REVIEWS


The Legacies of Edgar Cayce

Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), dubbed the “Sleeping Prophet” by biographer Jess Stern [1], was a precursor of “New Age” trance channeling, giving well over 14,000 “psychic readings” between 1910 and his death. A poorly educated photographer and Sunday-school teacher with no medical training whatsoever, Cayce gained nationwide renown for diagnosing illnesses and prescribing dietary and other …

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Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine

Authors: Simon Singh, PhD and Edzard Ernst, MD, PhD Publisher: W.W. Norton Co., New York, London ISBN: 978-0-393-06661-6 Publication date: 2008 Reviewed by: Harriet Hall, MD Edzard Ernst, based at the University of Exeter in England, is the world’s first professor of complementary medicine, a post he has held for 15 years. An MD and …

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Book Review: Herbal Medicines, Third Edition (2008)

Authors: Joanne Barnes, BPharm, PhD; Linda A. Anderson, BPharm, PhD, FRPharmS J. David Phillipson, DSc, PhD, BSc(Pharm), FRPharmS, FLS. Publisher: Pharmaceutical Press ISBN: 978-0-85369-623-0 Publication date: August 2007 Reviewed by: Stephen Barrett, M.D. This beautifully written 720-page guide is intended primarily for health professionals, but its main points are understandable by laypersons. The heart of …

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Complementary/Alternative Medicine and the Media

The recent House of Lords report on complementary/ alternative medicine (CAM) stated that the media have an undue influence over CAM. I agree. For what its worth, here are some random thoughts and experiences on the often-troubled relationship between CAM and the media [1]. Many CAM enthusiasts feel that the media tend to report negatively about …

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Health Food Industry Trade Publications

The most convenient way for manufacturers to communicate with health-food-industry retailers is through the trade magazines Health Products Business (formerly Health Foods Business), Health Supplement Retailer, Natural Foods Merchandiser, Vitamin Retailer, and Whole Foods. Published monthly, all convey information about industry trends, economic and political developments, marketing techniques, the health-food industry’s interpretation of nutrition research, …

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Book Review: The Cancer Industry

Author: Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.Publisher: Paragon House, New YorkReviewed by: Saul Green, Ph.D. Ralph Moss would like you to believe that research institutions, hospitals, medical associations, government agencies, foundations and large corporations-which he calls “the cancer industry”-suppress innovation in order to maximize profits. Many of the book’s allegations are repeated from a 1980 edition titled The …

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