Mayo Clinic: “Beware of alternative health care fraud”

A fellow heart attack survivor recently praised a miracle heart disease treatment called chondroitin sulfate. This supplement, she said, had been studied by a “brilliant doctor” during the 1970s, but is no longer heard about very much.  She attributed this fact to one of those “what your doctor doesn’t want you to know’ alternative medicine conspiracies. Alternative medicine practices are those not typically used in conventional medicine. When an alternative practice is used with conventional therapies, it’s called complementary medicine. Together, these treatments are referred to as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

I’m very interested in CAM, but my skeptical self accepts nothing – especially things my doctor doesn’t want me to know! – without suspicious scrutiny.  Continue reading