Pediculosis - Head Lice Treatment, Tips & Resources natural head lice removal and education # Pelvic inflammatory disease - See: Women's health problems, below. # Pemphigus vulgaris - See: Skin problems, below. # Peptic ulcers - See: Gastrointestinal diseases, above. # Periodontal disease - Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease) for patients & consumers from the American Dental Association # Periodontal disease - Gingivitis info from the MayoClinic.com # Periodontal disease - Gingivitis an article from eMedicine offering basic information for patient & physician # Periodontal disease - Pregnancy Gingivitis from UMan, explains periodontal disease in pregnancy # Periodontal disease - Stages of Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease from UMan, for the public # Peripheral vascular disease - Click here for access to Peripheral vascular disease links. # Personnes handicappes - INDIE: Inforoute sur la deficience vers l'integration et l'education # Personnes handicappes - Alliance de vie active pour les Canadiens/Canadiennes ayant un handicap # Perthes disease - See: Bone diseases, above. # Pervasive developmental disorder (or PDD) - See: Autism, above. # Pet therapy - Click here for access to Pet therapy links. # Phenylketonuria - National PKU News news, information and links to the 'net # Phenylketonuria - Phenylketonuria basic introduction from: Your Genes, Your Health # Phenylketonuria, in childhood - Children's PKU Network inborn error of metabolism that may lead to mental retardation # Phobias - See: Panic/anxiety disorder, above. # Pink eye - See: Eye diseases and Eye diseases, in childhood, above. # Pituitary diseases - See: Endocrine disorders, above. # Plague - Click here for access to Plague links. # Plantar fasciitis - See: Foot problems, above. # Plastic & reconstructive surgery - See: Surgery, below. # Pneumoconiosis - See: Lung diseases, above. # Pneumonia - See: Lung diseases, above. # Pneumothorax - Pneumo-World for patients of spontaneous pneumothorax (lung collapse) # Pneumothorax - pneumothorax.org comprehensive site created by a patient # Pneumothorax - Pneumothorax all about "collapsed lung", presented in layman's terms, from InteliHealth # Poisoning - Click here for access to Poisoning links. # Polio - Click here for access to Polio links. # Pollution - See: Environmental illness, above. # Polyarthritis, epidemic - See: Arthritis, above. # Polyglandular autoimmune syndrome - See: Autoimmune diseases, above. # Pompe's disease - Click here for access to Pompe's disease links. # Porphyria - Click here for access to Porphyria links. # Post-polio syndrome - See: Polio, above. # Post traumatic stress - See: Stress disorders, below. # Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome - POTS Place: A Guide to Postural ... ... don't get up! # Powerlines - See: Safety in the Wellness section of this resource. # Prader-Willi syndrome - Prader-Willi Syndrome Hub collection of links to info about PWS # Prader-Willi syndrome - Prader-Willi Syndrome entry from OMIM # Prader-Willi syndrome - Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA) basic facts and FAQs # Prader-Willi syndrome - Prader-Willi Syndrome from Developmental Disabilities Digest # Preeclampsia - Click here for acces to Preeclampsia links. # Pregnancy loss - Click here for access to Pregnancy Loss links. # Premenstrual syndrome - See: Menstruation, below. # Primary immune deficiencies - Canadian Immunodeficiencies Patient Organization a national organization # Primary immune deficiencies - International Patient Organization for Patients with Primary Immunodeficiencies # Primary immune deficiencies - Immune Deficiency Foundation improving care through research & education # Primary immune deficiencies - Primary Immunodeficiency Association providing support & education in Britain # Primary lateral sclerosis - See: Neuromuscular disorders, above. # Prion diseases - National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center monitoring new variant CJD in the US # Prion diseases - The Prion Diseases a 1995 article from Scientific American, by Stanley B. Prusiner # Prion diseases - Prion Diseases -- What Are They? from the Technician's Exchange on the IAHCSMM web site # Problemes du pied - Clinique Podiatrique de Montreal medecine podiatrique et sportif # Problemes de la sante des femmes - Etude sur les implants mammaires en Ontario et au Quebec de Sante Canada # Proctitis - See: Bowel diseases, above. # Progeria - Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria severe aging disease of children # Progeria - Progeria Research Foundation research, education and fundraising to combat progeria # Progeria - Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome clinical description from OMIM, with references # Progressive supranuclear palsy - Click here for access to Progressive supranuclear palsy links. # Prosopagnosia - Prosopagnosia (Face Blindness) about the neurological inability to recognize a face # Prosopagnosia - Prosopagnosia an article from Science magazine in 1985 # Prosopagnosia - Prosopagnosia a FAQ from a person who suffers from face blindness # Prostate cancer - Click here for access to Prostate cancer links. # Prostate diseases - See: Men's health problems, above. # Prosthetics - See Prosthetists and orthotists in the Disciplines & Education section of this resource. # Proteus syndrome - Proteus Syndrome an extremely variable condition first identified in 1979 # Proton therapy - National Association for Proton Therapy (NAPT) cancer treatment information # Psoriasis - See: Skin problems, below. # Psychoanalysis - See: Psychologists, in the Disciplines & Education section of this resource. # Psychotherapy - See: Counselors and Psychotherapists, in the Disciplines & Education section of this resource. # Pulmonary embolism - See: Thromboembolic disease, below. # Pulmonary hypertension - See: Lung diseases, above. # Quadriplegia - see: Paralysis, above. # Quarantine - Quarantine and Migration Health responsible for protecting Canada from dangerous diseases # Rabies - Rabies all about rabies, from Citizens for Responsible Wildlife Management # Radiation exposure - Hiroshima International Council for Health Care of the Radiation-exposed English version # Radiation exposure - Ask a CHP . . . learn about radiation and radioactivity from a Certified Health Physicist # Radiology procedures - Radiology Info for the public, about radiology procedures # Radon - See: Environmental illness, above. # Rape - See: Sexual assault, below. # Rare disorders - NORD National Organization of Rare Disorders clearinghouse # Rare disorders - Office of Rare Diseases from the U.S. NIH, includes: Rare Diseases Clinical Research Database # Rare disorders - Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders (CORD) has valuable list of support groups # Rare disorders, in childhood - Contact a Family for British families caring for children with rare disorders/diseases # Rare disorders, in childhood - CLIMB: Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases support from the U.K. # Raynaud's disease - Raynaud's & Scleroderma Association British organization supporting those who suffer # Raynaud's disease - R.A.S.H Raynauds & Scleroderma Help British site offering information and support # Raynaud's disease - KuntzNerves.com a guide to understanding sweaty palms, facial blushing, Raynaud's Disease # Reflex sympathetic dystrophy - Click here for access to Reflex sympathetic dystrophy links. # Rehabilitation - Click here for access to Rehabilitation links. # Reiter's syndrome - See: Rheumatic diseases, below. # Repetition strain injuries - Click here for access to Repetition Strain Injuries links. # Respiratory problems - Click here for access to Respiratory problems links. # Respiratory syncytial virus - See: Illness, in childhood, above. # Restless legs syndrome - Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation education for all # Restless legs syndrome - How to help patients with restless legs syndrome from the March 1999 Postgraduate Medicine # Resuscitation - Click here for access to Resuscitation links. # Retinitis pigmentosa - See: Eye diseases, above. # Retinopathy of prematurity - See: Blindness, above. # Rett syndrome - Click here for access to Rett Syndrome links. # Reye syndrome - Click here for access to Reye Syndrome links. # Rhabdomyolysis - See: Kidney diseases, above. # Rheumatic diseases - Click here for access to Rheumatic diseases links. # Rosacea - See: Skin problems, below. # Rosacee - Programme de sensibilisation a la rosacee maladie de la peau qui affecterait deux millions de nous # Ross River disease - See: Arthritis, above. # Rubella - See: Measles, above. # Rubeola - See: Measles, above. # SADS (Sudden arrhythmia death syndrome) - See: Heart disease, in childhood, above. # SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome) - See: Lung diseases and Respiratory problems, above. # SIDA - Pesez ici pour des Sites Sida. # SIDS - Click here for access to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) links. # Salmonella - See: Poisoning, above. # Sarcoidosis - Click here for access to Sarcoidosis links. # Scabies - See: Skin problems, below. # Scars - See: Skin problems, below. # Schistosomiasis - Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia) from the Medical College of Wisconsin # Schistosomiasis - Schistosomiasis from the WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases # Schizencephaly - Schiz Kidz Buddies support group for parents of children with schizencephaly # Schizophrenia - Click here for access to Schizophrenia links. # Schmidt's syndrome - Addison's Disease and Type I Diabetes discusses treatment of Schmidt's syndrome # Sciatica - See: Back pain, above. # Scleroderma - Click here for access to Scleroderma links. # Scleroderma, in childhood - Juvenile Scleroderma Network support and friendship for children who have scleroderma # Sclerose en plaques - Network de la sclerose en plaques maladie chronique evolutive du systeme nerveux central # Sclerose en plaques - La sclerose en plaques: Guide du debutant de Francois, diagnostique avec SP en 1998 # Scoliosis - See: Spinal disorders, below. # Seasickness - See: Travel health, in the Wellness section of this resource. # Seasonal affective disorder/SAD - See: Depression, above. # Secourisme - St. John Ambulance Saint-Jean formation en secourisme & RCR, sante & securite # Self care - See: Self-help in the Wellness section of this resource. # Self help - See: Self help in the Wellness section of this resource. # Self injury - Click here for access to Self injury links. # Sepsis - International Sepsis Forum industry and academe focussing on severe sepsis # Sepsis - Surviving Sepsis Campaign an initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to reduce mortality from sepsis # Sepsis - Surviving Sepsis a FAQ from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign # Sepsis, in childhood - Sepsis from KidsHealth, by the Nemours Foundation # Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) - See: Lung diseases and Respiratory problems, above. # Sex addiction - See: Addictions, above. # Sex change - See: Transgender issues, below. # Sexual assault - Click here for access to Sexual assault links. # Sexually transmitted diseases - Click here for access to Sexually transmitted diseases links. # Shingles - Shingles Information Page from the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke # Shingles - After Shingles from the Visiting Nurse Associations of America # Shingles - Herpes Zoster (Shingles) basic information from: The Skin Site # Shingles - Shingles from eMedicine's comsumer health collection # Shprintzen syndrome - See: Velo-cardio-facial syndrome, below. # Shwachman syndrome - Shwachman Syndrome Support a condition often confused with Cystic Fibrosis in children # Shwachman syndrome - Shwachman Syndrome U.K. Support Network helping to make contacts # Shwachman syndrome - Shwachman Syndrome Support - Australia Inc. good links to other organizations # Shy-Drager syndrome - Shy-Drager Syndrome from the U.S. NINDS # Shy-Drager syndrome - Multiple System Atrophy from the National Dysautonomia Research Foundation # Shy-Drager syndrome - Jeff's Shy-Drager Page a collection of links from the son of a victim # Shyness - Shy and Free transforming shyness into wholeness and happiness # Shyness - Shyness Research Institute at Indiana University Southeast # Shyness - Painful Shyness in Children and Adults how psychologists can help, from the APA # Shyness - Shyness Home Page index to shyness resources on the web # Sickle cell disease - See Sickle cell disorders, below. # Sickle cell disorders - Click here for access to Sickle cell disorders links. # Silicosis - See: Lung diseases, above. # Silver poisoning - Rosemary's Story about argyria, a skin condition caused by taking colloidal silver # Silver poisoning - Argyria from eMedicine, for doctors and the public # Sinusitis - See: Nasal problems and Respiratory problems, above. # Sjogren's syndrome - Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation Inc. basic diagnostic and treatment info # Sjogren's syndrome - British Sjogren's Syndrome Association chronic auto-immune disease related to arthritis # Sjogren's syndrome - Sjogren's Syndrome: a free resource site symptoms, diagnosis, articles & links from Britain # Skin problems - Click here for access to Skin Problems links. # Skin problems, in childhood - Click here for access to Skin problems, in childhood links. # Sleep disorders - Click here for access to Sleep disorders links. # Sleep problems, in childhood - Children's Health: Sleep Issues from the AAP on the Medem site # Sleep problems, in childhood - Apnea and Your Child from KidsHealth.org by the Nemours Foundation # Sleep problems, in childhood - How Much Sleep Is Enough ... ? from KidsHealth.org by the Nemours Foundation # Sleep problems, in childhood - Star Sleeper Web Site Garfield teaches kids the importance of adequate sleep # Sleeping sickness - See: Trypanosomiasis, below. # Smallpox - Click here for access to Smallpox links. # Smell disorders - See: Anosmia, above. # Smith-Magenis syndrome - PRISMS: Parents & Researchers Interested in Smith-Magenis Syndrome # Smoking - Click here for access to Smoking links. # Smoking, pour renseigements francais, voir ci-dessous le Tabagisme. # Snake bite - Australian Venom Research Unit information about medically important Australian venomous creatures # Social phobia - See: Panic/anxiety disorder, above. # Soiling - See: Fecal incontinence, above. # Soins palliatifs - L'institut de soins palliatifs de l'universite d'Ottawa # Soins palliatifs - L'Association canadienne des soins palliatifs l'organisme national qui guide les soins palliatifs # Soins palliatifs - Federation JALMALV Jusqu'A La Mort Accompagner La Vie, soutenue par la Fondation de France # Spasmodic torticollis - See: Dystonia, above. # Speech, alaryngeal - See: Voice disorders, below. # Speech disorders - Click here for access to Speech disorders links. # Speech therapy - ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for the professional and the consumer # Speech therapy - Vagdevi Center for the Rehabilitation of the Communication Impaired in India # Speech therapy - See also: Communication, facilitated, above, and Stuttering, and Voice disorders below. # Spina bifida - Click here for access to Spina Bifida links. # Spinal cord injury - Click here for access to Spinal Cord Injury links. # Spinal cord tumours - Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors an electronic pamphlet from the U.S. NINDS # Spinal disorders - Click here for access to Spinal Disorders links. # Spinal muscular atrophy - See: Neuromuscular disorders, above. # Spondyloarthropathy - See: Reiter's syndrome, above. # Sports injuries - Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery from a team doctor # Sports injuries - Sports Medicine Online full access available only to members # Sports injuries - Sports Medicine from Ivanhoe Broadcast News & Columbia HCA # Staphylococcal infections - Staphylococcal (Staph) Skin Infections from TeensHealth, by the Nemours Foundation # Steele-Richardson-Olszewski syndrome - See: Progressive supranuclear palsy, above. # Stevens Johnson syndrome - Arava-Stevens-Johnson-Syndrome.com Arava/Lenflunomide may cause SJS # Stiff Man syndrome - Stiff Man Syndrome Support Group & Charity from the U.K. # Stiff Man syndrome - Stiff Man Syndrome discussion group page for a rare neuromuscular condition # Stillbirth - See: Pregnancy loss, above. # Still's disease - Still's Disease Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis can first appear in adults, find out more here! # Stomach ulcers - See: Gastrointestinal diseases, above. # Stomatodynia - Go4Hope.com information about Burning Mouth Syndrome, from someone who suffers # Streptococcal infections, group A - Streptococcal Toxic-Shock Syndrome from: Emerging Infectious Diseases # Streptococcal infections, group A - Group A Streptococcal Infections from the U.S. NIAID # Streptococcal infections, group A - Strep Throat from eMedicine's consumer health collection # Streptococcal infections, group A - See also: Necrotizing fasciitis, above. # Streptococcal infections, group B - Group B Streptococcal Disease from the U.S. CDC # Stress - Click here for access to Stress links. # Stress disorders - Click here for access to Stress disorders links. # Stress disorders, in childhood - About Posttraumatic Stress Disorder from: AboutOurKids.org # Stress disorders, in childhood - National Child Traumatic Stress Network raising the standard of care # Stroke - See Cerebrovascular accident, above. # Sturge-Weber syndrome - The Sturge-Weber Foundation congenital condition characterized by a facial birthmark # Stuttering - Click here for access to Stuttering links. # Sudden arrhythmia death syndrome - See: Heart disease, in childhood, above. # Sudden infant death syndrome - See: SIDS, above. # Suicide - Click here for access to Suicide links. # Suicide (francais) - infosuicide.org la lutte contre l'isolement et la prevention du suicide a Paris # Suicide (francais) - Depression et suicide de Flash sante, de Sante Canada # Suicide (francais) - L'association canadienne pour la prevention du suicide ressources et renseingments # Suicide, in adolescence - Click here for access to Suicide, in adolescence links. # Support groups - Hands Across the Net links to support groups of many kinds # Surdite - Deaf World Web la surdite et la culture sourde # Surdite - La surdite au Quebec articles, associations, liens, nouvelles et plus ... # Surdite - L'Association des malentendants canadiens une chance d'etre ecoute; une chance d'entendre # Surgery - Click here for access to Surgery links. # Surgery, in childhood - Pediatric Neurosurgery from CPMC in New York city # Surgery, in childhood - Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, Inc. free reconstructive surgery for children with physical deformities # Surgery, in childhood - Interplast free reconstructive surgery for needy children and adults in developing nations # Surgery, in childhood - Operation Rainbow free reconstructive surgery for children in medically underserved countries # Surrogacy - American Surrogacy Center, Inc. one way of dealing with infertility # Surrogacy - Organization of Parents through Surrogacy: OPTS information, education, networking # Surrogacy - Choices in Surrogacy.com commercial service providing information about surrogacy # Surrogacy - COTS: Surrogacy in the U.K. for British surrogates and parents # Swallowing disorders - Click here for access to Swallowing disorders links. # Sweating - Click here for access to Sweating links. # Swimmers' itch - See: Skin problems, above. # Sydenham's chorea - Leilani's Chorea Leilani's mother shares her experience # Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction - See: Pregnancy, in the Wellness section of this resource. # Syndrome de Rett - Association Francaise du Syndrome de RETT soutenir les familles, faire connaitre la maladie # Syndrome de Turner - L'association du Syndrome de Turner du Quebec pour mieux comprendre ... # Syringomyelia - See: Spinal disorders, above. # Tabagisme - Pesez ici pour des liens: Tabagisme. # Tarlov cysts - See: Cysts, Tarlov, above. # Taste disorders - Taste and Smell Clinic treatment for those with taste and smell disorders, in Washington, DC # Taste disorders - See also: Anosmia, above. # Tay-Sachs disease - Click here for access to Tay-Sachs disease links. # Temporomandibular joint - Click here for Temporomandibular joint links. # Thalassemia - See: Sickle cell disorders, above. # Thalidomide victims - Thalidomide UK advisory campaign website # Thalidomide victims - Thalidomide Victims Association of Canada representing "thalidomiders" across Canada # Thalidomide victims - Thalidomide history of its use from the U.S. CERHR # Thalidomide victims - Thalidomide article from Wikipedia, with details about the problems it caused in pregnancies # Therapie d'oxygene de barotherapie - Centre De Barotherapie De Traitement d'un site sur le Paralysie cerebrale # Therapie d'oxygene de barotherapie - Voir, aussi, au-dessus: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy. # Thoracic outlet syndrome - Thoracic Outlet Syndrome symptoms caused by compression of nerves in the brachial plexus # Throat problems - Ear, Nose, and Throat (Otolaryngology) Manual for the public, by Dr. G. Krause, in Denver, CO # Throat problems - Strep Throat from the Audio Health Library; text available, too # Throat problems - Tonsilhelp.com a parents' guide to tonsillectomies from Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. # Throat problems - See, also: Voice disorders, below. # Thrombocytopenia, Absence of Radius Syndrome - TAR Syndrome from a mother in New Brunswick # Thromboembolic disease - Click here for access to Thromboembolic disease links. # Thrombosis, deep vein - See: Thromboembolic disease, above. # Thyroid cancer - See: Cancer, above. # Thyroid diseases - Click here for access to Thyroid Diseases links. # Thyroid diseases - pour renseignements francais, voir: les Affections thyroidiennes, ci-dessus. # Tinnitus - Click here for access to Tinnitus links. # Tobacco use - See: Smoking, above. # Toenails - See: Skin problems, above. # Tooth decay - See: Dental problems, above. # Tooth grinding - See: Dental problems, above. # Tourette syndrome - Click here for access to Tourette syndrome links. # Tourette, Syndrome de Gilles de la - Fondation canadienne du syndrome de la Tourette organisme national # Toxic shock syndrome - Click here for access to Toxic Shock Syndrome links. # Toxicomanie - Pesez ici pour des sites dans le domaine de la Toxicomanie. # Toxoplasmosis - The Toxoplasmosis Trust a registered charity in the U.K., providing information and education # Tracheo-esophageal fistula - Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula Support British help for children with this birth defect # Tracheostomy - Tracheostomy creating a surgical airway in the cervical trachea, an article from eMedicine # Tracheostomy - Tracheotomy basic informaiton, from the HealthAtoZ encyclopedia # Tracheostomy - Tracheostomy Care from the American Head & Neck Society # Tracheostomy, in childhood - Aaron's Tracheostomy Pages home care of a child with a tracheostomy # Tracheostomy, in childhood - Tracheotomy from Pediatric Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Associates # Traffic accidents - Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics for 2000, from Transport Canada # Traffic accidents - Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics for 2001, from Transport Canada # Traffic accidents - Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics for 2002, from Transport Canada # Traffic accidents - Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics for 2003, from Transport Canada # Transgender issues - See Transgender issues in the Wellness section of this resource. # Transgender issues - See also above: Intersexuality. # Transplantation - Click here for access to Transplantation links. # Transplantation, in childhood - David Foster Foundation providing help to children needing transplants in BC # Trauma - Trauma Info Pages from David Baldwin, a psychologist in Eugene, OR # Trauma - American Trauma Society for the prevention of trauma and improvement of trauma care # Tremor, essential - Western Essential Tremor Network improving the quality of life of those affected