Alternative Medicine Research Yearbook 2011

Joav Merrick, MD, MMedSci, DMSc, (Editor)
Medical Director, Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Adolescent Medicine, KY Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centers, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel
School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Series: Health and Human Development
BISAC: MED106000



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Life is complex and human life is even more so. Holistic derives from the Greek word üëïò, holos, holos, meaning whole or complete. Looking at the whole organism minimizes loss of meaning, when the chaos of the detail is examined. Holistic medicine aims to restore health to all levels of the human being, including body, mind, spirit and the environmental system in which the patient lives. We aim to understand the patient in their system and avoid imposing an alien system that detracts from being able to understand the fully functioning person. This year book 2011 brings together the work the authors did over the past year with a broad research agenda on a global basis, addressing questions ranging from pain, food additives, quality of life, integrative medicine to discussion of randomized clinical trial. The authors hope this book will provide the reader with new knowledge, link research to practice and policy, and help build networks of research collaborations and move science forward in this field. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )


Alternative medicine 2011: The 10 fundamental dimensions of holistic medicine
(Søren Ventegodt, Joav Merrick and Gary Orr)


Chapter 1
An update on the pharmacological treatment of neuropathic pain
(Avi Factor, Veronika Stock, Nathaniel Robbins, Michael Sabia, Chiniya Thapa, Ricardo Cruciani and Helena Knotkova)

Chapter 2
Vedic psychology: A science of wisdom
(Vinod D Deshmukh)

Chapter 3
The evolution of low W-6/W-3 ratio dietary pattern and risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus
(Ram B Singh, Mahmood Moshiri, Fabien DeMeester, Lekh Juneja and Veerappan Muthusami)

Chapter 4
Long-term care-giving: A short-term longitudinal examination of the experiences of women caring for adults with intellectual disabilities
(Michelle Rowbotham, Monica Cuskelly and Annemaree Carroll)

Chapter 5
Risk factors associated with antenatal depressive symptomatology among Chengdu Chinese women
(Ying Lau)

Chapter 6
Acupuncture for musculoskeletal pain: A survey of United Kingdom acupuncturists
(Anne Majumdar, Nicola Adams, Linda Mason and Akhtar Wallymahmed)

Chapter 7
The role of the food additives in regulation of vacuolation induced by VacA in AGS cells
(Juan Sun, Xiaohui Ouyang, Yuki Eshita, Yan Wu, Erping Qin, Heping Ma, Zhifang Liu, Hailin Wang, Teer Ba, Shuwei Yang and Jiang Bian)


Chapter 8
New targets for alternative therapeutic approaches in autoimmune-induced glandular hypofunction
(Douglas Dickinson, Scott De Rossi, Kalu Ogbureke and Stephen Hsu)

Chapter 9
Review of metaanalyses of groups of pharmaceutical drugs related to evidence-based medicine
(Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick)

Chapter 10
Quality of life as medicine
(Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick)

Chapter 11
A review of cost-effectiveness of non-drug medicine (complementary and alternative medicine) and drug medicine (Biomedicine) for all clinical conditions
(Søren Ventegodt, Niels Jørgen Andersen, Isack Kandel and Joav Merrick)

Chapter 12
Physiology of postural control and the effects of ageing and exercise
(Zachary Crowley, Pedro Bezerra and Shi Zhou)

Chapter 13
Plant growth inhibitors at ultra high dilution enhance chlorophyll content and alter leaf protein profile
(Nirmal C Sukul, Soma Sukul and Sandhimita Mondal)

Chapter 14
Micromorphology of the moraine topsoil and plants from the Khumbu region (5,100 meters): Relevance for Himalayan phytotherapy
(Tatiana Postolache, Ioana Taina, Victor V Pop, Petre Papacostea, Ion Dragu, Stefan Taina and Teodor T Postolache)

Chapter 15
Arena method evaluated. Efficacy and harm in existential rehabilitation
(Aina Søbakk, Søren Ventegodt, Isack Kandel and Joav Merrick)

Chapter 16
Holistic Medicine V: One session intervention in rape and incest traumas in a group setting
(Søren Ventegodt, Andrew Young and Joav Merrick)

Chapter 17
The effects of Hatha yoga in the treatment of depression
(Jana Whiddon and Adam Bazini)

Chapter 18
Buprenorphine for the management of opioid withdrawal
(Emily Haesler)

Chapter 19
Acupuncture for tension-type headache
(Lei Cheng)


Chapter 20
Integrative medicine: What is it good for?
(Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick)

Chapter 21
Open source protocol for evidence-based drug and non-drug medicine
(Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick)

Chapter 22
A systematic approach to complementary and alternative medicine
(Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick)

Chapter 23
BodyTalk: The journey
(John Veltheim)

Chapter 24
What is consciousness?
(Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick)

Chapter 25
BodyTalk in practice
(John Veltheim)

Chapter 26
The use of consciousness as diagnostic tools in BodyTalk: How to understand the patient’s problem and heal without specific medical diagnoses
(John Veltheim)

Chapter 27
Innate wisdom in BodyTalk
(John Veltheim)

Chapter 28
The practical application of innate wisdom in BodyTalk
(John Veltheim)

Chapter 29
Techniques of BodyTalk 1: Tapping the cortices
(John Veltheim)

Chapter 30
Techniques of BodyTalk 2: Intervening on the patient’s Spheno-basilar juncture
(John Veltheim)

Chapter 31
Techniques of BodyTalk 3: Switching
(John Veltheim)

Chapter 32
Techniques of BodyTalk 4: Hydration
(John Veltheim)

Chapter 33
Techniques of BodyTalk 5: Changing body chemistry
(John Veltheim)

Chapter 34
Techniques of BodyTalk 6: Healing scars
(John Veltheim)

Chapter 35
Techniques of BodyTalk 7: Using active memory
(John Veltheim)

Chaptter 36
Techniques of BodyTalk 8: Reciprocals
(John Veltheim)


Chapter 37
The randomized clinical trial (RCT) in medical research
(Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick)

Chapter 38
Does the placebo pill have a place in scientific research?
(Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick)

Chapter 39
Should we use the normal, passive placebo or active placebo in RCTs?
(Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick)

Chapter 40
Should randomized clinical trails (RCT) be measured based on disease markers, local symptoms, global dimensions of self-rated health, quality of life or functional ability?
(Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick)

Chapter 41
Observation time of the randomized clinical trial (RCT)
Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick

Chapter 42
Biomedicine in general practice
(Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick)

Chapter 43
The cost of a patient cured with biomedicine compared to the original Hippocratic holistic medicine
(Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick)

Chapter 44
The efficacy of chemical medicine in serious somatic and mental diseases
(Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick)

Chapter 45
Biomedicine and holistic medicine in a clash
(Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick)

Chapter 46
How do we develop medicine into efficient and safe medicine?
(Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick)

Chapter 47
The pharmaceutical industry and documentation
(Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick)

Chapter 48
Advice about medicine
(Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick)


Chapter 49
About the editor

Chapter 50
About the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development



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