If you have a health problem or wish to prevent one, how do you choose a treatment? What options do modern and alternative medicine offer? What are the strengths and weak­nesses of each for treating such problems as fatigue, headaches, digestive problems, asthma, heart disease, and cancer? How can you safely integrate the use of modern and alternative medicine protocols? Finding the Right Treatment answers these questions and many more.

Updated and expanded, Finding the Right Treatment is an indispensable reference guide for learning about all of your health care options, including Pharmaceuticals, Surgery, Homeopathy, Chinese Medicine, and many other conventional and alternative therapies. Dr. Jacqueline Krohn and Frances Taylor offer a balanced look at the different treatments available for a wide range of illnesses and conditions. This book will be your practical guide to finding the right treatment, and the right prevention, so you can get the best of both worlds.

With new Fast-Fact Sidebars, an expanded Common Health Problems section, and a reader-friendly new design, this second edition will be a well-thumbed addition to your home or office library.

"This book is an amazing treasure. In simple English it covers preventing and relieving illness. Read it and learn to make informed decisions to keep yourselfand those you love more healthy. This book is so good, I didn't just skim it—I read and enjoyed every line." —Doris J. Rapp M D, author of Is This Your Child? and Is This Your Child's World?

"Krohn and Taylor have written an important book that contains a great depth of knowledge. The authors integrate the key disciplines so that they can help people "find the right treatment" to improve their well-being and lengthen their lives." —Elson M. Haas M D, author of Staying Healthy with Nutrition, The Detox Diet, and The Staying Healthy Shopper's Guide

"This is a very useful and comprehensive book for the many people who do not want to limit their treatment options to strictly conventional or alternative medicine. I recommend this book highly."—Susan M. Lark MD, author of PMS Self Help Book, The Women's Health Companion, The Estrogen Decision

Tom Fairley Award Winner 1999

Contents

PART 1: MODERN MEDICINE
1  Overview  
    Major Divisions   
    Evaluation   
    Constraints on Modern Medicine  
    Choosing a Physician   
2  Pharmaceuticals   
    History   
    Development of Modern Drugs   
    Treatment with Pharmaceuticals   
3  The Laboratory   
    Uses of the Laboratory   
    Common Laboratory Tests   
    Risks of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests
    Avoiding Unnecessary Laboratory Tests
4  The Hospital and Emergency Room   
    Divisions of the Hospital   
    Hospital Staff  
    Choosing a Hospital   
    Hospital Admissions   
    Hospital Care   
    Risks of Hospitalization   
    Discharge from the hospital   
    The Emergency Room   
5  Surgery   
    Types of Surgery  
    Risks of Surgery   
    Need for Surgery  
    Choosing a Surgeon   
    Choosing the Anesthesiologist   
    Investigating the Hospital   
    Preparing for Surgery   
    Recovering from Surgery  
6  Radiology   
    Diagnostic Radiology   
    X-Rays    
    Risks of X-Rays   
    Other Imaging Techniques   
    Radiology Treatment   
    Avoiding Unnecessary Radiation   
    Protection from Radiation   
7  Childhood Vaccinations   
    Vaccine Carriers   
    Vaccine Contaminants   
    Reactions to Vaccines   
    Common Childhood Vaccines   
    Making Vaccination Choices  

PART 2: ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
8  Overview   
    Evaluation   
    Alternative Practitioners    
    Choosing an Alternative
    Practitioner   
    Coordinating Alternative and Modern Medicine Care   
    Uses of Alternative Medicine   
9 Alternative Medical Disciplines   
    Naturopathy   
    Chiropractic   
    Homeopathy   
    Ayurvedic Medicine   
    Chinese Medicine    
10 Alternative Therapies   
    Diet   
    Nutritional Supplements   
    Herbs   
    Bodywork   
    Aromatherapy  
    Bach Flower Remedies   
    Light Therapy   
    Sound Therapy   

PART 3: COMMON HEALTH PROBLEMS
11 Overview   
12 Headaches 
    Triggers for Headaches   
    Types of Headaches   
13 Respiratory System Problems
    Upper Respiratory Tract Infections   
    Lung Infections   
    Chronic Lung Disease   
14 Musculoskeletal Problems
    Osteoporosis   
    Arthritis   
    Back Pain   
15 Heart Disease   
    Diseases of the Heart   
    Diagnosing Heart Disease    
16 Hypertension and Strokes   
    Essential Hypertension   
    Secondary Hypertension  
    Other Causes of High Blood Pressure   
    Strokes   

17 Cancer   
    Types of Cancer       
    Development of Cancer   
    Causes   
    Common Cancers   
    Warning Signs of Cancer   
    Diagnosing Cancer   
18   Metabolic Disorders  
    Obesity  
    Hypoglycemia   
    Diabetes   
    Thyroid Problems   
19   Gastrointestinal Problems   
    Causes of Gastrointestinal Problems   
    Peptic Ulcer Disease, Stomachaches, and Abdominal Pain   
    Heartburn   
    Nausea   
    Irritable Bowel Syndrome  
    Diarrhea   
    Constipation   
    Diverticulosis   
    Hemorrhoids   
20  Parasites   
    Spread of Parasites  
    Symptoms of Parasitic Infections   
    Common Endoparasites   
    Diagnosing Parasitic Infections   
    Ectoparasites   
    Lice
21 Urinary Tract Problems  
    Urinary Tract Infections   
    Interstitial Cystitis   
    Kidney Stones   
    Urinary Incontinence   
22 Socially Transmitted Diseases
    Overview of Sexually Transmitted Diseases  
    AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)  
    Candida   
    Chlamydia   
    Gardnerella   
    Genital Warts   
    Gonorrhea   
    Hepatitis   
    Herpes   
    Mononucleosis   
    Syphilis   
    Trichomonas   
23 Female Problems  
    The Menstrual Cycle   
    Menstrual Cramps   
    Premenstrual Syndrome   
    Menopause   
    Vaginitis   
    Breast Problems   
24 Male Problems   
    Prostate Problems   
    Testicular Problems   
    Impotence   
    Andropause  
25 Skin Problems  
    Acne   
    Eczema   
    Hives   
    Impetigo   
    Psoriasis   
    Rosacea   
    Sunburn    
    Warts   
26 Allergy   
    Allergy Testing   
    Inhalant Allergy   
    Pollen Allergy   
    Food Allergy   
    Chemical Sensitivities   
    Allergies to Microorganisms   
27 Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder   
    Diagnosing ADHD   
    Nutritional Factors in ADHD   
28 Mood Disorders   
    Depression   
    Panic Disorder   
    Anxiety   
29 Fatigue  
    Causes of Fatigue   
    Fibromyalgia   
    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome   
30 Sleep Disorders and Insomnia 
    Insomnia   
    Other Sleep Disorders