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Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Multiple Sclerosis, 2nd Edition
Allen C. Bowling, MD, PhD

Book Details:
Published: 2007
Format: Softcover
Regular Price: $24.95
Where to buy: Demos Medical Publishing

Editorial Review by:
Christine Ratliff, Editor, MSFocus
The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

If you are interested in looking beyond traditional medicine and conventional approaches to managing MS, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Multiple Sclerosis, Second Edition, is essential. The nearly 300-page handbook provides accurate and unbiased information on a wide range of complementary and alternative approaches for symptom management as well as general health and well-being.

Written by the Medical Director of the Rocky Mountain MS Center and the Director of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Program based at the Center, Dr. Bowling presents what is currently known on a range of potential treatments, cites evidence where it exists, and discusses treatment options clearly and objectively.

Readers will get the facts on Candida treatment, dental amalgam removal, Feldenkrais, hippotherapy, hyperbaric oxygen, low-dose Naltrexone, Prokarin, marijuana, vitamins, minerals, and much more. The third part of the book offers a five-step approach to integrating conventional and unconventional medicine and a summary of the effects of popular dietary supplements.

Each chapter provides a description of the treatment method, study findings in MS, possible side effects, practical information, a conclusion and additional readings.

My patients at the MS Center motivated me to write this book, Dr. Bowling writes. Through my patients, I learned that many were quite devoted to CAM therapies. I realized that I knew little about some of these therapies that obviously were an important component of their health care.

About the Author:
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.

About the Reviewer:
Christine Ratliff is the editor of MSFocus, the national, quarterly magazine of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. She’s written book reviews for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and several award-winning articles for South Florida Parenting Magazine. When she’s not writing, Chris enjoys dancing, walking on the beach, hearing about her daughter’s college adventures, and taking long naps with her cat.

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