Category Archives: CAM

In The Absence of Evidence…

In this week’s JAMA, Scott Braithwaite, MD, MS wrote a Piece of My Mind editorial, “EBM’s Six Dangerous Words,” which made me think back to a former blog post of mine from 2011, “Doc, can I use this natural supplement?” What … Continue reading

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Doc, can I use this natural supplement?

A little while back, I saw a patient in my reflux practice who had recently stopped her PPI and substituted licorice root to help keep her acid reflux symptoms under control. She told me that her symptoms were still under … Continue reading

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Would You Like Some Cyanide in Your Herbal Therapy?

Like most allopathic physicians, I have no formal training in herbal medicine.  Nonetheless I tend to think that I have an open mind to non-Western therapies.  I do not discount their effects in various conditions, but they are not the … Continue reading

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