Sources of information about particular alternative therapies
The Center is part of a network supported by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, (NCCAM) a division of the NIH.

Boston area patients are encouraged to visit Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Learning Center located in the Shapiro Clinical Center at 330 Brookline Avenue where print and online resources are available.

The American Massage Therapy Association provides information on the therapeutic benefits of massage, and a directory of national certified practitioners. They can be reached at 847-864-0123 in Evanston, IL.

The American Cancer Society does not provide assistance in evaluating alternative therapies for cancer. They can be reached at 800-227-2345.

Michael Lerner's Choices in Healing (Cambridge, MA, MIT Press, 1994), details the innovative approaches to cancer and healing used by the staff at Commonweal.

Opportunities to be a research subject in a center study
Our current clinical trials will be using patient populations from managed care organizations such as Harvard Pilgrim Community Health or hospitals such as the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Children's Hospital. You are welcome to contact these organizations directly for more information.

Referrals to conventional doctors who can advise or provide alternative therapies
You may wish to obtain more information about two programs at Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare system. The first is the Mind/Body Institute, which is housed on the West Campus of the main hospital. More information about their programs is available at 617-667-5356. The WELL Program at HealthCare's Chestnut Hill site focuses on lifestyle enhancement and weight control. The telephone number there is 888-351-WELL.

Please consult your local telephone yellow pages under these categories:
Acupuncture
Chiropractic
Holistic Practitioners
Massage - Therapeutic
Naturopathic Physicians

Information about insurance coverage of alternative medicine practices
There are a number of major health insurers in the United States who currently offer coverage for alternative medicine. The best resource for any information on this topic can be obtained from the John Weeks, Editor of St. Anthony's Alternative Medicine Integration and Coverage newsletter. He can be reached at:

Strategies for Natural Healthcare
5021 49th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 91836
206-933-7983
206-933-7984 Fax

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