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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liesa Harte
28 years experience Family Medicine
Alternative Medicine: The problem is that there is not a firm definition for alternative medicine or holistic medicine. Some people think of "holistic" medicine as meaning ... Read More

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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: If you get seriously sick, the treatment you get is evidence based. You're not getting it because it's "conventional" or because of a cultural or powe ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Phony stuff: Evidence-based medicine is tested as stringently as anything in science. Complementary medicine offers comfort and help, is labor-intensive and does n ... Read More
Dr. Maiysha Clairborne
19 years experience Family Medicine
Alternative medicine: Many examples of alternative medicine. Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Naturopathy are all types of alternative therapies. Oth ... Read More
Dr. Erik Borncamp
24 years experience Wound care
Proven vs unproven: By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Usually: Since most aspects of complementary and alternative medicine have never been put to clinical trials, they are mostly ineffective. But the placebo eff ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
CAM: Complementary and alternative medicine ("cam") is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that usually aren't cons ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seema Patel
26 years experience Holistic Medicine
Different philosophy: There are many definitions to alternative medicine but usually it is defined as methods of care that do not involve pharmaceutical drugs and procedure ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Little: Since most aspects of complementary and alternative medicine have never been put to clinical trials, they are mostly ineffective. But the placebo effe ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Whole Person: Holistic (and integrative) medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphas ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seema Patel
26 years experience Holistic Medicine
Alternative Medicine: Complementary and alternative medicine (cam) use a holistic approach to treating the patient, combining both traditional western medicine with alterna ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Alternative medicine may be used to help manage:: Menopause.

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