Chronic health problems are endemic to a large proportion of the population, people living with neck and back pain, sleeplessness, depression, arthritis, etc. When conventional treatments fail to alleviate their suffering, such patients are likely to turn to more alternative therapies, from acupuncture to chiropractic manipulation, holistic and health store remedies.
Caught between physicians who flatly reject alternatives and health food clerks who aren’t sufficiently trained to recommend treatments, many patients are already on prescription drug regimens; hence a booming market of little understood applications for frustrated patients who have gotten scant relief from conventional medicine are desperate for help.
With this conundrum in mind, Edward L Schneider, MD, has written a guide for navigating some of the more popular treatments related to specific ailments, explaining what works for different conditions, covering a spectrum of specific issues in the appropriate chapters: joint pain, chronic back pain, sleep disorders, PMS, improving prostate health and a proactive approach to preventing heart disease and cancer prevention.
Beginning with basic principles of “complementary or integrative medicine,” Dr. Schneider offers tips for purchasing supplements, a guide to understanding scientific studies and treatment options, the benefits and challenges of each. Dr. Schneider also notes the patent’s attitude and how a positive approach can affect the response to a particular therapy. Hopefully, the public can address chronic problems with a clearer perspective in what has become a cluttered market.
Following chapters address specific health problems, conventional treatments, recommendations for lifestyle changes and means of prevention. The “Discriminating Consumer’s Guide” breaks down treatments into four categories: Highly Recommended, Recommended, Acceptable and Do Not Use.
In addition, each chapter features “The Complete Prescription,” a recommendation of the best combination of conventional and alternative treatments for each specific problem, always keeping the physician informed. In a user-friendly format, information is specific to each health issue, the prose uncluttered and straightforward.
Writing from a scientific, unbiased viewpoint, the author is neither dismissive of alternative therapies nor pandering to pharmaceutical companies’ interests. His intention is only to inform the public that they may make good decisions regarding their long term chronic health care treatments.
This is an invaluable guide for anyone with chronic health problems or a desire to prevent illness, filled with helpful material, details on current therapies and a reasonable approach to combining conventional and alternative medicine.