The New York Times Guide to Alternative Health

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Macmillan, Jul 24, 2001 - Business & Economics - 394 pages
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.

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The Booming
Red Yeast Rice Redux
Cures Cancer Prevents AIDS Improves Sex Sorry
Tapping the Market in Morning Sickness
Some Help Some Harm Many Remain
In the Garden of Herbal Remedies Weeding Out
Mainstream Medicine Sifts
The MuscleBuilding Secret Is Out
The Arthritis
Bringing Sleep to the Blind
Whats It Good for Maybe? 174 Acupuncture Whats It Good for Maybe?
Learning Pilates One Stretch at a Time
A Mystical Exercise Regimen Draws
Rubdowns Are Fine Then Again They Can Get
The Mind Body Connection

Purveyor of Pill and Potion Mixes
Weed Whacks Depression
The High Price of Ephedras Buzz
Too Much Is Dangerous
Widespread Vitamin D Deficiency
No Help for Cancer
Other Supplements
Meditation Gains Ground Even in Hospitals
Cautionary Tales
Green Tea Without the Taste of Old Socks
And Soy May Not Even Be Best for Babies 350 And Soy May Not Even Be Best for Babies
Ups and Downs for Diet Guinea Pigs
The Latest Health Food but Hold the Clotted

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About the author (2001)

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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