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I've written two essays on alternative/complementary/herbal medicine. Both essays focus
on the role of scientific thinking as the basis for choosing between conflicting claims.
Actually, if you prefer to skip the essays, I can sum up many of the arguments made
there in two points:
- Herbal remedies are safe because they're natural. Like all natural cigarettes.
- The more radical alternative therapies are not challenges to medicine, they are
challenges to physics, chemistry, and biology.
These essays are dedicated to three of the most remarkable legislators of the decade:
Orrin (dark ages) Hatch, Tom (bee pollen) Harkin and Dan (bring-on-the-plagues) Burton.
Together they gave us the Dietary
Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994. Spam advertising pills to enlarge various
organs is a major part of their joint legislative heritage.
- Alternative Medicine- A Critique from Scientific Medicine.
John G. Faughnan, MD, MS
- This essay was written for the web in 1996. It's been revised based on some comments,
and there's a Q&A section. It was written for a lay audience.
- Alternative Medicine by Family Physicians- A Contrary
Perspective John G. Faughnan MD, MS, Emily A. Lagace, MD
- This essay was written for an audience of family physicians. It addressed the question -
should a family physican integrate alternative medicine into their practice?
and the Alternative. J Fam Pract 1998 Oct;47(4):262-3 John G Faughnan, Emily A Lagace
- A published version of the above. Reprints available on request (address below).
Author: John G. Faughnan.
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