Hilary Amann Intermediate Composition 2089

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Hilary Amann

Intermediate Composition 2089

Professor Skutar

February 25, 2013

Proposal for Argument on Controversies in Alternative Medical Treatments


Along with the rise in alternative therapies come many stigmas and controversies in the medical field. Many scientists and conventional doctors believe that these therapies do not actually work to improve a patient’s well being, when in reality they just have not been researched enough to make such claims. Health professionals are so quick to ward off non-evidence-based treatments when there could be important and valuable information to be learned if we were to study these practices more. This essay will examine the controversies surrounding alternative medical therapies and will address benefits such as whole body treatment, less negative side effects, and lower cost of treatment.

Topic Proposal

Acupuncture, massage therapy, reflexology. These are all different types of alternative healing that many people throughout the world use to treat themselves. While around 40 percent of American adults use some sort of alternative method of healing, there are still many controversies and questions surrounding the topic. Many questions arise when exploring the topic of alternative medicine such as does this therapy actually work or how will I benefit from the treatment? The controversies of efficacy and health benefits of alternative medicine are important to research and spend time on because of the possibility of whole body treatments, less negative side effects, and lower cost of treatment. However, this is a very controversial subject among health professionals mainly due to the lack of evidence and research proving the benefits of these treatments.

In an attempt to address some controversial topics in alternative medicine, I hope to find some answers to these questions. By presenting information from the University of Cincinnati Library, this ensures that the information gathered for my argument is constructed and put together in a scholarly fashion for the audience. My audience will be the college dean and I hope to persuade her that the topic of alternative medicine and the efficacy behind the practices are worth presenting to a larger audience. By engaging the audience and explaining to them the benefits of alternative medicine such as whole body treatment, less negative side effects, and lower cost of treatment, it is my hope that audience accepts and ponders the controversial topics of alternative medicine in our society.

Evaluative Annotated Bibliography

Chan, Eugenia. "Quality of Efficacy Research in Complementary and Alternative Medicine." JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association 299.22 (2008): 2685-686. Print.

This article takes a look at a few different studies on complementary and alternative medical practices and talks about the efficacy of the treatments.
Coyle-Demetriou, Myra, and Andrew J. Demetriou. Integrating Complementary and Conventional Medicine. Oxford: Radcliffe, 2007. Print.

This book examines different ways to integrate complementary and conventional medical practices together. This is important to address because in our society, it is ignorant to think that conventional biomedical medicine will completely disappear from our healthcare system. By incorporating alternative medicine into our conventional medical system, it is easier to come up with a common ground. The article also takes a look at benefits and limitations of complementary therapies.

Ham, Kelli. "Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Evidence-based Resources for Consumers." Journal of Consumer Health On the Internet 13.4 (2009): 403-16. Print.

This article is relevant because it talks about evidence-based complementary and alternative resources for consumers. It is important to provide information to the audience so that they can learn about evidence-based practices in complementary and alternative medicine.

Rastogi, Sanjeev, and Francesco Chiappelli. "Perspectives, Protocols, Problems, and Potentials." Evidence-based Practice in Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Perspectives, Protocols, Problems, and Potential in Ayurveda. 2012 ed. Berlin: Springer, 2012. 3-29. Print.

This article talks about the limitations of evidenced-based practices in alternative and complementary medicine. By addressing the limitations, this shows where we can improve our system and expand on the ideas to make them better and more efficient.

Spencer, John W., and Joseph J. Jacobs. Complementary/Alternative Medicine: An Evidence-based Approach. St. Louis: Mosby, 1999. Print.

This book analyzes the effectiveness of each therapy and sets up research information in a valuable and useful way.

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