Entries in Alternative Medicine (4)


Alternative Home Remedies That Can Help You Fight the Flu

Zoonar/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you’re home sick with the flu, you may be able to find some relief by boosting traditional treatments with natural ingredients that can be found in a local vitamin store.

Some studies show that elderberry pills or extract can shorten the duration of flu symptoms in adults. The pills and extract can also help ease swollen sinuses.

In the spice aisle at the supermarket, turmeric, a popular Indian spice, appears to have antiviral properties.

Curcumin, a substance found in the turmeric root, is believed to help prevent viruses from spreading in your body.

And when it comes to chicken soup, your mother may have been on to something. Scientific studies have shown that the homemade remedy can help clear up congestion.

One prominent journal reported that chicken soup actually affected the body’s white blood cells. The journal said it held them back from creating congestion in the body, which means less coughing and sneezing. And it’s not something seen with any other soup.

Experts cautioned that complimentary treatments were no substitute for traditional medicine.

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Steve Jobs Regretted Delaying Cancer Surgery 9 Months, Biographer Says

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Steve Jobs, the visionary Apple co-founder who died earlier this month at 56, admitted to biographer Walter Isaacson that for nine months he refused to undergo surgery for his pancreatic cancer -- a decision he later regretted as his health declined.

In advance of the Monday release of his book, Steve Jobs: A Biography, Isaacson told the CBS News program 60 Minutes that Jobs said he initially felt the surgery would be too invasive.

"I've asked [Jobs why he didn't get an operation earlier] and he said, 'I didn't want my body to be opened...I didn't want to be violated in that way,'" Isaacson says in an interview excerpt posted Thursday on the CBS News website.

How could Jobs have made such a decision?

"I think that he kind of felt that if you ignore something, if you don't want something to exist, you can have magical thinking...we talked about this a lot," Isaacson told CBS News. "He wanted to talk about it, how he regretted it....I think he felt he should have been operated on sooner."

Jobs, fascinated by Eastern mysticism in his youth, believed in alternative herbal treatments, and sources have told ABC News in the past that they thought he minimized the seriousness of his condition. One source close to Jobs said he kept his medical problems private, even from members of Apple's board of directors -- who finally had to persuade him his health was of critical importance to Apple's success and the value of its stock to shareholders.

Ramzi Amri, a researcher in surgical oncology at Harvard Medical School, wrote a controversial piece last week about Jobs' aversion to mainstream medicine, and argued that Jobs may have hastened his own death.

"I respect the privacy of, and in no way wish to offend, anyone mourning his passing," he wrote. But Jobs had a rare neuroendocrine tumor that was far easier for Western medicine to treat than "ordinary" pancreatic cancer, said Amri. He instead sought alternative treatments.

"This was, of course, a freedom he had all the rights to take," said Amri, "but given the circumstances it seems sound to assume that Mr. Jobs' choice for alternative medicine could have led to an unnecessarily early death."

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Health Workers Found More Likely to Use Alternative Remedies

Comstock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) – A new report suggests that three-quarters of all U.S. health-care workers use alternative medicine in their regimen, according to HealthDay.

Doctors and hospital employees were found to be overall more inclined to use remedies like yoga, acupuncture, and herbal therapy in their own lives than the general public.

Lori Knutson of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing in Minneapolis conducted the study with information from the National Health Interview Survey.

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Alternative Medicine Popular Among Health-Care Professionals 

Creatas/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Nearly 75 percent of U.S. health-care workers use some kind of alternative medicine to maintain good health, a new study finds.

HealthDay reports that the study, published in the August issue of Health Services Research, found that those in healthcare—doctors, nurses and their assistants, health technicians, and healthcare administrators—were more likely to use alternative medicine options like massage, yoga, acupuncture and herbal medicine than the general public.

Nearly 38 percent of Americans use some kind of alternative medicine, like dietary supplements, meditation, chiropractic services and Pilates, according to the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine—part of the National Institutes of Health.

The 2007 National Health Interview Survey sampled more than 14,300 working adults, 18 years old and up, and covered 36 different forms of health options, including mind-body therapies and energy-healing treatments.

The study revealed that doctors and nurses were twice as likely as non-clinical health-care support workers to have practiced alternative medicine services in the past year.

Overall, health-care workers used alternative medicine the most—more than those outside the health-care industry.

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