Kaitlin Atkinson Family Resource Library
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
401 Smyth Rd., Ottawa, ON K1H 8L1
Health is broader than the prevention and treatment of disease. Increasingly, people are exploring strategies that they themselves can employ to improve their health, maintain wellness and improve quality of life. Many of these strategies are based on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
CHEO defines CAM as “treatments and health care practices not taught widely in Canadian medical schools, not generally used in Canadian hospitals and/or not usually reimbursed by medical insurance companies operating in Canada.”
The Kaitlin Atkinson Family Resource Library is developing resources to support queries related to CAM. The resources include materials that document the use and validity of CAM therapies as well as information about specific approaches.
The alternative health medicine encyclopedia / Marti, James -- Detroit, MI: Visible Ink Press, 1998.
This reference text covers alternative and holistic approaches to maintaining health - biofeedback, acupuncture, hypnosis, herbs, yoga, chiropractics, massage and other non-traditional treatments. Topics discussed include nutrition, exercise, stress, cancer, sexuality and ageing.
FAM R 733 .M38
The alternative medicine sourcebook : a realistic evaluation of alternative healing methods / Bratman, Steven -- Los Angeles, CA: Lowell House, 1998.
This sourcebook explores the strengths and weaknesses of alternative healing methods. This book could be a useful tool for consumers seeking to make informed decisions about alternative options.
FAM R 733 .B75
Alternative medicine : what works / Fugh-Berman, Adriane -- Baltimore, ML: Williams & Wilkins, 1997.
In scientific yet accessible language that speaks to both the lay reader and the professional, Fugh-Berman, a former field coordinator at the Office of Alternative Medicine, evaluates the peer-reviewed literature for 25 popular alternative therapies.
FAM R 733 .F84
Choices in healing : integrating the best of conventional and complementary approaches to cancer / Lerner, Michael -- Cambridge, Mass. MIT Press, 1994.
FAM RC 270.8 .L47
The dictionary of alternative medicine -- Stamford, CT: Appleton & Lange, 1998.
This dictionary contains the medical terms, slang and acronyms associated with alternative or complementary medicine. It includes terms designated to three groups of therapies and management philosophies: formal therapeutic systems, informal therapeutic systems, and "quackery".
FAM R 733 .S44 1998
Essentials of complementary and alternative medicine -- Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1999.
This book focuses on the issues and alternative practices that are most applicable to mainstream medicine. It covers social and scientific issues and explains how to practice evidence-based complementary/alternative medicine.
FAM R 733 .E87
Guide complet des médecines alternatives : médecines douces, bien-être et harmonie / Fabrocini, V. -- France: De Vecchi, 2007.
FAM R 733 .F32 2007
Herbs : everyday reference for health professionals -- Ottawa: Canadian Pharmacists Assoc & CMA, 2000.
FAM R 733 .H47 H48 2000
Médecine naturelle amérindienne : plantes et remèdes pour soigner le corps, guérir l'esprit et nourrir l'âme / Shimer, Porter -- Montreal: Les Editions de l'Homme, 2006.
FAM R 733 .S3414 2006
Médecines alternatives : le guide critique / Ernst, Edzard -- Paris: Elsevier, 2005.
FAM R 733 .E7614 2005
The PDR family guide to natural medicines & healing therapies -- New York: Three Rivers Press, 1999.
FAM R 733 .P38 1999
Tyler's honest herbal : a sensible guide to the use of herbs and related remedies / Foster, Steven -- New York: Haworth, 1999.
FAM R 733 .H47 T94 1999
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Complementary and Alternative Medicine – MedlinePlus from the US National Library of Medicine
National Institute for Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: What is it? – The Mayo Clinic
Natural Health Products – Health Canada / Produits de santé naturels – Santé Canada
Integrative Health Institute (Mont Royal University) – List of Web Sites
Whole Health MD
Dr. Andrew Weil is a well published holistic physician. This site provides information on many current topics and allows specific interactive questioning
The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
1255 Sheppard Avenue East
Phone: 416 498 1255
Toll Free: 866-241-2266
This guide provides medical material for information purposes only and it is not intended to replace the advice of your physician. The information may not always apply to your individual situation.
The guide represents material available in the Family Resource Library collection at CHEO. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Your local public library may also be able to provide valuable information.
Last Updated: May 2013
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