by tremor # Tremor, essential - National Tremor Foundation support for those with essential tremor, in the U.K. # Trepanation - Trepan.com resources of the International Trepanation Advocacy Group # Trials - See: Clinical trials, above. # Trichinosis - Trichinellosis from the Division of Parasitic Diseases at the U.S. CDC # Trichinosis - Trichinosis a review for physicians from eMedicine # Trichinosis - Facts About Trichinosis from the USDA APHIS Veterinary Services # Trichotillomania - See: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, above. # Trigeminal neuralgia - Trigeminal Neuralgia Association disorder of the fifth cranial nerve causing intense facial pain # Trigeminal neuralgia - Trigeminal Neuralgia Resources a patient-to-patient resource # Tropical diseases - Brief History of Tropical Medicine from the Leprosy Home Page # Trypanosomiasis - Trypanosomiasis Hub African Trypanosomiasis is also known as "Sleeping Sickness" # Trypanosomiasis - Trypanosomiasis American Trypanosomiasis causes Chagas disease # Trypanosomiasis - Trypanosoma cruzi and Chagas disease scientific articles on the organism & the disease # Trypanosomiasis - Trypanosomiasis info from the WHO, via a course web site at Tulane University # Trypanosomiasis - See, also: Chagas disease, above. # Tuberculosis - Click here for access to Tuberculosis links. # Tuberculose - Normes canadiennes pour la lutte antituberculeuse, 5eme ed. sante publique et la tuberculose # Tuberous sclerosis - Click here for access to Tuberous Sclerosis links. # Tularemia - Tularemia as a Biological Weapon an article from the JAMA # Tumeurs cerebrales - La Fondation canadienne des tumeurs cerebrales pour patients, leur famille et la publique # Turner syndrome - Click here for access to Turner Syndrome links. # Typhoid fever - Click here for access to Typhoid fever links. # Ulcers, decubitus - See: Decubitus ulcers, above. # Ulcers, stomach - See: Gastrointestinal diseases, above. # Urea cycle disorders - National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation illnesses caused by excessive ammonia in the blood # Urinary incontinence - Click here for access to Urinary incontinence links. # Urinary tract infections - Click here for access to Urinary tract infections links. # Urinary tract infections, in childhood - Urinary Tract (Kidney and Bladder) Infections from Dr. Reddy's Pediatric Office ... # Urinary tract infections, in childhood - UTI in Children from the NIDDK Information Clearinghouse # Urinary tract infections, in childhood - Urinary tract infection an article from the Pediatrics section of eMedicine # Urologic diseases - Click here for access to Urologic Diseases links. # Urticaria - See: Skin problems, above. # Usher syndrome - See: Eye diseases links, above. # Valley fever - Valley Fever Page all about Coccidioidomycosis; contains: A primer for non-medical people. # Valley fever - Valley Fever Center for Excellence from the Arizona Research Laboratories # Valley fever - Valley Fever Vaccine Project of the Americas working to develop a vaccine # Varicella - Varicella Disease (Chickenpox) info from the U.S. CDC # Vascular disease - See, also: Heart disease and Peripheral vascular disease, above. # Vasculitis - See: Heart disease, above. # Veins, varicose - Click here for access to Veins, varicose links. # Velo-cardio-facial syndrome - Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome articles, support groups, fact sheets and links # Vertigo - See: Vestibular disorders, below. # Vestibular disorders - Click here for access to Vestibular disorders links. # Violence - See: Abuse and Sexual assault, above. # Vision - Low Vision Information Center helping people with low vision maintain independence # Vision - See, also: Blindness, and Eye diseases, above. # Vitamin A deficiency - Vitamin A Global Initiative combatting a preventable cause of childhood deaths # Vitamin A deficiency - Combating vitamin A deficiency from the WHO # Vitamin A deficiency - Golden Rice a paper by Alfred Sommer, Dean of the JHU School of Public Health # Vitiligo - See: Skin problems, above. # Voice disorders - Voice Center disorders of the voice and larynx from Eastern Virginia Medical School # Voice disorders - Introduction to Alaryngeal Speech from the Vocal Physiology Lab at UWO # Vomiting - See: Cyclic vomiting syndrome, above. # von Hippel-Lindau Disease - von Hippel-Lindau Disease information from the U.S. NINDS # von Hippel-Lindau Disease - Von Hippel Lindau Disease: Genetic, Clinical and Imaging Features an article from Radiology # von Hippel-Lindau Disease - VHL: a Genetic Disease an article about a family's experience # Vulvar pain - See: Women's health problems, below. # Warts - See: Skin problems, above. # Wegener's granulomatosis - Wegener's Granulomatosis Support Group providing support to patients # West Nile virus - Click here for access to West Nile Virus links. # West syndrome - West Syndrome Support Group support for parents of children with infantile spasms # Wheelchairs - See: Disabilities and Paralysis, above. # Whiplash - Whiplash 101 about whiplash and related soft tissue disorders # Whooping cough - Whooping Cough Information from Dr Doug Jenkinson, a family doctor in England # Whooping cough - Bordetella pertussis and Whooping Cough from a bacteriology course at the UW-Madison # Whooping cough - Whooping Cough, the DPT Vaccine, and Reducing Vaccine Reactions from the US NVIC # Whooping cough - Vaccine Information: Pertussis (Whooping Cough) from the US NNii # Williams syndrome - Click here for access to Williams syndrome links. # Wilson's disease- What is Wilson's disease? from The National Center for the Study of Wilson's Disease in the U.S. # Wilson's disease- Therapeutic Options for Wilson's Disease from the U.S. National Center for Research Resources # Wilson's disease- Wilson's Disease Association International sponsored by Gate Pharmaceuticals # Wilson's disease - See, also: Liver diseases, above. # Wolfram syndrome - Worldwide Society of Wolfram Syndrome Families information and support for a rare condition # Women's health problems - Click here for access to Women's Health Problems links. # Wound care - Wound Care Information Center in Texas # Wound care - Wound Care Society wound care education from the U.K. # Wound care - Wound Management Practice Resource Centre wound management and woundcare # Wound care - 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Click on the name underlined above for access to a dictionary you can consult for an intriduction to many of the unfamiliar terms related to alternative healthcare. The *Skeptic's Dictionary, compiled by Robert T. Carroll, a professor of Philosophy at Sacramento City College, also offers a critical approach to alternative health care topics. You can consult the whole dictionary by clicking on the name underlined above, or you can simply browse its collection of entries on "alternative" medicine by clicking here. A study is being conducted at Columbia University to collect information from patients and health care providers about promising therapies for serious illness. This study focuses on complementary and alternative therapies (i.e., therapies typically not prescribed by physicians). You can fill in the questionnaire on their web site anonymously, or allow follow up and be considered for inclusion in the study by providing contact information. Learn more about the study: Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Serious Illness by clicking on the underlined name. Please note that: The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. A set of links to web sites that discuss Fraud in healthcare is available in the Illness section of this resource. For access to information about questionable cures, claims and practices in healthcare, click on the name underlined above! Update status: New material was added to on: 27 June 2005. Health Care Information Resources makes information about health and disease accessible in the belief that the informed consumer is a more satisfied consumer of healthcare. This service does not offer advice about health or healthcare and cannot substitute for a healthcare practitioner. Only personal contact with the qualified healthcare practitioner of your choice -- who knows your health history, who can examine you, and who can bring expertise and experience to bear on your situation -- can yield advice about how you ought to handle any of the information you obtain from sources accessed through this service. Decisions regarding your healthcare should always involve the assistance of a trusted healthcare practitioner. General Resources in Alternative Medicine The *FACTs: Friends of Alternative & Complementary Therapeutics Society is a non-profit community organization devoted to the promotion of credible and accessible information in the area of alternative and complementary medicine and health. The group wants to create a repository of health information that is factual, accessible, credible and ethical. The information [will come] ... from different schools of medicine and different cultures. These diverse resources will provide us with multiple healthcare options, and it will lead us to a healthier future. While other groups are active in advocacy, service delivery, research or teaching, our goal is to promote learning activities on alternative and complementary medicine through various media. Established in Toronto in early 1998, FACT will expand to other cities across Canada, with a national launch slated for the year 2000. This is a group to keep your eyes on! Access their website by clicking on the name underlined above. The *Canadian Complementary Medical Association is a network of Canadian physicians, osteopaths, residents and medical students with a special interest or expertise in complementary medicine. It was founded at a meeting in Banff, AB in 1996 to promote the best in both unconventional and orthodox therapeutics in medical practice. Membership in the association is limited to those holding a recognized medical degree (M.D., D.O., or equivalent), or to retirees and students in these fields. The site concerns itself with the politics of recognition for unconventional practices in various Canadian provinces, and with the protection of those who espouse unconventional practices from their unbelieving colleagues and medical societies. CME opportunities are listed, "best" websites are offered, and there are links to associations and societies which may offer training within the fields of interest of the members. A physician directory is planned, but as those currently practising alternative therapies are at risk for investigation or malpractice in some provinces, the directory is not yet available. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *CAMline is an evidence-based website on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for healthcare professionals and the public, with a Canadian perspective. It is funded by the Change Foundation of the OHA (Ontario Hospital Association) and the Richard Ivey Foundation, both of which are based in Toronto, ON. It offers access to evidence-based information on natural health products, CAM therapies and practitioners and health conditions; at the moment (May 2002), there is not a lot of information available under some of the headings. It is to be hoped that the development of this site occurs rapidly because there is a great need for the kind of information promised by this site. The founders (5 partner institutions) and expert advisors are all listed; their credentials indicate that they are drawn mainly from the various disciplines of allopathic, traditional medicine and medical practice. This is a web site to watch! In 1999, a document outlining the situation with respect to complementary and alternative health practices in Canada and their relationship to Canadian health system policies and practices was prepared for Health Canada by the York University Centre for Health Studies in Toronto. The panel of distinguished authors/consultants includes faculty from universities in several provinces. Although the specific details may no longer be absolutely current, the document contains a wealth of information about CAM in Canada and is made available here for that reason. Click on the underlined title following for access to: the *Complementary and Alternative Health Practices and Therapies: A Canadian Overview . The publication: *Perspectives on Complementary and Alternative Health Care contains a collection of discussion papers on related topics prepared for Health Canada between 2000 and 2001. Among the papers are several which present the issues around the need for regulation of complementary health practitioners and the disciplines that make up complementary and alternative medicine in this country and the need for guidelines to deal with some of the ethical issues involved in treatment by complementary modalities. Click on the title underlined above for access to this collection. Another publication prepared for Health Canada by Douglas J. Tataryn and Marja J. Verhoef is called: * Combining Conventional, Complementary, and Alternative Health Care: A Vision of Integration . It offers an examination of the degree to which complementary and conventional medicine are currently integrated in Canada and presents a vision of the way in which they could work together. Access it by clicking on the title underlined above. The *Complementary Medical Association is a British organization whose primary aim is to promote ethical, responsible, professional complementary medicine to the public and the medical profession. Their website offers information about training throughout the U.K. for the various disciplines which make up the association. The public will find useful the five windows offering access to information about: Therapies, Remedies, Supplements, Conditions, and Drug-Herb Interactions. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The UK's largest Alternative Medicine, Complementary Therapy and Natural Health Care Resource can be found at this site: *www.internethealthlibrary.com. The Internet Health Library offers a large collection of information about a great variety of alternative therapies and health problems; there is information about diet and lifestyle, environmental health, women's health, and so on, from the point of view of the complementary and alternative health practitioner. There is a collection of health news, updated regularly, and access to information also about professional organizations of practitioners and training in the various disciplines of CAM. Click on the name underlined above to explore this site. The *Alternative Medicine Foundation is a U.S. charitable organization which is formed to provide evidence-based resources for health care professionals and reliable information on alternatives to conventional western biomedicine for patients and consumers. The programmes it has set up to deliver this information seem a bit thin at the moment. There is: Herb-Med, described as an "interactive, evidence-based herbal formulary", and TibetMed, a website devoted to Tibetan medicine. The herbal formulary has potential, but no text; under standard headings for each herb, the information seeker is directed to lists of references which are not summarised; they are merely cited. In some cases, an abstract of the article cited may be available from PubMed, but this is not always so. The foundation is the home of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, but none of this material appears to be available via the website. The curious are directed to online subscription information at the site of the publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Click on the name underlined above for access to the site. *Alternative Health News Online is prepared by journalists for the public and aims at helping us to separate the hogwash from the promising therapies in alternative medicine. It is updated daily and covers topics such as diet and nutrition, mind/body control, alternative medical systems, manual healing and longevity. It offers a free, weekly e-mail newsletter, bulletins and alerts on health news and a column of reviewed and recommended books on alternative health care. It also offers links to other sources of health information on the Internet. This is a great place to begin -- and to come back to -- when searching for alternative health information on the Internet! Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. To explore a variety of alternative, complementary, innovative and integrative therapies, follow this link to the *Alternative Medicine Homepage created by Charles B. Wessel at the University of Pittsburgh. A growing collection of links to Internet resources on holistic health care -- information about events, seminars, workshops, books, practitioners and more -- is now accessible. Click here: *Holistic Internet Resources to explore this collection of pointers. The Alchemical Medicine Research and Teaching Association (AMR'TA) maintained a complex and very helpful web site on alternative health care which used to be called: *Natural Medicine, Complementary Health Care and Alternative Therapies, but has now become: *HealthWWWeb: The Science of Nature. Their stated goal is to reunite the art of healing with the science of medicine. This site offers access to information regarding organizations in the field of alternative health care, training for practice, Internet resources of many kinds, mailing lists, professional journals and computer support for practice of alternative therapies. Aesclepian Chronicles is a journal of alternative medicine published on the WWW, offering access to a great many information sources on the widest possible range of alternate therapies. Created by the Institute for Synergistic Medicine, in Chapel Hill, NC, this site is a veritable encyclopedia of information about complementary medicine. Click here to visit the web site of: *Aesclepian Chronicles. Be sure to check out their extensive list of other web sites, accessible under the title: General Complementary Medicine References. The *HealthWorld Online Village, although not entirely composed of references to alternative and complementary therapies, has such a wide range and so many good explanations of unconventional therapies presented cheek-by-jowl with standard allopathic treatments and topics that it has to be presented here so that you won't miss it. Resources for consumers and health care professionals in the whole panorama of health care interests are available here: from acupuncture, through aromatherapy and flower medicine, to spas and retreats where you can rest and relax in a health-enhancing way. This is a site not-to-be-missed! And just so that you don't overlook the specifically alternative resources of this site, you can click here: *Alternative & Complementary Medicine Center for direct access to material of interest! The *U.K. Bodywork Internet Gazette has an interesting list of many forms of alternative treatment grouped under the heading: Bodywork. If you are seeking definitions or explanations of any of the many different therapies encountered in the bewildering maze of alternative and holistic medicine these days, try accessing this page. Their Bodywork Link Page will give you access to more information about several of these techniques. Click on the underlined name above. The *Health Action Network Society , also known as HANS, of Burnaby, BC, is a non-profit society accepting individual memberships. Their website offers lots of information regarding alternative therapies and practitioners in Canada. Click on the name underlined above for access. Sumeria, a supplier of lots of information about alternative health care has an article on the restriction of access to natural products in Canada among its many files. Click here for access to more information on the *HPB - Codex Connection and why it may be harmful to your health and well-being. The *Holistic Healing Web Page offers a great variety of web resources in alternative health care in a number of classes. There are web documents on various sorts of healing, a list of Usenet groups and listserv discussion groups (or mailing lists) of interest in holistic health care, case histories of people using alternative therapies, and a collection of information about conferences, retreats and trade shows. The site aims to present ideas about therapy that can be discussed with an individual's health care provider and is a great collection of diverse ideas and sources. Click on the name underlined above to access this site. The *Healing Spectrum offers access to resources that support healing from many different points of view. Both Alternative and Allopathic Medicine are profiled on this site, as well as other disciplines that can be used to promote healing. Creator Dianne Marcotte has pulled together a large range of Internet information sources to explain disease and to promote interest in a variety of routes to wellness. Explore this wonderful collection by clicking on the name underlined above. The *National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, identifies and evaluates unconventional health care practices. The NCCAM supports and conducts research and research training on these practices and disseminates information. Their web site offers an overview of the six broad categories of alternative medicine: diet-nutrition-lifestyle changes, mind-body interventions, bioelectromagnetic applications, alternative systems of medical practice, manual healing, pharmacological and biological treatments, and herbal medicine. There is a FAQ which explains Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the involvement of the National Center with alternative therapy. There is also a document which explains how to exploit the Medline database to find scientific literature on alternative medical practices. Click on the underlined name to gain access to this site. The *Research Council for Complementary Medicine (RCCM) is a British charity which carries out, promotes and evaluates rigorous research in complementary medicine to encourage safe, effective practice and improved patient care. The RCCM exists not just to educate, to inform or to research but primarily to ensure that the patients are offered treatments that have been show to be effective, treatment that is safe. It is the well-being of patients that is ultimately at stake. The RCCM believes that: research of the highest scientific rigour, supported by reliable information, is essential if complementary options of healthcare are to be made more widely available. The RCCM maintains a database -- the Centralised Information Service for Complementary Medicine (CISCOM) -- of over 60,000 references to the literature of complementary medicine which can be searched for you by contacting them; there is a charge for the service. A small collection of citations to randomised trials in various areas of complementary medicine is available on the website. The RCCM is also involved in creating and maintaining a registry and archive of randomised trials in complementary medicine for the Cochrane Collaboration Field in Complementary Medicine. This work is supported by the U.S. NCCAM, through the University of Maryland. The RCCM is active in medical education in the U.K., as well. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The famous Dr. Andrew Weil, author of the currently popular: 8 Weeks to Optimum Health and many other books and articles now answers your questions at his own web site, called: *Ask Dr. Weil. Dr. Andrew Weil is a leader in the integration of Western medicine and the exploding field of alternative medicine. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, he teaches at the University of Arizona in Tucson, specializing in alternative medicine, mind/body interactions and medical botany. He is the founder of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson, where he is training a new generation of physicians. Click on the name underlined above to access Dr. Weil's web site. Dr. Weil now offers a second website called: *Self Healing, also the name of a printed newsletter he distributes which you can purchase online. The second site offers much the same mix of information and advice about integrative medicine which is offered on Dr. Weil's original site. