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What did ama reveal about complementary and alternative medicine?

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In brief: There are roles

Complementary, alternative and other such remedies all have a role to play in medical care.
However, it is important to have all of the facts about a disease before just using one approach. Steve jobs used alternative treatment for his pancreatic cancer, when he probably should have gone with tried therapies first. It is a great "back-up" but it is not a substitute.

In brief: There are roles

Complementary, alternative and other such remedies all have a role to play in medical care.
However, it is important to have all of the facts about a disease before just using one approach. Steve jobs used alternative treatment for his pancreatic cancer, when he probably should have gone with tried therapies first. It is a great "back-up" but it is not a substitute.
Dr. Lester Thompson
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine

In brief: AMA Reveal?

I'm not sure i fully understand your question.
The ama is a trade organization;only 17% of us doctors belong to the ama &77% of doctors in a recent survey say the ama doesn't represent their views.The ama originally formed to fight homeopathy & has been found guilty of illegally conspiring to suppress chiropractic, so what the ama "reveals"about cam should be taken with a grain of salt.See comment:.

In brief: AMA Reveal?

I'm not sure i fully understand your question.
The ama is a trade organization;only 17% of us doctors belong to the ama &77% of doctors in a recent survey say the ama doesn't represent their views.The ama originally formed to fight homeopathy & has been found guilty of illegally conspiring to suppress chiropractic, so what the ama "reveals"about cam should be taken with a grain of salt.See comment:.
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Randy Baker
The AMA's policy on CAM is predictably skeptical. One quote: Policy of the AMA on alternative medicine is: (1) There is little evidence to confirm the safety or efficacy of most alternative therapies. Much of the information currently known about these therapies makes it clear that many have not been shown to be efficacious. Well-designed, stringently controlled research should be done to evaluate the efficacy of alternative therapies. (2) Physicians should routinely inquire about the use of alternative or unconventional therapy by their patients, and educate themselves and their patients about the state of scientific knowledge with regard to alternative therapy that may be used or contemplated. (3) Patients who choose alternative therapies should be educated as to the hazards that might result from postponing or stopping conventional medical treatment. (CSA Rep. 12, A-97; Reaffirmed: BOT Rep. 36, A-02) (from http://www.camlawblog.com/articles/health-trends/american-medical-association-supports-alternative-medicine/ ) However, while the AMA criticizes CAM for lack of scientific evidence, quoting Larry Dossey MD: The British Medical Journal recently undertook an general analysis of common medical treatments to determine which are supported by sufficient reliable evidence. They evaluated around 2,500 treatments, and the results were as follows: 13 percent were found to be beneficial 23 percent were likely to be beneficial Eight percent were as likely to be harmful as beneficial Six percent were unlikely to be beneficial Four percent were likely to be harmful or ineffective. This left the largest category, 46 percent, as unknown in their effectiveness. In other words, when you take your sick child to the hospital or clinic, there is only a 36 percent chance that he will receive a treatment that has been scientifically demonstrated to be either beneficial or likely to be beneficial. This is remarkably similar to the results Dr. Brian Berman found in his analysis of completed Cochrane reviews of conventional medical practices. There, 38 percent of treatments were positive and 62 percent were negative or showed "no evidence of effect." (from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-larry-dossey/the-mythology-of-science_b_412475.html ). There is actually a surprisingly large body of science to validate the efficacy of many complementary/alternative therapies and much less potential toxicity compared to the 64% of conventional therapies that have not been proven to be effective!
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care

In brief: Proven vs unproven

By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine.
Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. They therefore remain "alternative". Be careful and watch your wallet.

In brief: Proven vs unproven

By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine.
Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. They therefore remain "alternative". Be careful and watch your wallet.
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