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  •  CAM=complementary and alternative medicine (3+ / 0-)
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    Timaeus, rb608, The Marti
    Per the NCCAM:
    Defining CAM is difficult, because the field is very broad and constantly changing. NCCAM defines CAM as a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. Conventional medicine (also called Western or allopathic medicine) is medicine as practiced by holders of M.D. (medical doctor) and D.O. (doctor of osteopathic medicine) degrees and by allied health professionals, such as physical therapists, psychologists, and registered nurses.

    The boundaries between CAM and conventional medicine are not absolute, and specific CAM practices may, over time, become widely accepted.

    "Complementary medicine" refers to use of CAM together with conventional medicine,
    such as using acupuncture in addition to usual care to help lessen pain. Most use of CAM by Americans is complementary. "Alternative medicine" refers to use of CAM in place of conventional medicine. "Integrative medicine" combines treatments from conventional medicine and CAM for which there is some high-quality evidence of safety and effectiveness. It is also called integrated medicine.

    Emphasis is mine because I personally adhere to & personally believe in only using  "Complementary medicine" and/or "Integrative medicine" (combining conventional & CAM).  

    I'm not a doctor & would never suggest to anyone to not use/seek traditional medical intervention primarily or replace it with alternative practices.  Nor do I believe that any non medical CAM practitioner should or could "diagnose"-ever.  That is not the role of CAM.

    My own initial research many moons ago led me (amongst others) to the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, co-founded by the The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Heh, it was much smaller then as opposed to today:

    Developed the first and most comprehensive academic curriculum in integrative medicine.

     Co-founded the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, with Duke University and the University of Massachusetts. The Consortium has 46 member institutions engaged in clinical, educational, and research programs in integrative medicine.

    Created the first Integrative Medicine in Residency program, which is a national model for training of all physicians in integrative medicine.

    Offers the largest Fellowship in the world, having graduated nearly 1000 Fellows in integrative medicine by 2012, with 120 new practitioners accepted to the Fellowship each year thereafter.

    Has trained doctors from 47 U.S. states and 15 countries and territories.

    Read  further synopsis of CAMs here:
    or here:
    or here:

    There are tons more.

    Depends on what state you live in & which CAM appeals to you; the probability exists that there is a practitioner, University or conventional medical hospital nearby that offers CAM.  Beit Minnesota, Johns Hopkins, Duke, etc.

    FWIW, religion nor belief systems play a role in the majority of CAMs....or the results.

    Be prudent. Select CAM practitioners with great care & always find out about the practitioner's training and experience-just as you would with a conventional medical practitioner.

    Best to you, Timaeus!

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