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Alternative Medicine

The latest up-to-date information on the legislative, ethical and medical aspects of alternative medicine.

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Placebos: Can we use them? Should we use them?

The Point Blog | By Amy Givler, MD | September 29, 2016

Don’t we all want to please? That is what “placebo” means, after all—“I shall please.” Yes, if it is possible to provide good healthcare while making patients happy, then by all means let us make them happy. Let’s be warm and caring in our attitudes, for starters. But what if our patient has an illness for which there is no effective treatment? Can we give a placebo, saying it is the latest, greatest cure for what ails them?

The Effects of Marijuana on the Body

Resources | June 22, 2015

When you smoke marijuana, there's an almost immediate effect on your brain, sense of perception and heart rate. There may be long-term effects as well. 

Alternative/Complimentary Therapy Position Statement

Ethics Statements | February 05, 2014

The CMDA Position Statement on Alternative/Complimentary Therapy approved by CMDA's House of Representatives.

Ten Questions You May Hear from Your Patients About Alternative Medicine

Articles | By Dónal P. O'Mathúna, PhD | September 01, 2008

In this article from the fall 2008 edition of Today's Christian Doctor, Dr. Dónal P. O’Mathúna offers answers to common questions patients have about the increasing alternative medical options available.

A Review of Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook

Articles | June 01, 2001

David Biebel shares his review of Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook in this article published in the summer 2001 edition of Today's Christian Doctor.