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Endocrinologist Discusses Alternative Medicine

An endocrinologist discusses alternative medicine in an upcoming clinical conference. From the press release:
Making the Case for Alternative Medicine

Alternative medicine has a place in the traditional endocrinologist's practice. But just what is appropriate, and what is misleading? This question will be explored at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 17th Annual Meeting & Clinical Congress, by Marc R. Blackman, MD, at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2008, at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando.

In his analysis, Dr. Blackman will highlight possible uses for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, while not overlooking possible pitfalls.

"A justifiable argument can be made for alternative treatment in some situations," Dr. Blackman said. "However, it is important to note that what is natural isn't always good."

Blackman will analyze the recent FDA action against bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. The FDA sent letters warning several pharmaceutical manufacturers that their claims about the safety and effectiveness of their "bio-identical hormones" are unsupported by medical evidence, and are considered false and misleading. Other unsupported claims insisted that the drugs are better than FDA-approved menopausal hormone therapy drugs and can be used to prevent and treat diseases like Alzheimer's, stroke, and various forms of cancer. Blackman will interpret these events to see what can be learned from them.

This issue will be examined at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 17th Annual Meeting & Clinical Congress, at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2008, at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando.
I'm not exactly sure why bio-identical hormones are considered alternative medicine, but it sounds like the talk will offer pros and cons.
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