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July 12, 1999
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October 17, 1994
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.
March 26, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
The long-awaited results of a study gauging the benefits of a controversial heart disease therapy have once more pitted the alternative medicine community against mainstream cardiologists. A clinical trial that cost taxpayers $30 million and took researchers more than a decade to complete suggests that chelation -- the removal of heavy metals from the body -- may offer some benefits to patients who have suffered a heart attack . But those findings were immediately discounted by the editors of the influential journal that published the study's findings.
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.
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."
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.
May 1, 2012 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
As if Dr. Paul Offit hasn't made enough enemies  already by insisting (correctly) that parents put their kids' health at risk when they refuse to get them vaccinated, now the infectious disease expert appears to be picking a fight with those who believe in alternative therapies like prayer healing and acupuncture. In an essay to be published in Wednesday's edition of the Journal of the American Medical Assn., Offit questions the way the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine doles out its $130-million annual budget.
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