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *Natural Land is a website with a collection of "villages" you can visit. Each of these "villages" has a focus: nutrition, herbs, weight loss, fitness, gardening, vegetarian, and so on ... There is also a library, a press room, Yellow Pages, contests and a shopping mall. Visit Natural Land if you want to know more about healthy, natural living by clicking on the name underlined above. *Wellways.com is a large new collection of links to alternative healthcare resources on the web and to articles of topical interest. Click above and find out what they have to offer! The *Center for Alternative Medicine Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Harvard Medical School) has a website which offers some access to research and some information for the general public. Click on the name underlined above for access to the site. A new site called: *Alternative Medicine Online offers a free monthly electronic newsletter on a subscription basis, and a website loaded with information about a variety of complementary and alternative therapies. The site offers basic information, articles, interviews and a chat line. There is also a glossary of complex medical terms which can be accessed for further information. To access the site, or to sign up for the newsletter subscription, click on the name underlined above. The Milbank Memorial Fund, an endowed national foundation that supports nonpartisan analysis, study, research and communication on significant issues in health policy, has recently published: *Enhancing the Accountability of Alternative Medicine on the WWW. This study deals with the use of CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) in the U.S. today, cost and reimbursement issues, and evaluation of the various therapies offered. To read the study, click on the name underlined above. NOAH: New York Online Access to Health offers a large collection of information on many topics in health and healthcare. One of these collections focuses on alternative medicine. Called *Ask NOAH about: Alternative (Complementary) Medicine this collection offers access to a wide range of topics in the alternative healthcare arena. The collection draws heavily on other sources, but organizes its material in a useful fashion. Click on the name underlined above for access. About.com (formerly known as The Mining Co.) has a collection of sites on *Alternative Medicine which include access to many topics, such as: addictions, alternative therapies, bodywork, holistic health, insurance plans, oriental/eastern medicine and a whole variety of individual conditions/diseases. Their guides are always knowledgeable, and offer access to FAQ's and e-mail responses to queries. Terri Ramacus is your guide to Alternative Medicine; click on the name underlined above to access her collection. A second site from About.com which also covers many of the standard alternative therapies is: *Healing. Your guide on this site, Phylameana lila Desy, offers access to information on: acupuncture, breathwork, dreamwork, homeopathy, meditation and many other healing concerns. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *VitalCast.com is a news broadcasting website which features stories about the latest in alternative medicine and health. The site offers both print journalism and broadcasts you can hear (if you have the right software and some speakers attached to your computer). The site offers access to the latest developments on the alternative therapy front in categories such as diet, drugs, herbal remedies, homeopathy, supplements, and more. Click on the name underlined above for the latest in alternative healthcare. Le *Reseau Proteus a officiellement vu le jour a l'automne 1997. L'ancetre de Proteus s'appellait le Repertoire Sante. Il s'agissait d'un repertoire imprime d'intervenants et de ressources en approches alternatives et complementaires de sante. Internet permettait de donner acces a quantite d'informations qu'il etait impossible de publier sous une forme imprimie a cause des couts impliquis. La mission de Proteus est de fournir a la francophonie, par le moyen de l'electronique, l'acces a toutes les ressources et a toute l'information possible sur ce qui est actuellement defini comme faisant partie des "approches alternatives et complementaires de sante", c'est-a-dire tout ce qui est en dehors du systeme de sante dominant actuellement l'Occident. Pesez sur le nom souligne pour acceder a ce site. The *Holistic Channel advertises itself as a source of alternative healthcare news from around the world, but it is also much more than a news source. In addition to news, it offers live radio on natural healthcare, "healing" music and live (but not free) consultations with various sorts of healthcare practitioners. I am not able to find any evidence of the availability of information in non-English languages, nor of the large database of scientifically-validated information, both of which are advertised. There is a lot of marketing of a whole variety of health-related (and not-so-closely-related) stuff going on at this site from a selection of links to online health stores. There is even a section for "deals", but, as always, it is up to you to decide whether the "deal" is real! Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *AlternativeDr.com offers information about a wide array of alternative medicine resources on the Internet. You can find information about alternative therapies (acupuncture, energy medicine, naturopathy, among others) that are commonly included on sites that deal with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and on others (beauty & spa, midwifery, pet therapy) that are not so commonly encountered on CAM sites. There is a discussion board, information about how the drugs you take may interact adversely with your dietary supplements (herbs, minerals, vitamins), special reports on CAM topics, and a directory of practitioners (mainly U.S.) you may want to consult. Consumers can access suppliers of alternative therapy supplies in the "storefront", and exploring the site will uncover many features not mentioned here. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *International Health News is a service based in Victoria, BC, which scans 50 respected medical and scientific journals every month and sunmmarizes important medical, health and nutrition news. Our focus is on complementary and preventive medicine, specifically in regard to diet, supplements, vitamins, exercise and lifestyle. We also report on the latest in the fight against arthritis, cancer, heart disease and other degenerative conditions and keep a sharp eye out for warnings about medical procedures and side effects of pharmaceutical drugs. The full database and monthly updates are available only to subscribers, but a collection of essays on various topics, with extensive references to the latest published research, is available free of charge. Some of the essay topics are: Parkinson's disease, breast cancer prevention, prostate cancer prevention, vitamin B12, and fish oils. There are also free excerpts from the database on various topics and sample issues of the monthly newsletter. This site is a real find for those interested in the progress of research into CAM topics. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *Consumer Health Organization of Canada is committed to making people aware of the "holistic" or "alternative" approach to health. They ... emphasize the prevention of disease through nutrition, whole foods, dietary supplements, herbs and other healing modalities. The organization believes in the philosophy that society benefits from healthy individuals. They work to prevent disease by sharing knowledge and aim to reduce health care costs by avoiding illness. Their website offers access to articles on topics of interest and directs readers to other websites in related areas. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *PULSE of Oriental Medicine is described as an "alternative and traditional oriental medicine resource for the public". It aims to offer information about oriental medicine in easily understood language. The site is laid out like a popular magazine, and in fact, offers a monthly e-mail newsletter called: Being Well, free of charge to those who sign up for it. There is a list of diseases and conditions which link to articles about therapies in oriental medicine for these ailments, and there is also information about Chinese herbs and acupuncture. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *enerChi health.com is the name of a web site which offers a wealth of information about complementary and alternative medicine in the Canadian context. Holly Gerrish, BN (from BC, now living in Alberta) is the founder of Enerchi Health Inc., a company dedicated to presenting objective, research based information on complementary and alternative health practices. On this site, you can find information about medical conditions, and complementary and alternative therapies. There are links to books, articles, related web sites, professional associations and training centers for each therapy. You can look up drug/herb interactions, vitamins, nutritional information and recipes for special diets. There is a FAQ which explains many of the terms involved and lots of information about questions to ask a practitioner before engaging her services. You can learn about centres for treatment in both Canada and the U.S., and find support groups. The site appears to be fairly new and searches for practitioners of all therapies listed don't always work, nor do searches for support groups. There is also a Calendar of Events which is currently blank, but offers to list complementary and alternative medicine events across the country. It is to be hoped that these features are developed soon because they look to be very helpful. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The Health Human Resource Strategies Division of Health Canada released a publication in July 2001, called: *Perspectives on Complementary and Alternative Health Care: a collection of papers prepared for Health Canada . Available both in print and on the web, this publication contains seven papers on the following topics as they relate to complementary and alternative medicine in the Canadian context: definition, policy context, integrative health care, regulatory aspects, information and informed choice. Click on the name underlined above for access to this document. The *Continuum Center for Health and Healing, an initiative of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York city offers an expanded, integrative practice of health care, and a wonderful web site for anyone seeking information on alternative therapies. You don't have to travel to NYC to use their extensive collection of information; no attempt to be exhaustive is made. Instead, in the Health conditions: A-Z section, research and review articles were selected with a view to providing reliable information from scientific studies showing the complementary/alternative therapeutic approaches that have been studied for each health condition and the significant results to date. There are also collections of information available (and others are being developed) on Complementary/Alternative Therapies, and Traditional & Indigenous Healing Systems. Each entry in these sections follows a pattern which offers information such as history & philosophy of the practice, treatment approaches, and training & licensing of pactitioners, among other things. There is an extensive section on professional education for the various alternative disciplines, with links to web sites and recommended resources. This is a thoroughly useful web site; it bears a lot of exploring to plumb its depths. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. wholehealthmd.com is a web site with a message about integrating a variety of approaches to healing and wellness. The site strives to show how conventional medicine can be combined with alternative approaches for the benefit and well-being of the patient. There is a list of "Healing Centers" which introduce you to many of the alternative approaches to health care, a "Healing Kitchen" which concentrates on making healty eating a pleasure, access to a library of information, a collection of information on vitamins and supplements and, importantly, a directory of practitioners and wellness centers which will help you identify the nearest place where you can get the help you need from a qualified health care worker. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The Integrative Medicine Institute is a clinic in Calgary, AB, providing a combination of approaches to health care. Practitioners at the clinic bring the best of conventional western medicine and alternative therapies to the partnerships they form with their patients. The site offers information about the beliefs the practitioners have about healing and the services they offer. In addition to a family physician and a psychiatrist, the clinic staff includes naturopathic doctors, a dentist, a nurse, a physiotherapist, a registered wholistic nutritionist, and others qualified in Chinese medicine and acupuncture, flower essence therapy, massage and a host of other alternative therapies. There is a list of courses offered at the clinic and information about the therapies used in the care of patients. Click on the link provided above for access to this site. The Integrative Health Institute , also located in Calgary, AB, integrates conventional, complementary and alternative health care practices to educate people and corporations interested in improving their personal health. They offer education and research services to support their goal. Click on the link underlined above to learn more about this organization. A site called: *Herbal Healing, seems badly titled at first glance. While the site has a lot of information about ayurvedic herbs and herbal healing, it also has extensive space devoted to many other alternative modalities: reiki, yoga, religious healing (from a variety of faiths), tai chi, acupuncture, and more. There is no information about the compilers of this information or about who is responsible for it on the site, which always tends to make me cautious about any advice offered, but there is a lot of variety here not found elsewhere. Explore this site with the awareness that whoever has put this interesting site together doesn't, apparently, stand behind the information they offer. Many of the specific healing techniques and practices described in the list below can be accessed in these more inclusive links above with very "general" names. Explore! Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the General Resources list. Specific Resources in Alternative Medicine Links to topics below appear in this section; click on the name to move directly to any topic: # Acupuncture, Oriental/Chinese Medicine and Shiatsu # Alexander Technique # Apitherapy # Aromatherapy # Ayurvedic Medicine # Biofeedback # Bowen Technique # Breathwork # Cancer, Alternative Therapies # Cheirology # Children, Alternative therapies for # Chiropractic # Chromatotherapy # Craniosacral Therapy # Energy Field Medicine # Feldenkrais Method # Flower Remedies # Gerson Therapy # Hellerwork # Herbs and Herbal Remedies # Homeopathy # Kinesiology # Kombucha Tea # Macrobiotics # Massage Therapy # Naprapathy # Natural Hygiene # Naturopathy # Orthomolecular Medicine # Osteopathy # Oxygen Therapy # Polarity Therapy # Proprioceptive Stimulation # Reflexology # Reiki # Rolfing # Rosen Method # Self-regulation, Self help # Shark Cartilage # Spirituality and Meditation # Therapeutic Touch # Unani Medicine # Urine Therapy # Women, Alternative therapies for # Zero Balancing # How to Locate a Holistic Health Care Provider Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the General Resources list. Acupuncture, Oriental/Chinese Medicine and Shiatsu Information on acupuncture, Oriental and Chinese medicine, herbalogy and Qi Gong can be found here: *Acupuncture.com. This site used to be exclusively, or largely, about acupuncture, but has recently morphed into something with a much broader scope. The site now offers information on the practices of the Healing Arts including Chinese/Oriental Medicine, and Western Herbalism. There is a small but growing directory of practitioners of various healing arts, a collection of FAQs about some of the treatment modalities and the ubiquitous commercial venture (sales programmes). Many of the sections appear to be very recently released and unfinished, but the site is worth watching. Click on the name underlined above for access. Several sites offer explanations of *Chinese medicine; some are very brief, while others offer extensive resources. For information (in English and also in Chinese) on herbs and herbal treatments in general, choose the *Chinese Herb and Health Homepage, mounted on a computer in Hong Kong. The *Qigong Association of America has been formed to bring this particular form of Chinese medicine to North America. Their web site offers information on a variety of kinds of Chinese Qigong (the skill of cultivating energy for particular healthful effects), as well as a newsletter and study aids. Click on the name above to access this site. Diti's Qigong Page is a source of a wide variety of information about traditional Chinese Qigong and Yan Xin Qigong. In addition, you can find here access to web pages throughout the world which offer further information on related topics. The *Toronto YanXin Qigong Cultural Centre has a Qigong page on the web, as well as a new home on Main Street, between Danforth and Gerrard. Their web page offers information about booklets and videotapes in English and Chinese, among other Qigong products, links to other Qigong pages, and testimonials from patients/clients. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. Another Canadian source of information on Yan Xin Qigong is *Dave Lo's Yan Xin Qigong Page which provides information about Yan Xin Qigong activities and sources in Vancouver and in British Columbia, in general. Learn about the Yan Xin Qigong Cultivation Centre in Vancouver, its classes and group practice by clicking on the name underlined above. The *Quebec Qigong Home Page , at Laval University, is also about Yan Xin Qigong and is totally in English. It offers an introduction for beginners to Yan Xin Qigong, and a brief biography of the master. The *International Yan Xin Qigong Association, which groups many of the other Yan Xin Qigong associations mentioned on this page now has its own web site. You can find information about its founder, its benefits, international conferences and research into its effectiveness at this site. Click on the name underlined above for access. The *Yan Xin Qigong First Chapter in Minneapolis is affiliated with the International Yan Xin Qigong Association. The chapter web site provides a link to the site of the international association, as well as to other related web sites. The site also offers a brief introduction to Dr. Yan Xin and to his version of Qigong. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *QiGong Research Society in Mount Laurel, NJ, maintains a brief but useful web resource on QiGong. Click on the name underlined above to see what they have to offer. The *SSC Acupuncture Institute is affiliated with the Shiatsu School of Canada (see below), located in Toronto, ON. It is a private vocational school established in 1986 by Kaz and Yasuko Kamiya, although the acupuncture programme began in 1996. The acupuncture programme is a graduate level programme for shiatsu therapists, but a prerequisite programme in acupuncture is also available for those without the necessary experience in shiatsu (especially interesting to other healthcare professionals who may want to add acupuncture to their treatment methods). Free information sessions are offered regularly for those who want more contact before making a commitment. The *European Shiatsu School has its headquarters in Wiltshire, England, but offers courses in a number of European countries. Shiatsu is both a form of physical manipulation and a means towards the growth of body, mind and spirit, combining a finely tuned intuition, understanding of oriental diagnosis, posture and breathing. The school offers practitioner training, postgraduate training, teacher training and a variety of other courses. Click on the name underlined above to learn more. The *Shiatsu School of Canada is located on College Street in Toronto, ON. It offers educational programmes in shiatsu (at both the career level and the general interest level) and graduate level courses in acupuncture (both Chinese and Japanese theories and techniques) for shiatsu therapists. There is also a bookstore. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *British School of Shiatsu-Do (Farnham) offers treatments and courses as a means of self-development, recreational exercise, or as a career change towards becoming a professional Shiatsu practitioner. The school in Farnham (Surrey) is linked with another branch of the British School of Shiatsu-Do (London). Both websites offer information about this ancient Japanese form of physiotherapy. Click on either of the underlined names above for access to these sites. The Ohashi Institute website: *Ohashiatsu describes the form of shiatsu taught by the institute as: a nurturing method of touch. Like other Eastern therapies, Ohashiatsu manipulates the energy within the body and uses a framework of Eastern philosophy. However, the emphasis of Ohashiatsu is on communication and synergism between giver and receiver and the self-development of the giver, as well as the receiver, and on the true physical, psychological and spiritual harmony for both. The site offers information about Ohashi -- founder of the method -- courses, private sessions and training for instructors. Access this site by clicking on the name underlined above. The *Taoist Sanctuary of San Diego has established a web site for those with interests in: taijiquan (tai chi chuan), Traditional Chinese Medicine, qigong (chi kung), Tuina (Chinese medical massage) and Taoism. In addition to classes, seminars and retreats on these topics, their web site has a great deal of information to offer. Access it by clicking on the name underlined above. Pour ceux qui aiment le "tai chi", il y a maintenant *l'Ecole internationale de Tai Ji Quan de la Voie interieure qui offre des Centres de formation, entre autres, a Montreal. Le tai chi est une technique de sante accessible qui peut aboutir a un art de vivre. Cliquez sur le nom souligne au dessus pour acceder au site. Alternative natural therapies for Alzheimer's disease -- using oriental medical therapeutics with a lengthy history -- is the subject of this web page; click here: *Meditopia to access a wealth of information about the treatment of this common affliction of the elderly. The Chinese are not the only Oriental people to have their own medical system. Korea, Japan and Viet Nam also have medical traditions passed down by the ancestors of each country which we call, collectively, oriental medicine. The web site of the *Association of Korean Oriental Medicine explains all of this and offers details about the Korean tradition in oriental medicine. Click on the underlined name for access in either English or Korean. Looking for Natural Health Clinics in Canada? *Acupuncture Canada claims to be what you need! They offer a toll-free telephone number and a list of natural health clinics which is currently small, but which will, one hopes, grow quickly. Click on the name to access their web site. One of the largest, most interesting and most useful web sites on acupuncture is that of the Hellenic Medical Acupuncture Association. Offering access in both Greek and English, the *Medical Acupuncture Web Page, maintained by Karanikiotes Charisios, M.D., Dip.Ac., has a great variety of acupuncture information to offer. There is information on the "therapeutic basics" of acupuncture, a web acupuncture journal, a collection of abstracts of articles relating to the scientific basis of the effectiveness of acupuncture, and a marvellous collection of links to acupuncture sites on the web. Click on the name above to access this site, which runs on the web server of the Medical School at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The *British Medical Acupuncture Society is an organization of medical doctors practising acupuncture; it also has sections for dentists and veterinarians. The BMAS has a web site that offers general information about acupuncture and the conditions it can be used to treat. One can also use this site to locate an acupuncture practitioner in Great Britain who is a member of the society. Click on the underlined name for access. The *National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) was established in the U.S. in 1982 to promote nationally recognized standards of competence and safety in acupuncture and Oriental medicine through the certification of practitioners. Their website offers explanations of the benefits of certification programmes, details of their certification process, aand information about the states (currently 32 of them, plus the District of Columbia) which require practitioners to be licensed. