Research/Studies

Our research agenda encompasses clinical trials of alternative and traditional remedies and protocols, and critical analyses of the service delivery system.

Current research projects/studies include:

  • National Institute of Health sponsored study- Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT)

Have You Ever Had a Heart Attack?

Are you age 50 or older?

If you answered, “yes” to both of these questions, you may be eligible to take part in a national study of an investigational treatment – chelation therapy and vitamin therapy – for people with heart disease.

What is chelation therapy?

Chelation therapy is an investigational therapy using an amino acid (EDTA). It is added to the blood through a vein. Some people believe that chelation therapy may help treat heart disease. However, this has not been scientifically proven. This study will seek to find out whether chelation therapy is safe, and effective in treating heart disease.

What will the study involve?

As a study participant, you will be assigned to receive chelation therapy or its placebo (inactive treatment). In addition, you will take either high-dose vitamin and mineral supplements or identical placebo pills. All participants will receive low-dose vitamin and mineral supplements. It is important that you continue to take your standard heart disease medications.

What are the costs?

Study-related treatments will be provided at no cost. Other medical costs remain your responsibility.

For more information call Barbara Feinberg at 617 661 6225 (x 302) or ask your Marino Center Physician for more information

  • Marino Foundation studies why many patients are using Integrative Medicine (IM) for their primary care needs

Methods: To identify factors contributing to the choice of IM, we conducted focus group sessions with patients who received primary care at our Cambridge Center.

Preliminary Results: Focus groups identified the following reasons for seeking care at our IM Center:

  • Desire to discuss CAM use and obtain guidance on its use
  • Having symptoms not well treated with conventional medicine
  • Dissatisfaction with conventional medicine

Preliminary Conclusions: Many if the qualities patients are looking for in integrative medical care are universal: a strong therapeutic relationship with a provider who is a good listener and provide time, knowledge, and understanding. They believe in the superiority of a combination of CAM and conventional medicine. They are well informed about their health choices and want to have more control over medical decision making.