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Dietary Supplements and Multiple Sclerosis: A Health Professional's Guide
Alan C. Bowling MD, PhD; Thomas M. Stewart JD, PA-C, MS

Book Details:
Published: 2004
ISBN: 1-888799-90-0
Format: Softcover
Pages: 120
Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing
Regular Price: $19.95
Web Discount Price: $16.96

Press Release:
There is a relatively high use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), especially dietary supplements, among people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Health professionals with CAM information can improve the quality of patient care by guiding patients away from possibly harmful therapies and, if appropriate, towards low-risk, possibly effective therapies.

Dietary Supplements and Multiple Sclerosis is meant to be referred to when people with MS ask a question about a particular dietary supplement. Supplements are arranged in alphabetical order under the most commonly used name. In addition, the index contains a listing of these common names as well as less common names that may be encountered. The main information about the supplements is written in a concise summary form that usually discusses only the MS relevance of the supplement.

The supplements selected for inclusion are those with specific MS relevance, such as those that are known to be used by people with MS, have claimed efficacy for slowing disease progression or relieving MS symptoms, interact with drugs commonly used to treat MS, and potentially worsen MS or its symptoms. Also, supplements are reviewed that are popular in the general population or are known to have serious adverse effects.

About the Authors:
Allen C. Bowling, MD, PhD, is Medical Director of the Rocky Mountain MS Center. He is also the Director of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program based at the center and a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Bowling has published numerous articles in clinical and basic science journals. He has presented information and original research on CAM and MS at national and international medical conferences as well as to lay audiences. His work on CAM has received numerous awards.

Thomas M. Stewart, JD, PA-C, MS, is a physician assistant and Associate Director of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Programs at the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center. With Dr. Bowling, he is involved in developing information related to multiple sclerosis and alternative medicine, and has presented information and original research on CAM and MS nationally to both professional and lay audiences.

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