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *American Association of Oriental Medicine (AAOM) website offers professional support to members of the profession of Oriental medicine practising in the U.S., and particularly to acupuncturists. The site also offers a database which can be used to locate acupuncturists practising throughout the U.S. Click on the underlined name above for access. Looking for practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Toronto, or in Ontario? Look no further! A new page entitled: *How to Access Traditional Chinese Medicine in Toronto will give you the help you need. The homepage was created as a starting point for those who wish to access Traditional Chinese Medicine in Toronto as part of a Community Health project at the University of Toronto. It features articles which explain TCM and its treatment modalities, and a list of TCM practitioners throughout Ontario. There is also a small collection of links to TCM web sites. Click on the name underlined above for access. A consensus panel convened by the U.S. National Institutes of Health concluded, late in 1997, that there is clear evidence that needle acupuncture treatment is effective for postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting, nausea of pregnancy, and postoperative dental pain. Click here for access to the text of the *NIH Consensus Statement on Acupuncture. *Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Canada is a site which explains TCM in great detail, offering information about its history, basic theories and how it they are used in treatment. There are chatrooms and forums -- opportunities for you to talk to practitioners, students and patients around the world -- and links to other good sites. There are lists of Canadian schools in TCM, information about how the practice is currently regulated -- or not -- in various Canadian provinces and much, much more. This site will be especially useful to Canadian users, but of interest as well to many others. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *Chun Do Sun Bup is a Korean system of traditional healing which works through the body's vital energy (ki) to heal body, mind and spirit. Their web site offers lots of information about the concept of healing through vital energy, as well as scientific endorsements and testimonials. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *Chinesemedic.com: A Layperson's Guide to Chinese Medicine is a website in Hong Kong maintained by Shirley Cheung. Her site was created after she was successfully treated by a traditional practitioner for an illness western doctors were unable to deal with in an effective manner. She offers information about Chinese medicine, a message board and access to hard-to-find Chinese herbs and tonics. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *Mike Flanagan's Shiatsu Pages offer a wealth of information about a form of bodywork that has its origins in Traditional Chinese Medicine and the historical massage techniques of Japan. In addition to discussion, recommended reading and workshops on the practice, the site offers access to an International Practitioners' Directory where you can locate a practitioner of shiatsu. The directory is currently quite sparse, but one hopes that it will grow and become more valuable. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *Websites on Traditional Chinese Medicine & Herbal Medicine in Animals & Humans is a directory of relevant material on the Internet, created by Phil Rogers, MRCVS, in Dublin, Ireland. The directory offers access to a wide variety of information on traditional Chinese herbal medicine via databases, associations and societies, discussion lists and other herbal links. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *Acupuncture Guide is designed to help people in the U.S. find information about acupuncture and find practitioners. Its four main sections offer information about acupuncture in the broad sense, about treatment by acupuncture, about theories behind the efficacy of acupuncture and, finally, a collection of facts about acupuncture. You can search by facility name (if known), city, zip code, area code, or by the practitioner's last name to locate an acupuncturist in the U.S. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *Accufinder.com is a site created to help you find an acupuncturist (in the U.S.) and to learn about what to expect before going to one for the first time. There is a Patient Education section which answers basic questions about acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine and offers advice about choosing an acupuncture therapist. Therapists are invited to join the list of practitioners for a fee. Perhaps for that reason, I was unable to locate any practitioner listings on the site when I searched on 28 November 2001. Click on the name underlined above for access to the site. The *College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia is an official professional licensing authority established in 2000 by the Government of British Columbia, Canada to regulate the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture in the Province. The College is a self regulatory body that operates under the auspices of the Provincial Government through the Health Professions Act and the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists Regulation and Bylaws. British Columbia has become the first jurisdiction in North America to designate TCM practice officially. By requiring registration of practitioners, the College aims to protect the public; all practitioners of TCM and acupuncture in BC have to meet and to maintain standards established by the College. The site offers access to the regulations established by the government and the bylaws of the College, along with a number of other College documents about competencies and standards. There is a FAQ for applicants, information about licensing and access to lists of those registered in BC to provide licensed services. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. For more information, see: Acupuncturists in the Disciplines & Education section of this resource. For more information, see: Tibetan medicine in the Disciplines & Education section of this resource. For more information, see: Traditional Chinese medicine in the Disciplines & Education section of this resource. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Alexander Technique The *Complete Guide To The Alexander Technique provides a systematic guide to all Alexander Technique information and resources - both on and off the Internet. Basically, the Alexander Technique is a system of physical education, offering relief from strain due to maladjustment, and constant improvement in physical and mental health. It is often used by people who want to escape tension and the pain of backache, sore necks and similar trouble. It is popular among performers. Robert Rickover, the creator of this web site, is a teacher of the Alexander Technique living in Lincoln, Nebraska. He also teaches regularly in Toronto, Ontario. Correct posture is very important in maintaining a stress-free and comfortable existance. Robert Rickover has another web site called: the *Posture Guide. This guide provides information about the Alexander Technique, a time-tested method of learning how to sit, stand, and perform all your daily activities with greater ease and efficiency. You can now access the web site of the *Ontario Centre for the Alexander Technique , also maintained by Robert Rickover. Click on any of the names underlined above for access to these sites. The *Alexander Technique International web site is created by the World-wide Professional Organization for the F. M. Alexander Technique. It offers a list of teachers of the technique, a listing of books and videos, and a collection of articles on the technique. Click on the name underlined above for access to the site. The *Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique in the U.K. maintains an international register of teachers in various countries, which you can access at their web site. Click on the name underlined above for access to their site. The *Westminster Alexander Centre in central London, England, offers instruction in the Alexander Technique. They concentrate on helping musicians, actors and dancers with musculoskeletal or stress-related complaints re-learn the coordination between body and mind that will reduce or eliminate their difficulties. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The website of the *Alexander Technique Center of Washington, D.C. offers lots of information. Marion Goldberg, the director, has written a brief article on the way in which changing or stopping habits can improve our lives and how learning the technique may be beneficial. There is a list of recommended reading, links to other sites and information for Alexander teachers. Access the site by clicking on the name underlined above. *DIRECTION: A Journal on the Alexander Technique has its own website. The site offers much more than simple acess to the text of the journal. There is a library of articles, a message board, links to other AT websites and an international directory of AT teachers and schools. Click on the name underlined above for access to the site. The * Alexander Technique Performance Workshops, founded twenty years ago by Jean-Louis Rodrigue offers classes and private instruction for performers and the public in California, Switzerland, Hawaii and Scotland. Their website provides information about the instruction, the instructors and some brief essays by performers who have been helped by the technique. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *Alexander Technique and Physical Therapy is a web site created by Deborah Caplan, PT, who stresses the benefits of the technique for physiotherapists who use their bodies extensively in their daily work. By following the principles of the Alexander Technique, Caplan says, physiotherapists can avoid stress and discomfort. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *The Physical Therapy and the Alexander Technique Homepage begins by noting that physiotherapists and Alexander Technique teachers have many interests and concerns in common. This page is created to help physiotherapists learn more about the Alexander Technique; it has links to articles written by physios on Alexander Technique, videos and books. Click on the link underlined above for access to this site. *The Australian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (AUSTAT) begins by noting F.M. Alexander's Australian origin and commenting that his technique is among the finest exports ever to leave Australia. The site offers information about the benefits of the Alexander Technique, and a collection of articles about it. It also helps residents of the south Pacific locate teachers of the technique through a database covering Australia, New Zealand, Japan (and, not quite in the neighbourhood, several cities in the U.K.). As AUSTAT is part of an international network of affiliated societies of teachers of the Alexander technique, the web site offers access to links to the other societies, and thus, access to lists of certified Alexander teachers around the world. You can access the *Canadian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique/Societe Canadienne des Professeurs de la Technique Alexander by clicking on the link. For access to the Australian site, click on the link at the beginning of this paragraph. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Apitherapy The American Apitherapy Society promotes the use of honeybee products for medicinal purposes: honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, beeswax and venom. All have some function in treating a variety of conditions of the skin, infections and viruses and other conditions as diverse as lung and heart conditions. The *American Apitherapy Society web site offers information about bee venom therapy via a brief FAQ, links to other organizations and a collection of articles on relevant topics; click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *Bee Healthy is the name of a company selling bee products; their web site, accessible by clicking on the name underlined above, explains the therapeutic use of various bee products. There is also a set of Hot Links to other apitherapy sites. Want to buy bees for the practice of apitherapy? Contact Anna Ferris, through her website, called: *Ferris! The site has links to testimonials from people with MS to the effectiveness of apitherapy. No fuss! No muss! No bother! Just a list of apitherapy website links: *Apitherapy from Dr. Bower's Complementary and Alternative Medicine Home Page. Click on the name underlined above for access to the list. *The Apitherapy Reference Data Base is a remarkable collection of information about bees and apitherapy from many different languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Romanian) and countries. Dr. Stefan Stangaciu, M.D., L.Ac., one of the contributors to this site, lives in Romania, but reads and collects apitherapy information widely. Other contributors to the site are: Dr. Theodore Cherbuliez, MD, Thomas Schachtner, Dipl. Inf., and the webmaster, Durk Ellison. There are collections of articles, books, organizations and societies, and links to websites about bees. The database includes reference to people related to apitherapy in many countries; the section on Canada is surprisingly large! Access the databases by clicking on the name underlined above, and prepare to "bee" amazed! *Bee Venom Therapy is a brief article by Glenn Rothfeld M.D., a clinical assistant professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine, who also has extensive training and experience in Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. In this article, he discusses the use of honey bee venom in treating arthritis and other inflammatory and degenerative diseases. Access it by clicking on the name underlined above. *Beelief Apitherapy is the website of John and Tina Drakes, who keep bees near Cardigan on the coast of West Wales in the U.K. Their site offers information on the history of apitherapy, and allows access to information about the use of bee products under the heading: Bee Pharmacy. You can shop for their hive products online at this site. Click on the name underlined above for acces to the site. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Aromatherapy Aromatherapy is the art of using oils extracted from aromatic plants to enhance health and beauty. A British commercial site called: Nature's Gifts provides, in addition to the opportunity to purchase essential oils, a very good explanation of aromatherapy and of the various ways in which the oils can be used; there is also a very large list of books on the subject offered for sale. Click on the name: *Guide to Aromatherapy for further information. The Kevala Centre -- a World-wide accredited Distance Learning organisation for Holistic Therapies -- has a page called: *Aromatherapy explored. The site offers a brief history and rationale of the use of essential oils from flowers and plants. Further exploration of the links at this site reveals an array of courses in aromatherapy and articles on this subject. Further exploration of links on the *Kevala Centre homepage reveals an array of other topics and courses in the field of complementary medicine in the UK. Click on the terms underlined above for access to these sites. *Bird's Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy is an easy-to-use collection of information on essential oils, their properties and uses. Click on the name underlined above if you want to know about the properties of various essential oils and their effects on the body. *AromaWeb has a goal: to provide information and links to other resources useful to those interested in essential oils and aromatherapy or those who have heard vaguely about aromatherapy and want to learn what it's all about. It offers access to information for beginners, and for those who want to know where to obtain supplies and how to use them. Books about aromatherapy are listed/reviewed, recipes for for various beauty and hygiene items such as lotions, astringents, bath salts, and oils are available, and suggestions are made for combinations of oils to use for ailments or particular effects. The site is well constructed and easy-to-use. Click on the name underlined above for access. *Warren Botanicals of Hawaii is a manufacturer of medicinal essential oils. Their web site is very attractive, but be warned, in addition to providing you with a lot of information, they are interested in selling you their product. If you access the Aromatherapy Resources section of this site and continue by clicking on the Next link at the bottom of each page, you can learn a lot about essential oils and their uses in health, and you will read a great many testimonials for Warren Botanicals' products. If you have the patience to go the whole way trhough this large site, you will eventually reach a page with a large collection of links to aromatherapy links on the WWW which include forums, chat groups, newsgroups, mailing lists and BBS. Click on the name underlined above to access this site. The *National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy is interested in promoting and using essential oils for health and healing purposes in the United States. Its main business is education and it is not affiliated with any commercial interests. It offers a variety of levels of membership, a course schedule, and a directory of practitioners. Its educational standards are accessible through its website. Click on the name underlined above for more information. *Amateur Aromatherapy is a website created by Andy Barson, who lives in Stockport, England. He is a true "amateur" (or "lover of") aromatherapy and indicates up front that he has no commercial interests or liaisons. His site is a treasure-trove of aromatherapy information and lore, both practical and enticing. Worth a read, even if you have little interest in the subject! Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *International Federation of Aromatherapists is a registered charity in the United Kingdom. The Federation has been at the forefront of developments within the aromatherapy profession since its foundation in 1985 and pioneered the use of aromatherapy in hospitals, hospices, special care units and general practice. Although the practice of using aromatic substances to uplift the spirits or to help cure diseases has been around for many centuries, "aromatherapy" as we know it today, is a development of the 20th century. The term 'Aromatherapie' was first used 65 years ago by a French chemist called Gattefosse whose family owned a perfumery business. After using lavender essential oil successfully to cure a burn, without blistering, he began a lifetime study of the therapeutic properties of plant oils. Others followed and built on his work. The IFA works to raise and maintain high standards of professional training, expertise and conduct, and to raise public awareness of the benefits of aromatherapy. Learn more about aromatherapy and the IFA by clicking on the name underlined above. The Australian branch of the *International Federation of Aromatherapists has a website which offers access to its journal, a library, related links and a list of accredited schools in Australia. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *International Aromatherapists & Tutors Association was established in 1995 primarily to promote high standards of safety with respect to the use of aromatic essential oils. The Director of Education for IATA, Martin Watt, has published several works related to the safe and appropriate use of aromatherapy. The IATA offers an advanced course of clinical studies in aromatherapy which was originally prepared for nurses taking a course in complementary medicine at a British university. Information about correspondence courses can be found by following the link, and in Canada, information about the course is available from the Mississauga School Of Aromatherapy & Canadian Holistic Therapists Training School . Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Ayurvedic Medicine Ayurveda is considered to be the wellspring of all natural healing systems. Starting around 1980, Indian Ayurvedic physicians gathered with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to authenticate this precious science according to the original Vedic texts. The result is the *Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health, a system that includes all aspects of this holistic health science with an emphasis on prevention and the full development of the mind and body, as a comprehensive health-care system that relies on a vast and complete range of 20 natural approaches for creating total health by balancing the mind, body, behavior, and environment. Thousands of health professionals around the world have now incorporated this knowledge into their practice. Many of them learned about Ayurvedic medicine from attending the Maharishi University of Management (Maharishi International University, 1971-1995) in Iowa. In order to learn more about the course of studies, click here: *College of Maharishi Vedic Medicine. In the past ten years, the College of Maharishi Vedic Medicine at the Maharishi University of Management has received $18,000,000.00 in research grant funding. Recently, the U.S. NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine awarded the College an $8,000,000.00 grant to establish the *Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention, which focuses on research, training and demonstration programmes using Maharishi Vedic Medicine in the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease and hypertension in minority, high risk populations. In the recent past, the Center has also received two grants involving the use of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) programme in improving the quality of life and longevity of breast cancer patients. A British author, Chris Morgan, has mounted a website containing a brief text explaining some of the origins of ayurvedic medicine. *Ayurveda, meaning: the science of longevity, was originally a Hindu medical system, but spread to the Buddhists and then to other religious groups in the ancient world. The text available at the site accessible by clicking on the underlined name is excerpted from a book by Morgan, but the site is more immediately informative than commercial. The *National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine (NIAM) is the largest resource of information on Ayurveda in the United States. It was established in 1982 by Scott Gerson, M.D. who is the only American medical doctor to hold degrees in both Ayurveda and conventional allopathic medicine. Dr. Gerson's medical practice has combined Ayurveda and conventional medicine for more than fifteen years. The goals of the NIAM include the provision of accurate and authentic information about Ayurveda and research which will help establish the reasons for its efficacy. Click on the name underlined above for access to the web site of the NIAM. The * Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM, hopes to be able to offer a complete program of Ayurvedic study, similar in content to that taught in the traditional Ayurvedic colleges in India. Currently available courses can be perused in the academic catalogue available at their web site. Click on the name underlined above for access to information about the institute. *Everyday Ayurveda is an organization which promotes Ayurvedic medicine. Their website is graphically simple; it offers information about classes in northern California, information about a printed directory of practitioners (not available on the site), tips on healthy living and book reviews. