What alternative health

practitioners might not tell you



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"Part of alternative medicine's appeal is its claim to satisfy people's hunger for spirituality and the transcendent… There is a real danger that when spirituality and health are linked, health can become the measure of one's spirituality. Those who are ill may be seen as having insufficient faith to produce healing. This can inflict much guilt on the infirm, especially if they become terminally ill." Article by Dónal P. O'Mathúna, PhD, fellow of The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and Professor of Bioethics and Chemistry at Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio.

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Including background, theory, evidence, unproven uses and potential dangers. Concludes that possible benefits remain scientifically unproven. (Intelihealth)

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Study conclusion: "The results do not support previous reports of beneficial effects of spiritual healing on malignant cell growth in vitro. Reported beneficial effects of spiritual healing on the well-being of cancer patients seem more likely to be mediated by psychosocial and psychophysiological effects of the healer-patient relationship." British Journal of Cancer (September 2005)