Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 7:05 am Post subject: Complementary & Alternative Medicine
Due to sideeffect of the medication there are growing interest for parkinson's patients in alternative and complementary medicine or therapies who will live with disease for a longer peroid of time. The CAM offers helpful information related to non motor and motor symptoms i.e proper diet, exercise, constipation, fatigue, insomina, massage. They try to minimize their usage of medication they take to minimize the physical or mental sideeffects on them. Kindly brief their potential benefits and risks for the alterative therapies. Sometimes the best treatment plans involve a wide range of interventions with their usage of the medications.
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Dr. FernandezJoined: 20 Jan 2007Posts: 90
Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:54 am Post subject:
Sorry, I don't know much about CAM. Mainly based on my ignorance, I am always skeptical about alternative therapies. While they make wonders for individual patient reports, when studies are performed using a rigorous, blinded, placebo-controlled design, the results don't always hold up...the perfect example is intravenous glutathione. While we hear about miraculous recoveries of glutathione, when Dr. Hauser's group in Tampa performed a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial on this therapy, there was no sigiificant difference in the performance of patients who received glutathione versus placebo. So, until studies are performed and results are shown, I would always be skeptical, no matter how promising it sounds. Yours,_________________Hubert H. Fernandez