine for Total Health and Wellness (Get the book.)

"According to the 2002 federal study on Americans' use of complementary and alternative therapies, more than 1% of the country used acupuncture in the 12 months prior to the survey. Four percent of those surveyed reported that they had used acupuncture at some time. Although laws are constantly changing, currently 44 states require certification or training in order to perform acupuncture. The remaining six are Alabama; Delaware; Mississippi; North and South Dakota and Wyoming. Each of the 44 states has its own requirements and policies so it is best to research the law in your own state."
- Alan E. Smith, UnBreak Your Health: The Complete Guide to Complementary & alternative Therapies (Get the book.)

"As an old nurse, my back has taken me on a magical mystery tour of alternative health ... Hellerwork helped me the most, not just in simple symptom relief (though there is no finer bodywork system) but in the process of developing a relationship with my poor, abused and ignored body. Since completing the series ...I have enjoyed happy good health, and a two way communication with my lumbar spine, which in a friendly way reminds me when I need to pay it more attention." HERBAL BODY WRAP Herbal Body Wraps were created to shrink the size of the body, offering a slimmer body very quickly."

- Alan E. Smith, UnBreak Your Health: The Complete Guide to Complementary & alternative Therapies (Get the book.)

"In my search of alternative therapies and treatments, I discovered a NAETpractitioner. She has been a huge help and inspiration to me along the way and has already cleared me of a few of the many allergies that I have. One of my most stubborn allergies to date has been an allergy to cats. Normally I couldn't spend more than 5 minutes near a cat before starting to experience wheezing, shortness of breath, and just basically felt miserable. The symptoms lasted far after leaving where the cats were and honestly it was a huge inconvenience in my life."

- Alan E. Smith, UnBreak Your Health: The Complete Guide to Complementary & alternative Therapies (Get the book.)

"Conventional and alternative therapies find ways of managing the pain associated with bunions, which includes choosing the most beneficial footwear. < q_ T Bunions are often accompanied by Hallux valgus, a deviation of the large toe, and often the other toes bend toward the outside of the foot. They can be treated conservatively, but generally the only way of correcting them is through surgery. Apply ice: Ice can be applied to the affected area to relieve pain. Place ice on the area for 20-25 minutes (or as long as can be tolerated) every couple of hours."
- Marshall Editions, 1000 Cures for 200 Ailments: Integrated alternative and Conventional Treatments for the Most Common Illnesses (Get the book.)

"Homeopathy can be used as a ^^^^r first line of defense until a medical evaluation is done, but should not be used as an alternative to conventional care. If cystitis becomes a chronic health problem, consult a professional homeopath who will treat the condition at a deeper level. Cantharis: This is the first choice for treating classic symptoms of cystitis, such as burning sensations before, during, and after urinating. When this remedy is helpful there is a constant, distressing urge to pass water, but only a very small amount of urine is passed at a time."

- Marshall Editions, 1000 Cures for 200 Ailments: Integrated alternative and Conventional Treatments for the Most Common Illnesses (Get the book.)

"Some bacteria have become resistant to Bactrim™, in which case ciprofloxin, taken twice a day for two to five days, is used as an alternative. Nitrofurantoin (Macrobid™) is another common medication used for urinary tract infection. However, again, resistance is occurring and ciproflaxin may be a better choice. A recent study showed that a two- to four-day course of antibiotics is just as effective as longer duration treatments. The medication phenazopyridine (Pyridium™) is used for bladder pain and burning that occurs with a urinary tract infection. It is taken three times a day for two days."

- Marshall Editions, 1000 Cures for 200 Ailments: Integrated alternative and Conventional Treatments for the Most Common Illnesses (Get the book.)

"Opt for a soy- or rice-based alternative. Topical creams: To treat irritant or contact dermatitis, zinc oxide can be applied to protect the skin, as can Desitin or A and D ointment. Sometimes a low-potency hydrocortisone cream can be used if the above combination does not work. Antibiotics: If a bacterial infection is diagnosed by the doctor, topical antibiotics such as mupirocin is applied as an ointment. Cases resistant to topical antibiotics are treated with oral erythromycin or penicillin. Nystatin cream: Diaper rashes caused by Candida (yeast) are treated with topical nystatin cream."

- Marshall Editions, 1000 Cures for 200 Ailments: Integrated alternative and Conventional Treatments for the Most Common Illnesses (Get the book.)

