- Gebundene Ausgabe: 192 Seiten
- Verlag: Oxmoor House; Auflage: 1 (2. Januar 2007)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1933405929
- ISBN-13: 978-1933405926
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 13 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21 x 1,9 x 26,4 cm
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Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine: The New Approach to Using the Best of Natural Therapies and Conventional Medicine: Making Alternative Therapies Part of Your Healthy Lifestyle (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 2. Januar 2007
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For the first time, leading medical experts at world-renown Mayo Clinic are publishing a book that surveys the most important and popular therapies, remedies, procedures and practices of natural medicine, delivering you the facts, based on clinical experience and current research and testing. From acupuncture to yoga, Echinacea to St. John's wort, and meditation to healing touch, Mayo Clinic provides answers to the most pressing questions people have about the effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine, and when it's appropriate to use natural remedies in place of or in conjunction with traditional medicine. This guide also offers practical advice for treating common ailments and incorporating alternative treatments into your and your family's life. The book covers areas as diverse as simple products that can be worked into your daily menus (i.e. drinking green tea), to more specific natural practices like massage therapy and traditional Chinese medicine that can help address a specific health condition or improve your quality of life.This book explains how natural therapies and remedies, combined with traditional medicine, can provide you with the most well-rounded plan for dealing with your overall health and the health of your family.
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There is a lot of conventional medicine in this book as well, some good sections on diet, exercise, and lifestyle, and a section on "what makes a good study". I don't find the presentation to be patronizing; rather, it is appropriate for the broad range of educational backgrounds of the audience for which it is intended. I think the photos and layout are pleasing to the eye.
I found the sections on energy therapies (reiki, healing touch, acupuncture) and "other approaches" (ie, naturopathy, ayurveda, homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine) to be a little too lenient ("yellow lights" were given to most of these); most of these treatments need more research, and it should be stressed in the chapters that they should not be undertaken IN PLACE OF conventional treatments, but perhaps as adjuncts. In another chapter, spirituality and prayer is discussed, and although this is given a green light, it really should be stressed that prayer alone will not cure illnesses such as meningitis or diabetes, as some religious groups would have us believe. Of course, it can be used as a useful integrative practice for some patients.
A strong chapter on quackery and how to spot it should always be included in any book on CAM, in my opinion. Since it is not really addressed in this book, I would recommend my patients to also read Dr. Stephen Barrett's Quackwatch internet site, which is free, and which does not mince words when it comes to criticisms of CAM, studies involving CAM, and even the NIH's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
I believe that the search for "alternative" treatments has picked up recently because conventional doctors, due to decreasing insurance reimbursements and increased demand to see greater numbers of patients, are not able to spend enough time with their patients, and really LISTEN to them. Doctors are no longer able to afford to open their own practices and become part of a community, where their patients are their neighbors and friends. More and more we see doctors jumping around the country in order to find the states with the lowest malpractice insurance rates, the best call schedules, the highest salaries. Patients are searching for someone they can trust, who will listen to their concerns and offer support. Many times a massage therapist or reiki provider has the time to provide this, whereas a doctor does not. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of "quack" CAM providers who take advantage of this as well, and they have a large stake in the continued support of their practices by the public and the government. It is up to conventional medical practitioners, who should demand as much scientific evidence to support CAM treatments as conventional treatments, to help patients sort the wheat from the chaff, and I think this book is a good starting point for opening the lines of communication.
There are many, many more useful books than this one out there. As much poor writing as there is, most books that cover any given medical area are going to offer more than this volume by virtue of offering at least some depth. This book simply offers none.