December 2011: Acupuncture can treat Laminitis -
Acupuncture is a relatively simple treatment option veterinarians and horse owners
consider for a variety of equine ailments, but little scientific evidence of its
In Lancaster's experience, clinicians or horse owners typically see a positive response after two to three acupuncture treatments; but as with any treatment method, it's not going to work 100% of the time. "Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with standard protocols, both medical and surgical," she concluded. "The safety profile and lack of contraindications make acupuncture worth trying in all laminitis patients."
November 2011: Complementary therapies help Health Services
Some interesting reports arrived from other countries this week:
A study lasting five years has revealed that Canadian people who practice transcendental meditation have lower health costs. The researchers say that this result could well have a significant impact on policy decisions. With up to 70% of the total expenditure on medical treatment in the US being taken up by 10% of the population, any effect on that figure can have far reaching financial benefits.
According to a recent survey by the American Hospital Association and the Samueli
Institute, a non-
In France, research on cost-
October 2011: Ouch -
Back pain is the biggest cause of absenteeism in the UK yet one in three GPs is not able to offer patients the full treatments recommended by the NICE (the National Institution for Clinical Excellence). A survey of GPs by the College of Medicine today reveals that, despite acupuncture, massage and manipulation being recommended in more serious cases, 32 per cent had not actioned them. Yet guidelines have been in effect nearly 2 years.
September 2011: Malnutrition: another side effect of medicine? -
According to the Department of Health and Human Resources a minimum of one prescription drug is being taken by 50% of Americans. Nutritional deficiency is one of the possible side effects of taking prescribed drugs, however, many people are totally unaware of this.
September 2011: Chiropractic Tops Satisfaction Survey -
45,601 consumers answered an online survey in the US to say that Chiropractic outperformed
all other back-
August 2011: Healthcare workers use more Therapies -
Health care workers in the USA use complementary and alternative medicine, at a rate greater than the general public's, new research shows... Overall, 76% of healthcare workers reported having used at least one complementary therapy in the past year compared with 63% of the general population.
Back, neck or joint pain were the most commonly reported health conditions
The least common reason was that traditional medical care in the USA was too expensive.
July 2011: 'Scientific Fraud' is under the microscope. -
The Guardian reports that perhaps “scientists are no more trustworthy than restaurant
managers or athletes. Restaurant kitchens are checked because some of them are dirty.
Athletes are drug-
In the meantime, the new College of Medicine has been born from ashes of Prince Charles's holistic health charity. It aims to raise the acceptance of "an integrated approach to health" among doctors, politicians and the public by running courses and publishing books, journals and films. Doctors who endorse integrated medicine believe it improves patients' wellbeing by considering their beliefs and personal circumstances and helping them look after their own health.
An interesting choice of name -
July 2011: Antibiotic resistance grows in horses too -
While parasite resistance is currently a hot topic in the equine community, so is
antimicrobial resistance. The growth in antibiotic-
"...antimicrobial drugs should be used with caution and only in cases with an appropriate need for treatment."
May 2011: Conventional Doctors Using Unconventional Medicine -
A new study from from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Harvard Medical
School researchers found one in 30 American have been referred for non-
The findings suggest physicians may be sending patients for mind, body therapies as a last resort, when conventional treatment has failed.
"These data suggest that mind-
More than a third of Americans use some form of complementary and alternative medicine and that number continues to rise.
The World Health Organization reports that more than 70 percent of the world's population uses holistic medicine as their primary form of health care.
Clearly these figures show that holistic therapies are generally safe, and are increasingly
accepted as useful by doctors who are bound by their rules to try 'modern medicine'
first. It is telling that those referred are 'sicker' than those who choose it themselves
April 2011: An apple a day... -
A study presented at the annual meeting of the Federation of American Societies for
Experimental Biology found that mature women who consumed dried apples every day
for a year experienced a 23 percent decrease in low-
Herbal remedies and old wives tales...?
January 2011: Homeopathy Works! -
A study found that allergy sufferers who were given homeopathic treatment were ten times more likely to be cured than those given a dummy pill instead.
Doctors should be more positive about the alternative medicine, which is the only complementary therapy available on the NHS, the said researchers at Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital, one of five specialist hospitals in Britain.