Alternative Medicine and Joint Pain

When faced with a chronic condition you are always on the lookout for something that might help.

So what do you do when you hear about acupuncture, reflexology or some other form of alternative medicine that claims to help with joint pain?

Simon Singh has written a number of books about science, and I’ve always been impressed by how thorough he is and how well he can explain complex topics.

Most recently he has written Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial. After watching the 15 minute ABC Fora session featuring Simon (view below), I plan on getting the book.

If you are working with, or considering working with a chiropractor, the book presents information on chiropractors that you may find relevant. An article by Simon Singh published in The Guardian has some very specific claims.

Link to the ABC Fora page: Choose Your Poison, July 2009

A description of Trick or Treatment from the book’s website:

In Trick or Treatment? the truth about the efficacy of alternative medicine is rigorously addressed for the first time by the scientist uniquely qualified to do so: Professor Edzard Ernst, the world’s first professor of complementary medicine. Having spent over a decade at Exeter University meticulously analyzing the bewildering evidence for and against alternative therapies, this former practitioner of both traditional and complementary medicine brings no bias to the subject.

Writing with him is the respected science writer, Simon Singh, who also brings his considerable scientific knowledge and scrupulous impartiality to this most controversial subject. Together, they deliver a hard-hitting, yet honest examination of more than thirty of the most popular treatments, such as Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Chiropractic and Herbal medicines.

Whether you are an ardent follower, sceptic or just plain baffled by the subject, Trick or Treatment? is a groundbreaking guide which finally lays to rest the doubts and contradictions that have dogged this subject for so long. Written with authority, integrity and clarity, this book delivers the ultimate verdict on alternative medicine.

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