The “Alternative” Controversy

Originally posted 19 June 2009 There’s been a lot of talk lately about the AP Impact series bashing “alternative medicine”. And it got us to thinking about how this term is kind of a straw man. onlyforward/Flickr Self-proclaimed skeptics like to say there is only medicine: that which works. Everything else, they argue, is non-medicine, […]

The Limitations of Online Health Forums

You’re probably familiar with “alternative” health forums like CureZone. Such sites can be great places for like-minded individuals to share their experiences, offer peer support, recommend resources, discuss news and the like. What they can never be is a substitute for medical, dental, naturopathic or other professional advice. As CureZone’s own disclaimer states, You should […]

“Medicine” Is That Which Has Been Proven to Work?

A while back, we posted an article on the “alternative medicine” canard and the double standard of proof that holistic health practices are often held to. In it, we quoted from a paper by Kenneth R. Pelletier of Arizona State University and UC San Francisco – a passage worth repeating here as we look to […]

AP’s “Assault on Alternative Medicine”

Another week, another installment in the Associated Press’ ongoing series of articles on what they call “alternative medicine.” Despite being positioned as “news,” the series has appeared highly biased and ill-informed in a way that feeds the needs of Big Medicine. We’ve written about this before (see “The ‘Alternative’ Controversy”). There really seems no need […]

Biosis 26: The FDA & Mercury, Double Standards and More

  The new issue of our quarterly newsletter Biosis is now available online. Check it out now to learn more about:   * The FDA’s embrace of discredited dentistry * The health care industry’s double standards when it comes to “evidence based medicine” * Turning your dreams into actions   Read Biosis 26 now.  

Natural & Traditional Medicine to Be Included in Healthcare Legislaton?

Interesting development in the national healthcare reform project, via the Boston Globe: Naturopathic doctors, herbal healers, mind-body specialists, and acupuncturists often have been scorned by the US medical establishment, but growing numbers of Americans are seeking such care, and now an influential group of US senators believes the time has come to embrace an array […]

The “Alternative” Controversy

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the AP Impact series bashing “alternative medicine”. And it got us to thinking about how this term is kind of a straw man.   onlyforward/Flickr Self-proclaimed skeptics like to say there is only medicine: that which works. Everything else, they argue, is non-medicine, and they lump it […]

Patients, Doctors and the Elephant in the Room: CAM Use

Over the years, our practice has become increasingly specialized. Of course we continue to provide general dental services, but a large portion of our practice is made up of people with chronic illnesses and dysfunction, who want to see what role their dental and oral conditions might be playing in their health. When we first […]

Stat!: Complementary and Alternative Medicine Continues Its Move to the Mainstream

Percent of American adults who use CAM: 38.3 Percent of American children who do: 11.8   Top 10 therapies used: Natural products Deep breathing Meditation Chiropractic and osteopathic Massage Yoga Diet-based therapies Progressive relaxation Guided imagery Homeopathic treatment Source: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine