Studies indicate that 40% of Americans use some form of alternative medicine; for individuals with long-term disabilities, learning about their options is even more critical. Written by the former director of the Spinal Cord Research and Education Foundation of the PVA, this is the first book to cover alternative therapies for spinal cord injury. From acupuncture to laser-based therapies, herbal medicine, homeopathy, craniosacral therapy, magnetic healing, and more, the book empowers readers by:
- Providing clear, reliable information on alternative choices to traditional health care.
- Equipping readers to make more informed decisions about their own health care.
- Tailoring information to meet the specific needs of the approximately 450,000 individuals living with a spinal cord injury.
- Providing healing modalities that minimize the risks that are especially relevant to people with SCI, like overmedication, hospitalization, and life-threatening infections.
For those who have been forced to rely on the advice of the traditional medical specialist for their health care, this book opens a broad array of holistic options. It is essential for anyone suffering from a spinal cord injury, their families, friends, caregivers, and health-care providers.
About the Author: Laurance Johnston obtained his doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). He became a regulatory scientist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and later Director, Division of Scientific Review, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health (NIH). After leaving NIH, he assumed the directorship of the Spinal Cord Research and Education Foundations, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).
Supported by PVA, Dr. Johnston currently researches and writes about various alternative, complementary, or innovative therapies that expand the healing spectrum of people with spinal cord injury. He has been invited to speak at national and international meetings and is listed in Who’s Who in America.
CONTENTS: Dedication; Acknowledgments; Foreword; Introduction. Eastern Healing; Acupuncture; Scalp Acupuncture; Qigong; Ayurveda. Laser-Based Therapies; Laser Therapy & Laserpuncture; Laser-Acupuncture Therapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & Hand Spasticity. Natural Health & Vibrational Healing; Homeopathy Herbal Medicine; Aromatherapy & Essential Oils; Flower Essences; Edgar Cayce’s Vision: The Golden Touch. Body Work; Chiropractic; Craniosacral Therapy; Chronologically Controlled Developmental Therapy. Dolphin-Assisted Therapy. Electromagnetic Healing; Magnetic Healing: Overview; Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy: Diapulse; Ferrite-Ring; Magnets. INDIGENOUS HEALING; Native-American Healing: Part 1 – Philosophy; Native-American Healing: Part 2 – Healing Modalities. Prayer, Consciousness, Energy, & Spiritual Healing; Prayer, Consciousness, Energy, & Spiritual Healing: Part 1; Prayer, Consciousness, Energy, & Spiritual Healing: Part 2; Mind Instructor: Consciousness-Based Healing. SCI HEALTH PROBLEMS; Natural Urinary Tract Health; Natural Prostate Health; Nutritional & Botanical Approaches to Diabetes; Creating Strength through Creatine. The Paradigm Expanding; Inert-Gas Therapy. References.