The New York Times Guide to Alternative Health

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Macmillan, Jul 24, 2001 - Health & Fitness - 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.
 

Contents

Alternative
1
2
33
You Cant Say That
48
Medicine Cabinet
57
Bad Choices
69
A Matter of Life
80
The High Price of Ephedras Buzz
98
May Be to Blame
132
an Extra Kick
229
or Avoid It
259
Slather Your Face with Mulberries and Green Tea
276
On the Fringes of Health Care Untested Therapies
280
From Little Liver Pills to
320
Green Tea Without the Taste of Old Socks
340
And Soy May Not Even Be Best for Babies
350
Eating to Reach Your Life Span Or to Extend It
356

Heart Disease
134
Other Supplements
142
Little Too Touchy
199
Prayer Laughter Meditation and the Power
202
Health Food Homilies
362
The Latest Health Food but Hold the Clotted
368
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About the author (2001)

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

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