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Archive for the 'Naturopathy' Category

CAM use in the Manitoba IBD Cohort Study

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Researchers in Winnipeg, Manitoba surveyed the prevalence of CAM use in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. (more…)

Are those using CAM less likely to be immunized?

Friday, May 13th, 2011

CAMThere’s concern that the use of complementary and alternative medications (CAM) may replace recommended preventive health practices.

Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, in Pennsylvania conducted a survey to learn more. (more…)


Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Type “naprapathy” into Google and — you guessed it, — you’re asked, Did you mean: Naturopathy?

No…I meant N A P R A P A T H Y ? the stealthy CAM.


Use of CAM in patients with head and neck cancer

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Researchers at the National University of Singapore surveyed the use of CAM in residents of Singapore who had head and neck cancer.

Here are their findings compared to other countries where similar studies have been conducted. (more…)

Traditional Indian medicine for HIV/AIDS

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Reviewers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland assessed the quality of scientific articles on traditional Indian medicine for HIV/AIDS treatment and care. (more…)

Cost-effective naturopathic care for low back pain

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

In this study by researchers in Canada and the US, combining several treatments under the umbrella of naturopathic care was better than simply giving advice. (more…)

CAM use in functional bowel disorder

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

 One-third of these patients use CAM.

Are they dissatisfied with mainstream treatments? (more…)

Why does the Australian government support CAM?

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Dr. Hans Baer from the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia thinks he knows.

It might be a window on what would occur with government funded universal healthcare in the US. (more…)

Naturopathic care for chronic low back pain

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

So, which is better, naturopathic care or standardized physiotherapy instruction? (more…)

CAM use during the phases of cancer care

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

Musculoskeletal complaints top the list of reasons people with cancer seek CAM care, according to researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle. (more…)

Rantings from a burned out resident

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Panda Bear is a blog maintained by an emergency department resident physician. His views on CAM make Dr. Wallace Sampson seem like a believer.

Caution: You are about to enter a stomach-wrenching zone. (more…)

Regulating CAM in the UK

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

Presently, “Anyone can set themselves up as an acupuncturist, homoeopath, herbalist, or other complementary therapist,” reports TimesOnLine.

This will change in April 2008. (more…)

What should students learn about CAM?

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

It’s documented here and here that American medical students want to learn more about CAM.

But what should the curriculum look like? (more…)

Integrating CAM in Seattle

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

The Seattle Times reports that Group Health Cooperative and Bastyr University will initiate a program this summer where senior students in naturopathy will “shadow” Group Health doctors and nurses during patient visits.

Please accept these recommendations based on my experience as a clinical pharmacist, educator, and student who made rounds during the early days of clinical pharmacy education. (more…)

Historical perspective on naturopathic medicine

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

The following overview of naturopathic medicine in the U.S. is summarized from the Bastyr University website and based on an article on The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians website.

The word “naturopathy” was first used in the U.S. a little over 100 years ago.


Looking for common ground between CAM and mainstream medicine

Monday, April 30th, 2007

The purpose of this survey was to develop suggestions for actions that might foster closer communication between mainstream (MM) and CAM practitioners. (more…)

Profiling cancer patients who use CAM

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Here is a profile of CAM users among patients with cancer who live in Washington State. The data come from an insurance survey. So, it’s limited to what people submit for reimbursement.