Your Guide to Articles
on Alternative and Complementary
How to keep from following a "rabbit trail" and looking up to see that 55 minutes have passed....and you're no closer to an answer than you were an hour ago!
(Yes, that happens to me more often than I want to admit.) My curious nature and interest in all things alternative and complementary--when it comes to health!
So, here's what I've learned while journeying down "rabbit trails" and beyond:
Be Cautious of Blogs
A blog is simply one person's journal entry--or web log. They make very interesting, compelling reading.
The reason to be cautious: often it's merely the author's opinion or experience, not medical data that will be universally true for everyone.
Check the author's biography to get an idea of their basis of authority. Sometimes a person is called "doctor" then you discover they're a PhD, not an MD or ND, etc.
And, worst-case scenario: a blog that's a tool to generate traffic or sell you something. It's an ad! Blech.
Blog I've really enjoyed:
Dr. Weil's daily blog page
Blogs are great for quick reading, for that "been there; done that" voice! For research results or latest study findings, I look to articles on alternative and complementary health therapies.
Sample Articles on this Site
You may enjoy reading the pages of informative and beneficial information I've already found...
...and considered noteworthy enough to put on this site for you! They are--in no particular order:
Expired Supplements: Safe to Use? For How Long?
Six Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies
Benefits of Green Tea
Heart Health by Judith Airey
The Gift of Aging by Gary Becker
Omega 3s for Depression by Kevin Flatt
Benefits of Vitamin B
Flax Seed for Hot Flashes by Sandhya Pruthi
Headache Relief through Acupuncture by NCCAM
Natural Therapy for Psoriasis
Exercise for Healthy Aging by Judith
Other reliable sources of Alternative Health Information
Go directly to the "top banana." (If you want to wade through the medical jargon!)
Large research centers constantly recruit, process and produce study results on alternative therapies. Currently, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is running clinical trials on:
- bodywork therapy
- chiropractic therapy
- energy healing (reiki)
- naturopathic medicine
- omega-3 fatty acids
- Qi Gong therapy
- Tai Chi, and
Actually, they're doing studies on more therapies than these, but I listed the ones which are already on this site, since I'm more familiar with them.
Another authoritative source is biomedcentral.com, which provides Open Access to its articles. How they protect from spamming -type submissions is by charging a fee to publish (about $1000 USD), and requiring cover letter, prescribed format, biography, and bibliography, etc. The entries offered to the public include reviews, methods, research articles, editorials and abstracts. Category identified as "Highly Accessed" shows which articles have been read most often.
That's the good news; the down side is the scientific language. The reference is offered here for you, if you're a highly motivated reader/researcher!
And, as Always...
..let the "Health Hound" know what you'd like to learn more about, because I'm always hungry to search out more useful and beneficial information on complementary and alternative health therapies! You may use this form to contact me~
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