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February 18, 2004

Embracing Alternative Medicine

Traditional health systems in the Portland, Oregon area are increasingly adding alternative medicine therapies, according to this article in the Oregonian:

Several health systems in the Portland area started such programs in recent years, responding largely to patient demand as well as to some doctors' interests. They generally treat three broad categories of illness: chronic pain, side effects caused by traditional treatments and chronic diseases that have poor records of treatment with standard medicine.

The programs aim to address the biggest criticism of alternative medicine -- poor scientific grounding -- by researching treatments carefully and offering only those supported by evidence.

"We're trying to be very cautious and very careful, and have a high degree of reason," said Ken Weizer, the naturopathic doctor involved in Providence's effort.

Posted by david at February 18, 2004 12:11 PM

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