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Turkey studies use of complementary and alternative medicine

CAM use gets tested in Turkey.

CAM use is studied in Turkey:

The study examined complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) usage by patients attending a Turkish gastroenterology outpatient clinic.

Methods: The survey was conducted on 216 patients presenting with gastrointestinal problems during their first visit to the clinic using a 31 item, self-report questionnaire between May and October 2005. Data included information on patient demographics and their gastrointestinal symptoms, as well as items to identify CAM use and patient satisfaction with these therapies.

Results: Seventy-nine patients (36.6%) reported using one or more forms of CAM.

The most commonly used therapy was herbal therapy, usually taken as a tea or infusion. These were used by 27 people (29%) in this subgroup.

Common indicators for their use were epigastric pain, constipation, bloating and dyspepsia or indigestion. CAM use among upper GI patients was marginally higher than lower GI patients (41.8% versus 41.2%), but the highest usage was amongst patients with liver disease where 53.8% reported using one or more CAM therapy.

About half of the patients learned about CAM from their relatives or friends, with more women than men using the therapies (p<0.05). Clinical characteristics such as diagnosis, duration of symptoms and prior surgical intervention did not differ between users and non-users of CAM therapies.

Multivariate analysis showed that being female and higher educational status were positively associated with CAM usage (p<0.05).

Conclusions: CAM usage in our sample of gastrointestinal patients was lower than that described in other countries and other chronic disease groups. This could be due to their low perceived efficacy, or the relatively transient duration of symptoms experienced by the sample.

Healthcare professionals need however, to be aware of CAM usage in order to educate patients appropriately about possible adverse effects or drug-interactions.

Author: Taylan Kav
Credits/Source: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009, 9:41

A holistic health center touts its offerings:

For some people, these therapies can be highly effective both in treating illness and maintaining wellness. The LRGHealthcare Holistic Health Center works in close collaboration with your medical doctors, blending the use of traditional and non-traditional treatments to best meet your needs.

While you may not be familiar with many complementary or alternative therapies, they have been used to care for people throughout the world for many years-in some cases, long before the evolution of "modern medicine" began.

Naturopathic medicine blends centuries-old natural, non-toxic therapies with current advances in the study of health and human systems, covering all aspects of health care. Naturopathic medicine attempts to find the underlying cause of the patient's condition rather than focus solely on symptomatic treatment. The holistic approach to health concentrates on whole-patient wellness; tailored to the patient and emphasizing prevention and self-care.

LRGHealthcare Holistic Health Provider, Brian Paterson is a State-licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist, receiving his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and a M.S. in Acupuncture from Bastyr University. He holds a certificate from Brenneke School of Massage, and serves on the NH State Board of Naturopathic Examiners by gubernatorial appointment. Dr. Paterson is a member of the NH Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and has been serving patients in our communities since 2002.

The staff at the Holistic Health Center restores health by first looking at the specific underlying imbalances that are causing your illness and then, working in close collaboration with your primary care provider, they offer you natural medicines and gentle therapies that will stimulate and improve your own innate healing abilities.

The Holistic Health Center is open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and accepts many insurance plans. Located at Hillside Medical Park, the Center offers convenient access and same-level parking for patients dealing with pain. To learn more about Holistic health visit www.lrgh.org. To make an appointment call 524-9261

A doc points out perils of untested alternative therapies by singling out Zicam:

For some people, these therapies can be highly effective both in treating illness and maintaining wellness. The LRGHealthcare Holistic Health Center works in close collaboration with your medical doctors, blending the use of traditional and non-traditional treatments to best meet your needs.

While you may not be familiar with many complementary or alternative therapies, they have been used to care for people throughout the world for many years-in some cases, long before the evolution of "modern medicine" began.

Naturopathic medicine blends centuries-old natural, non-toxic therapies with current advances in the study of health and human systems, covering all aspects of health care. Naturopathic medicine attempts to find the underlying cause of the patient's condition rather than focus solely on symptomatic treatment. The holistic approach to health concentrates on whole-patient wellness; tailored to the patient and emphasizing prevention and self-care.

