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December 2011: Acupuncture can treat Laminitis - theHorse

Acupuncture is a relatively simple treatment option veterinarians and horse owners consider for a variety of equine ailments, but little scientific evidence of its efficacy exists--particularly in regards to treating laminitis. Lisa Lancaster, MSc, PhD, DVM, of Lancaster Veterinary Services, in Denver, Colo., explored how this complementary therapy can be used as part of a multimodal approach to treating laminitis at the 6th International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot, held Oct. 28-31 in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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-profit research group focusing on complementary medicine, 42 percent of the 714 hospitals that responded offered at least one such therapy in 2010, a significant jump from just five years earlier, when 27 percent of hospitals offered such treatments. Experts say hospitals are embracing these therapies for many reasons, including a growing recognition that some integrative therapies, as they’re also called, are very effective in some instances.

In France, research on cost-effectiveness has shown that the annual cost to the Social Security System for homeopathic treatment is 15% less than that of conventional treatment and the price of the average course of homeopathic medicine is one third that of standard drugs.

October 2011: Ouch - Back Pain Guidelines Ignored - College of Medicine

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? - Healthy Pages

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 - Consumer Health

45,601 consumers answered an online survey in the US to say that Chiropractic outperformed all other back-pain treatments. Prescribed medication came second, but the method most people used (over-the-counter medication) came twelfth out of twenty methods.

August 2011: Healthcare workers use more Therapies - Massage Magazine

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

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-tested because some of them cheat. Old people's homes, hospitals and centres for the disabled are subjected to random inspections. But oh-so-lofty scientists plough on unperturbed..."

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 - it aims to "re-define what good medicine means"...

July 2011: Antibiotic resistance grows in horses too - The Horse

While parasite resistance is currently a hot topic in the equine community, so is antimicrobial resistance. The growth in antibiotic-resistant bacteria since the drugs become commonplace in the 1930s and '40s is "sobering."

"...antimicrobial drugs should be used with caution and only in cases with an appropriate need for treatment."

May 2011: Conventional Doctors Using Unconventional Medicine - The Independent

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-traditional therapies by their health-care provider. This 3 percent represents more than 6.3 million Americans.

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-body therapies have really become a mainstream approach to care," adds Russell Phillips, MD, senior author on the study. Prior research suggested that holistic treatments, while used by millions of patients, were still on the fringe of mainstream medical care in America. New research suggests that attitudes are changing.

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 - that is more vulnerable, so a greater risk of going to law if the referral fails - so these doctors must trust the therapy!

April 2011: An apple a day... - Better Health Research

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-density lipoprotein, otherwise known as bad cholesterol.

Herbal remedies and old wives tales...?

January 2011: Homeopathy Works! - Daily Mail

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.

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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.