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Complementary & Alternative Medicine - Websites

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
Conducts and supports research and training; disseminates information on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to practitioners and the public. NCCAM resources include treatment information, CAM on PubMed (a subset of the medical literature comprising articles related to CAM); and NCCAM educational programs.

NCI Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM)
Established to coordinate and enhance the activities of the NCI in the arena of complementary and alternative medicine. Patient section highlights CAM cancer trials.

International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) Database (NIH/Office of Dietary Supplements)
Searchable database of published, scientific literature on dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals, and botanicals. IBIDS contains over 300,000 citations and abstracts. Developed to assist the public, health care providers, and researchers in locating credible, scientific literature on dietary supplements.

Quackwatch (Stephen Barrett, MD)
Guide to health fraud and "quackery." Of particular interest is the section entitled, Special Message for Cancer Patients Seeking 'Alternative' Treatments.

Complementary/Integrative Medicine Education Resources (CIMER) (MD Anderson Cancer Center)
Offers short summaries and evidence-based reviews of complementary and alternative cancer therapies, including herbal, mind-body, energy, nutrition, and other biological/organic/pharmacological substances.

About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's Integrative Medicine Service)
Provides evidenced-based information on individual herbs, botanicals, vitamins and other supplements. Includes a clinical summary for each agent and details about constituents, adverse effects, interactions, and potential benefits or problems.


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