How to get informed: Alternative Medicine Newsletters Individualized Computer/Library Searches Insurance for Alternative Therapies Links to Alternative Medicine on the Web Local Practitioners Holistic Physicians and Clinics Mail Order Sources for Supplements, Herbs, etc. More sources of information: Organizations This page is brought to you as a public service by PS-Net OnLine Commerce. Our goal is to make information access available for those people interested in exploring alternative, or conjunctive therapies. It is our intent to provide a growing source of local and Web information, for the benefit of the on-line community. Your input is welcomed. To get involved ________________________________________ _______________________________________ Research & Alternative Therapies When catastrophic illness strikes, the trauma to all aspects of ones life make it difficult to do the necessary research and become informed with several opinions. We often go with the type of therapy which is best supported by family and friends (not to mention our insurance coverage), simply because it is easiest. Many people with conditions which are not life-threatening, or who are simply interested in prevention, also want information on alternative medicine.
Conjuctive, or alternative therapies are a very controversial subject.
What is Alternative Medicine? In general, alternative medicine is the use of medicine or techniques not part of standard training for orthodox medical doctors. This is a very diverse field, which includes but is not limited to, things like: • Acupuncture • Aromatherapy • Chelation Therapy • Hands-on body work (such as massage, and skeletal adjustment) • Herbal medicines • Homeopathic medicines • Hypnotherapy • Light and Color Therapy • Nutritional supplementation Alternative therapies tend to be "holistic". They take the entire body/mind into account rather than one particular symptom or organ. Focus is on prevention and cause, rather than symptoms. Nutritional management is frequently used. Treatments are often based on views of the human condition which are quite different than that of orthodox medicine.
Why use Alternative Medicine? It is not always an either/or choice between main-stream medicine and alternative medicine. There are many treatments and therapies which can be used in conjunction with traditional medicine, and increase the effectiveness of each. In some situations however, alternative therapies can be less invasive, and/or more effective than orthodox treatments. In this country medicine is very big business, and procedures which are not patentable or profitable can be ignored or suppressed. Research and treatments used in other countries which are more open-minded to these types of therapies are often extremely successful. On the side of caution, it is important to keep in mind that alternative therapies can also be profit-oriented. Always use your own judgment, armed with as much information as possible.
Where can I find a local practitioner? There are many ways to find practitioners in the area of your interest. Starting places in this page are: Organizations (Will help you locate a good practitioner.) Links to Alternative Medicine on the Web Local practitioners in Central, TX USA please add your link or service here free-contact webmaster.
Sometimes you need to travel out of your vicinity to find someone who specializes in your field of interest, and it is worth the effort. Time and finances are often saved however, if you can find a local practitioner. Talking to friends and asking for their personal recommendations is always a good idea.
How much does it cost? As with mainstream medicine, costs can vary considerably with the practitioner or clinic. Independent practitioners doing consultation or hands-on body work are often in the range of $50 to $75 per visit. Herbal, homeopathic, or nutritional supplements would be additional. Clinics and "retreats" have a much broader range of fees. Some services are covered by insurance, many are not. If you are considering buying health insurance for the first time or switching your provider, ask about coverage of alternative health care. There is a section in this page which lists insurance companies who are more amenable to this type of health care. Vitamin and herbal supplements can also vary considerably in cost. See Mail-order sources.
