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Alternative Medicine and Multiple SclerosisAlternative   Medicine and Multiple Sclerosis
  Allen C. Bowling, MD, PhD.
  October 2000, 272 pages
  Demos Medical Publishing
  Reviewed by Dr. Ben Thrower

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.

About   the Reviewer:
  Dr. Ben Thrower is a board certified neurologist and the medical director of   the HolyFamilyMultipleSclerosisCenter. The Holy Family Multiple Sclerosis   Center, located in SpokaneWashington, opened in February of 1999. Currently,   the center is following 1200 people. The center provides comprehensive care   to the MS community and also participates in clinical research. Dr. Thrower   has worked with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society both on a local and   national level. He currently serves on the Medical Advisory Board of the society   and on the Executive board of the Inland Northwest Chapter of the MS Society.

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