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CAM is Coming Into the Mainstream

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Complementary, alternative, integrative, and mainstream medicine are defined. The Health Medicine Model is discussed and the difference from disease care and health care are also reviewed. We need CAM if medicine is going to advance.      

Cancer Prevention

submitted by: admin on 02/16/2015
The early detection of cancer is often confused with cancer prevention. It is far better to not get cancer than to deal with even the very earliest of cancers. A healthy lifestyle is the most powerful medicine in the universe and it is within our power to pay attention to the style in which we live our lives! We know what causes cancer and it is straightforward...

Do Herbal Supplements Interfere with Chemotherapy?

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
Doctors tend to urge cancer patients to discuss supplements with their doctors before beginning treatment because they may negatively affect chemotherapy. Some herbs interfere with the metabolism of chemotherapy drugs. Another problem is that MDs are not trained in nutrition, herbs and supplements and generally discourage the use of any treatment they are unfamiliar....

How Oncologists Let Their Patients Down

submitted by: admin on 10/22/2018
There is a turf war between mainstream oncologists and CAM doctors that leads to an adversarial and competitive stance that is not in the patient's best interest. There is enough cancer around, but there aren't enough cures! Integrative oncology is sadly needed, but greed has gotten in the way of working together for the best interest of the patient....

Integrative Cancer Strategies

submitted by: admin on 06/18/2016
  When you have a diagnosis of cancer, choosing a treatment is very challenging. We cannot go to a single practitioner most of the time because they know either mainstream or CAM approaches. The major mainstream approach is to fight the cancer, to kill it. The major approach of CAM practitioners is to strengthen the body so it can deal with cancer itself....

Integrative Medicine and Cancer

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
It is wise to consider both the mainstream and CAM approaches to manage cancer. Lifestyle is an underrated treatment that is often far more powerful than chemotherapy or radiation. All too often we don't consider CAM approaches until mainstream treatments are no longer a consideration. Even if CAM approaches don't work, they at least offer hope and have...

MD Responses to CAM

submitted by: admin on 05/24/2019
MDs are having a difficult time accepting CAM. It is not easy to accept that today’s medicine is flawed after all the years of training. Changing one’s belief system and style of practice is challenging; this is discussed.

Why Mainstream Medicine Resists CAM

submitted by: admin on 12/17/2014
An article published in the December 2014 supplement of Medical Care presented 14 original studies promoting the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the military to manage PTSD. They reported that CAM programs are now offered in 90% of VA hospitals today for chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD, and depression. They can do this because they are...