Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a major component of healthcare in most late modern societies. While there is increasing recognition of the need for more research in this area, it is frequently argued that such research should be directed towards establishing ‘evidence’ that will provide ‘answers’ to policy questions. However, complementary medicine is also a topic worthy of study in its own right, a historically contingent social product, and it is this sociological agenda that underpins The Mainstreaming of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
I spent eight years as a research biochemist. Throughout that time I lived with Sam, a large, ginger neutered tom cat. He had moved in with no fur on his belly and back legs – apparently as a result of fleas – and a medicine cabinet of powerful and expensive steroids. I decided that if fleas were causing Sam’s baldness then I would deal with them rather than spend my meagre funds on cat steroids. So I bought him a flea collar and dusted him down with flea powder.
Este texto de anatomía clínica está orientado a los estudiantes que recién comienzan una carrera de ciencias de la salud y necesitan comprender las bases de la estructura del cuerpo humano. En esta obra se enfatiza el contexto de aplicación de los conocimientos anatómicos en la práctica profesional, la comprensión de los mecanismos por los cuales se producen las lesiones y la elección de tratamientos en los pacientes.
There are a number of excellent books on the market addressing the role of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in nursing, midwifery and physio-therapy (Rankin-Box 2001, Tiran 2000, Charman, 2000) which review, in general, a range of themes relevant to the discipline. As far as possible I have tried to avoid going over the same ground in this book, however, there will be inevitably some overlap. In addition I have assumed that the reader has a prior level of knowledge covering paediatric, professional and legal issues in nursing.
Alternative medicine is a term that causes confusion for most people.
What is alternative medicine? How does it compare with conventional medicine? What is integrative medicine? Is integrative medicine the same as alternative medicine? How does alternative medicine compare with holistic health? What do all of these practices have in common, and what are their differences? Do they work? Are they safe?
The reason most consumers choose to explore alternative approaches to healing is a very simple one: what they’re currently doing isn’t working.
According to a random survey conducted in 1997, 42% of Americans sought out and used one or more types of medical interventions that were not taught in medical schools and were not generally available in U.S. hospitals. This represented an eight percentage point increase over the 1990 results of the same survey. While the vast majority (96%) of these people were also seeking conventional treatment for their health problems, less than 40% of these people told their conventional doctors what they were doing. Clearly, something’s going on with alternative medicine.
In recent years, complementary and alternative medicine (often referred to as CAM in the literature) has grown tremendously in both popularity and economic importance. It is now recognized that about one third of the population of industrialized countries has had some experience with CAM. The new medical industry has generated its own field of adherents, practitioners, opponents, lobbyists, counterlobbyists, and regulations.
This book provides information on alternative and complementary therapies that can expand the healing spectrum for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). It discusses healing perspectives and paradigms that have not been a part of traditional modern medicine but that, nevertheless, comprised a key component of healing armamentaria throughout much of mankind’s history.
The various subjects are frequently discussed from a holistic, mind–body–spirit view, in contrast to conventional medicine’s reductionistic orientation that views us as a sum of our body
The rise of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) – a whole array of practices, products and approaches to health and illness1 – can certainly no longer be characterised as cultural fad or fashion. Changes in the use of titles (from ‘unscientific’ and ‘marginal’ to ‘complementary’ and ‘integrative’)
reflect a more substantive relocation and transformation of many of these medicines from the fringe to the mainstream of both community and professional health-care discourse and practice (Tovey et al. 2004).
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, by whatever name they are called, have existed from antiquity. Recognition of the widespread use of CAM by the people of the United States has given new emphasis to the need to better understand the effects of these treatments from the perspective of personal and public health. To provide a rational, effective, efficient, and personally satisfactory health care system, it is important and useful to know who is using CAM therapies and why,
As I read this book two ideas kept intruding into my concentration. The first was that I wished I’d had this text 25 years ago when I started developing research methodology in the field of acupuncture, and the second was the title. Why was such a text only relevant to complementary and alternative medicine? Mark Kane has done a superb job, based largely on the teaching programme at Westminster, of systematising, defining and explaining a whole range of basic principles and concepts within the field of clinical research.
In 1988, an exciting and important new program was launched at the Institute of Medicine. Through the generosity of the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation, a lecture series was established to bring to greater attention some of the critical health policy issues facing our nation today.
Each year a subject of particular relevance is addressed through three lectures presented by experts in the field. The lectures are published at a later date for national dissemination.
The aim of this book is to communicate to mainstream public administration students, practitioners, and academicians the growth of the subfield of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender public administrative theory and practice over the past few years. The era from the Stonewall rights revolution to the present involves a transformation from marginalized activity to mainstream public administrative practice not only in the United States and Canada, but also within Australia and the European Community.
Los trastornos de las articulaciones y de los músculos temporomandibulares, comúnmente llamados trastornos de la ATM (o TMJ, por sus siglas en inglés), son un grupo de afecciones que causan dolor y disfunción en las articulaciones y los músculos mandibulares que controlan el movimiento de la mandíbula.
Desde la aparición del ser humano, la búsqueda de plantasmedicinales curativas, el deseo demodificar el nivel de conciencia y la necesidad de obtener sustancias enteógenas para los ritos iniciáticos, debieron ser los principales factores que contribuyeron a que se experimentara con una gran variedad de sustancias psicoactivas. En las culturas primitivas existía una limitación y socialización del uso de estas sustancias que quedaba prácticamente restringido a prácticas sanadoras o rituales religiosos, por lo que su consumo debia estarmuy restringido.
Un trastorno de la alimentación es una enfermedad que causa graves perturbaciones en su dieta diaria, tales como comer cantidades muy pequeñas o comer en exceso. Una persona que tiene un trastorno de la alimentación puede haber comenzado por comer pequeñas o grandes cantidades de comida, pero en algún momento el impulso de comer más o menos se disparó fuera de control. Angustia severa o preocupación por la forma o el peso del cuerpo también se pueden caracterizar como un trastorno de la alimentación.
Los trastornos de la conducta alimentaria (TCA) están incrementándose en los últimos años, siendo motivo de gran preocupación para los profesionales que trabajamos en esta área, y por supuesto también para las familias.
El hecho de que hayan aumentado los casos de personas que sufren esta enfermedad provoca el que aumente el número de investigaciones al respecto,
La obesidad es la alteración nutricial más común en el mundo desarrollado y está alcanzando proporciones significativas en los países en vías de desarrollo.
En la población se asocia con un aumento en la morbilidad y una disminución en la esperanza de vida.
La descripción de esta relación no es reciente; ya en el siglo IV aC Hipócrates afirmó que: “la muerte súbita es más común en aquellos que son naturalmente gordos que en los delgados”.