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Dec 08, 1997
| ISBN 9780449000748
Sep 21, 2011
| ISBN 9780307807427
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Dec 08, 1997 | ISBN 9780449000748
Sep 21, 2011 | ISBN 9780307807427
"For those curious, confused, or downright leery about alternative medicine, the open-minded, plainspoken Rosenfeld offers some sound information."–Publishers WeeklyHere at last is an authoritative , comprehensive look at the controversial field of alternative medicine. A distinguished and experienced clinician, Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld reviews the track records of dozens of widely used alternative therapies, including acupuncture, aromatherapy, homeopathy, hypnosis, and reflexology. For each approach, he describes how it is used, the theories on which it is based, how much scientific evidence exists to support claims for it, and–perhaps most important–whether it actually works. With wit and candor he explainsHow claims made by some alternative practitioners may be valid even though they cannot be proven by the scientific methodHow hypnosis can be used to treat "physical" conditions like asthma as well as emotional disordersWhich herbal preparations should be added to, or even replace, conventional drugsWhy you should try to have acupuncture immediately after a strokeHow certain aromas can help claustrophobia, improve your sex life, and help you sleepWhy fasting can be good for your spirit but bad for your health
Here, at long last, is an unbiased look at alternative medicine by a distinguished and experienced clinician with an open mind. Ignoring the name-calling and turf wars among various health care factions, Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld, a professor of clinical medicine and author of several bestselling books (including Doctor, What Should I Eat? and The Best Treatment), turns his erudition to examining the field of alternative medicine. Based on in-depth research, and written with his trademark wit and candor, Dr. Rosenfeld reviews the track records of dozens of the most widely-used alternative therapies. He discusses such diverse approaches as hypnosis, acupuncture, chelation, homeopathy, reflexology, aromatherapy, applied kinesiology, hydrotherapy, oxygen therapy, fasting, Ayurvedic medicine, use of medicinal herbs, craniosacral therapy — and more.For each approach, Dr. Rosenfeld describes how it is used, the theories on which it is based, how much scientific evidence exists to support claims for it, and, most important for the health consumer, whether it actually works. Dr. Rosenfeld calls it as it is, including a delicious description of how to tell a quack from a legitimate practitioner.This is an eye-opening and entertaining approach to a controversial subject of vital interest to everyone. You will find many surprises in these pages. Read the excerpt for just some of the ways alternative medicine can and cannot work for you.
Isadore Rosenfeld, MD, is the Ida and Theo Rossi Distinguished Professor of Clinical Medicine and an attending physician at New York–Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He served for years on the Practicing Physicians Advisory Council for the Secretary of Health and Human… More about Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D.
Dr. Izzy is one of our idols, right up there with Andrew Weil. He’s a conventionally trained physician, but is willing to consider that alternative, complementary therapies can be helpful. Here, he presents his research into the major alternative schools of treatment, from homeopathy and herbals, to chelation and reflexology and gives bottom-line rulings on what works and what doesn’t. Some of his no-nonsense rulings will annoy establishment physicians and delight alternative practitioners, and vice versa. A terrific guide if you’re trying to choose an alternative treatment and want to know the medical/scientific evidence for whether or not it works.Leslie MeredithExecutive Editor & Divisional Vice PresidentBallantine Wellspring
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