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Trick or Treatment?

Alternative Medicine on Trial

By Professor Edzard Ernst and Simon Singh

Chapter 5 - The Truth About Herbal Medicine

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5300 years ago, the Ice Man used natural laxatives and antibiotics
Luigi Capasso
The Lancet, Volume 352, Issue 9143, Page 1864, 5 December 1998

The herbal pharmacy

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St John's wort for depression: meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials
Linde K, Berner M, Egger M, Mulrow C
British Journal of Psychiatry.2005;186:99-107

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The 5-minute herbal and dietary supplement consult,
Fugh-Berman, A.
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2003.

Ulbricht, C. E., Basch, E. M. (eds),
Natural Standard Herb & Supplement
Reference: Evidence-Based Clinical Reviews, Elsevier Mosby, 2005.

First, do no harm

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Herbal supplements: a potential for drug interactions in transplant recipients.
Barone, GW; Gurley, BJ; Ketel, BL; Abul-Ezz, Sr.
Transplantation. 2001;71:239-241

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Herb-drug interactions: Review and assessment of report reliability
Adriane Fugh-Berman and E Ernst
Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2001 November; 52(5): 587-595.

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Are people who use "natural drugs" aware of their potentially harmful side effects and reporting to family physician?
Giveon SM, Liberman N, Klang S, Kahan E.
Patient Educ Couns. 2004 Apr;53(1):5-11

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Potential health risks of complementary alternative medicines in cancer patients
British Journal of Cancer (2004) 90, 408-413.
U Werneke, J Earl, C Seydel, O Horn, P Crichton and D Fannon

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Natural Causes: Lies and Politics in America's Vitamin and Herbal Supplement Industry Hurley, Dan Broadway, 2006.

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Rapidly progressive interstitial renal fibrosis in young women: association with slimming regimen including Chinese herbs.
Vanherweghem, J L : Depierreux, M : Tielemans, C : Abramowicz, D : Dratwa, M : Jadoul, M : Richard, C : Vandervelde, D : Verbeelen, D : Vanhaelen Fastre, R : et al
Lancet. 1993 Feb 13; 3418842: 387-91

Identification of aristolochic acid in Chinese herbs
Vanhaelen M, Vanhaelen-Fastre R, But P, Vanherweghem JL
Lancet 343:174-175

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Heavy Metal Content of Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine Products
Robert B. Saper, MD, MPH; Stefanos N. Kales, MD, MPH; Janet Paquin, PhD; Michael J. Burns, MD; David M. Eisenberg, MD; Roger B. Davis, ScD; Russell S. Phillips, MD
JAMA. 2004;292:2868-2873.

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FDA warns consumers against taking dietary supplement 'Sleeping Buddha'
FDA Press Release,
10 March, 1998

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State Health Director Warns Consumers About Prescription Drugs in Herbal Products
California Department of Health Services,
15 February, 2000

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Clinical and Biologic Activity of an Estrogenic Herbal Combination (PC-SPES) in Prostate Cancer
Robert S. DiPaola, Huayan Zhang et al
NEJM Volume 339:785-791, September 17, 1998

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Acquired Bleeding Diathesis in a Patient Taking PC-SPES
Bruce Montgomery
Correspondence, NEJM Volume 345:1213-1214, October 18, 2001

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Medicinal plants, conservation and livelihoods.
Hamilton, Alan C.
Biodiversity and conservation, v. 13, July 2004: 1477-1517

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Prepubertal Gynecomastia Linked to Lavender and Tea Tree Oils
Derek V. Henley, Natasha Lipson, Kenneth S. Korach and Clifford A. Bloch.
NEJM Volume 356:479-485, February 1, 2007

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Herb-drug interaction handbook, Church
Herr, S. M., Ernst, E., Young, V. S. L.
Street Books, 2002.

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A clinical trial of amygdalin (Laetrile) in the treatment of human cancer.
Moertel, CG
New England Journal of Medicine 306 (4): 201-6, (January 1982).

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In re Hofbauer: may parents choose unorthodox medical care for their child?
Becker E B
Specialty law digest. Health care (Monthly) 1981;2(11):5-35.

Why do smart people believe odd things?

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A Close Look at Therapeutic Touch
Linda Rosa, Emily Rosa, Larry Sarner, Stephen Barrett
JAMA. 1998;279:1005-1010.

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Unidentified curved bacilli in the stomach patients with gastritis and peptic ulceration. Marshall BJ, Warren JR.
Lancet 1984;1(8390):1311-1315

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Rusty results
Ben Goldacre
The Guardian, Thursday 2 September 2004

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Does Prayer Influence the Success of in-Vitro Fertilization-Embryo Transfer?
Kwang Y. Cha, M.D., Daniel P. Wirth, Rogerio A. Lobo.
Journal of Reproductive Medicine 46:781-787, 2001

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Intercessory prayer and cardiovascular disease progression in a coronary care unit population: a randomized controlled trial.
Aviles JM, Whelan SE, Hernke DA, Williams BA et al
Mayo Clin Proc. 2001 Dec;76(12):1192-8

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Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer (STEP) in cardiac bypass patients: A multicenter randomized trial of uncertainty and certainty of receiving intercessory prayer
Herbert Benson, Jeffery A. Dusek et al
American Heart Journal, Volume 151, Issue 4, Pages 934-942 (April 2006)

Seeing is believing

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The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
Bobby Henderson