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"Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Legal Boundaries and Regulatory Perspectives" used in "Science, Politics & Alternative Medicine"

"Science, Politics & Alternative Medicine" at Pitzer College is using Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Legal Boundaries and Regulatory Perspectives in its assigned readings. I found this online while surfing the Net.

The course is described as follows:
The seminar will be a basic and wide-range exploration of healing practices originating around the world and often understood as complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) in the USA. We will be exploring several traditional systems of medicine as they contibute to the development of integrative medicine. We will attempt to examine the variety of medical practices in a critical and balanced way.

The study of the CAM will include four aspects: (1) the local knowledge and theories of healing and illness; (2) the philosophical, historical, and political dimensions; (3) a review of some plausible psychobiological mechanisms that may underlie many CAM practices; and (4) a review of the clinical efficacy of complementary and alternative medicines provided by the Western biomedical sciences.

At the end of the seminar students would gain a critical and balanced understanding of the benefits and limitations of complementary and alternative healing practices, which is very important considering the enormous popularity of alternative medicine today.
The course also has an experiential component:
Students are required to do all assigned readings by class time, to complete weekly critiques and to participate in class discussions. There are two short (5-7 page) reflective essays and research paper (12-15 pages) required to complete the course. Students are also asked to participate in experiential activities within the class (e.g. Heart-Math), as well as experiencing some aspect of the healing method chosen for their research.

Heart-Math is the name of an institute that is exploring the role of the heart in human performance. They have devised a series of techniques that allow the practitioner to control heart rate variability and achieve "entrainment" or synchronization of mind, breath and heart rhythms. This entrainment state leads to lower stress and enhanced performance physiologically and mentally. While Heart Math is not an alternative medical practice as systemic knowledge from another culture, it nevertheless focuses on the interrelationship of the heart-mind that is fundamental to many cultural practices. Furthermore, the Institute is researching the relationship from a western scientific perspective and provides both a practice and an intellectual research design component that will help to elucidate a number of issues raised in the course.

There is a brief training to learn the Heart-Math technique. Students are asked to practice on a regular basis and to keep a record of their progress -- computer generated data as well as impressions and experiences.

A three page essay, reflecting on one's own experience with Heart-Math will be required at the end of the semester.

Guest healers, guest speakers, films, and healing demonstrations will supplement the lectures, readings, and class discussions. Students are strongly advised to attend the public events on CAM.
Beyond Complementary Medicine is included in a broad-ranging and eclectic group of readings.
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