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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent starting point, October 10, 2002
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This review is from: Alternative Medicine and Multiple Sclerosis (Paperback)
To explore alternative medicine is to take a journey into aspects of healing that are outside of patentable pharmacology. The journey is easier with a map, but the map is only a starting point. When considering alternative medicine, we need to make our own decisions about approaches to health that often have not been studied in the way that patentable drugs have been studied. Even so, the journey should begin by learning what has previously been reported on the subject.
Dr. Bowling's book is a fist-rate description of the terrain of alternative medicine. Unlike other MS-specific books about alternative medicine, his is based on a review of published literature rather than on personal experience, anecdote and fancy.
Part of Dr. Bowling's accomplishment is that he has managed to catalogue a diverse and hard-to-define area. More imortantly, it describes, in succint and easy-to-understand and language, the published research that is available on about 40 different areas of alternative medicine.
Don't buy the book thinking there is a cure for MS to be found in its pages. On the other hand, if you are looking for a starting point for understanding alternative medicine, then this book is a useful resource.
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Initial post: Oct 21, 2010 4:13:08 AM PDT
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Published papers on alternative medicine are notoriously misleading as much of it is done by researchers funded by pharmaceutical companies with competing products. It's impossible to base a coherent view of alternative medicine based on published medical papers without filtering the authors based on affiliation, and affiliation disclosure is something that is just emerging as a requirement in some areas of medical opinionating.

A book by an MD that reviews alternative medicine without employing affiliation disclosure is more or less worthless.
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