Alternative Medicine Research Yearbook 2013

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: HEA030000



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Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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Classical medicine is about helping the patient back into happiness, good health and developing a constructive role in society by helping the patient to increase self-awareness and self-insight. The fruit of realizing your own talents and character is the experience of being of value to one self and other people – being of value in all relationships, private or professional. From the experience of this happy and constructive state of being comes all good things, a positive understanding of life, a positive state of consciousness, a positive state of existence and finally good physical and mental health, high quality of life, and excellent ability of functioning in all areas of life.

Whether we call this classical medicine, “quality of life as medicine”, consciousness-based medicine, character medicine, placebo medicine, holistic medicine or any other equivalent label, it is basically about helping the patient to know him or herself, and to live in accordance with this knowledge. This yearbook 2013 bring together the work we did over the past year with a broad research agenda on a global basis, addressing questions ranging from a discussion of positive youth development in Hong Kong to managed care. We hope this book will provide you with new knowledge, link research to practice and policy, help build networks of research collaborations and move science forward in this field. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )


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

Section one – From pain to food additives

Chapter 1 - An update on the pharmacological treatment of neuropathic pain (pp. 9-32)
Avi Factor, Veronika Stock, Nathaniel Robbins, Michael Sabia, Debarsi Das, Sandeep Saha, Chiniya Thapa, Ricardo Cruciani and Helena Knotkova

Chapter 2 - Vedic psychology: A science of wisdom (pp. 33-52)
Vinod D Deshmukh

Chapter 3 - The evolution of low W-6/W-3 ratio dietary pattern and risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus (pp. 53-84)
Ram B Singh,, Mahmood Moshiri, Fabien DeMeester, Lekh Juneja, Sanghamitra Pati,Veerappan Muthusami, and Shanmugam Manohara

Chapter 4 - Long-term care-giving: A short-term longitudinal examination of the experiences of women caring for adults with intellectual disabilities (pp. 85-106)
Michelle Rowbotham, Monica Cuskelly and Annemaree Carroll

Chapter 5 - Risk factors associated with antenatal depressive symptomatology among Chengdu Chinese women (pp. 107-122)
Ying Lau

Chapter 6 - Acupuncture for musculoskeletal pain: A survey of united kingdom acupuncturists (pp. 123-138)
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 (pp. 139-152)
Juan Sun, Xiaohui Ouyang, Yuki Eshita, Yan Wu, Erping Qin, Heping Ma, Zhifang Liu, Hailin Wang, Teer Ba, Shuwei Yang and Jiang Bian

Section two – Quality of life

Chapter 8 - New targets for alternative therapeutic approaches in autoimmune-induced glandular hypofunction (pp. 153-166)
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 (pp. 167-174)
Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick

Chapter 10 - Quality of life as medicine (pp. 175-186)
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 (pp. 187-198)
Søren Ventegodt, Niels Jørgen Andersen, Isack Kandel and Joav Merrick

Chapter 12 - Physiology of postural control and the effects of ageing and exercise (pp. 199-220)
Zachary Crowley, Pedro Bezerra and Shi Zhou

Chapter 13 - Plant growth inhibitors at ultra high dilution enhance chlorophyll content and alter leaf protein profile (pp. 221-228)
Nirmal C Sukul, Soma Sukul and Sandhimita Mondal

Chapter 14 - Micromorphology of a moraine topsoil from the khumbu region (5,100 meters): Relevance for himalayan phytotherapy (pp. 229-246)
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 (pp. 247-256)
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 (pp. 257-262)
Søren Ventegodt, Andrew Young and Joav Merrick

Chapter 17 - The effects of hatha yoga in the treatment of depression (pp. 263-274)
Jana Whiddon and Adam Bazini

Chapter 18 - Buprenorphine for the management of opioid withdrawal (pp. 275-278)
Emily Haesler

Chapter 19 - Acupuncture for tension-type headache (pp. 279-284)
Lei Cheng

Section three – Integrative medicine

Chapter 20 - Integrative medicine: What is it good for? (pp. 285-294)
Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick

Chapter 21 - Open source protocol for evidence-based drug and non-drug medicine (pp. 295-310)
Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick

Chapter 22 - A systematic approach to complementary and alternative medicine (pp. 311-324)
Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick

Chapter 23 - BodyTalk: The journey (pp. 325-332)
John Veltheim

Chapter 24 - What is consciousness? (pp. 333-336)
Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick

Chapter 25 - BodyTalk in practice (pp. 337-340)
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 (pp. 341-244)
John Veltheim

Chapter 27- Innate wisdom in bodytalk (pp. 345-348)
John Veltheim

Chapter 28 - The practical application of innate wisdom in bodytalk (pp. 349-352)
John Veltheim

Chapter 29 - Techniques of bodytalk 1: Tapping the cortices (pp. 353-362)
John Veltheim

Chapter 30 - Techniques of bodytalk 2: Intervening on the patient‘s spheno-basilar juncture (pp. 363-366)
John Veltheim

Chapter 31 - Techniques of bodytalk 3: Switching (pp. 367-370)
John Veltheim

Chapter 32 - Techniques of bodytalk 4: Hydration (pp. 371-374)
John Veltheim

Chapter 33 - Techniques of bodytalk 5: Changing body chemistry (pp. 375-378)
John Veltheim

Chapter 34 - Techniques of bodytalk 6: Healing scars (pp. 379-382)
John Veltheim

Chapter 35 - Techniques of bodytalk 7: Using active memory (pp. 383-388)
John Veltheim

Chapter 36 - Techniques of bodytalk 8: Reciprocals (pp. 389-394)
John Veltheim

Section four – Randomized clinical trial

Chapter 37 - The randomized clinical trial (RCT) in medical research (pp. 395-406)
Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick

Chapter 38 - Does the placebo pill have a place in scientific research? (pp. 407-418)
Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick

Chapter 39 - Should we use the normal, passive placebo or active placebo in RCTs? (pp. 419-428)
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? (pp. 429-442)
Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick

Chapter 41 - Observation time of the randomized clinical trial (RCT) (pp. 443-448)
Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick

Chapter 42 - Biomedicine in general practice (pp. 449-464)
Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick

Chapter 43 - The cost of a patient cured with biomedicine compared to the original hippocratic holistic medicine (pp. 465-482)
Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick

Chapter 44 - The efficacy of chemical medicine in serious somatic and mental diseases (pp. 483-502)
Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick

Chapter 45 - Biomedicine and holistic medicine in a clash (pp. 503-514)
Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick

Chapter 46 - How do we develop medicine into efficient and safe medicine? (pp. 515-522)
Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick

Chapter 47 - The pharmaceutical industry and documentation (pp. 523-532)
Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick

Chapter 48 - Advice about medicine (pp. 533-538)
Søren Ventegodt and Joav Merrick

Section five – Acknowledgments

Chapter 49 - About the editor (pp. 539-540)

Chapter 50 - About the National Institute of child health and human development in Israel (pp. 541-544)


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