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Reviews of The Best Alternative Medicine

From the Book Jacket

"If you have ever wondered whether there is any basis of fact under the bewildering claims and counterclaims of alternative medical care, this , is the book for you. In The Best Alternative Medicine, Dr. Kenneth Pelletier, one of the earliest pioneers of mind/body medicine, offers clear, up-to-the-minute scientific evidence for the most common alternative approaches. What a gift this is! If you are a patient, I strongly suggest you read the book before you try an alternative treatment. It may save your life."
-- Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., Clinical Professor, Family and Community Medicine, UCSF School Of Medicine

"The medicine of the future will integrate the best of traditional and nontraditional approaches to health arid healing. But why wait? Find it today in The Best Alternative Medicine."
-- Dean Ornish, M.D., Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute; Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine; author, Dr. Dean Ornish's Program For Reversing Heart Disease and Love & Survival

"Based on an enormous body of research, this is a brilliant synthesis of the emerging field of alternative medicine. Written in plain language, This book will help anyone find their way in this exciting, complex area. For many years I've personally looked to Dr. Pelletier as a guide in this field. This book shows why."
--Larry Dossey, M.D., author, Reinventing Medicine and Healing Words; Executive Editor, Alternative Therapies In Health and Medicine

"There are a confusing number of therapies considered to be 'alternative medicine' and an equally confusing number of claims, as well as disclaimers, about their effectiveness. In this book. Dr. Pelletier uses a wealth of clinical and scientific knowledge to steer a level course through this overwhelming morass of information. The Best Alternative Medicine gives us the facts we need to know -- what are the main therapies, what is the scientific proof of their safety and effectiveness, and which conditions are they most likely to help?"
-- Brian M. Berman, M.D., Associate Professor and Director, University of Maryland School of Medicine

"In The Best Alternative Medicine, Dr. Pelletier's comprehensive and authoritative review of the research on complementary and alternative approaches to a broad range of medical problems will help the reader separate fact from fiction in this burgeoning and confusing field. This book should be in the hands of anyone considering alternative treatments, whether patient or physician."
—Dr. Redford B. Williams, Jr., M.D., Director, Behavioral Medicine Research Center, Duke University Medical Center; coauthor, Anger Kills

"Are you uncertain about which treatments are most effective in complementary and alternative medicine? From herbs to nutrition, chiropractic to yoga, and homeopathy to prayer. Dr. Kenneth Pelletier -- one of the pioneers in the new medicine -- has assessed a mountain of research to provide authoritative answers. This readable, scientifically sound guide belongs in the home of every person interested in their health."
—Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author, Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

"Alternative medicine needs an 'evidence-based' middle ground for the public and for practitioners. The research and wise counsel from Dr. Kenneth Pelletier, in The Best Alternative Medicine, provides us all with an inspired framework for integrating conventional and alternative medicine.'
—John W. Farquhar, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Director, Stanford Wellness Center, Stanford University School of Medicine

"In The Best Alternative Medicine Dr. Pelletier gives us the most up-to-date and authoritative information on which therapies work and which don't. Concise, readable, invaluable."
—James S. Gordon, M.D., Director, Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Washington, D.C.; author. Manifesto for a New Medicine

"It's so-o-o wonderful that we've finally moved beyond the old knee-jerk head-butting between pro- and anti- alternative medicine forces and can now engage in rational discussions of what works, what does not, and who decides. Dr. Pelletier is an important change-agent in this process. His book is necessary reading for all concerned."
—Tom Ferguson, M.D., Adjunct Associate Professor of Consumer Health Informatics, University of Texas Health Science Center

"The real future of medicine is the integration of the best of evidence-based conventional and alternative therapies. Dr. Pelletier's book is a landmark contribution to the medicine we want and the medicine we need."
—Michael Lemer, President, Commonweal; author, Choices in Healing

"Dr. Kenneth Pelletier's The Best Alternative Medicine brings the global field of healing into focus by offering empirical wisdom in a wilderness of wishful thinking. With an open-minded, appreciative analysis of complementary approaches to wellness, Pelletier ultimately reveals that there is no alternative to medicine -- only methods that work and those that do not. An essential reference, it may well become a classic."
-- Dan Millman, Author of Everyday Enlightenment, and Body/Mind Mastery

"Dr. Pelletier tells us not only 'what works' and what does not' but all the 'maybes' as well, the gray areas where most of the important questions about alternative medicine reside right now. This book gives readers the essential information to make decisions about the 'maybes' that affect their health."
—Walter M. Bortz, II, M.D., Palo Alto Medical Foundation

