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there is no evidence to justify any claim for the specific effectiveness of any except a very few specific complementary and alternative medical (CAM) treatments. Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine: Medicine & Health Science Books @ sppn.info “Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine” is a thoroughly researched, objective, persuasive and spell-binding argument that most.
More importantly, does Ayurveda work?
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Credible scientific research answers in the negative, on all counts. Ayurvedic documentation nonetheless carries endless lists of testimonials written by patients who swear by the ancient Indian health care system. Many medical conditions are self-limiting and will clear up in time—an untreated common cold will last an average of seven days; but with treatment say, an Ayurvedic mantra or an over-the-counter cough syrup , the same common cold will last about a week.
And, as repeatedly demonstrated with other CAMs complementary and alternative medicines , simple faith in a therapy can trigger an impressive but temporary placebo effect. This is a classic example of post hoc ergo propter hoc reasoning, an erroneous inference of causality: After Ayurvedic therapy, therefore because of Ayurvedic therapy.
A document prepared by the U. In the Indian national magazine Frontline, 10 Dr.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine tested the effectiveness of guggul lipid 11 —a mainstay of Ayurveda therapy—on lowering high cholesterol. They found that adults with high cholesterol showed no improvement. In a similar fashion, the School of Dentistry of the University of California, San Francisco, conducted a clinical trial of curcuminoids in oral lichen planus, 12 a chronic immunological disease.
Curcuminoids are components of turmeric, a household spice in the ginger family often used in Ayurvedic therapies. Other trials, notably one on Ayurvedic treatment of diabetes 14 and a general study of Ayurveda as primary health care, 15 are inconclusive and call simply for further research. But if people choose to waste their money on ineffective therapies, what is the harm?
Serious problems arise on many levels, several of them common to many CAMs. In a high-profile case, 18 a California man diagnosed with leukemia by mainstream doctors put himself in the care of a high-profile Ayurvedic practitioner.
The man died of leukemia shortly thereafter. An Excellent Guide to Understanding Alternative Medicine An excellent guide to the confusions and contradictions of alternative medicine written with clarity, integrity and authority.
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What works? Who can you trust? What alternative cures have positive results? But these concoctions have been found to be both harmful and impure. Many natural products are unsafe, some are even deadly.
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In , the U. Food and Drug Administration FDA banned the use of sassafras oil 19 in foods and drugs based on reports demonstrating a risk of permanent liver damage and cancer.
More recently, Switzerland, France, and the Netherlands banned kava a plant product used for relaxation after studies showed a risk of severe liver toxicity. In , the Journal of the American Medical Association JAMA reported that lead, mercury, and arsenic intoxication were associated with the use of Ayurvedic herbal medicines.
But how credible is this defense since mercury and lead have always figured prominently in Ayurvedic concoctions? It finds that the scientific evidence for these alternative treatments is generally lacking. Homeopathy is concluded to be completely ineffective: "It's nothing but a placebo , despite what homeopaths say". Such potential risks outlined by the authors are contamination or unexpected interactions between components in the case of herbal medicine, risk of infection in the case of acupuncture and the potential for chiropractic manipulation of the neck to cause delayed stroke.
The book is very critical of Prince Charles ' advocacy of alternative medicine and the actions of his now-defunct The Prince's Foundation for Integrated Health. Trick or Treatment is dedicated, in an ironic fashion, to the Prince. A More In-Depth Background[ edit ] The book is dedicated to the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, who has called for studies of alternative medicine but disregards them.
The first chapter explains the scientific method, and what people regard as the truth. Four chapters are dedictaed to explaining scientific evidence for acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic, and herbal medicine.
Silverman was frustrated by seeing premature babies go blind with retinopathy of prematurity, and tried to make breakthroughs in the field by changing their treatment options.
The book contains six chapters: How do you determine the truth?
This chapter describes the methods and history of clinical trials, such as the trial to determine a proper treatment for scurvy by James Lind and the story of Florence Nightingale.
James Lind was a British physician who pionereed naval hygeine.
He recommended that citrus fruit and lemon juicde should be included in the diets of seamen to eradictate the illness of scurvy. Lind was able to come to the conclusion that these remdies may reduce this particular illness through the various clinical trials he performed taht were successful.
Florence Nightingale is another example used in the novel as someone who practiced the scientific medicine and evidence based medicine as she pioneered the profession of nursing. The truth about acupuncture This chapter discusses the evidence surrounding acupuncture , a form of alternative medicine in which acupuncturists place needles in the body for the purpose of blocking Ch'i meridians throughout the body, thus encouraging full health.
The authors examine the recent history of acupuncture and several various trials of the technique. The authors conclude that acupuncture is essentially a placebo. The truth about homeopathy This chapter discusses the evidence surrounding homeopathy , an alternative medicine technique which consists of finding a substance which causes symptoms similar to the condition needing to be treated in a healthy person , then diluting that substance to an extreme degree.
The chapter examines the history of homeopathy and reviews various trials regarding the technique, especially the trial done by Jacques Benveniste , a French researcher. The authors conclude that homeopathy is a placebo. The history of chiropractic, as well as several of the trials on chiropractic are described.
The authors conclude that there is no evidence to support most of chiropractic's claims.Singh Singh was sued for libel by the British Chiropractic Association for comments he wrote in a column  in The Guardian about the book. This measure was used for all at 0. Adjustment of Figure 1.
In , the U. Neurology 64, — One pianist of consequence that a mechanical constraints by the latex glove this group had switched from playing chamber music to piano have a negative effect on playing ability and b the response teaching. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine tested the effectiveness of guggul lipid 11 —a mainstay of Ayurveda therapy—on lowering high cholesterol.
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