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Professors speak about Alternative Medicine and Herbal Supplements on WYPR Radio Show

October 25, 2011

On Tuesday, October 25, 2011, Assistant Professors Dr. Delia Chiaramonte and Dr.Chris D'Adamo from the Center for Integrative Medicine were guests on Midday with Dan Rodricks (www.wypr.org).    
Podcasts are available at http://www.wypr.org/stationprogram/midday-dan-rodricks.

SUMMARY from WYPR website:
  Tuesday, October 25, 12 - 1 pm: Alternative Medicine

 More and more, people are turning to alternative medicine (such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, Reiki, and natural supplements) in place of traditional medicine.
The medical community has even begun to embrace some forms of alternative medicine. But are these therapies legit?  
This hour featured a look at its effectiveness and growing popularity. 


  • Delia Chiaramonte, director of education at University of Maryland’s Center for Integrative Medicine and palliative care physician at Gilchrist Hospice Care
  • Steven Salzberg, a critic of the alternative medicine movement and professor of medicine and biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University   
  • David Freedman, Boston-based freelance journalist and author of "The Triumph of New-Age Medicine" in the July/August issue of The Atlantic  

Tuesday, October 25, 12 - 1 pm: Herbal Supplements 

The conversation about alternative medicine continues this hour with a look at herbal supplements. 
What makes up these plant-based medicines, how are they regulated and which ones are safe? 


  • Chris Kilham,  aka “The Medicine Hunter,” whose quest for alternative medicine has led him around the world in search of plant-based therapies for better health.   
  • Chris D’Adamo, a professor with the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland; his focus is on nutrition and its impact on health.    
  • Steven Salzberg, Johns Hopkins University professor of medicine, returns to discuss the effectiveness of supplements.  

For reference materials and additional links, please visit:  http://www.compmed.umm.edu/WYPR_References/.

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