LRGHealthcare Holistic Health Provider, Brian Paterson is a State-licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist, receiving his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and a M.S. in Acupuncture from Bastyr University. He holds a certificate from Brenneke School of Massage, and serves on the NH State Board of Naturopathic Examiners by gubernatorial appointment. Dr. Paterson is a member of the NH Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and has been serving patients in our communities since 2002.

The staff at the Holistic Health Center restores health by first looking at the specific underlying imbalances that are causing your illness and then, working in close collaboration with your primary care provider, they offer you natural medicines and gentle therapies that will stimulate and improve your own innate healing abilities.

The Holistic Health Center is open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and accepts many insurance plans. Located at Hillside Medical Park, the Center offers convenient access and same-level parking for patients dealing with pain. To learn more about Holistic health visit www.lrgh.org. To make an appointment call 524-9261

SIU grants include CAM:

Fourteen faculty members at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield and Carbondale are the recipients of grants from the National Institutes of Health through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for their research projects.


The grants, which total $2,606,950, are being awarded to various projects. Some of the grants are for expansion of existing projects and others are for new research efforts.


"This new funding, supporting advances in aging, hearing, infectious diseases, cancer and neurobiology, allows SIU's research to move forward at a faster pace," said Linda A. Toth, the medical school's associate dean for research and faculty affairs and professor of pharmacology.


Most of the awardees are research scientists, working in Springfield and Carbondale. Several are members of the SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute (SCCI) research team. The funds are to be used for hiring personnel and purchasing supplies and equipment.


The SIU faculty members, their research projects and funding amounts are:


- Andrzej Bartke, professor and SIUC distinguished scholar of internal medicine and physiology, for his project, "Interaction of Caloric Restriction with Longevity Genes," $60,952.


- Dr. Carol A. Bauer, professor of otolaryngology head and neck surgery, for her project, "Features of Chronic Tinnitus in Animal Model as Indicated by MEMRI and MRS," $181,492.


- Kathleen C. M. Campbell, professor of otolaryngology head and neck surgery and member of SCCI, for her project, "Developing D-methionine as an Aminoglycoside Otoprotectant," $274,527.


- Donald M. Caspary, professor and SIUC distinguished scholar of pharmacology, for his project, "The Glycine Receptor in a Rat Tinnitus Model: A Possible Therapeutic Target," $45,157.


- Michael W. Collard, associate professor of physiology and member of SCCI, for his project, "Regulatory Mechanisms of DEAF-1 in Development," $218,250.


- Julio A. Copello, assistant professor of pharmacology, for his project, "Communication Between Neighboring Ryanodine Receptor Channels in Skeletal Muscle," $73,189.


- Edward Gershburg, assistant professor of medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology, for his project, "Definition of Structural Organization and Enzymology of the EBV Protein Kinase, $63,682.


- Ramesh Gupta, professor and chair of biochemistry and molecular biology, for his project, RNA Splicing in Archaea," $118,059.


- William Halford, associate professor of medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology, for his project, "Development of an Effective Genital Herpes Vaccine," $400,125.


- Jodi I. Huggenvik, associate professor of physiology and member of SCCI, for her projects, "DEAF-1 Interactions and Protein Modifications in Prostate Cells," $218,250.


- James A. MacLean, assistant professor of physiology, for his project, "Regulation of Insulin by RHOXS Homebox Gene Supports Spermatogenesis," $9,063.


- Laura L. Murphy, professor of physiology and member of SCCI, for her project, "Ginseng and Its Constituents in Complementary Breast Cancer Therapy," $181,875.


- April D. Strader, assistant professor of physiology, for her project, "Understanding the Role of Bile as a Mechanism for Improved Glucose Homeostasis Following Bariatric Surgery," $742,541.


- Toth, for her project, "Mechanisms of Fatigue in a Chronic Viral Disease," $19,788.

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