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Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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"CAM therapies have been in existence for hundreds of years. While many of these therapies are commonly used in non-Western societies their popularity is increasing steadily. In fact, large numbers of American consumers are using CAM currently in an effort to pre-empt disease and disability or to promote health and a sense of well-being."

(Source: Kirschstein, R. I., Acting Director, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health, AMSA, 2008.)

How effective do you think CAM is in comparison to clinical treatment and diagnosis? Justify your answer. Identify and discuss at least 10 types of treatments offered by CAM practitioners. Analyze and present at least one case that shows the positive effect of CAM and one that shows the negative effect. What is the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) role in CAM research? Justify your answers with appropriate research and reasoning and comment on the postings of at least two peers.

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I believe CAM can be just as effective as clinical treatment and diagnosis. Honestly I think this can be seen through the placebo effect. When people think something will work they generally get better. There is even a man who had his cancer go into remission just because ...

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A look at CAM therapies in 145 words with references and personal opinions.

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Â?¢Create a methodology for assessing credibility and reliability of sources of CAM information.
â?¢Devise 3 to 5 objective criteria to judge the credibility and reliability of a source of information on CAM, such as a book, newspaper article, or speaker. Research websites on a CAM therapeutic modality.

â?¢Review one of the websites and determine how reliable the site is for CAM information, using your 3 to 5 criteria.

oDescribe how a consumer's attitudes and beliefs about CAM could hinder objective assessments of reliability and credibility in CAM.
oDemonstrate, in detail, how you reached your conclusion about the website. Consider using a grading scale or grid for this exercise.
oDiscuss what steps the website could take to increase its credibility.

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