Conversations in Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Insights and Perspectives from Leading Practitioners

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Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2006 - Medical - 282 pages
Based on 27 interviews with leading experts in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), Conversations in Complementary and Alternative Medicine offers valuable insights and advice on a variety of CAM modalities, including acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, and herbal medicine. Each contributor identifies and answers the most commonly asked questions in their particular CAM specialty, including questions on practice, education, and research issues, and provides readers with important tools for identifying evidence-based practice that can form research questions for future CAM studies. Conversations in Complementary and Alternative Medicine is an essential resource for anyone contemplating a career in CAM or already working in the field.

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The Conversation by Kunz concerning reflexology is full of misleading propaganda from the website by the same author. Kunz states that Florida and other States allow regulate reflexology under "masssage" laws while not regulating modalities like Feldenkrais or Rolfing and states that anyone with limited or no training can practice Feldenkrais or Rolfing. This is the sort of misleading propaganda that provides complete disservice to Complementary and Alternative Medicine and modalities. Feldenkrais and Rolfing are trademarked names for bodywork modalities that require years of hands on training and education and practical examination, not to mention the thorough and detailed training required in Anatomy and Physiology. Unlike Kunz's own self proclaimed reflexology training of one weekend seminar and a mysterious 'test' the following year. Kunz has led an embittered battle to avoid any type of regulation for reflexology under the protest flags that reflexology is not massage. NO ONE EVER SAID reflexology was massage. However, reflexology is bodywork and when most States first enacted massage and bodywork legislation, budgets were tight and legislators agreed there was no room in most States for creating a separate regulatory board for each modality of bodywork in existence. While Kunz has done much work spreading propaganda to undo reflexology being regulated under massage therapy regulatory boards I have not seen one iota of work done by either Kunz to promote any regulatory actions supporting the public health and safety of the masses. Kunz only continues to waffle and dodge on defining reflexology and we are led to believe that reflexology is a practice so etherial that no current words in the English language suffice to describe its "touch without touch" methods. I have yet to experience reflexology when a legitimate reflexologist does not actually touch my foot or hand with pressure. So I challenge the Kunz regulatory protests and ask them to channel that touch wihtout touch energy into supporting organizations such as the American Reflexology Certification Board in its efforts to legitimize the practice of reflexology.  


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About the author (2006)

Dr. Cuellar received her BSN from the University of Southern Mississippi, her MSN from Louisiana State University Medical Center, and her DSN, in which she concentrated on Adult Health Nursing, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Cuellar' research focus is studying the sleep disorder Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), a lifelong, debilitating condition that worsens with age. She is examining a variety of CAM modalities that may help with the symptoms of RLS. Dr. Cuellar is currently funded with several grants that are examining the relationships among sleep, fatigue, depression, and quality of life in persons with RLS. She also has a grant that is examining the effects of valerian, a natural sleep aid, on outcomes of RLS, including symptom severity, sleep, fatigue, depression, and quality of life. Two other grants in review are related to testing various complementary and alternative therapies in persons with sleep problems. She has over 20 publications related to RLS, CAM, culture, and education. She has presented nationally and internationally at over 50 conferences.

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