Category: Alternative Healing

Alternative medical treatments gain interest, funding

MILWAUKEE – (KRT) – Johnnie Thomas spent 22 years trying to get teenagers to behave. As a building superintendent for a dormitory first run by the YMCA, now by Marquette University, he saw more than his share of late-night shenanigans. It took a toll, and in 1994, he underwent open-heart surgery. While recovering from the triple bypass, he re-evaluated his lifestyle – his food choices, his exercise regimen. But with an aloof doctor, and little in the way of support from home, he did not make much headway. Then, two years ago, Thomas saw a late-night advertisement on TV –

You did what?

Your body is pretty complex, sometimes needing an unconventional approach to soothe ills. Rosamund Burton checks out some wacky alternative therapies. Alternative medicine is more popular than ever so as new therapies become available it’s important we know how to use them. “Many therapies work in a way we understand little about, so it’s hard to evaluate them. The most important thing you can do is find treatments that are safe,” says Dr Giselle Cook, who combines orthodox and complementary medicine in her Sydney practice. While results can vary from person to person when it comes to alternative therapies, many

Alternative Remedies Gaining Popularity

Majority in U.S. Try Some Form, Survey Finds A majority of Americans are now trying to cure their ills with prayer or unconventional remedies, including herbal tonics, acupuncture, massage and yoga, federal researchers reported yesterday. A new government survey of more than 31,000 U.S. adults nationwide, the most comprehensive assessment of the use of alternative medicine in the United States, found that 36 percent are using some kind of “complementary and alternative” therapy. That number jumps to 62 percent when prayer is included. About one-fifth of Americans use “natural” supplements such as herbs and enzymes, with echinacea being the most

Medicine for the soul

From the moment a patient walks into his consulting room, Jan de Vries studies every tiny detail. The way they walk. The way they talk. Hair. Eyes. Not so different, then, from the professional interviewer. So here is that very first glimpse of the interviewee: up through the stairwell of his Edinburgh clinic, Jan de Vries is visible on the top landing. An array of our photographer’s equipment is spread out and de Vries stands, a small figure in a neat suit and tie, hands clasped one over the other, smiling stiffly at the camera. Climbing towards him, I notice

The Strange Case of Homeopathy

Summary: PT examines whether treating illnesses with homeopathy is simply unconventional nonsense or a medicinal cure thatis here to stay. In 1994, NASA computer scientist Amy Lansky of Portola Valley, California, began wondering about her two-year-old son. Max knew the alphabet and could beat adults at memory games, but he barely spoke and, despite normal hearing, didn’t seem to understand language. At preschool he was a loner. His main form of communication was poking people with his finger. Eventually, school officials urged Lansky to have him evaluated. The diagnosis: autism, a neurological and behavioral disorder for which there is no

They Call It Meditation in Motion, but Does Tai Chi Heal Ills?

MIAMI BEACH, April 12 — On a languid March evening, Jeff Morris, a lean, muscular man with a calm smile and shaved head, led a class of three men and two women with slow, fluid, continuous movements through the formalized postures of tai chi, the centuries-old Chinese Taoist martial art. For 75 minutes, the participants focused their attention on controlling the positions of their arms, legs, torsos and spines, guiding them in concert repeatedly through their poses with varying degrees of gracefulness. Told in 1986 that he had full-blown AIDS and just a year to live, Mr. Morris turned to

Ancient knowledge gets a modern makeover

A new government policy on paranormal and alternative healing therapies is expected to be unveiled in the near future. In a similar way to other countries which have recognized certain nonscience-based health care therapies like acupuncture, the Ministry of Health is now taking a close look at its own indigenous alternative medicine, including paranormal therapies. “The Ministry of Health recognizes that it has some limitations in providing health treatment to the community. That’s why we are making partnerships now with alternative medicine associations,” said Dr. Agnes Maureen Loupatty, head of the traditional health standardization section under the ministry’s Directorate General

Homeopathic Remedies Thrive in Mainstream

Despite a lack of supportive studies, the drugs are gaining popularity. A 101-year-old L.A. firm benefits from the trend. Jay Borneman braced for the worst when ABC’s “20/20” aired a segment in January claiming to expose homeopathic medicines as little more than a scam. The negative publicity, he figured, would result in a flurry of angry phone calls, harsh letters and a drop in business at his 101-year-old Los Angeles firm, Standard Homeopathic Co. Alternative Healing Research Resources on Alternative Healing But the outrage never materialized; Standard proved immune. In fact, in the days and weeks since the show aired,

Chiropractor sentenced in death

Hazleton woman to serve fraud term concurrently It was a small victory for a grieving mother, but one that will make little difference to the chiropractor accused of causing the woman’s epileptic daughter’s death through fraudulent treatment. Dauphin County Judge John F. Cherry imposed the maximum term of 3-6 months in prison and a $500 fine on Joanne Gallagher for violating the state’s chiropractic regulations in the death of Kimberly Strohecker. Strohecker, 31, died April 29, 1999, from numerous violent seizures after Gallagher advised her to stop taking anti-convulsive medication. Cherry’s sentence will mean little because a deal cut when

Too many accept irrational ideas

Critical thinking can avert tragedy A failure to resort to human reason cost a young woman her life. This past week, we read of Kimberly L. Strohecker, who took medication for seizures but was told by a chiropractor that she didn’t need her medicine. This chiropractor allegedly told Strohecker that she could be cured through the adjustment of mysterious energy fields in the human body that can be manipulated through a method called “reiki.” Related Too many accept irrational ideas Chiropractor sentenced in death Research resources on Alternative Healing Strohecker stopped taking her medicine, suffered severe seizures, and died at