________________________________________ Individualized Computer/Library Searches • WORLD RESEARCH FOUNDATION 15300 Ventura Blvd., Suite 405 Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 (818) 907-5483 FAX (818) 907-6044 FIELD OFFICE: Anasazi Building, 1487 Hwy. 89A, #9 Sedona, AZ 86336 (602) 282-1208 This organization provides comprehensive searches for a reasonable fee, based on your named condition or procedure. They are not limited to Alternative Medicine, and will gather data on current medical procedures of any type. The World Research Foundation will do library or computer searches (detailed below), and gather information from other countries as well as the US. If you really need serious information, this is the place to start. The following is reprinted from the brochure of the World Research Foundation: Two different types of searches are available by mail order. Search requests must include the exact spelling of the specific health topic(s) you are requesting, along with a phone number where you can be reached in case we have any questions. The basic fee for each type of search is $67.50 (CA residents add $4.95 state sales tax). For residents outside the United States, please add an additional $10.00 per search for surface mail postage (call office for air mail rates). Payment must be in US funds. • LIBRARY SEARCHES contain information intended to introduce you to a range of alternative, complementary and natural therapeutics for the specific illness or disease addressed. The information is gathered from books and periodicals and addresses such therapies as nutrition, homeopathy, herbs, acupuncture, electromagnetics and more, as applicable. Library searches are available for over 200 different health conditions. Although the size of the packets vary from topic to topic, the average size is approximately 150 pages. The information may require consultation with a health care professional. • COMPUTER SEARCHES contain the latest allopathic research information (i.e. pharmaceutical and surgical). This international medical data is gathered from the National Library of Medicine's Medline database and tends to be very technical with specialized medical terminology. The computer search provides up to 50 of the most recent abstracted medical journal articles (if that many are available) on your subject of interest Most every disease, illness, pharmaceutical or surgical technique can be researched via computer search. In overview, World Research Foundation is a non-profit health and environmental information network with extensive library and computer resources. The research data and library collection spans the ages from books dating to the 1600's to the most current international medical databases. The World Research Foundation World Headquarters in Sherman Oaks CA is open by appointment only. ________________________________________ Insurance for Alternative Therapies • THE ALTERNATIVE HEALTH GROUP PO Box 6279 Thousand Oaks, California 91359-6279 (800) 966-8467 ext. 514 (Sherry Gorman) Offers plan benefits which include coverage for acupuncture, chiropractic, naturopathy, homeopathy & homeopathic remedies, chelation therapy, bodywork/physical therapy/massage, maternity (& midwives), and preventive care, as well as conventional medical care and optional dental coverage. There are some limitations. Call for details, and make sure to ask about joining through Co-op America. _______________________________________ ________________________________________ Mail Order Sources Most of the following sources have vitamin and herbal products which are priced below retail, to well below retail. A company will also make our list if it has exceptional quality. If you use supplements regularly, it is often cost effective to consider mail-order sources. If you use herbal products, it is often difficult to find high- quality organic herbs. Do check your local retail supplier as well however - prices and quality will always vary on some products. The following companies are in alphabetic order. A phone call will usually bring their catalog to your door: • AMERICAN BOTANICAL PHARMACY - Organic herbs and tinctures of very high quality. PO Box 3027 Santa Monica, CA 90408-3027 (310) 453-1987 • BLESSED HERBS - Source for ORGANIC, non-irradiated herbs. 109 Barre Plains Road Oakham, Massachusetts 01068 (508) 882-3839 • BRONSON PHARMACEUTICAL - Known for their high-quality products. Good prices too. 1945 Craig Road, PO Box 46903 St. Louis, MO 63146 1-800-235-3200 • DEGENERATIVE DISEASES PRODUCT CATALOG - Aids and Cancer Victor's Buyers Club. Many hard to find substances used by aids and cancer patients. All doctor's consultations are free. International address: Boulevard Agua Caliente #111-50-3 Suite 410 Centro Commercial Campestre, Colonia Aviacion Tijuana B. California Mexico CP 22422 Phone: 0115266-34-26-46 Orders only: 1-800-215-9375 U.S.A. Address: 9051-C Siempre Viva Rd San Diego, CA 92173 Orders only: 1-800-215-9375 • HANNA'S HERB SHOP - A good source for ORGANIC, non-irradiated herbs. 5684 Valmont Boulder, CO 80301 1-800-206-6722 • L & H VITAMINS - Another excellent selection of many brands, at prices lower than retail. 37-10 Crescent St. Long Island City, NY 11101 1-800-221-1152 • LIFE EXTENSION FOUNDATION - Some hard to find specialty supplements. 1-800-365-3698 • NUTRITION HEADQUARTERS - Good selection of glandulars, as well as other vitamin products. One Nutrition Plaza Carbondale, IL 62901 1-800-851-3551 • PACIFIC BOTANICALS - Good source for high-quality FRESH and dried herbs. 