Complementary And Alternative Medicine ( Cam )

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The Videocasts was on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The title of the presentation is complementary and alternative medicine: From Promise to Proof. The lecture was presented by Stephen Strauss an M.D who at the time was the Director of National Center for CAM. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) performs basic research and is also involved in new discoveries, it invests about 2/3 of its money in clinical and the other 1/3 is for CAM. I learned a lot through the whole presentation as this is a subject that I hadn’t heard of. Things that the NIH does is train CAM researchers, stimulate the collaboration between practitioners, fund professors to teach research, and sponsor career development. They study areas where public…show more content…
Conventional practices can’t cure everything and this also pushes people towards alternative methods. Things that pull people towards CAM are claims of cure, natural treatment, (appealing because natural is good, and the news being in the media which they have easy access to. CAM consider more than just treating the illness and are also involved in having support groups which help people cope with their illness. Because they are often not reimbursed they have more time to spend with the clients. And they practice the three T’s, talk, touch, time. The speaker also explained that the people who practice Complementary medicine are the medical doctors, CAM practitioners, traditional healers, and patients. A reason why CAM might be risky for the public is that often times information that is found on the Internet isn’t correct, misleading, or the source is unknown.
Something that was really interesting that Dr. Strauss addressed is that Conventional medicine is that works here will also work elsewhere; which is not the case for CAM. Pills will have exactly what they say they do and it will be standard throughout, but CAM is not. After the introduction on what is CAM, Dr. Strauss talked about the research that is being done at the complex. He started off with vitamins and minerals, in the developing world, people do not have theses in adequate amounts. He said that there’s still
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