Alternative Medicine (Complementary and Alternative Medicine or CAM)




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Snake Oil

The term snake oil has come to refer to a worthless preparation that is fraudulently claimed to cure many diseases and health conditions.

Snake oil products are often claimed, among others, to cure cancer or control cancer, cure HIV, cure the common cold, or eliminate arthritis pain and other types of inflammatory pain.

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Baking Soda and Vinegar for Bee Stings: It Works! But not Really.

You got stung by a bee, put some baking soda and vinegar on it, and ten minutes later the pain was gone! It worked. OR, maybe there is another explanation. Maybe you are not allergic to bee stings, had a minor local reaction, and the pain simply went away on its on. I personally seldom have the pain from a bee sting last longer than 10 or 20 minutes and I forget all about it. Yep.

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Alternative Medicine (CAM - Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

Alternative Medicine, otherwise known as Complementary and Alternative Medicine is a group of diverse medical health care systems, products, and practices that are presently not considered to be part of conventional medicine. Complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine and alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine. (source: NCCAM)

See: Cam Domains (Categories of Complementary and Alternative Medicine).

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Misconceptions About Food Nutrients, Toxic Plant Compounds, and Nutrition Information Versus Alternative Medicine

In my post Homeopathy Is Not a Drug and Other Babbles I had quite a rant, albeit a very informative one, about some idiotic things a NaturalHealth.com article said about homeopathy and about homeopathy quackery in general. If you read that you will be more in flow with what is to follow. Cuz I'm not done!

Much of that post concerned chemicals. The food faddist or the homeopathic zealot, when he hears the word chemical, cries "POISON!" Yet, chemicals are what our food is made of and the term toxic chemical, taken by itself, is meaningless.

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All Opinions are Equally Valid: The Myth of Balance in Critical Thinking

There is a myth out there in webernet land: You must be balanced and consider all opinions and arguments. You must weigh them all equally. If you don't you are not thinking "critically".

I deal with this all the time. "Is this program any good?," I am asked. "No," I say, "It's crap."

"Why?" They say. "Why don't you ask me why can't dogs fly?" I reply.

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Cam Domains (Categories of Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) divides CAM practices into four broad domains; it is recognized that there could be some crossover among the CAM domains. NCCAM also studies CAM systems that cut across all four domains (they are called whole medical system).

The four domains are:

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