The Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine on the Internet

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Overview

Learn to identify Internet-based complementary/alternative medicine resources you can trust!

This well-organized book takes a commonsense approach to getting the most out of the Internet when it comes to finding reliable information on complementary and alternative medicine. Author Lillian Brazin teaches classes on finding and evaluating health information on the Internet. In this book, she shares her years of experience in using and evaluating medical Internet sites to teach you to spot authoritative resources and avoid misinformation, sales pitches, and out-and-out quackery. In addition to showing you where to find the information you need, this book stresses the importance (the how and why) of working closely with your physician to get the best results from your complementary/alternative medical experience. More than 20 "screen shot" illustrations give you a preview of what to look for on various sites!

The Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine on the Internet will show you how to separate the wheat from the chaff when confronted with hundreds of Web sites purporting to provide reliable information. This jargon-free book addresses vital questions, such as:

  • How can I be certain that the information I find is correct?
  • How can I locate a Web site that was recommended to me?
  • How do I start out to research a particular health problem?
  • What do Internet terms like .com, .edu, .gov, listservs, :), BTW, LOL, flames, "netiquette," etc. mean?
This book will also help you understand controversial "hot topics" that include:
  • the Pilates exercise method that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis helped popularize in the 1960s is trendy again, with Pilates studios in most major cities
  • supermarket supplements, such as St. John's wort, gingko biloba, and vitamins A-Z: how can I find out which, if any of them, are for me?
  • the validity of celebrity endorsements for supplements and alternative therapies
While providing you with the skills to find the information you seek, this book reflects the author’s cautious perspective. The Internet can be frightening and overwhelming because there is so much information to sift through, digest, and evaluate. The Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine on the Internet (first in the new Internet Guides to Consumer Health Care series from The Haworth Information Press) will help you identify Internet resources for complementary and alternative medicine that you can trust.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Kathryn L. Fowler, MLS RN-BC(UPMC Passavant)
Description: Although some of the therapies discussed in this book have been practiced for thousands of years, insurance companies, physicians, and patients have only recently discovered the benefits of complementary and alternative medicine. The author provides guidance and direction to creditable resources on the Internet.
Purpose: With questions regarding these therapies, more and more patients and consumers are seeking information on the Internet. The author lists Web sites that answer questions for humans, and their pets, regarding therapies or disease processes, support groups, and locating licensed professionals. She also includes tips on finding and evaluating information retrieved from the Internet.
Audience: Although the material is written for nonmedical professionals and/or novice Internet users, both medical professionals and savvy Internet users will find this book worthwhile.
Features: Each therapy covered has an easy to understand definition. All Web site descriptions include the authors' or sponsoring institution's credentials and direct the reader to interesting aspects of the site. The screenshots are easy to read and the index is cross-referenced.
Assessment: The author, a librarian, is familiar with the varied needs of her audience. She recognizes the future likelihood of dead links, but provides helpful hints to find similar materials. This small book packs a powerful punch. I would recommend it to any public or patient library and to anyone remotely interested in pursuing complementary and alternative medicine treatments.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789015716
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Words of Wisdom
  • Introduction
  • How I Selected These Web Sites
  • Why Read This Book?
  • Let the Searcher Beware: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly—Evaluating CAM Web Sites
  • Getting Started
  • Netiquette
  • Chapter 2. General Web Sites
  • Search Engines
  • Discussion Groups (Mailing Lists, Chat Rooms, Newsgroups)
  • Megasites (Medical School, Academic, or Library Based)
  • Associations/Organizations
  • General CAM Web Sites (Not Produced by Libraries, Universities, or Medical Schools)
  • General Government Resources
  • Chapter 3. A Sampling of CAM Therapies and Philosophies
  • Acupuncture
  • African-American Wellness
  • Alexander Technique (AT)
  • Aromatherapy
  • Ayurvedic Medicine
  • Biofeedback
  • Chinese or Asian Traditional Medicine
  • Chiropractic
  • Feldenkrais Work
  • Guided Imagery (GI)
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Hispanic Herbalism
  • Holistic Medicine
  • Homeopathic Medicine
  • Humor or Clown Therapy
  • Huna
  • Hypnosis
  • Massage Therapy
  • Naturopathic Therapy
  • Nutrition
  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • Pet Therapy
  • Pilates Method
  • Polarity Therapy
  • Rolfing
  • Shamanism
  • Spirituality and Prayer
  • Veterinary CAM
  • Chapter 4. CAM for Specific Illnesses or Symptoms
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease/ Colitis/Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Hepatitis C
  • Menopause
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Sickle-Cell Disease
  • Chapter 5. Parting Advice: Ready, Set, "Google"
  • Glossary
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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