Complementary and Alternative Medicine Information for Teens: Health Tips about Non-Traditional and Non-Western Medical Practices; Including Information about Acupuncture, Chiropractic Medicine, Dietary and Herbal Supplements, Hypnosis, Massage Therapy, P

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Reviewer: Julie Finger, MD, MPH (Tulane University School of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive overview of the most common complementary and alternative medicine therapies currently available.
Purpose: This book seeks to explain complementary and alternative medical (CAM) systems, practices, and therapies to teenagers. With more and more people turning to CAM, including teens, this is indeed a worthy objective. However, this book does not fully meet its goal.
Audience: Although intended for teenagers, I find the book's language often too advanced or scientific for that audience.
Features: This book covers multiple components of CAM: whole medical systems, body-based practices, mind-body practices, sensory practices, biologically/energy-based practices, and dietary/herbal remedies. In general, it does a good job of presenting a balanced picture of CAM practices, weighing claims of effects with scientific evidence. It also gives good tips for CAM consumers regarding insurance coverage, selecting practitioners, and reputable resources.
Assessment: While the goal of creating a thorough, basic guide to CAM for teens is worthwhile, this book fails overall to meet that objective. The writing is often above the audience's reading level. Better explanations of the specifics of the techniques, including graphic representations of how they are done, are needed. The writing itself is very inconsistent; some chapters are well-written while others lose all sense of balance (the Riki chapter in particular fails to be objective). Finally, each chapter mentions current evidence frequently, but never cites any specific studies. The sources it does cite in each chapter are usually from that practice's main website, not necessarily an unbiased source. While this is a noble attempt to introduce teens to CAM, the book's deficiencies prevent it from reaching its goal.
VOYA - Roxy Ekstrom
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) draws from treatments and practices that are different from those used in traditional Western medicine, and interest in these nontraditional and non-Western medical practices is growing steadily. According to a National Center for Health Statistics survey, 36 percent of adults in the United States are using some form of CAM. This book seeks to give a broad overview of the various types, dividing forty-four different forms into six sections: Whole Medical Systems, including Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine; Manipulative and Body-Based Practices, including acupuncture and massage therapy; Dietary and Herbal Remedies, including dietary supplements and vegetarian diets; Mind-Body Medicine, including biofeedback and yoga; Biologically Based Practices and Energy Medicine, including chelation therapy and reiki; and Using the Senses and Emotions to Enhance Well-Being, which includes art and music therapy. Alternative treatments for pain, cancer, diabetes, and mental health are also covered. A directory of resources and tips on avoiding fraudulent health claims are included. The author draws from readily available Internet resources, pulling everything together in one concise volume. Many chapters are publications produced by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), and National Institutes of Health, whereas others contain information from sites created by organizations or practitioners of the various CAM therapies. Sidebars include glossaries and "It's a Fact" tidbits. Many of the chapters are in a question/answer format. This volume provides a solid foundation for further investigation of the subject, makingit useful for both public and high school libraries. The list of additional readings is comprehensive, as is the directory of resources that includes full information on thirty-three national organizations and twelve additional Web sites. All information was verified in March 2006.
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Gr 7 & Up - This volume is divided into 60 chapters, each focusing on a specific natural medicine or therapy that can be used in combination with or in place of conventional drugs to enhance health and well being. The chapters are further organized into sections categorized by broader themes or issues. The nine parts address major categories, such as whole-medicine systems, manipulative and body-based practices, dietary and herbal remedies, and energy medicines, as well as sensory and emotional-based therapies. Information is provided for popular practices such as acupuncture, massage therapy, aromatherapy, yoga, and hypnosis. One section discusses the applications of various therapies in the management of cancer, diabetes, and chronic pain. Numerous sidebars present facts and tips in unappealing gray-shaded boxes. Nonetheless, due to the book's valuable content, this is a useful resource, especially for collections that do not have other titles on the topic.-Caroline Geck, Kean University, Union, NJ

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780780809666
  • Publisher: Omnigraphics, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Series: Teen Health Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 408
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.38 (d)

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