From Abracadabra to Zombies
(For an alternative version of theses entries, see the Short and Irreverent E-dition, part 1, sCAM [so-called Complementary & Alternative Medicine])
topical index: "alternative" medicine
"alternative" health practice
Bach's flower therapy
Body Code of Bradley Nelson
Rashid Buttar, D.O.
coning (ear candling)
Dr. Dragon Dabic
Emotional Freedom Technique
Emotion Code of Bradley Nelson
Dr. Fritz - "energy healing"
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
New Age psychotherapies
Rader, William C., M.D.
shark cartilage as a cancer cure
thought field therapy
vitamin and mineral supplements
Joel D. Wallach, "The Mineral Doctor"
Robert O. Young
Medical Suburban Myths (from the Suburban Myths Page)
Myth 2. Prescription drugs are one of the leading causes of death.
Myth 3. Most medical treatments have never been clinically tested.
Myth 19. Medical doctors typically know nothing about nutrition.
Myth 22. Dr. Randolph Byrd scientifically proved that prayer can heal.
Myth 23. Even if Dr. Byrd failed, others have succeeded in proving scientifically that prayer heals.
Myth 25. Transplant organs carry personality traits which are transferred from donors to receivers.
Myth 31. Crimes, mental illness, suicides, and emergency room visits increase when there is a full moon.
Myth 43. Suicide increases over the holidays.
Myth 46. Switching to a low-tar cigarette will reduce one's chances of being exposed to the carcinogens in cigarette smoke.
Myth 53. Sugar causes hyperactivity in children.
Myth 55. A migraine is a bad headache.
Myth 60. You should drink eight glasses of water a day for good health.* One study, however, does seem to have good evidence that drinking five glasses a day is better than drinking two or fewer with respect to fatal coronary heart disease.
Myth 71. A diet low in animal fat will prevent high cholesterol which will prevent atherosclerosis which will make you immune to having a heart attack.
Myth 72. Pasteur renounced all his works on his death bed.
Myth 73. Laetrile is an effective cancer treatment whose humanitarian discoverer has been persecuted, depriving millions of people of the benefits of this wonder drug.
Myth 83. A study was published in the Western Journal of Medicine that showed changing the letters EPHO (each letter representing a drug being used to treat small-cell lung cancer) to HOPE led to a spectacular increase in positive response to the treatment.
Myths 86-89, thanks to the British Medical Journal:
Myth 86. There
are several effective cures for a hangover.
Myth 87. People who eat late at night gain more weight than those who eat the same amount of food earlier in the day.
Myth 88. More heat escapes from the head than any other part of the body.
Myth 89. Poinsettias are poisonous.
Myth 92. Fruit must be eaten on an empty stomach in order for the body to absorb it properly.
Myth 93. Drinking cold water after meals causes cancer.
"Why Bogus Therapies Often Seem to Work" by Barry L. Beyerstein, Ph.D.
Quack Watch - Dr. Stephen Barrett
A Special Message for Cancer Patients Seeking "Alternative" Treatments by Dr. Stephen Barrett
How Quackery Harms Cancer Patients by William T. Jarvis, Ph.D.
Descriptions of various alternative and complementary treatments (I do not recommend any of these therapies, but this information is provided so that those who seek them out will be better informed.)
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Barrett, Stephen and Kurt Butler (eds.) A Consumers Guide to Alternative Medicine : A Close Look at Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Faith-Healing, and Other Unconventional Treatments; edited by (Buffalo, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1992).
Visit the Stephen Barrett room of the Skeptic's Bookstore for more books on "alternative" medicine.
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