4350 Fish Hatchery Road Grants Pass, OR 97527 (503) 479-7777 fax (503) 479-5271 • SDV VITAMINS - Has excellent prices, fair selection. Box 5071 Boca Raton FL 33431-0871 1-800-738-8482 • SHAMANIC TONICS - Good source for high-quality nutritional and medicinal mushroom tonics. Call for brochure. PO Box 7620 Santa Cruz, CA 95061 (408) 462-0246 • THE VITAMIN SHOPPE - Excellent selection of national brands, at 20% off retail. 4700 Westside Ave North Bergen, New Jersey 1-800-223-1216 • THE VITAMIN TRADER - Good selection of Jarrow brand products, also glandulars and vitamins. 6501 Fourth St. NW Albuquerque, NM 87107 1-800-334-9310 • TRANSITIONS FOR HEALTH - Specialty health products for woman. Also good information source. Carries a home-test kit for progesterone and progestins. 621 SW Alder Street, Suite 900 Portland, OR 97205 1-800-888-6814
Also see Links to Alternative Medicine on the Web ________________________________________ Alternative Medicine Newsletters The following newsletters are excellent sources of information written by medical doctors, who focus on the latest findings and emerging procedures in alternative medicine. All publications listed have been reviewed. Prices vary from $40.00 to $70.00 per year (12 issues). They often have offers and promotions which reduce the cost of a subscription. Most are satisfaction guaranteed, so you can try them out at no risk. Call for exact costs and latest offers. • HEALTH WISDOM FOR WOMAN Phillips Publishing, Inc. 7811 Montrose Road PO Box 60100 Potomac, MD 20897-5924 1-800-804-0935; fax 1-301-340-2647 • ALTERNATIVES Mountain Home Publishing 2700 Cummings Lane Kerriville, TX 78028 (210) 367-4492 • HEALTH AND HEALING Phillips Publishing, Inc. 7811 Montrose Road Potomec, MD 20854 (301) 424-3700 • HEALTH REVELATIONS Wellness Communications Inc. 1101 King Street, Suite 400 Alexandria VA, 22314 1-800-335-4893 • SECOND OPINION Second Opinion Publishing Inc. P.O, Box 467939 Atlanta, GA 31146-7939 1-800-728-2288 This final listing is a newsletter which is written by an investigative journalist, rather than a physician. It is designed for those who have tried traditional medicine, AND alternative medicine, but are still not well. Sam Biser's "Last Chance Health Report" is not a Newsletter for the faint of heart, but for those who are really serious about healing it is incredibly valuable information. • LAST CHANCE HEALTH REPORT The University of Natural Healing PO Box 8113, 355 West Rio Road, Suite 201 Charlottesville, VA 22906 (804) 973-0262 • LIST OF ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTERS ON THE WEB ________________________________________ Organizations Which Will Help You Find a Good Practitioner, and/or Additional Information • American Academy of Environmental Medicine PO Box 16106 Denver, CO 80216 Multi-specialty medical society of physicians interested in the effect of the environment on health. • ACAM - American College of Advancement In Medicine 23121 Verdugo Dr., Suite 204 Laguna Hills, CA 92653 1-800-532-3688 fax (714) 455-9679 Non-Profit membership society dedicated to educating physicians on the latest findings and emerging procedures in preventive/nutritional medicine. • FAIM - Foundation for the Advancement of Innovative Medicine 2 Executive Blvd., Suite 201 Suffern, New York 10901 (914) 364-FUND or (914) 368-9797 Recommended as an excellent source for finding physicians who are practitioners of Complementary Medicine. • GLACM - Great Lakes Association of Clinical Medicine, Inc. 70 West Huron St. Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 266-7246 Membership organization dedicated to innovative medical practices and alternative/preventive medicine. • Huggins Diagnostic, Inc. PO Box 2589 Colorado Springs, CO 80901 1-800-331-2303 Does diagnostic evaluations for compatibility with dental substances. Will send you a list of dentists who have completed their course. • International Bio-Oxidative Medicine Foundation PO Box 13205 Oklahoma City, OK 73113-1205 (405) 478-4226 Resource for finding information and referral to a physician who practices oxidative therapy. • World Research Foundation 15300 Ventura Blvd., Suite 405 Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 (818) 907-5483 FAX (818) 907-6044 FIELD OFFICE: Anasazi Building, 1487 Hwy. 89A, #9 Sedona, AZ 86336 (602) 282-1208 This non-profit foundation will do a very thourough search on your field of interest for a reasonable fee. More Information on the World Research Foundation.
________________________________________ Links to Alternative Medicine on the Web There is an enormous body of information about Alternative Medicine on the Internet. Rather than duplicate these works, we have made a list of starting places for the beginning of your journey. These "jump stations" are pages which have well organized, extensive, lists and links of their own. They will take you to many and varied points of interest. Use them as a starting place to research your specific interest. STARTING PLACES • Alternative Medicine • American Association of Naturopathic Physicians • General Complementary Medicine References • Internet Medical and Health Care Resources • MedWeb - a guide to Alternative Medicine on the Web • Natural Medicine, Complementary Health Care and Alternative Therapies • The World Wide Web Virtual Library: Sumeria • The Alternative Medicine Homepage • Worldwide Wellness: Internet Resources for Whole Living • Yahoo's section on Alternative Medicine DISCUSSION AND NEWS GROUPS • Alternative Health Newsgroup • Discussion group about Alternative Therapies (general) • Newsgroup about Herbal Therapies and more. • Newsgroup - Vegetarian issues
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