Alternative Medicine Has Its Advantages

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), November 20, 1998 | Go to article overview

Alternative Medicine Has Its Advantages


Byline: Jack Mabley

After the Journal of the American Medical Association devoted an issue to alternative medicine, I asked a doctor friend for his reaction.

"Well, there's something to it," he responded. He offered details on what some herbs and alternative procedures could do.

"But they haven't been sufficiently tested," he said. "I'd be cautious using them."

In one controlled test, 86 percent of men who took medication for baldness reported it worked. But 42 percent of men given a placebo also said it worked.

The AMA report triggered news media attention to alternative medicine. Time magazine's cover story this week is "The Herbal Medicine Boom."

The Daily Herald carried a lengthy story. The Wall Street Journal chipped in with a friendly editorial and a health column with the headline "Patients Need to Keep Their Doctors Informed About Herbal Therapies."

Correct. But most patients do not tell their physicians about going to a chiropractor or taking gingko or using homeopathy.

But doctors are becoming increasingly receptive to nontraditional treatment.

The Journal said 40 percent of Americans use alternative medicine. I think the figure is higher.

The AMA study found chiropractic doesn't work for headaches. OK, but I'll testify it's awfully good for a sore back.

Massage is alternative therapy. I love massage under any label.

Hypnosis is on the list. Some years back my wife was pregnant and really, really sick.

Her obstetrician referred her to another doctor who practiced hypnosis along with conventional medicine.

My wife was extremely skeptical but willing to try. I sat in the doctor's office and watched him put a small darning needle through her wrist.

Then he talked to her about her sickness. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Alternative Medicine Has Its Advantages
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.