"You may want to read much more on bio-identical hormones in Chapter 12. The disadvantages to the natural hormone include a short half-life (three to six hours) that requires giving it two to three times a day. Natural progesterone can be delivered by injection, sublingual tablets, rectal or vaginal suppositories, oral capsules or tablets, and topical creams. Dosing is dependent on the delivery system and the characteristic bleeding problems."
- Tori Hudson, N.D., Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: alternative Therapies and Integrative Medicine for Total Health and Wellness (Get the book.)

"Therapies for Men Once you've determined that your hormones are imbalanced, a number of alternative therapies are available to normalize them. Dietary adjustments can have a significant impact on hormone levels, especially when combined with nutritional supplements, hormone therapy, herbs, or homeopathic remedies. Dietary Recommendations To help rebalance the hormones, reduce consumption of refined sugar products, saturated fats, and food preservatives. Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables with a high nutrient content."
- Herbert Ross, DC with Keri Brenner, L.Ac., Alternative Medicine Magazine's Definitive Guide to Sleep Disorders: 7 Smart Ways to Help You Get a Good Night's Rest (Get the book.)

"This book provides practical alternative therapies proven to induce and maintain a deep, regenerative sleep. Before you take a tranquilizer, which will invariably mask your symptoms, consider trying natural remedies that treat the underlying causes of your disorder. Dietary changes, detoxification, stress management, hormonal balance, and environmental controls can gently and effectively help you snooze your way back to health. success story Lifestyle Changes Restore Sleep JERRY, A 47-YEAR-OLD PRINT SHOP OWNER, had not slept more than 3 hours a night for years."

- Herbert Ross, DC with Keri Brenner, L.Ac., Alternative Medicine Magazine's Definitive Guide to Sleep Disorders: 7 Smart Ways to Help You Get a Good Night's Rest (Get the book.)

"As many of the treatments described in this book are, by definition, alternative, they have not been investigated, approved, or endorsed by any government or regulatory agency. National, state, and local laws may vary regarding the use and application of many of the treatments discussed. Accordingly, this book should not be substituted for the advice and care of a physician or other licensed health-care professional. Pregnant women, in particular, are urged to consult a physician before commencing any therapy."

- Herbert Ross, DC with Keri Brenner, L.Ac., Alternative Medicine Magazine's Definitive Guide to Sleep Disorders: 7 Smart Ways to Help You Get a Good Night's Rest (Get the book.)

"In addition, many alternative practitioners recommend staying away from spicy and salty foods if you suffer from sleep disorders. These foods can cause indigestion or heartburn, which may interfere with sleep. Monoso-dium glutamate (MSG) and other artificial additives can also disturb sleep; some people who are sensitive to MSG suffer insomnia from the stimulant effects of this food additive."

- Herbert Ross, DC with Keri Brenner, L.Ac., Alternative Medicine Magazine's Definitive Guide to Sleep Disorders: 7 Smart Ways to Help You Get a Good Night's Rest (Get the book.)

"Instead, he declined surgery and searched for alternative options. Gerry found out about liquid ionic cesium and potassium and started taking those in January 2003. When he told his oncologist about cesium high pH therapy, the doctor was appalled and actually mailed Gerry a letter urging him not to do it, writing, "You are making a big mistake." But Gerry was steadfast in his decision to decline conventional treatment. Along with the liquid ionic cesium and potassium that he began to take, he also took other liquid ionic minerals, including calcium, magnesium, germanium, sulphur, and vanadium."
- Tanya Harter Pierce, Outsmart Your Cancer: alternative Non-Toxic Treatments That Work (Get the book.)

"To avoid any possibility of increasing birth defects, a diet rich in vegetables and fruit is an alternative to preformed vitamin A sources. One medium-sized carrot provides a safe alternative vitamin A source and contains about 16,000 IU. Osteoporosis and Vitamin A In older men and women, long-term intakes of preformed vitamin A can be associated with increased risk of osteoporotic fracture and decreased bone mineral density. Levels of only 5000 IU (1,500 meg) are enough to increase risk. This is well below the upper limit set at 10,000 IU (3000 meg) per day."
- Dr. Steve Blake, Vitamins and Minerals Demystified (Get the book.)

