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Alternative Medicine and Multiple
The MS community is one that hungers for knowledge. As experts in the field, there is an interesting dichotomy between our informed discussions on immunomodulatory agents and FDA approved symptomatic therapies versus the use of complementary and alternative therapies. We know that our patients frequently use these treatment modalities but we have little knowledge about their risks and benefits.
Dr. Allen Bowling's recently published book, Alternative Medicine and Multiple Sclerosis attempts to address this problem. Dr. Bowling objectively reviews different complementary and alternative therapies. The rationale behind the therapy is discussed. If controlled trials of the therapy exist, these are disclosed. At a minimum, Dr. Bowling has done an excellent job of making his reader more aware of the myriad forms of non-traditional therapies available. Important precautions regarding placebo effects and misunderstandings about the immunology of MS are emphasized. As counselors and advocates for our patients, Alternative Medicine and Multiple Sclerosis is a much needed resource.
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