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *allayurveda.com is a website full of options. You can learn all about Ayruvedic medicine -- its principles, spiritual remedies and how Ayurvedic practitioners diagnose an illness -- or, you can take the practical approach and explore Ayruveda in your daily life, learning your body type and what that means to a practitioner, planning your diet according to Ayurvedic principles, learning to meditate, finding out how astrology works in the Ayurvedic system. There are FAQs, an herbal dictionary, information about where and how to learn more about Ayurvedic medicine; you can shop for herbs and books, chat on Ayurvedic topics, find home remedies and recipes, and you can even explore the subject of improving your sex life according to Ayurvedic principles. Access this site by clicking on the name underlined above. In Ayurvedic medicine, apparently, gemstones have healing properties. The *Gemstone Therapy site offers access to limited information about how these stones are said to work and to detailled information about how you can purchase gemstones with which to heal. There are links to a few other gemstone therapy sites at the bottom of the page. Click on the underlined name to access this information. The indiatimes web service offers a page on *Gemstone Therapy which offers details about the use of various stones. The article states quite clearly: Some stones may help alleviate a physical ailment, but more commonly, stones are helpful in dealing with emotional issues. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *PVA Ayurvedic Multi Speciality Nursing Home is an Ayurvedic treatment and training centre located in Kannur, Kerala, in India. The PVA serves as a hospital providing treatment in all eight branches of Ayurveda. Their website offers access to brief information about Ayurveda, in general, and to further general information about treatments offered. You can contact the PVA Nursing Home by e-mail via the site. For more information, click on the name underlined above. *Maharishi Ayurveda & Women's Health with Nancy Lonsdorf M.D. is a web site dealing with women's common concerns: menopause, weight loss, fibromyalgia, beauty and skin care, among others. Dr. Lonsdof is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University Medical School and is currently the Director of the Raj Ayurveda Health Spa in Fairfield, IA. She is also the author of several books on the use of Ayurveda in women's health. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. For more information, see: Tibetan medicine, in the Disciplines & Education section. For more information, see: Traditional Chinese medicine, in the Disciplines & Education section. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Biofeedback Biofeedback is a non-invasive form of treatment in which a practitioner uses readings -- such as skin temperature, muscle tension and/or brainwave function -- from your body to help you make certain changes in behaviour. The new responses and behaviors can help to bring relief and improvement to a variety of disorders. The *Biofeedback Certification Institute of America was created to establish and maintain standards for practitioners who use biofeedback and to certify those who meet these standards. The BCIA website offers access to information about biofeedback and the certification process. Access it by clicking on the name underlined above. *Biofeedback-online.org is a web site sponsored by the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. The goals of the association are to promote a new understanding of biofeedback and advance the methods used in this practice. On the Biofeedback-online.org site, you can find background information about biofeedback and what conditions it is used to treat. You can also access the database of practitioners provided by the BCIA (see entry above) if you wish to find a certified biofeedback practitioner. A series of questions you may want to consider asking a practitioner before beginning treatment is suggested on the Biofeedback-online.org site, as well. Click on any of the names underlined above for access to these sites. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Bowen Technique The *Gentle Power of Bowen is a web site from the Joyful Life Network in HI which extols the virtues of the Bowen Technique. The technique, which is used to relieve pain, is not massage, acupressure or chiropractic and it is not meant to replace medical treatment. Its followers and practitioners claim near-miraculous changes in painful conditions such as back pain, fibromyalgia, colitis and more. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *BowenDirectory.com offers help to locate Bowen Technique practitioners throughout the world. It also offers basic information about Bowen therapy, as well as books and videos. Click on the link above for access to this site. The *BowTech.com web site offers descriptions of Bowen Technique, testimonials of clients and students, practitioner lists, seminar lists and details about the adaption of Bowen technique for use on horses. It serves as a gateway to the international Bowen community by offering information about practitioners around the world registered with the original Australian academy. Click on the link above for access to this site. *Gentle Hands Can Restore Your Health is the web site of Dr. Joseph Mercola; it currently offers an article by Micheal Nixon Levy, the developper of Neurostructural Integration Technique which grew out of Bowen Technique. There is an explanation of its development, its philosophy and applications and information about where to find practitioners and to get training. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *Bowen Therapy International is a web site memorializing Milton J. Albrecht, the first Bowen therapist certified outside of Australia. Mr. Albrecht sponsored the first instruction in Bowen Technique in the United States and used it to relieve pain experienced by his wife. The site offers information about current training offered in the U.S. as well. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *Bowen Technique web site is the "official European home" of the Bowen Technique; it comes to us from Somerset, England. This site offers access to the European College of Bowen Studies which is a member of the British Complementary Medicine Association. You will find information about courses and therapists in Europe here. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The web site of the *Bowen Therapists Federation of Australia offers testimonials, access to therapists and information about the technique and what it can do. Click on the name underlined above to explore this site. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Breathwork TransformBreathing is a programme created by people who believe that most of us do not breathe fully and porperly and that this can effect our health. It is about repatterning the breath to produce an internal environment that is conducive to optimal well being. Exercise and diet are important. Without effective breathing, however, they are not enough to ensure health and well being. A full open breath is the foundation to good health. Their web site, *The International Breath Institute explains their philosophy, offers a FAQ and other information, tells about their seminars and allows you to learn about Dr. Tom Goode, the creator of the programme. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *Breath-Directed Tools offers information about the way in which breathing can become a mode of reconnection and reintegration of the hurt self, thus promoting healing. The page is part of a larger website on Innrer Healing & Transformation; click on the name underlined above for access to information on breathwork. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Cancer, Alternative Therapies The *Annie Appleseed Project was created by a woman with cancer who wanted to be able to make educated and informed choices about the various therapies available to her. The project acts to spread news, views and information about access to alternative cancer therapies. Much of the information on the site comes from patients; the scientific community has acted very slowly in researching alternative or complementary therapies for cancer and patients can sometimes not wait for scientific approbation before taking action. There are many useful resources on this site; among them are links to other sites where useful information about alternative therapies can be located. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. A website called: * Sumeria offers a variety of information about alternative health concerns. Of particular interest to those looking for information about alternative cancer therapies are the following pages on that site: 1) *Cancer Pages, where you will find articles on Laetrile and electromagnetic treatment of cancer, among other topics, 2) *Cancer Cure, which is about Essiac, and 3) *More information on Essiac, and yet again, 4) *The Truth about Essiac. There is also a page called: Gaston Naessens and Somatid Biology on the Sumeria site. Click on any of the underlined names above for access to these sites. A site called: *Ojibwa Tea of Life (essiac) offers more information about Essiac, and a source of the product. The creators of this site point out clearly that their product cannot be claimed to be a "drug" under both Canadian and U.S. law; they are offering an herbal supplement for sale. Click on the name underlined above for access to this information. A group called: Rene Caisse Cancer Research Canada has mounted a website called: *Rene Caisse: Canada's Cancer Nurse & the History of Essiac , which just about says it all! The site is attractive, easy to navigate and full of information you can't get elsewhere on the web. Visit and explore by clicking on the name underlined above. *Unconventional Cancer Therapies: Manual for Patients is a publication of the BC Cancer Agency. The manual offers a great deal of information on a variety of cancer treatment modalities in order to assist the patient in critically evaluating claims made by proponents of unproven or unconventional cancer therapies. It is arranged simply in alphabetic fashion by the names of the therapies covered. Entries are standardized so that you can quickly find the claims that are made for the therapy and the possible toxic effects of treatment, among other kinds of information. References to publications for further reading are often available. Click on the name underlined above for access. The University of Texas has a *Center for Alternative Medicine Research at the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center dedicated to investigating the effectiveness of alternative/complementary therapies used for cancer prevention and control. The website of this centre offers access to information about its own research, and to reviews of various unconventional therapies; there are also links to other websites where helpful information may be found. Access the site by clicking on the name underlined above. The *M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Complementary/Integrative Medicine Education Resources contains evidence-based reviews of complementary or alternative cancer therapies as well as links to other authoritative resources. It was developed from the Web site of the former University of Texas Center for Alternative Medicine (UT-CAM) at the University of Texas-School of Public Health of the Houston Health Science Center (see entry above). You can read more about the connection between the two sites by clicking on the link to About Us once you access the M.D. Anderson site. A lot of work remains to be done to update some of the content from the former site. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. cancer.gov, from the U.S. National Cancer Institute now includes a section on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, providing Credible. Current. Comprehensive. information for alternative therapies, as it does on cancer, in general. Under the general heading: *Complementary and Alternative Medicine you will find entries for topics such as: 714-X, Cancell, Coenzyme Q-10, Shark Cartilage, Gerson Therapy, Laetrile, Mistletoe and more. Each entry is thoroughly researched and has lots of references to other sources of information. A note indicates that the information has been compiled for use by doctors and other professionals, but explanations of the technical terms used are available and a confidence level for the evidence given is shown. Each entry is dated so that its currency is clear. This is a highly useful and trustworthy source of information on the efficacy of alternative cancer therapies. The *Cancer Cure Foundation is a non-profit organization in the Los Angeles area of California which offers a list of alternative cancer therapies and clinics providing them. The site offers a lot of philosophy and belief and no scientific evidence for its claims about cures. Few of the staff of the organization appear to have scientific qualifications, although there is a promise that a "science director" will soon be "coming on board". There are testimonials from the books of cancer victors who are eager to share their experiences with others. A note of caution is offered: It is important to realize that these testimonials are not the equivalent of scientific studies, and one must exercise caution in evaluating them. (Of course, one must also exercise caution in evaluating scientific studies.) We share these stories with you, not to suggest that you will have the same experiences as their authors, but because we feel you have a right to know about them and make your own evaluation. Information about various clinics offering the therapies described is available, but, curiously, no addresses or contacts for the clinics are given; it is necessary to contact the Cancer Cure Foundation in order to obtain "more information" on each clinic. It is possible, of course, to do one's own searches on the Internet to find direct contacts for many (if not all) of these clinics; It isn't clear to me why direct contact information is not offered on the CCF website for each of the services described. This is not a website for people who need to be convinced of the efficacy of alternative therapies for cancer, but it offers the valuable service of indicating where alternative therapies of various sorts are offered around the world, and particularly within the U.S. *Alternative Cancer Treatments is a web site which offers access to clinics in Atlanta, GA and Tucson, AZ at which a variety of alternative therapies for cancer are offered. Therapies used range widely through traditional medical approaches, integrated with homeopathy, nutritional therapies, acupuncture, massage, and various sorts of counseling. Click on the name underlined above for more information. The *International Qigong Foundation for Social Oncology promotes a form of Qigong developed in China several decades ago by a woman named Guo Lin who had cancer. Guo Lin devised "New Qigong" in order to combat her own disease and taught it to many others before her death in 1984 at the age of 75. The foundation now teaches her techniques to others through workshops in China, Hawaii and Montana. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. An article called: *Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Treatment of Breast Cancer appears on the CancerLynx web site as the first of a four part series. This first part details the results of clinical trials from China. Part two will detail specific TCM and western medicine (WM) treatments for early stage breast cancer. Part three will discuss secondary prevention of breast cancer and part four will outline TCM pattern differentiation for breast cancer pathogenesis. The series will relate what is known scientifically as well as the authors clinical experience and current understanding of the disease. Click on the title of the article above for direct access to this article. Other articles from the same site deal with various alternative and complementary therapies for cancer, as well as with standard medical approaches. See, for example: Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine as Supportive Care Treatment for Cancer Patients, Healing Buddha Meditation, Integrative Medicine: Herbal medicines, or click on the name of the web site above to explore the list for other topics of interest. The *Cancer Cure Coalition, a non-profit organization set up in the state of New York, offers a web site on which Charles A. Reinwald, its chairman and principal spokesman extols the virtues of PC Spes, an alternative therapy for prostate cancer. Several talks given by Mr. Reinwald, a lawyer and prostate cancer survivor, are summarised on this site; they outline the regimen of herbal and dietary therapies he took to reduce his risk of dying from prostate cancer. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The Integrative Medicine Service of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York city offers an *Information Resource: About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products. The information about berbs and botanicals is evidence-based, and as there is extremely little clinical trial data available on herbal treatments, much of the information is very negative and cautionary. What is known is that a number of herbal products and botanical preparations react adversely with the drugs used in cancer chemotherapy, and many of those reactions are indicated here. The Herbal Policy of the institution which is stated on the site, is, understandably, not at all welcoming to those who use alternative therapies in their cancer fighting regimes. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. For more information, see: Breast Cancer, in the Illness section of this resource. For more information, see: Cancer, in the Illness section of this resource. For more information, see: Cancer prevention, in the Wellness section of this resource. For more information, see: Prostate cancer, in the Illness section of this resource. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Cheirology Everyone knows that the hands are sometimes used to read fortunes. Fortune tellers are often "palmists", or readers of your palm. Now, a web site called: HumanHand.com tells you all about another, very different, diagnostic use of the hands, in health care. Cheirology is the study or science of the hands, and many different disciplines look to the hands for information about the person to whom the hands belong. This site is created by Kenneth Lagerstrom, in Vancouver, BC. In order to learn more about the hand in health and diagnosis, click on the name underlined above. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Children, Alternative Therapies for Pediatricians from the Boston Children's Hospital, and the Boston Medical Center, faculty at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, and a health sciences librarian from the Treadwell Library at the Massachusetts General Hospital have put their heads together to create a site offering information about alternative therapies especially for children: *HolisticKids.org. The site is meant to serve as an educational resource for medical students on pediatric rotation, pediatric residents, fellows, and faculty, but will also be of great interest to parents. There is a directory of local practitioners, useful only to those living in the area, but there are also sections for various childhood diseases -- offering a comprehensive and integrative approach (which brings together allopathic and alternative treatments for consideration of their effectiveness) -- and lists of resources (websites, libraries and educational offerings) which parents can access for further information. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Chiropractic The Canadian Chiropractic Association home page is called: *Chiropractic in Canada and contains links to both public and professional sites, each of which is designed to meet the unique needs of a specific audience. The Canadian Chiropractic InfoSite provides the general public with valuable information about chiropractic healthcare, and the Canadian Chiropractic Professional Network serves the needs of chiropractic students, staff and professionals. Access both by clicking on the name underlined above. Vous pouvez acceder au page: La Chiropratique au Canada de L'Association chiropratique canadienne en pesant sur le nom francais souligne. The *Student Canadian Chiropractic Association has its own web site; click on the name underlined in order to access this site. The Washington State Chiropractic Association maintains a home page on the web with information about the discipline of chiropractic and links to other chiropractic pages. Click here to access the: *WSCA home page. The American Chiropractic Association now has a web site that can only be described as "full service"! Information about and promotion of the discipline of chiropractic is their mission. Check out: *American Chiropractic Association online by clicking on the underlined name. Although Chiropractic may have originated in the United States late in the 19th century, it is now alive and well in the United Kingdom. To find a chiropractor in the UK, simply search the *UK Chiropractic Directory, which offers a clickable map of England, Scotland and Wales so that you can easily locate the area where you would like to find a chiropractor. You could also visit the website of the *British Chiropractic Association, which among other things, also allows searches for chiropractors, and includes Northern Ireland, as well as England, Scotland and Wales. The website of the BCA also offers a great deal of other information about the association, the profession and its history in Great Britain. Click on the underlined names above for the opportunity to explore. Dr. Michael D. Beattie, in Kitchener, ON, maintains a web site for the *Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre which has lots of information about chiropractic care both in general and for specific conditions. There is also general information, from a chiropractic perspective, about maintaining good health on this site. Click on the name underlined above for access. For more information, see: Chiropractors, in the Disciplines & Education section of this resource. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Chromatotherapy The French site: *Chromatotherapie.com offers information about Chromatotherapy, a scientific method that allows a rational therapeutic use of rays of coloured light. The site offers information about two theraprutic uses of coloured light: Luminous Chromatotherapy and Molecular Chromatotherapy. Chromatotherapy uses aspects of other alternative modes such as acupuncture and homeopathy and the site offers information about training programmes and publications on the topic, as well. There is a choice of language on the main page: Francais, or English, or Spanish/Espagnol. Choose your language by clicking on any of the underlined names above. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Craniosacral Therapy The *Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America is a new organization offering services throughout Canada and the U.S. Craniosacral Therapy is a subtle and profound healing form which assists the bodily intelligence (the body's knowing) on its journey back to health. The cerebrospinal fluid is in tide-like motion. Craniosacral therapists assist in facilitating change in areas of restriction, areas where the tide-like motion is limited, confined, immobilized. ... Craniosacral Therapy finds its roots in the science of osteopathy. Osteopathy is a system of the healing art based on a theory that ailments and diseases in the body are caused as a result from pressure of displaced bones on the nerves resulting in a loss of structural integrity. The CSTA/NA website offers information about the discipline and its history, as well as services to members and patients. A discussion list is also accessible though the site. For access, click on the name underlined above. The *Upledger Institute was founded in 1985 by osteopathic physician and surgeon John E. Upledger to support the work of CranioSacral Therapy (CST), a gentle hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the craniosacral system (the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord). Although the institute itself is located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, it offers courses in various techniques related to craniosacral therapy around the world. To learn more about craniosacral therapy and the work of the institute, click on the name underlined above. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Energy Field Medicine Energy Field Medicine includes a range of therapies appearing in various sections of this list. Polarity Therapy, Reiki, Therapeutic Touch and Zero Balancing are all energy based therapies which have their own specific sections later in this list. The website of the *Yuanji Science Foundation in Norway, offers an ancient Chinese approach to energy medicine. Although the origins of the Yuanji tradition are in the ancient Chinese court of the Kublai Khan, it remained a closed family tradition until the mid-1980's. Now, through collaboration with others, the Foundation which inherited and protects the tradition carries out international trans-cultural research and education programs on human-Nature energy cultivation and related topics in the basic sciences, social sciences, management, medicine, and health. In developing its concept of "energy science", the Foundation concentrates on research in two areas: management and health. This website offers access to information on both; of particular interest will be the clinical and laboratory evidence of effectiveness of the therapy which is offered as one of the links on the home page. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Feldenkrais Method According to Lynette Reid, Ph.D., a Feldenkrais practitioner in Saskatoon, SK, The Feldenkrais Method is a system of movement education, designed to increase the capacity for self-directed, efficient, comfortable movement. It is an educational system, useful for the improvement of human functioning from any starting point--for the person who already has a highly developed movement repetoire, and for the person limited by neuromuscular pain or neurological dysfunction. It is the invention of Israeli engineer Moshe Feldenkrais, and is taught in verbally-led group classes (Awareness Through Movement) and in one-on-one, hands-on, work (Functional Integration). For more information (in either English or French) developed by a Quebecois practitioner, Phillippe Leblond, click here: *Feldenkrais. Le Feldenkrais, c'est un travail avec le corps humain selon une perspective de l'ingenieur systeme; cliquez sur le nom souligne pour savoir plus. The North American Feldenkrais Guild maintains a web site simply called the: *Feldenkrais Method to explain and promote its work. They explain that: The Feldenkrais Method is a form of somatic education that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning. Through this Method, you can increase your ease and range of motion, improve your flexibility and coordination, and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement. All of this, of course, contributes to healthy, stress-free living. Learn more by clicking on the underlined name above. Ralph Strauch is a Feldenkrais practitioner living in California. His website: *Somatic Options offers information about Feldenkrais, his private practice, his writing, and avoiding stress and repetitive strain injuries (RSI) through Feldenkrais techniques. It also offers links to other Feldenkrais sites on the Internet. Click on the name above to access Ralph Strauch's site. *Movement Educators is a website which will help you understand Feldenkrais movement and which offers access to training in the method. The site features a free Mindful Movement Lesson which will help you understand what is involved in the Feldenkrais method. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *Mind in Motion is the website of Lawrence Goldfarb, a Feldenkrais practitioner and trainer in Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Goldfarb offers a wide range of services based on the Feldenkrais Method of movement re-education: individual lessons, consultation, public workshops, injury-prevention classes, professional training, practitioner supervision, post-graduate seminars, and mentor education. The site offers lots of background information and articles that can be downloaded. There is also a collection of links to Feldenkrais contacts/associations around the world. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Flower Remedies All illness is not merely physical, and our emotional and mental well-being is very important. This simple fact has been recognized for many centuries in folk remedies of many sorts. In the present century, Dr. Edward Bach, a British physician and homeopath, concluded that many of his patients' ills were the result of negative states of mind and mental disharmony and he developed a therapeutic system to treat such states of mind with natural substances. His "flower remedies" are still used today by those who believe in the healing power of flowers. The *Dr Edward Bach Centre in Mount Vernon, England, offers information on the 38 Bach flower remedies. In addition to a description of the indication (or purpose for use) of each remedy, there is an illustration of the flower providing the remedy. There is also a FAQ on using the remedies, in case you have questions. Further, there is information about how to obtain the remedies and a list of related websites. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *Flower Essence Society of Nevada City, CA, is dedicated to the advancement of a new living science of Nature, and the development of flower essence therapy as a profound journey of soul transformation. It promotes plant research and empirical clinical research on the therapeutic effects of flower essences; conducts training and certification programs for active flower essence practitioners, as well as public classes and seminars throughout the world; and provides a communication and referral network for those who are teaching, researching, or practicing in the field of flower essence therapy. Click on the name underlined above for access to their website. The *World Wide Essence Society is a non-commercial organization of vibrational/flower essence educators, practitioners, manufacturers, and distributors. Among its goals are public education about essences and their place in holistic health care and the establishment of ethical standards for manufacture and professional use of essences. Their website offers access to lists of manufacturers of essences, practitioners and educators, and to articles about the use and creation of essences. There are also FAQs which explain the basics and a newsgroup you can join. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *International Association of Flower Essence Producers wants to offer a clear definition of what flower essences are. It further wants to develop agreement upon and maintain high standards of flower essence preparation and research, and to increase understanding of flower essences worldwide through communication, education and outreach programs. Their website contains a membership directory with links to producers (e-mail and website, where available) from whom one can procure essences. Click on the name underlined above for access. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Gerson Therapy *The Gerson Therapy is an intensive, nutrition-based and detoxifying medical treatment for cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic, degenerative diseases. It works closely with nature to help the sick body to rid itself of disease through the supportive effects of simple foods, juices, and non-toxic medication. The Gerson Institute, located in California, maintains a web site which explains its therapy in great detail. The site offers access to information about Gerson care provided at hospitals in Arizona and in Mexico; click on the underlined name at the beginning of this paragraph for access. Articles available at this site offer information about the originator of the therapy and its history, a biography of Max Gerson, and lists of other related reading. News about training programmes and conferences is also available. There is also an official *Gerson Support Group with its own web site in the United Kingdom. This site offers further information and bibliography on Gerson Therapy, as well as access to Gerson care in the United Kingdom. Click on the underlined name for access. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Hellerwork The European Hellerwork Association maintains a web site called: *Hellerwork in Europe which provides a lot of information about its brand of somatic education. Joseph Heller was born in Poland in 1940 and moved to the U.S., where he worked as an aerospace engineer, learning a great deal about structural stress. He subsequently became interested in humanistic psychology and development and trained with Ida Rolf (and others), to become a Rolfing practitioner. Serving as the first president of the Rolf Institute, Heller went on to develop his own brand of stress-reducing body realignment which adds verbal dialogue and emotional release to the bodywork and body movement education of the systems from which he developed. The three main components of Hellerwork are: connective tissue bodywork, movement education, and verbal dialogue. This site provides further background and details on the method and allows you to locate a practitioner in Europe. Click on the name underlined above for access. The *Hellerwork Canada site offers an introduction to Hellerwork which provides basic information about this system of somatic education and a client handbook. The Hellerwork Client Handbook is a detailed explanation, with anatomical diagrams, of the process and benefits of Hellerwork therapy. It makes interesting reading and serves as a great introduction to the method. The site also allows you to locate a practitioner in Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. Antony Porcino is a Hellerwork practitioner located in Vancouver, BC, who maintains a web site called: *Hellerwork . His practice (called: Touch of Freedom: Hellerwork and Craniosacral Therapy) was opened in November 1997 and the site offers some background into his education and philosophy. Most importantly, the site offers a photographic explanation of eleven sessions of Hellerwork bodywork, so that the curious can gain a better understanding of the process of treatment before engaging the services of a practitioner. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Herbs and Herbal Remedies Anyone interested in herbs and herbal remedies will want to visit the web site of Herbal Hall. This site offers a discussion list for professional herbalists, images of many herbs, book reviews, links to other WWW sites of herbal interest and information about schools offering programmes in herbal medicine. For information about the medicinal uses of herbs and plants, click here: *Herbal Hall. The *HerbWeb is a complex series of indexes to hyperlinks offering information on a very large collection of herbs and their therapeutic or preventive properties. The index offers access to information about commercial sources of these herbs and an extremely useful bibliography of its sources of information. A good place to begin if you have questions about herbal medicine is with a list of FAQ (which stands for Frequently Asked Questions). Click here to access the : *Medicinal Herb FAQ. The University of Washington Medicinal Herb Garden, in Seattle, WA, is a marvellous resource for the student of herbal medicine and the botanist. Click here to access the web site of the: *University of Washington Medicinal Herb Garden. Access to images of the herbs by both their botanical and their common names is a special feature of this site. *Algy's Herb Page is a marvellous resource which has recently moved and is currently under re-construction. Many of the resources are still available, but full access now requires a browser that can cope with Java applets. There is still a lot of excellent material here; I am sure you will feel overwhelmed with the quantity and quality. You can approach herbs as ornamental plants, as medicinal ingredients, as culinary items, and you can find a collection of recipes for them. There are seed catalogues, and bulletin boards for herbal discussions. This is truly a multi-faceted resource. Click on the underlined name above to begin your explorations of this very rewarding site. HerbNET claims to be "the most comprehensive site on the Web for those seeking information on herbs, herb products and remedies, herb publications . . . in fact everything herbal can be found here!" Although I can't substantiate this claim to being the most comprehensive herbal site on the web, I can certainly agree that it is a "full service" information site. They offer a magazine, a calendar of herbal events, a wonderful collection of links to other sites and to herbal discussion lists, a list of courses and lots of other odds and herbal ends. Try it out by clicking here: *HerbNET The Southwest School of Botanical Medicine maintains a large collection of documents on the web which provide lots of information about herbs and herbal medicines, their preparation and uses. They also sell books, videos and software products of interest to the health care professional who uses herbs. Click here to access the web site of the: *Southwest School of Botanical Medicine in Albequerque, NM. Another commercial site offering a great deal of information about the products they have for sale is that of Austin Nutritional Research in Austin, TX. Clicking below will give you access to their Herbs page, but they also offer reference guides to Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids, Nutrients, and other related topics. They have a catalogue from which you can order nutritional supplements, as well, and there is easy access from any of their pages to all of the others. Click here to access the *Herbs page of ANR. The *Australasian College of Herbal Studies in Lake Oswego, OR, offers a very attractive web site through which you can take courses in herbalogy, read an online newsletter, purchase videos or request a copy of their herbal shop catalogue. A faculty list shows tutors from the U.S. as well as from Australia and New Zealand. Click on the underlined name above for access. The *Wild Rose College of Natural Healing in Calgary, AB, is a center for both the casual and the serious student to learn a broad range of therapies, techniques and natural health concepts. The instruction is grounded in herbalism; founder of the college, Dr. Terry Willard, is the author of many books about herbs and natural healing. He is recognized as one of North America's leading clinical herbalists. He currently serves as the President of the Canadian Association of Herbal Practitioners and is a full member of the American Herbalists Guild. Descriptions of courses offered can be found on their web site; click on the name underlined above for access. A motley and very personal collection of links to information about herbs is found at: *Henriette's Herbal Homepage. Many of the links offered on Henriette's page are also listed above, but there are computer archives of herbal documents and herbal FAQ's, as well. Henriette offers links to other herbal sites and a great deal of knowledge and enthusiasm for her subject. Click on the underlined name, above, for access to this site. The information at the *Gypsy Folk Medicine web site isn't exclusively herbal, but it uses herbs extensively in its various remedies, so I have included it in this section of the resource. Here you will find a list of ailments and a collection of directions for mixing Gypsy remedies to correct each of them. *GreyWing's Herbal is truly a beautiful site! It is lovely to look at because it uses colourful illustrations, often from pre-Raphaelite paintings, on soothingly dark backgrounds. Great care has been taken in choosing the graphic elements of this site which is part of a larger collection of Wiccan and pagan resources on the web. The "Herbs and Herb Lore" section of this resource begins with a list of explanations of herbal preparation terms such as: decoctions, extracts, infusions; many more appear in the list. Each month, a particular herb from a New England Wiccan garden is featured and its many names, medicinal uses and lore are set out in great detail; earlier articles are archived for consultation. A brief bibliography offers access to reading about herbs and their uses. Click on the name underlined above for access to this eye-soothing site. Interested in books about herbs and herbal medicine? Then a visit to Jonathan Treasure's site *The Herbal Bookworm is a must! About it, the author says: This is simply a page of medicinal herbal book and software reviews written mostly for herb folk and all written by me. Some of the reviews have been published elsewhere, new ones will be added regularly. Some reviews are very long; others, quite brief. If you are looking for information about what someone else thinks of a book you may be thinking of buying, look here first. The British have done it again! A wonderfully diverse web site focussing on herbs has been created by the *Herb Society (UK). Here you will find historical material on herb gardens in a 9th century Swiss monastery, practical information about growing herbs under difficult conditions, both historical and contemporary accounts of herbs in your salad, recipes, folklore and more. There is an extensive collection of links to the best herbal sites they know, too. Click on the name underlined above for access. If you want to know more about environmental health, nutrition and Chinese herbology, perhaps the *Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute in Hot Springs, MT, has an onsite or distance learning programme suited to your needs. Their web site offers to help you learn specific ways to improve quality in herbal practice, to promote common sense in using herbs and herbal formulas, and to protect your right to practice as an herbalist. They have courses and training programmes, a FAQ on Chinese herbal sciences and they offer essays, reference information, quizzes, clinical case studies, and reading lists on herbal health care and other health topics. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *Herb Society of America is dedicated to promoting the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research, and sharing the experience of its members with the community. Among the many interesting features of this site are its seed exchange and speakers' registry. Looking for an herb you can't find locally or for a speaker at your next meeting? Contact the Herb Society; you may find them helpful. Click on the name underlined above for access to their website. A site called: *Preventing and Ending Pregnancy provides information about herbal contraception, herbs to encourage menstruation and using herbs to terminate pregnancy. The author of these pages uses the pseudonym: Sister Zeus and includes testimonials from other unknown women (identified by first names only) to the efficacy of the herbs or procedures she describes. There is a bibliography of "studies" or articles, but most come from journals you will have difficulty finding, or books published by extremely small presses. Disclaimers and cautionary notes abound on this site. Like most information about the efficacy of herbal medicines, this belongs to the realm of "common wisdom" rather than scientific studies. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *Linpharma: Herbal Remedies Information Site offers access to information about medicinal uses of herbs for common conditions. There is also a section on preparation of herbal remedies. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *Herbs and Aromas is a page devoted to the knowledge of Medicinal Plants and Herbs. It explains how to use them or their extracts and essential oils to flavor oils, make unguents and balms, perfumes and cosmetics. There is also a large list of links on this website to others which offer information about a wide range of herbal topics. Click on the name underlined above for access to the site. The *Herb Research Foundation in Boulder, CO, is dedicated to responsible informed self-care with medicinal plants. They publish two journals: HerbalGram, and Herbs for Health -- which you can receive by becoming a member -- maintain a large library, sponsor research into herbal remedies and disseminate it. Among the services they provide are information packages on specific herbs and research customized to your needs. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. There is a *Herbal Q&A document from Nutrition Science News which answers general questions such as: Do herbs really work? and Why aren't herbs labeled as to what they do and what conditions they treat?. The author of the document is Donald J. Brown, N.D., a faculty member of Bastyr University of Natural Health Sciences, in Seattle, WA. Brown is the founder of Natural Products Research Consultants, which is dedicated to furthering education and research on natural medicine. Click on the name underlined above for access to the FAQ document. About.com (formerly known as The Mining Co.) has a collection of links and information on herbs and herbal lore called: *Herbs For Health. A variety of interesting topics related to herbs is presented by Juli Kight, your guide to this subject: American Indian herbalism, aromatherapy, consumer safety, Chinese herbalism, ethnobotany, herbs for specific conditions, and so on. There is even a "Skeptic's Corner"! Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *HerbCraft Herbal Network is a website that will interest herb growers and suppliers as well as those who are interested in herbs for their medicinal or curative properties. The Herbal Information section brings together information about the properties of particular herbs and their uses and offers links to websites with photos and to other sources of botanical or ethnobotanical information. There is a small collection of Medicinal Herb Monographs written by Elizabeth Burch, N.D. The sections for Herb Growers and Herb Suppliers contain names and addresses of businesses, mainly in the U.S. (but with a few international entries), that sell herb plants and seeds, or that supply herbs in bulk. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *Alternative Herbal Index provided by *onhealth offers one of the best guides to herbal medicines because it is based on the famous German Commission E monographs. The report on each herb includes usage, chemistry, interactions and dosage, and a list of references. Because the herb monographs are listed alphabetically by common name of the herb, the Symptom-to-herb checker is a very useful adjunct. You can find out about preparing and using herbs as medicines on this site, and you can also read about the regulation of herbal remedies in the U.S. Click on the names underlined above for access to these sites. *Common Ayurvedic Herbs & Minerals, from Ayurveda Online, is a site which seems to consist simply of a list of Ayurvedic herbs and an annoying collection of windows that sometimes pop open with advertisements and sometimes have useful information. In order to access the herbal information, you need to click on the letter of the alphabet which begins the name of the herb you are seeking. It is at the bottom of the first screen. The entries for the herbs are complete with Latin, English and Sanskrit names, and if you follow through by clicking on the DETAILS indicator, the Hindi name(s), as well. There are pictures, information about the history of use of the herb, its distribution (geographically), its constituents and indications (its uses). If you can stand the popping up of advertisements, this site is quite informative. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *Websites on Traditional Chinese Medicine & Herbal Medicine in Animals & Humans is a directory of relevant material on the Internet, created by Phil Rogers, MRCVS, in Dublin, Ireland. The directory offers access to a wide variety of information on traditional Chinese herbal medicine via databases, associations and societies, discussion lists and other herbal links. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *Book of Herbs and Medicinal Plants is a compliation of herbal wisdom taken from "medical texts" whose publication dates range from the 17th to the 19th centuries. When you choose an herb name from the alphabetic list, you are offered entries on that name from several different sources. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *An Illustrated Herbal is a collection of information about the medicinal uses of herbs, each of which is attractively illustrated in an index, as well as to the left of its brief descriptive note. The site, compiled by Gabriel Stoian, a Romanian immigrant to Australia, contains about 500 entries and is easily searched by means of an alphabet in the frame of the screen. Dictionaries (of archaic terms, of chinese herbal medicine, and of general medical terms) are available, as well as a glossary of terms used in the herbal entries. There are sections which describe the actions of herbs in general, and the preparation of herbal medicines. The site is attractive and excellently presented. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *Medicinal Herbs Online is a web site for those who want to know more about herbs and herbal remedies and the "often forgotten wisdom of the old ways of treating illnesses". Its creators, Joyce L. Herzog and Lynn DeVries, suggest that you use the information they have compiled to suggest options, and not to replace necessary medical attention. There are lists of herbs and of diseases (indicating how herbal treatments are used with each) which both reveal a wealth of investigation and detail that may be useful to readers. A section called: Resources offers a variety of formulae from Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese medicine, folk medicine, Native American medicine and from herbalists. The authors' credentials do not appear anywhere that I can see, but the scholarship behind this site is prodigious! Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *Herbal Safety is a web site jointly created by pharmacy programmes at two Texas universities: the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Texas-Austin. The site offers information in English and in Spanish which focusses on the scientific evidence available about the safety and efficacy of herbs and medicinal plants commonly used in the southern U.S. and Mexico. The site is currently under development (Fall 2004) and much of the information is promised although not yet available. The effort to validate (or to correct) popular notions of herbal efficacy is an important one, though. This site is worth watching! Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The web site of herbalist *David Winston is full of useful information and links to other sites of herbal and ethnobotanical interest. Mr. Winston has been an herbalist and consultant to physicians for many years. He has collected material and written it over those years and offers free access to much of this wisdom on his site. His site also offers a link to the Herbal Therapeutics School of Botanical Medicine, in Broadway, NJ and to a collection of PDF files called the Herbal Therapeutics Research Library. Lots to keep you busy here! Click on the names underlined above for access to these sites. For more information, see: Herbalists, in the Disciplines & Education section of this resource. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Homeopathy The *Institute of Classical Homeopathy (ICH), located in San Francisco, offers professional training (and continuing education programmes) in classical homeopathy, adhering to the standards of the British Register of Complementary Practitioners, currently the most rigorous standards of classical homeopathic practice in the world. Courses at the ICH differ from and complement others by offering an extensive in-depth study of the philosophy through Dr. Samuel Hahnemann's writings and the work of the other classical practitioners of the discipline. The ICH promotes thorough education in the fundamental theory and principles of homeopathic medicine. The Institute is unique in the depth and thoroughness of its approach and is widely regarded as offering the most authentic Hahnemannian Homeopathic Medical Training in the United States. Start with an equilateral triangle whose sides have length 1. 2. On the middle third of each of the three sides, build an equilateral triangle with sides of length 1/3. Erase the base of each of the three new triangles. 3. On the middle third of each of the twelve sides, build an equilateral triangle with sides of length 1/9. Erase the base of each of the twelve new triangles. 4. Repeat the process with this 48-sided figure. See the likeness to a crystal of snow emerge? At the right, figure 4 is magnified by a power of two. The "limit curve" defined by repeating this process an infinite number of times, adding more and more, smaller and smaller triangles at each stage, is called the Koch's SNOWFLAKE CURVE, named after Niels Fabian Helge von Koch (Sweden, 1870-1924). The snowflake curve has some interesting properties that may seem paradoxical. # The snowflake curve is connected in the sense that it does not have any breaks or gaps in it. But it's not smooth (jagged, even), because it has an infinite number of sharp corners in it that are packed together more closely than pebbles on a beach. # The snowflake never escapes the dashed square you see in figures 1-4, so it encloses a finite amount of area no larger than a credit card. On the other hand, at each step building the new little triangles adds more than one unit of length to the curve. To be precise, [4 3]n - 1 units are added at the nth step, so the length of the snowflake is larger than 3 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + ....... = infinity. The snowflake curve is infinitely long, yet it would fit in your wallet! # Under a magnifying glass, a little piece of the snowflake looks identical to a larger, unmagnified chunk. Objects that exhibit this kind of self-similarity are called FRACTALS and are of great research and applied interest in modern science and mathematics. The *National Center for Homeopathy, in Alexandria, VA, is attempting to promote health through homeopathy: By providing general education to the public about homeopathy, and specific education to homeopaths, we help to make homeopathy available throughout the United States. They offer help in finding a homeopath and a list of homeopathic resources. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The * British Institute of Homoeopathy, Canada now offers courses leading to qualifications in homeopathic medicine, homeopathic pharmacy and homeopathic veterinary medicine through Centennial College in Toronto, ON. The British Institute of Homeopathy is the largest and one of the more respected centres of homeopathic studies in the world. The Institute is dedicated to the development of classical and modern homeopathy through internationally recognised teachers and research, based on the principles of medicine established by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the father of homeopathy. For information about Canadian courses, scholarships and instruction, click on the name underlined above. The *Hahnemann Centre for Heilkunst is located in Ottawa, ON. Its website is committed to the exploration and study of the genius of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann and his complete medical system (Heilkunst). Homeopathy forms part of Hahnemann's medical system which has many dimensions that have only been partly explored, and mostly ignored by traditional homeopathy. Equally, the dynamic system of thought, which underlies Hahnemann's Heilkunst, has remained largely unknown in the mainstream of Western philosophy. The purpose of this site is to post relevant articles and provide links to other relevant web sites for those wishing to explore the dynamic system and reap the full benefits of Hahnemann's medical system. Access the site by clicking on the name underlined above if you want to explore the articles, book recommendations and links offered here. The Foundation for Homoeopathic Research and the Sanjivak Homoeopathic Center present *Homeopathy ... the 21st Century Medicine. This is the first Homoeopathy web-site from India offering useful information for lay-people and professionals. There are FAQs about homeopathy, information about courses of study (in Bombay and in London), and a newsletter on this site. You can read articles and consult with Dr. Rajesh Shah by e-mail. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *Toronto School of Homeopathic Medicine , located in the Yorkville neighbourhood of downtown Toronto, offers instruction in classical homeopathy and has a beautifully designed and informative website. Full of information about the discipline, the school, its faculty and what you can expect from homeopathy, this site is worth a visit! Access it by clicking on the name underlined above. *Onlinehomeo.com your window to the world of homeopathy, offers access to a vast store of information about homeopathy and homeopathic medicines. The site offers both the wisdom of Dr. Hahnemann, and its interpretation by Dr. Kent, one of the strongest advocates of homeopathy in Chicago during the first half of the twentieth century. You can consult a list of indicators for homeopathic treatment at home, a list of remedies and much information of a more general nature about the principles and philosophy of homeopathy. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *Classical Homeopathy website is created by Dr. Brian Kaplan, a South African homeopathic physician practising in London, England. His site is dedicated to the sharing of illustrative stories of classical homeopathy, a discipline in which the relationship between the patient and the homeopath is of paramount inportance. It is impossible for a homeopath to treat a disease in isolation, Dr. Kaplan claims; the homeopath needs to understand the patient and how s/he functions in order to know how to treat the disease. There are articles by Dr. Kaplan on the site, a fascinating exposition of the connections between art therapy and homeopathic treatment by Hephzibah Kaplan, and links to other sites of homeopathic interest. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *National United Professional Association of Trained Homeopaths (Canada) was founded in 1993 to set standards for homeopaths in Canada. Members of NUPATH carry the designation R.Hom. (Registered Homeopath) after their name, meaning they have achieved or surpassed the standards required for NUPATH membership. NUPATH is working to set standards of ethics, education and training, to promote research and the profession, to cooperate with other health care professions and to get patient insurance reimbursement for homeopathic services. Their web site offers access to a directory of members. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The aim of the site: *ABC Homeopathy is to make classical single remedy homeopathy freely and widely available. The site offers a good, simple introduction to the concepts of homeopathy, an online homeopathic remedy finder (in the form of a database based on Kent's Repertory containing around 65,000 symptoms and 650 remedies), and an online store where you can purchase many of the remedies supplied from either the U.S. or the U.K. A collection of links takes you to a small list of homeopaths, to the web sites of homeopaths and others who provide information about homepathy and to a wealth of other information about education for homeopathy, remedy suppliers, books, associations and more. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *BringHealth.Com: Homeopathic Remedies for Natural Healing is a site intended to create awareness about Homeopathy as a Natural, effective and harmless way of treating people and animals. Content is provided both for the general public and for homeopathic practitioners. There are links to articles about diseases and health problems with the homeopathic remedy indicated, articles about remedies and classic homeopathy, and online homeopathy books (three by Samuel Hahnemann himself, for instance). The site offers access to information about other alternative therapies, herbalism, and to "relaxing music" to which you can listen while browsing. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. For more information, see the Homeopaths links in the Disciplines & Education section of this resource. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Kinesiology *Health Kinesiology UK is a website about a holistic therapy which uses muscle testing to restore the balance the body needs to return to optimum health. HK was invented by Dr. Jimmy Scott who currently lives in Canada; he has developed a powerful system which looks at people as a whole taking into account their psychological state, their environment, the needs of the physical body and also the interplay of subtle bodies and chakras. The site offers information for those who wish to learn about the new therapy and for practitioners. There is also a clickable map which will tell you where you can find a practitioner, if you live in the U.K. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Kombucha Tea Kombucha Tea is a popular health promoting beverage which involves the kombucha mushroom and fermented tea. The Kombucha Center offers access to a great many web sites which, collectively, provide information on its history and its health benefits. You can also find out how to make your own, or where to buy Kombucha Tea from this page; click here to access the: *Kombucha Center. Paul Doig, a man living in Belfast, Northern Ireland, runs a web site, called: *Kombucha Tea ... all you need to know which offers explanations of why people choose to drink Kombucha Tea, as well as detailed instructions for making it at home. Information about where to buy the necessary Kombucha culture in several different countries is also available. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Macrobiotics The discipline of Macrobiotics is about more than just diet. It involves changing or managing your diet for spiritual and healthful ends. Learn more about macrobiotics from Fred Pulver who has studied it throughout his life by clicking here: *Carbondale Center for Macrobiotic Studies. *Macrobiotics On-line is another web site which explains the macrobiotic approach to life and to diet extremely well. The macrobiotic diet excludes meat entirely and concentrates heavily on whole grain cereals, but macrobiotics is not, strictly speaking, merely about diet. Click on the underlined name above to learn more about this ancient and healthful approach to life. For more Macrobiotics sites, see the *Vegetarian links in the *Wellness section of this resource. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Massage Therapy *Massage Magazine is a regular printed publication offering articles on massage techniques and on the mind/body connection, profiles of therapists and leaders in the profession and lots of information about trends and developments in a whole array of complementary medical practices. The website for the magazine offers a peek at a few of the articles from the most recent issue, a summary list of features in previous issues and the opportunity to subscribe to the print publication. Click on the underlined name above for access to this site. The U.S. *National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork located in McLean, VA, is a voluntary body certifying professional massage therapists and bodyworkers on behalf of the profession for the benefit of employers, consumers and practitioners. At their website, you can learn about the certification process, access consumer information, find practitioners, and if you are a therapist, you can access information about continuing education opportunities. Click on the underlined name for access. *Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy is a massage technique devised by Therese Pfrimmer in rural Ontario in the late-1940's. Known both as Canadian massage and as deep muscle therapy, Pfrimmer's technique has been credited with remarkable results in some paralysed patients. It is taught today at the *Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy in Wayne, PA, and at the Alexandria School of Scientific Therapeutics, in Alexandria, IN. Click on either of the underlined names for access to more information. *L'Academie de massage scientifique , a Drummondville et a Hull (QC), offre des cours, des stages en cliniques et un service de mise en contact avec l'employeur pour tous ses etudiants. Ils vous aident a contacter le marche du travail comme travailleur autonome en soin de sante a domicile, ou en collaboration avec d'autres practiciens en centre therapeutique, clinique multidisciplinaire, ou autres endroits divers. The web site of the *Academy of Scientific Massage also has an English version. Click on the underlined names above for access to this site in the language of your choice. The *Massage Network has a website offering information about the bewildering variety of types of massage available. If you have ever wondered what Swedish massage is, and how it is different from Esalen massage, or Thai massage, try consulting the Types of Massage information available at this site. There is a useful list of questions to ask a massage therapist on your first visit. You can also search for a massage therapist located in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom or the United States on this site. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. For more information, see the Massage therapists links in the Disciplines & Education section of this resource. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Naprapathy Naprapathy is a treatment method which concentrates on studying, treating and preventing locomotor disorders. A page from Finland called: *What is Naprapathy, by Petteri Koski, D.N., explains diagnosis and treatment provided by a Naprapath, and briefly describes the education available in Sweden. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. * Dr. Marcia Schmidt, DNDC, is a leading Naprapath and Chiropractic Physician. She explains naprapathy on her web site, adding: "A naprapath specializes in health problems that originate in the muscles, ligaments and tendons -- commonly referred to as the soft connecting tissues. On the other hand, a chiropractor specializes in moving bone -- an approach originally based on the theory that all disease can be traced to the misalignment of the spinal column, which causes bones to be displaced. However, one must understand that bones are held in place by soft tissue." The two disciplines seem to copmplement each other quite naturally. For further information about naprapathy and how Dr. Schmidt practices it, click on the name underlined above. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Natural Hygiene The *National Health Association, a membership organization promoting the benefits of a plant-based diet, exercise and rest, a healthy environment, psychological well-being, and, when indicated, the use of fasting. Click on the name underlined above for access to the site of an organization which advocates for safe organic food standards and for freedom of choice in healthcare, and opposes food irradiation and genetic engineering. *Natural Hygiene Online, created by Tasha (who describes herself as a "Life Scientist"), is a site spreading the "good news" of Natural Hygiene. It is based on the belief that: simple changes in lifestyle can change your attitude and your health. ... Natural Hygiene recognizes the unity of all life and holds that physical, mental, and emotional health are inseparably linked; and that personal health, environmental health, and community health are parts of a whole. Natural Hygiene teaches that the best way to achieve optimal health is right living - developing self esteem and a positive attitude towards life; eating fresh, whole, natural foods; exercising regularly; getting plenty of rest, sleep, fresh air, and sunshine; learning to handle stress; and avoiding all negative influences of life. If these ideas interest you, click on the name underlined above and learn more. For more information, see: Diet, in the Wellness section of this resource. For more information, see: Dietary supplements, in the Wellness section of this resource. For more information, see: Nutrition, in the Wellness section of this resource. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Naturopathy A very comprehensive site on naturopathic medicine in general (including education of practitioners), and its practice in the U.S. and Canada, is available; click here to access the web site of the *American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. The AANP provides a database which will help you to locate a naturopathic physician in your area via this page! The *Canadian Naturopathic Association is a not-for-profit professional association representing the interests of naturopathic doctors and promoting naturopathic medicine throughout Canada. Its membership consists of naturopathic doctors, naturopathic medical students, suppliers of natural remedies for professional use, and the provincial naturopathic associations. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. Another, also very comprehensive, site for information on naturopathic medicine and its philosophy -- with opportunity to locate practitioners -- is available; click here to access the: *Naturopathic Medicine Network. The *Canadian Naturopathic Foundation (formerly the: Canadian Naturopathic Education and Research Society) provides financial aid to students in naturopathic studies and funds research into natural medicine. Their web site offers information about membership and approved educational institutions in North America. You can subscribe to their e-mail newsletter, read articles of interest, access other naturopathic web sites and, eventually, visit their library and bookstore. Click on the underlined name for access. The BCNA, a professional association for naturopathic doctors in British Columbia, has a web site: *Naturopathic Medicine . The association offers articles about naturopathy through its web site, health news with a BC focus and access to information about naturopathic education. The association also provides patient referrals to naturopathic doctors throughout the province. Click on the name for access. . The *Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine which is located in Toronto offers Canada's only recognized four-year, full-time program in naturopathic medicine. Graduates receive a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.) diploma. CCNM began to operate as The Ontario College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1978. Their web site offers information about the school and its curriculum, and about the history and philosophy of Naturopathy. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. . The *Council on Naturopathic Medical Education ensures the high quality of naturopathic medical education in schools in the United States and Canada through a voluntary accreditation process. There is a FAQ at this site answering questions about accreditation and lists of North American schools already accredited, and pending. Click on the name above for access to this site. *Natural Medicine Online is described as an "interactive physician's guide to clinical research that brings together the most respected names in the field of natural medicine." It is the electronic continuation of the Natural Medicine Journal; it has articles on research in natural medicine, therapeutics and clinical commentaries. You can register to be alerted of new information in the field. The site is sponsored by PhytoPharmica, a manufacturer of natural medicines, nutritional supplements and herbal extracts.Click on the name underlined above for access. *Dr. Lycette's NaturoLINE: Canada's Source of Naturopathic Information is the website for a variety of services offered by Dr. Cheryl Lycette, of Halifax, NS, a naturopathic doctor, lecturer, author and broadcaster. Dr. Lycette's site is commercial, offering access to a telephone service on naturopathic medicine, but it also offers free access to some information online: articles, real audio tapes of some of her broadcasts and transcripts of others. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *Association of Traditional Health Practitioners Inc. is an Australian organization with two levels of professional membership. Members qualified in Traditional Medicine practice Naturopathy and one or more additional traditional medicine disciplines such as TCM (acupuncture and herbal medicine), homeopathy, and so on. Those qualified in Traditional Therapies practice remedial therapy and one or more traditional therapies, such as acupressure or shiatsu. Their website features information about the code of ethics followed by members and the benefits of membership. There is also a page of information about Naturopathy as a means of facilitating the body's natural recuperative capacities. Click on either of the names underlined above for access to more information. The *Australian Naturopathic Network web site is created by qualified naturopathic practitioners who want to provide excellent professional naturopathic health care to the community. Their site offers access to current affairs affecting practice in Australia, and touches on medical science, herbal medicine, nutrition and homeopathy. There is also a dictionary (under construction), a collection of links to other sites and a list of interesting books -- offered in association with Amazon.com -- you may want to read. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The Alberta Association of Naturopathic Practitioners has a web site called: *Naturopathic Medicine Alberta . This site offers access to a list of practitioners in the province with contact information and brief practice notes that give you an idea about the type of practice of each person listed. There is not a lot more than this on the site at the time of listing (August 2003). Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *BC Naturopathic Association web site allows you to locate a naturopathic doctor practising in British Columbia and provides general informaiton on naturopathic medicine. The association offers public memberships for a small fee which help to increase awareness of the profession and general education about the discipline. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The * Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine is an educational institution teaching naturopathic medicine located in New Westminster, BC (close to Vancouver). While it is not yet accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, it has submitted its application and is in the process of preparing for a site visit, an important part of the accreditation process. The site is full of information about naturopathy and the curriculum at the Boucher Institute. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. For more information, see: Naturopaths, in the Disciplines & Education section of this resource. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Orthomolecular Medicine *Orthomolecular Medicine Online is a website which offers an introduction to the practice of a particular specialty within the field of complementary medicine. Orthomolecular medicine is the practice of preventing and treating disease by providing the body with optimal amounts of substances which are natural to the body. In the orthomolecular approach, the provision of vitamins, amino acids, trace elements, electrolytes or fatty acids in amounts sufficient to correct biochemical abnormalities is therapeutic in preventing or treating disease. The site offers access to a series of publications seminal to the discipline (including papers by Linus Pauling, who is credited with coining the term: "orthomolecular"), to a listing of papers published in its journal: the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, and to other resources available on the web. You can also access a list of related societies in various countries around the world. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. *Orthomolecular.org is a web site from Wichita, KS, which advocates preventing and treating disease by providing the body with optimal amounts of substances natural to the body. The site offers a history of the discipline in the form of its Hall of Fame, a coleciton of short biographies of those who made major contributions. There is a library of free articles (mainly) from the Journal of orthomolecular medicine, lots of informaiton on various nutrients, and links to practitioners, relevant societies and news. Click on the link underlined above for access to this site. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Osteopathy A page of links to WWW resources on osteopathic medicine is being developed by Barrie Oldham, D.O., in the U.K. Click here to access the *Osteopathic Medicine International WWW Resource Page in the U.K. A newly designed site replaces one originally created by and for osteopathic student physicians at the UMDNJ and incorporates their OsteoSource collection. Osteopathic.com will answer all your questions about osteopathic medicine, and if you are considering osteopathy as a career, you may have a great many! There are resources here for students, D.O.'s, and the public. Click here to access the *Osteopathic.Com - The Osteopathic Medicine Resource website. Want to learn more about osteopathic manipulative treatment? where osteopathy came from in the first place, or who Andrew Taylor Still was? You can do all of this, and more, at the web site of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM); click here: *AACOM to access comprehensive information on osteopathy in North America. An online text presenting the principles of osteopathy, and dealing with a variety of other topics related to the discipline is available from the HealthWorld Village. *Osteopathy, by Leon Chaitow, N.D., D.O., has chapters on: diagnosis and osteopathic manipulation, as well as "cranial" osteopathy, and treatments of stress and posture. Click on the title underlined above for access to this fascinating online text. The *Osteopathic Health & Wellness Institute in Springfield, PA, is both a patient care and an educational centre. The centre offers courses in manipulative therapy and in osteopathic manipulation; its website explains these terms and offers more information on the school and on osteopathic medicine. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *Sutherland Society, in the U.K., is the organization for cranial osteopaths. Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel a very subtle, rhythmical shape change that is present in all body tissues. This is called Involuntary Motion or the Cranial Rhythm. The movement is of very small amplitude, therefore it takes practitioners with a very finely developed sense of touch to feel it. This rhythm was first described in the early 1900's by Dr. William G. Sutherland and its existence was confirmed in a series of laboratory tests in the 1960's and '70's. Like other osteopaths, those who are cranial osteopaths are fully qualified doctors with a medical degree (a D.O., commonly), and treat many different conditions. For more information about the society, its members and their practice, click on the name underlined above and explore. Le *Centre osteopathique du Quebec vous offre toutes les informations que vous desirez sur l'osteopathie. Offrant une formation d'excellence en osteopathie depuis maintenant 14 ans, le centre se considere comme la reference en enseignement de l'osteopathie au Quebec. Pesez sur le nom souligne au dessus pour acceder su site du centre. For more information, see: Osteopaths, in the Disciplines & Education section of this resource. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Oxygen Therapy Oxygen therapy is a term which covers a range of methods of introducing oxygen into the body as part of a health or therapeutic regimen. Based on the idea that disease states are caused by a lack of oxygen at the cellular level, the oxygen therapies aim to get more oxygen into your body than you get through normal breathing and thereby to promote health and healing. Click here to explore these ideas and therapies: *Oxygen and Ozone Therapies. In addition to published references on the therapies involved, you can find a list of doctors in Canada and the U.S. using the therapies. The *Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy of Arizona offers detailed information on hyperbaric oxygen treatment for a variety of conditions. Click on the name underlined above to access useful information about hyperoxygenation and its benefits and side-effects. Because oxygen therapy is controversial, *Sumeria, a web collection of resources for exploring alternative ideas in health, science, and spirituality, has a whole section of information on *Oxygen Therapies. There is a link to an article outlining the results of some Canadian studies of oxygen therapy, and a whole collection of links to the work of Aura Research, an American company involved in developing oxygen-based skin care technologies and products. Click on the names underlined above to acces this material. *Rapid Recovery Hyperbarics of San Bernardino, CA, is committed to explore and illustrate the uses of HBOT. At RRH, they use oxygen in both traditional and innovative ways. Their web site offers a history of HBOT, showing how it has been used to enhance health and treat various conditions. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. About.com offers a *History of Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers which, incidentally, takes a look at the use of HBOT in Diving Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and in asthma. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Polarity Therapy Polarity therapy is a comprehensive health system incorporating bodywork, diet, exercise and counseling. It is based on the concept of the Human Energy Field, electromagnetic patterns which are expressed in mental, emotional and physical experience. It was developed in Chicago by a naturopathic physician, Randolph Stone, in the mid-twentieth century and is explained through the web site of the American Polarity Therapy Association: *The Polarity Therapy Web Pages. Click on the underlined name for access to more information. *Sumeria, a collection of information on alternative health and holistic therapies, offers information about APTA and *Polarity Therapy. Click on the underlined name for access to this site. Will Wilson, a Polarity Therapy practitioner in North London, maintains a site on *Polarity Therapy offering access to information about the history and theory of polarity therapy and about the connections between polarity therapy and Ayurvedic medicine. Click on the underlined name to access this site. The *UK Polarity Therapy Association maintains a web site which explains polarity therapy and offers access to a list of registered practitioners around the United Kingdom. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. A page on *Polarity Therapy is found on the *Earthlit web site. The article offers an explanation of the theory behind polarity therapy and gives an account of its origins. There is also a discussion of the "five elements" of ancient Vedic philosophy and its relation to polarity therapy. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Proprioceptive Stimulation Proprioceptive stimulation is a holistic technique in which a tactile stimulation is applied to the bottom of the foot. Through this stimulation, a message is sent to the cerebellum (the balance center of the brain). Acting on this signal, the cerebellum initiates a postural correction affecting the entire body ... . This postural correction encourages the body to readjust itself towards a state of harmony and well-being. Prof. Brian Rothbart, a podiatric physician and surgeon, believes that correct positioning of the body can improve your health. He describes himself as a podiatric biomechanical engineer and works to show that by correcting your posture you can reduce stress on your muscles and internal organs, improve your blood flow, breathe better and eliminate some kinds of pain. His web site: *Proprioceptive Stimulation gives details about his work and the theories behind it. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Reflexology Kevin and Barbara Kunz, in Albuquerque, NM, have a web site called: *Reflexology Research. Here you can access their journal: Reflexions, the Journal of Reflexology Research; you can find definitions, history, and a summary of U.S. legislation relating to the discipline. They have also compiled a list of published studies of reflexology. Click on the underlined name for access. The *Home of Reflexology is a British web site offering web access to a great many international organizations dealing with the discipline. The site is currently under construction and not much else appears yet. Worth watching for developments! Click on the underlined name for access. The *Association of Reflexologists was founded in Britain in 1984 as an independent organisation not affiliated to any particular training school. Its aims are to provide support for its members, maintain high standards of practice and to promote reflexology to the public. Its web site offers information on the healing art of reflexology, advice on training and practice, and a list of accredited courses in the United Kingdom. The *International Academy of Advanced Reflexology in Easton, PA, has a web site which explains reflexology as a complementary, biological health service through which an exercise pressure is applied to reflex areas formed by 7,200 nerve endings in each hand and each foot, encouraging improved instruction to each and every gland, organ and part of the body, thus persuading the body to biologically correct, strengthen and reinforce itself. Classroom instruction is offered, as well as books on reflexology. Click on the name underlined above for more information. The *Ontario College of Reflexology is working toward having reflexology treatments covered by OHIP (the Ontario Health Insurance Plan) as are some other alternative therapies. On their website you can find information about reflexology and its history; you can become a member of the college; you can browse lists of books on the subject and find courses. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *Universal College of Reflexology is located in Edmonton, AB. It offers a variety of educational certificate programmes in reflexology -- foot reflexology, hand reflexology, ear (auricular) reflexology -- and reiki, as well as programmes in business and related matters for reflexologists. Several of the certification programmes are offered by distance education. In addition to the information about educational programmes already mentioned, on this site you will find articles about reflexology, reviews of books on reflexology, access to Internet discussion groups, health tips, a newsletter and a calendar of events at the college. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Reiki Information on reiki and how it can be used in the healing process can be obtained from the Center for Reiki Training, in Southfield, MI. This site has been redesigned recently and is now a massive collection of Reiki knowledge and resources for training: a FAQ covers a great variety of questions; there is a section on the purpose and philosophy of reiki; there is a course schedule and a selection of tools and resources. Click here to access the web site of the: *Center for Reiki Training. Another Reiki page with lots of information laid out simply in helpful FAQ's can be found here: *Welcome to the healing energy of Reiki!. An organization called PaRama, promotes a number of eclectic philosophies related to health and personal psychology at its website, called: the *School of Philosophy and Life Sciences. Among other things, they offer a very detailled and useful *Reiki page. Click on either of the underlined names for access. David Herron has created a very interesting reiki page which offers information not only about the ethical principles of the discipline and a discussion of whether to charge for treatment, but has also a section on choosing a practitioner. Click here to access David Herron's *Reiki Pages. The *Canadian Reiki Healing Centre is located in the Ottawa/Carleton region, in the village of Carp, ON. The centre offers services and courses about Reiki, and its website has a number of articles about reiki and a list of links to related sites. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *Indian Reiki Masters.com offers a great deal of information about the history of Reiki, through the history of its founders. It also offers information about Chakras, crystal healing and auras, all of which are more closely associated with Ayurvedic Medicine than with Reiki. Click on the name underlined above to explore. The *Tera Mai Reiki page is created by Hans van Leeuwen, a Dutch practitioner who lives now in Spain. Tera Mai Reiki was developed by Kathleen Milner and is based on the Usui System of Natural Healing, which is the original Reiki system founded by Mikao Usui. The Tera Mai system includes three other healing energies, together with the Reiki energy these are named Seichem. Tera Mai is a registered trade mark; this ensures that everybody who decides to learn Tera Mai Reiki receives the same initiations, no matter who the teacher is. Click on the name underlined above for the opportunity to learn more about this form of Reiki. The *Ontario Reiki Programme Centre is a non-profit group working to get reiki programmes into main-stream care centres such as hospitals and hospices. The group provides presentations, training and treatments to promote understanding and acceptance of this healing modality. Their web site offers information on reiki and on programmes which currently exist in care centres, as well as a collection of links to sources of information related to reiki. Click on the link underlined above for access to this site. The *Canadian Reiki Association , with headquarters in Vancouver, BC, is a volunteer membership association for reiki practitioners and teachers. Its web site offers access to information about its goals and code of ethics, and to lists of reiki practitioners and teachers across Canada. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Rolfing The European Rolfing Association has a website (in several languages) which explains the work of the biochemist Ida Rolf (1896 - 1979) -- from the 1940's through the 1970's -- to develop a body work method that she called "Structural Integration". In what we know today as "rolfing", one learns that there is a pattern, an order, in human bodies, and that the pattern is a basic factor in well-being or its lack. Rolfing involves both restructuring and movement education. *Rolfing in Europe offers an introduction to the concepts and training involved in "rolfing"; there are articles and contact points in various European countries, too, along with a list of workshops in Europe for neophytes and initiates. Click on the name underlined above to access this web site. The *Alberta Rolfing & Somatic Education Center , located in Calgary, AB, has a website which has a lot to offer. It explains Rolfing in simple terms as: ... a system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education to realign and reorient the body and has a section offering information about the benefits of Rolfing. There is also a well-organized and helpful FAQ. A section called: Medical Research & Case Studies provides access to publications (pamphlets, journal articles, a book list) -- many full text, in PDF format -- which evaluate Rolfing for specific conditions and purposes. Another section of the website is called: Media Coverage; it offers testimonials from celebrities and sports stars, and references to television coverage of Rolfing and mentions in articles from the popular press. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. The *Rolfing Consumer's Information Page is created by the Ida P. Rolf Structural Integration Resource Center. The site offers biographical information about Dr. Ida P. Rolf, explanatory information about structural integration (also known as Rolfing), and studies which validate the method. There is information here about training and how to locate a practitioner. Click on the name underlined above for access to the site. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Rosen Method The *Rosen Institute website offers brief information about Rosen method bodywork and movement, developed by Marion Rosen, a physical therapist and health educator. The site also provides addresses of Rosen centres and websites around the world. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. Two more web sites which offer information about the Rosen Method of stress reduction have appeared. The *Rosen Method Home Page offers access to a list of certified practitioners and to Rosen Method Centers in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe. Additionally, the web site of the *Rosen Center East in New York city, offers extensive background information on the therapy, training and the founder. Click on the names underlined above for access to these sites. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Self-regulation, Self help The Life Sciences Institute of Mind-Body Health in Topeka, KS, is a group of health professionals who believe that, through techniques such as biofeedback, visualization and imagery, we have the capacity to regulate our physiology to a far greater extent than previously believed. External agents such as medication, surgery and exercise regimens may not be the only way of treating disease; psychophysiologic self-regulation offers another tool to be used in the struggle to regain health. At their web site, you can learn more about the various procedures they use with particular diseases. Click here: *Self-Regulation of Body and Mind to explore what they have to say about their work. Self help plays an important part in healing. *Loving Life is a California organization offering research and teaching in touch healing. Their web site offers self help information and resources for stress and pain management, dealing particularly with office and computer stress, tendonitis, CTS and RSI. Click on the name underlined above to access this web site. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Shark Cartilage There has been a lot of interest in shark cartilage recently, for the treatment of many chronic and life threatening disorders. This information, from a California company known as Real Life is included because many people with health concerns are interested in the claims that this product may be of benefit to them. Judge for yourself by accessing the *Shark Cartilage Information Exchange here. The British Columbia Cancer Agency has a document on Shark cartilage in its: Unconventional Cancer Therapies: Manual for Patients . Click on either of the underlined names above for access to the material. Please read. The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. Back to the Specific Resources list, or to the General Resources list. Spirituality and Meditation The *Trinity Project, its creators say: is about finding and studying the Truth as it exists, regardless of our perceptions or beliefs. The central focus of this scientific investigation evolved from an original project which intended the use of motion induced vertigo and euphoric states as an alternative for drug therapy. During the initial testing many readily observable events occurred that could only be referred to as Spiritual Healing occurrences. The Trinity Project involves use of a "passive motion table" which provides gentle rocking and slow rotation to produce a "balancing" of the body, bringing science and the spirit together into an alternative healing technique. For more information, click on the name underlined above. Independent research and open discussion in English on transcendental meditation (TM) and related programmes associated with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is published and can be accessed at: *Trancenet. The journal Trancenet is accessible at this site. Also associated with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is a site in New Zealand offering information on Transcendental Meditation as Taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi; click on the name to access the site. Want to learn all about Transcendental Meditation and Yogic Flying from the Maharishi
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