Does anyone have any scientific evidence supporting alternative medicine?

Question by daniel: Does anyone have any scientific evidence supporting alternative medicine?
Please, do no tell me anecdotes, personal stories, or anything like that. The last thing I want to hear is about how alternative medicine worked for you. I think that is wonderful but it hardly serves as proof. I want to see some sort of hard evidence. The ideal would be a randomized, double blind, placebo controlled trial. Any trial or study would suffice. I am looking for some websites or something to read to supply me with evidence. Thanks for your help!

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Answer by Az R
You can look at the NCCAM division of the NIH (http://nccam.nih.gov/), which funds research on alternative medicine in the United States. They’ve run multiple double blind placebo controlled on some of the more popular alternative methods.

Though in the 18 years they have been running, and despite near a billion dollars spent, they have yet to come up with one useful treatment, or come up with evidence supporting one.

EDIT: I think the two sites below speak to a lot of the problems in trying to do any research in this area, and are a testament to the veracity of altmed in general.

We have conspiracy theories, outright hallucinations, beliefs that Russia and China have armies hiding in bunkers under British Columbia.

And shameless fellation of Ron Paul, who’s ideas on healthcare come from an organization(The American Academy of Physicians and Surgeons) that is involved in HIV denialism, removal of laws protecting patients from exploitation and scams, and outright racism.

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NJ Author, Psychotherapist Blasts Her Way Out of Spiritual Closet, Ignites Shift in Mainstream Thinking, Illuminates Bridge Between Scientific and Spiritual


Paramus, N J (PRWEB) January 23, 2010

Author Dr. Catherine P. Perry, M.Ed., DD, in her book Courageous Wake, compels western science to accept psychic and paranormal phenomena as natural and integral in shaping humans. The author validates people who fear being labeled crazy in relation in to their spiritual experiences. Courageous Wake chronicles the authors first-hand communications with God, angels, and spirits. The book is powerful testimony linking self-development and healing to the human connection with God.

Courageous Wake began as the authors quest to discover her life purpose and to remove obstacles to reaching her goals. First, Dr. Perry had to acknowledge her double life. She ran a conventional counseling practice, while secretly using her psychic and spiritual gifts to help her clients. Her operation was like one of those Mafia-owned funeral parlors in Brooklyn, Dr. Perry jokes. A chain of mystical events forced her to revisit her past and heal her traumatized inner child. She discovered her true identity and the key to real freedom: the ability to express herself on her terms, not according to societal expectations.

Perry asserts, Paying attention to ones intuition, divine signs, and other metaphysical phenomena is essential to solving lifes problems and attaining true happiness. Courageous Wake empowers people to stand grounded in their truths, to come out of the closets they are hiding in.

Dr. Catherine P. Perry, M.Ed., DD is an intuitive, spiritual healer, life coach, and author of Courageous Wake. A natural change agent, she combines her inner wisdom, sense of humor, and energy to help people rise to their full potential. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and son.

For information about Dr. Catherine P. Perry, M.Ed., DD or the book Courageous Wake, visit catherinepperry.net

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“If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.” -Einstein?

Question by Thura Awng: “If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.” -Einstein?
How do you think that statement?

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2009/01/monks-at-play-science-in-progr.html

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Answer by Hiratoru
First, Buddhism is not a religion. It is a lived philosophy as it has no god or supreme being, no anthropomorphic deity, it is a not a practice of a judgmental nature so it does not condemn and it excludes no one.

The practice of Buddhism is based on that which one has reliably and verifiably experienced personally in his or her own lived life experience.

In such a case and situation, when new facts are discovered or arise, one must then change his or her understanding so that the same agrees with the facts rather than denying the facts and retreating into ignorance.

In this manner, this lived philosophy follows the example of modern science which adjust to new discoveries and facts so as to related and deal effectively with what is rather than how one might wish things to be.

This allows Buddhism and the practice of the same to freely adapt to life as life progresses.

namaste

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If we are now heading into the Aeon of Scientific Paganism, would that meet the requirements of Apocalypse?

Question by Tahuti: If we are now heading into the Aeon of Scientific Paganism, would that meet the requirements of Apocalypse?
The gods of one age become the devils of the age to follow. The priests look forward to the age to come and see only the end of the world. -Lon Milo Duquette

ps. the term “Scientific Paganism” was coined by philosopher Timothy Leary in his book “Your Brain is God.”
The greatest minds in humanity’s history have never stayed On the Rails. Look at Tesla as an example.

Best answer:

Answer by WiseOne
No…the apocalypse is described in the bible, maybe you should read it.

oh,and by the way, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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New Scientific Study Confirms that Culinary Herbs and Spices have the Highest Antioxidant Content of all Foods

(PRWEB) January 28, 2010

A recently published research paper proves yet again that culinary herbs and spices have the highest antioxidant content of all foods ? validating the ground breaking formulation of the food supplement, VitaSpice.

Published in the January 2010 edition of the Nutrition Journal, the multinational authors of the study analyzed over 3000 different foods from around the world and found that herbs and spices had by far the highest antioxidant content of all food groups. Some of the other foods that they analyzed included berries, beverages, cereals, chocolates, seafood, fruit, grains, legumes, meat, fish, nuts and seeds, vegetables and oils.

Commenting on their results they observed that: “Spices, herbs and supplements include the most antioxidant rich products in our study, some exceptionally high.”

The analysis found that the culinary herbs and spices that have the greatest antioxidant content were clove, allspice, peppermint, cinnamon, oregano, thyme, sage and rosemary.

Moreover the average antioxidant activity of spices was 300% higher than that of berries, 2300% greater than that of other fruit, 3600% higher than that of vegetables and 600% more than that of nuts.

These result back up a similar study published in the July 2006 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In this earlier, smaller survey culinary herbs and spices were also found to have the highest antioxidant content of all food types.

The authors of the 2010 study go on to suggest that in respect of plant based antioxidant compounds, “We suggest that both their numerous individual functions as well as their combined additive or synergistic effects are crucial to their health beneficial effects?.”

And: “It is hypothesized that antioxidants originating from foods may work as antioxidants in their own right as well as bring about beneficial health effects through other mechanisms, including acting as inducers of mechanisms related to antioxidant defense, longevity, cell maintenance and DNA repair.”

The conclusions that they draw suggest that a VARIETY of antioxidant-rich plant foods should be consumed and propose that such dietary diversity will boost the synergistic and additive effects of the beneficial, bioactive compounds in these foods.

The results of the survey ? and several of the conclusions drawn by its authors ? support the concept of the world’s first comprehensive spice supplement, VitaSpice.

VitaSpice contains 21 different culinary herbs and spices including those heading the study’s list of antioxidant-rich foods. These valuable ingredients provide the synergism and diversity of beneficial plant compounds recommended by the authors of this study.

Details of the study can be found in the January 2010 edition of the Nutrition Journal: http://www.nutritionj.com/content/9/1/3

More information on VitaSpice: http://www.medicinal-herbs-and-spices.com/vitaspice-supplement.html

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What is the scientific name for the herb “spanish needle”?

Question by Diwa: What is the scientific name for the herb “spanish needle”?
This herb is native to Jamaica West Indies. Origin I am not sure – may be spanish or latin.

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Answer by annie201207
I believe, its Bidens pilosa (family: Asteraceae). It has insecticidal properties.

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