"University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979 he called it the Stress Reduction Clinic because meditation was considered too "far out" to be taken seriously at the time. As news of his results spread throughout the hospital more difficult cases were referred to him and his success continued to grow. The program became more accepted and continued to expand, eventually becoming The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society. Today the program is a course of 8 weekly classes with one full day of class on a Saturday or Sunday."
- Alan E. Smith, UnBreak Your Health: The Complete Guide to Complementary & alternative Therapies (Get the book.)

"Interest is so high that a new magazine, the Journal of alternative and Complimentary Medicine was recently established to publish work being done in alternative health care. Even the high-tech world of the Internet, also known as the "Information Superhighway," is loaded with information about alternative medicine and has become one of the leading places for distributing alternative therapies. "Alternative Medicine" Doesn't Mean "Quackery" In the 1800s, hucksters traveled the country in horse-drawn wagons selling "miracle" cures to unsuspecting settlers."
- Glenn W. Geelhoed, M.D. and Jean Barilla, M.S., Natural Health Secrets From Around the World (Get the book.)

"Research has shown that alternative techniques do not have the same effect. For reasons such as these, we now see in modern societies a mounting clash between modern medicine and natural medicine. Although the current health care approaches are clearly insufficient, established medical institutions struggle against natural alternatives. In spite of this, according to an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine in January of 1993, one out of every three individuals in the U.S. seek alternative approaches for health care problems."
- Hari Sharma, Freedom from Disease: How to Control Free Radicals, a Major Cause of Aging and Disease (Get the book.)

"For example, referring to the alternative treatments discussed in this book: ?The Hoxsey Therapy was clinically evaluated by an independent group of 10 physicians from various parts of the United States. These physicians formally concluded that the Hoxsey treatment was superior to any cancer treatment being used by the medical establishment at the time. ?Essiac tea not only resulted from Native Americans testing and using herbs for hundreds of years, but was also clinically proven by Canadian and American physicians. This included Dr. Charles A."
- Tanya Harter Pierce, Outsmart Your Cancer: alternative Non-Toxic Treatments That Work (Get the book.)

"In these cases, an alternative test called a fructos-amine test can be done. Fructosamine Test Also known as a glycated serum protein or glycated albumin test, this technique has been available since the 1980s, but it is rarely used. The fructosamine test for glycation is an alternative for people who are at risk of inaccurate Hb A testing results for the reasons stated above. Similar to the Hb A, test, lc the fructosamine test can look back and reflect your level of glycation-induced damage, but for about three weeks rather than up to twelve weeks, as is possible with the Hb A test."
- Steven V. Joyal, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Diabetes: An Innovative Program to Prevent, Treat, and Beat This Controllable Disease (Get the book.)

"Considered by many to be a genius, Naessens has become known in the world of alternative cancer treatments as "French Canada's Wizard." Naessens's personal background illustrates his creative intellect. He was born in 1924 and, as young as five years old, built a small functional, automobile-like vehicle. Next, he built a homemade motorcycle. At age 12, Naessens built an air plane that flew!1 When Naessens was old enough to attend college, he studied physics, chemistry, and biology, and later went on to study hematology (the study of blood)."
- Tanya Harter Pierce, Outsmart Your Cancer: alternative Non-Toxic Treatments That Work (Get the book.)

"Informative alternative perspective. www.adhdfraud.org National Foundation for Gifted and Creative Children. Explores the common element of giftedness among the ADHD population. Encouraging and inspiring, www.nfgcc.org 4-A Healing.com. Dr. Bock's own website, focusing on each of the 4-A disorders, contains information on ADHD, and practical help for parents. www.4-Ahealing.com Focus Adolescent Services. Provides information on alternatives to conventional ADHD treatment, www.focusas.com/attentionaldisorders.html Children and Adults with ADHD. Offers information on ADHD therapies."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"I know of one woman who, while fighting breast cancer, made up a list of all the things she needed to do each day as part of her alternative treatment "program" for healing. Then, whenever she felt a stress reaction triggered inside her due to outside time crunches, issues with her children, and so forth, she would simply say to herself, "Stress is not part of my program." This simple technique always reminded her to let go of the little worries and greatly helped her to keep her physical stress reactions down."
- Tanya Harter Pierce, Outsmart Your Cancer: alternative Non-Toxic Treatments That Work (Get the book.)

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