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The Checkup Archive: Alternative and Complementary Medicine

Montel Williams's medical marijuana

Former talk-show host and current medical-marijuana advocate Montel Williams reportedly has been fined for possession of a pipe of the sort commonly used to smoke pot.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 5, 2011; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs, Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Medical marijuana, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurological disorders, palliative and hospice care  
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New vitamin D recommendations

Despite mounting pressure to urge many Americans to sharply boost their vitamin D levels, new official recommendations are not advocating a huge increase in the amount of the "sunshine vitamin" that people get. The United States and Canada asked the Institute of Medicine, which is part of the National Academy...

By Rob Stein  | November 30, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Aging, Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Cancer, Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Conditions, Dietary Guidelines, Dietary supplements, Nutrition and Fitness, Prevention, Vitamins, osteoporosis  
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Do 'probiotics' work?

A lot of people these days are taking "probiotics" to help with a host of health problems. Probiotics are live microorganisms, such as bacteria. But these bugs supposedly make people feel better instead of making them sick. This may sound odd. But there's some evidence that this approach could be...

By Rob Stein  | November 10, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Travel Health, diarrhea  
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FDA cracks down on experimental autism therapy

Federal health officials are cracking down on a controversial therapy that has been promoted as an alternative for a variety of conditions, including autism, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. The Food and Drug Administration warned eight companies Thursday that their over-the-counter products used for a procedure known as "chelation" are...

By Rob Stein  | October 14, 2010; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Autism, Cardiovascular Health, FDA, Kids' health, Popular Procedures  
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The haze surrounding medical marijuana

As the District of Columbia joins the small group of U.S. jurisdictions legalizing the sale of marijuana for medical purposes, it finally occurred to me to consider whether I'd ever ask for a prescription myself. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) All of the 14 states (and now D.C.) that allow...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | August 30, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Cancer, Chronic Conditions, Multiple Sclerosis, The Business of Health  
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An ancient approach to detoxing your body

When I wrote about detox diets in this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column, I learned that Western medicine isn't sold on the idea of eating certain foods -- and avoiding others -- to rid your body of impurities. The human body, experts told me, is perfectly capable of...

By Rob Stein  | August 26, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Nutrition and Fitness  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Does glucosamine really help arthritis?, Rob Stein , July 7, 2010
When is a placebo not a placebo? , Rob Stein , December 30, 2009
Ginkgo suffers another blow , Rob Stein , December 29, 2009
Do neti pots promote sinus health?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 11, 2009
Alternative Medicine Spending Soars, Rob Stein , July 30, 2009
Life's Big Questions: What Should My Stool Look Like?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 19, 2009
Does Acupuncture Help Your Back?, Rob Stein , May 14, 2009
One Miracle Berry That Lives Up to Hype, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 31, 2009
A Conversation about Constipation, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 24, 2009
A New Wind A-Blowin' for Medical Marijuana?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 20, 2009
Do We Need NCCAM?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 18, 2009
Green Tea Setback?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 9, 2009
Are There Toxins in Your Herbs?, Rob Stein , August 28, 2008
Unwittingly Practicing CAM?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 13, 2008
Is Soy Safe -- or Scary?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 30, 2008
How Well Do You Know Your Massage Therapist?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 23, 2008
The NIH and The Woo-Woo Thing, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 21, 2008
Laughter Yoga. No Joke!, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 9, 2008
 
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