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March 29, 1999
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Established medicine has long been slow to recognize the potential value of unconventional therapies. When acupuncturists from Asia first introduced that technique in this country, they were shunned and reviled by most doctors. Today acupuncture is widely accepted as a means of treating pain and other symptoms. But the current uproar in Washington over how to validate so-called alternative medical therapies gives us concern.
April 19, 1999 | SHARI ROAN
The emergence of alternative medical practices has changed the way many Americans approach health care. This series by award-winning producer and writer Gail Harris explores how consumers are using such practices alongside conventional care and brings to mind Bill Moyers' 1993 series, "Healing and the Mind."
March 15, 1999 | ROCHELLE O'GORMAN
DR. ROSENFELD'S GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE by Isadore Rosenfeld Soundelux Audio, abridged nonfiction, six cassettes. Length: nine hours. $26.95. Read by Bob Deyan. Available in bookstores or by calling (800) 227-2020. * This is an extremely comprehensive rundown on alternative medicine by a professor of clinical medicine and author of several bestselling books. It is also very negative.
February 21, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Alzheimer's, MS and Parkinson's are devastating diseases with no known cures. Some patients turn to alternative medicine hoping for pain relief and maybe even a cure. This expert can explain whether alternatives are worth a try or a waste of money. Dr. Steven Novella, an academic clinical neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine, will be the guest of Chicago Tribune health reporter Trine Tsouderos during a live Web chat Tuesday (1 p.m. EST, noon CST, 10 a.m. PST) . Novella also is president and co-founder of the New England Skeptical Society and hosts a weekly science podcast called "The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe.
As do many HIV-positive people, Elena Monica does all she can to maintain her health and avoid the disease's symptoms. She sees a conventional medical doctor who checks her blood and advises her. But she also undergoes oxygen therapy, an unproven remedy that involves intramuscular injections of pure liquid oxygen. And she practices chiqong , a form of Chinese meditation.
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