It is innately human to comfort and provide care to those suffering
from cancer, particularly those close to death. Yet what seems self-evident
at an individual, personal level has, by and large, not guided policy at the
level of institutions in this country. There is no argument that palliative care
should be integrated into cancer care from diagnosis to death.
Despite the relative safety and popularity of SSRIs and other
antidepressants, some studies have suggested that they may
have unintentional efects on some people, especially adoles
cents and young adults. In 2004, the Food and Drug Adminis
tration (FDA) conducted a thorough review of published and
unpublished controlled clinical trials of antidepressants that
involved nearly 4,400 children and adolescents.
The initial reason for writing Complementary and Alternative Medicine: An Evidence-
Based Approach was the need to examine research evidence and claims purported by
advocates, clinicians, and researchers of complementary and alternative medicine
(CAM) regarding its effectiveness. Both of us had previous experience with certain of
these therapies since we had worked with American Indians who used alternative spiritual-
indigenous medical approaches to health-related problems. Joseph Jacobs, a
Mohawk, grew up using many of these healing practices.