Monday, May 4, 2015

Universities Aim to Investigate Alternative Medicine, Not Promote It

The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 30th, 2015

For six years the doctor, TV star, and Columbia University professor Mehmet C. Oz has trumpeted alternative medical approaches, earning himself a heap of negative attention. Going back a decade before that, universities have used taxpayer dollars to study and sometimes validate some of the same ideas, with considerably less pushback.
There’s a reason for the difference in reactions, of course. It begins with the fact that Dr. Oz is not bringing scientific scrutiny to many of the products and procedures he endorses. By contrast, that’s the central mission of a small division of the National Institutes of Health, now known as the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, or NCCIH.

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