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New York Times Guide to Alternative Health
     

New York Times Guide to Alternative Health

by Jane E. Brody
 

An indispensible resource for anyone interested in alternative medicine.

Nearly half the American population has at some point consulted a practitioner of complementary medicine — a chiropractor or a specialist in acupuncture, homeopathy, massage therapy, or herbal or Chinese medicine. The amount of money spent on treatments and products in these

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An indispensible resource for anyone interested in alternative medicine.

Nearly half the American population has at some point consulted a practitioner of complementary medicine — a chiropractor or a specialist in acupuncture, homeopathy, massage therapy, or herbal or Chinese medicine. The amount of money spent on treatments and products in these areas is staggering, yet we still know little about their efficacy.

Adhering to the same high standards of investigation used by mainstream medical science, Jane Brody, Denise Grady, and the reporters of The New York Times take a hard look at the products, the research — and the scams. They reveal the facts about unregulated dietary supplements, interactions between herbal and prescription medicines, and the many theories about the power of the mind over physical ailments. They evaluate claims about popular remedies like echinacea, ginkgo, and St. John's wort, and review the increasing body of scientific data on alternative treatments, including critical government case studies.

Contributors to this timely and authoritative guide include star writers of the health, science, and business pages of The New York Times, whose articles are prized by those seeking practical, reliable, well-researched reporting on vital health issues.

Editorial Reviews

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Compiling a broad sampling of articles on alternative health from the pages of The New York Times, this guide presents a wealth of information on topics such as aromatherapy, herbal supplements, and magnet therapy, all easily digestible to the layperson. More than just a medical reference, this self-proclaimed "consumer reference" is a valuable resource for differentiating between effective treatments and scams.
Library Journal
Brody, personal health columnist for the New York Times and author of several best-selling health and nutrition books, is here joined by Denise Grady, a science and health reporter for the New York Times, and by other Times reporters to compile a guide that offers facts, theories, and anecdotal evidence related to several of the most popular alternative therapies, including acupuncture, massage therapy, herbal medicine, and chiropractic. Although it is neither comprehensive in scope nor in-depth in its analysis of specific therapies, it does give an overview of the current information available in both scientific and popular literature, aiming to debunk popular myths and assess these therapies scientifically. This is a useful resource for libraries that receive frequent questions about alternative therapies. It will also be a good resource for students who are writing papers on alternative therapies, as it includes both historical and current information about the therapies. Kristine Benishek, Good Samaritan Hosp., Dayton Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805067439
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.06(d)

Meet the Author

Jane E. Brody is the personal health columnist for The New York Times and the author of several bestselling books, including Jane Brody's Good Food Book and Jane Brody's Nutrition Book. She lives in New York City.

Denise Grady is a science and health reporter for the popular Science Times weekly section of The New York Times. She lives in New York City.

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