"All good medicine is the result of a marriage between an open mind and a generous heart grounded in the principles of rigorous science. The Best Alternative Medicine is good medicine and it delivers exactly what it promises."
—Christiane Nortlu-up, M.D., author,Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"When traveling to a new land, it helps to have an authoritative guidebook written by an experienced and professional traveler. The Best Alternative Medicine is just such a guide for those venturing into the land of complementary and alternative medicine. It points out the highlights, great sites to visit, and, importantly, how to avoid pitfalls (and rip-offs). Don't leave home without it!"
—David Sobel, M.D., M.P.H., Director of Patient Education, Kaiser Permanente Northern California; author. Mind & Body Health Handbook

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From Print and Online

Complementary and alternative medicine, which ranges from acupuncture and chiropractic care to more esoteric disciplines such as Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine, was a $14 billion industry by the year 2000. As the public's interest in health practices outside the purview of conventional medicine has increased, so has the controversy about the efficacy of such methods. But while conventional doctors criticize the absence of conclusive clinical evidence for most alternative therapies, there is nevertheless a growing number of people who suffer from chronic illnesses and, frustrated by the usual medical route, are willing to try new modalities. In The Best Alternative Medicine, Dr. Kenneth Pelletier of the Stanford School of Medicine addresses the debate head-on with the goal of providing an authoritative consumer reference guide that focuses on the existing body of clinical research (funded in large part by the National Institutes of Health) and the safest applications of the 12 most common practices. Pelletier, who is also the director of the National Institutes of Health's Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program and the author of Sound Mind, Sound Body: A New Model for Lifelong Health, evaluates those approaches mentioned above as well as mind-body medicine, supplements, Western herbal medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy, and the healing applications of spirituality from three perspectives: what works, what doesn't work, and what is "in the works." He then presents an A to Z of health conditions--from AIDS and arthritis to osteoporosis and varicose veins--with bulleted points referencing the beneficial alternative therapies. While Pelletier is clearly an advocate of complementary and alternative medicine, he takes a discerning position and carefully cuts through the jargon and unsubstantiated claims to present an unbiased, evidence-based resource that will be invaluable to people considering a new approach to their health care.
--Rebecca Wright for Amazon.com

Pelletier (Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer) examines the most popular alternative therapies being used today--from homeopathy and Western herbal medicine to traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda--with an eye toward integrating them with traditional medicine. A clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and director of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program, Pelletier notes that while many forms of complementary alternative medicine (CAM) are not recognized by the medical community, consumer interest in them has risen dramatically. If, as Pelletier concludes, optimal health stems from attention to all aspects of life--physical, psychological, spiritual and environmental--then CAM therapies, which take all of these aspects into account, will become even more common. Far from suggesting that traditional medicine be bypassed, Pelletier emphasizes that CAM can increase its effectiveness at a relatively low cost. He cites numerous studies in which CAM has fostered the healing process, as well as other studies that either have negated certain claims for alternatives or proved inconclusive. In the second section of the book, Pelletier discusses how CAM can be used for specific conditions such as cancer, heart disease, AIDS and depression. This forward-looking book will be useful to those seeking to address all aspects of their well-being. BOMC, QPB, One Spirit alternate. (Feb.)
-- From Publishers Weekly
   ©Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Pelletier, clinical associate professor of medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine, is not a newcomer to alternative medicine. His best seller, Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer, first published in 1977, remains in print, and he continues to be a leading researcher on the topic. His latest work explains alternative and complementary medicine including commonly used treatment modalities and 75 medical conditions and correlating therapies. What sets Pelletier's work apart in this genre are cited studies and references. The selected bibliography alone is more than 50 pages long. However, since specific treatment recommendations are absent, readers will need to extrapolate exactly what it is they need to do for their condition. Yet, this is the most authoritative work on the topic to date and deserves a place in all but the smallest consumer health collections.
-- A Valeria Long, Amberg Health Sciences Lib., Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI
   From Library Journal ©Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

This forward-looking book will be useful to those seeking to address all aspects of their well-being.
-- Publishers Weekly

Stanford Univ., CA. Provides scientifically based answers to questions such as, What are the most effective therapies in complementary and alternative medicine? How can they be used to prevent illness and enhance the quality of life? Discusses hundreds of individual treatments. Includes a section organized by condition. For the interested reader.
--Book Info


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