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The Debate over Homeopathic Medicine

By   /  August 8, 2011  /  Public Health  /  5 Comments

Samuel Hahneman, father of Homeopathic Medicine

Snake oil, mercury ointment, and powdered rhinoceros horn have all been alleged miracle remedies with purported effects ranging from relieving joint pain to bestowing eternal life. However, as medical research rapidly progressed throughout recent … Continue Reading

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The Practice of Reflexology

By   /  August 8, 2011  /  Public Health  /  10 Comments

A Reflex Chart of the foot, used by acupuncturists

Reflexology is the practice of massaging, percussing, and applying pressure to certain areas of the foot, hand, or ear to achieve a wide range of full-body medical effects from pain relief … Continue Reading

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Ayurveda: Holistic Treatment from the Hindu Scriptures

By   /  August 8, 2011  /  Public Health  /  7 Comments

Ayurveda, originating from India, is one of the oldest forms of medicine known to civilization

Ayurveda, or “science of life,” is one of the oldest healing systems in the world. The first known practitioners of this ancient medical practice resided … Continue Reading

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Tips from the Past: The ancient Oriental medical art of acupuncture and its emergence in modern day alternative medicine

By   /  August 8, 2011  /  Bioethics  /  8 Comments

Needles are inserted at acupuncture points to relieve pain and other symptoms

Acupuncture is perhaps one of the most well-known alternative medicine treatments available in the United States today. It is considered legitimate enough to be able to be deducted … Continue Reading

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Doctor, Can You Prescribe Me Some Mozart?

By   /  August 8, 2011  /  Public Health  /  11 Comments

All of us have had the experience of being transported by the sheer beauty of music…suddenly feeling a sense of the sublime, or a great stillness within…”- Oliver Sacks

In a clinic, a young man is suffering from epilepsy because … Continue Reading

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Medicinal Leeches: Nature’s Finest Surgical Tool From the Swamps

By   /  August 8, 2011  /  Public Health  /  10 Comments

Leeches have found a niche in extreme alternative beauty therapy.

Although long dismissed as quackery, the medicinal leech has recently made a modern medical comeback and is now being used by doctors to treat everything from reattaching severed fingers and Continue Reading

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Epilepsy and the Ketogenic Diet

By   /  August 8, 2011  /  Public Health  /  2 Comments

High in fat and protein, bacon is a choice food in the ketogenic diet

Children with epilepsy who maintain a carefully regulated diet of exclusively fatty foods may drastically reduce their seizures by changing the brain’s metabolic mechanisms.

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Naturopathy’s Battle for Licensing

By   /  August 8, 2011  /  Public Health  /  2 Comments

Mainstream medical practice often invokes images of lab coats and test tubes. By contrast, naturopathic medicine often invokes images of flowers and trees. In both cases, the reality is not quite so simplistic. Naturopathic medicine is a form of unorthodox … Continue Reading
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Chiropractic’s Contentious History as Alternative Care

By   /  August 8, 2011  /  Bioethics  /  29 Comments

Daniel David Palmer, founder of chiropractic medicine

For over a century, chiropractic has been a focal point of intense debate and skepticism in both the medical and non-medical communities.  Based on the practice of correcting misalignments in the spine via … Continue Reading

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Eastern Medicine and Herbs: Treating the Individual

By   /  August 8, 2011  /  Pharmaceuticals  /  1 Comment

Ginseng, a common herb used in Eastern medicine, is often used to boost energy levels and stimulate thinking and memory.

Given the growing popularity of eastern and alternative medicines as seen through their relatively steady demand in spite of the … Continue Reading

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