Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine

by David M. Haugen

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Each title in the highly acclaimed Opposing Viewpoints series explores a specific issue by placing expert opinions in a unique pro/con format; the viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find publications.; This title explores the effectiveness of alternative medicines such as homeopathic medicine, acupuncture, and chelation therapy, reasons for the popularity of alternative medicines, whether alternative and conventional medicine can work together, and gove; "Each volume in the Opposing Viewpoints Series could serve as a model…not only providing access to a wide diversity of opinions, but also stimulating readers to do further research for group discussion and individual interest. Both shrill and moderate, th

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780737754384
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 08/03/2012
Series: Opposing Viewpoints Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints? 11

Introduction 14

Chapter 1 Does Alternative Medicine Work?

Chapter Preface 20

1 Homeopathic Medicine Is Effective Dana Ullman 23

2 Homeopathic Medicine Is Ineffective Edzard Ernst 35

3 Sham Acupuncture's Effectiveness Casts Doubt on the Efficacy of Real Acupuncture Ted Burnham 40

4 Acupuncture Is Effective Despite Research Showing That Sham Acupuncture Is Helpful John Amaro 47

5 Chelation Therapy Is a Safe and Effective Treatment for Many Conditions Elmer M. Cranton 53

6 Chelation Therapy Is Dangerous and Ineffective for Treating Most Health Problems Saul Green 65

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 77

Chapter 2 Why Is Alternative Medicine Popular?

Chapter Preface 79

1 Politics and Culture Contribute to Alternative Medicine's Popularity Rahul Parikh 82

2 The Popularity of Alternative Medicine Is Exaggerated Brennen McKenzie 90

3 The Prevalence of Complementary Treatments Reflects Frustration with Traditional Medicine Lauren Cox 98

4 Celebrities Influence Public Interest in Alternative Treatments That Can be Detrimental Liz Szabo 105

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 112

Chapter 3 Can Alternative and Conventional Medicine Work Together?

Chapter Preface 114

1 The Need for Improvements in Health Care Highlights the Advantages of Integrative Medicine Donald Berwick Andrea M. Schultz Samantha M. Chao J. Michael McGinnis 117

2 A Complementary Medical Treatment Approach Can Lower Health Care Costs Kathleen Koster 126

3 A Complementary Approach to Medicine Helps Patients and Is Scientifically Sound David Katz 134

4 Complementary Medicine Is Scientifically Unsound and Only Increases Provider Profits Ben Kavoussi 144

5 Doctors Can and Should Regularly Use Ethically Prescribed Placebo Treatments Steve Silberman 153

6 Placebo Treatment Can Have Harmful as Well as Beneficial Effects Eliezer Sobel 167

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 174

Chapter 4 How Should Government Research and Regulate Alternative Medicine?

Chapter Preface 176

1 The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Should Be Funded: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine 179

2 The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Should Not Be Funded David Gorski 191

3 The Value of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Is Unclear David Brown 204

4 Expanding Labeling Requirements Would Better Inform Consumers About Safe Supplement Use: The Office of Senator Dick Durbin 211

5 Expanding Labeling Requirements for Dietary Supplements Would Punish Consumers and Manufacturers Hank Schultz Todd Runestad 216

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 224

For Further Discussion 225

Organizations to Contact 230

Bibliography of Books 238

Index 242

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