Marginal to Mainstream: Alternative Medicine in America

Stephen E. Straus, MD, Director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, wrote a favorable review of Marginal to Mainstream: Alternative Medicine in America, a new book from my colleague Mary Ruggie, PhD, a sociologist and professor at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. The review, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, commented: "Readers could also review Cohen's Beyond Complementary Medicine: Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Health Care and Health Evolution (University of Michigan Press, 2000) for more insights into the government machinery that is abetting or restraining the movement of CAM from marginal to mainstream."

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Should Yoga Studios Ask Students to Sign a Liability Waiver?

As liability issues move into the forefront of the business of yoga as in other complementary, alternative, and holistic health modalities, yoga teachers and yoga studios need to start asking some tough questions about whether smart business practices are consistent with the spiritual tenets of yoga.

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