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Steve Jobs had a long run with a rare form of cancer (a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor) that is sometimes curable by early surgery. While I was not his physician and don't have access to the details of his illness or its treatment, assertions that his use of alternative medicine shortened his life strike me as uninformed. No one knows how long he would have survived or what his quality of life would have been had he opted for immediate surgery and used only conventional treatment.

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US lists 8 common substances as potential cancer risksupdated: Mon Jun 13 2011 08:33:00

United States health authorities have added eight commonly used substances to its official "Report on Carcinogens," saying they may put people at increased risk of developing cancer.

2010: Can vitamins cut lung cancer risk?updated: Mon Jun 13 2011 08:33:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at a study that suggests taking certain B vitamins could cut the risk of lung cancer.

Echinacea fails to curb the common cold (again)updated: Mon Dec 20 2010 17:08:00

People who swear by the cold-fighting properties of echinacea may want to skip the herbal remedy -- and save a few bucks -- the next time they feel the sniffles coming on.

Can herbal supplements treat anxiety?updated: Thu Oct 07 2010 08:20:00

Herbal supplements containing kava or passionflower appear to be a safe and effective treatment for the symptoms of anxiety, a new review of existing research suggests.

Herbal remedies, heart drugs a dangerous comboupdated: Tue Feb 02 2010 17:20:00

If you take heart medication, you may want to avoid some of the most popular over-the-counter herbal supplements on the market, including ginseng, saw palmetto, and echinacea. These herbal remedies -- and many others -- can cause potentially serious problems in people taking heart medications, a new report warns.

Getting healthy is about more than diet, exerciseupdated: Thu Jan 28 2010 12:52:00

As 2010 kicks off, CNNHealth Diet & Fitness expert Dr. Melina Jampolis urges you to think beyond calories and working out and focus on bigger changes that could help you live a healthier life.

Protect your heart with fresh garlicupdated: Tue Dec 29 2009 19:55:00

I think it's safe to say that you'll never need to use garlic to repel an old-school vampire. Plus, 21st-century vamps are so cute that I'm not sure I'd want to repel any of them. (I'm looking at you, True Blood Bill.)

Herbal remedies need real scrutinyupdated: Mon Nov 23 2009 12:46:00

Did you know that there exists an all-natural remedy for memory loss? Weight gain? Macular degeneration? Prostate enlargement? These products are so successful that clinical testing has already begun! Just listen to the following testimonial from an unidentified person ...

'Natural' doesn't mean safeupdated: Thu Aug 20 2009 14:16:00

Herb and vitamin supplements can help, but they can also hurt. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Herbs, vitamins that can hurt youupdated: Thu Aug 20 2009 14:16:00

Carole Grant doesn't really trust medical doctors. She never has. Whenever she has had a health issue, she has headed straight for an herbalist, acupuncturist or other "natural" healer.

Warning against diet supplements for swine fluupdated: Tue May 05 2009 13:28:00

Several associations in the alternative medicine industry have joined forces to warn against non-conventional remedies that claim to cure or prevent swine flu.

Medicine man says he can cure AIDSupdated: Fri Feb 06 2009 20:59:00

The small room captured the smells from the wild assortment of herbs, barks and powders scattered in bags at the feet of the local medicine man.

Cure for AIDS?updated: Fri Feb 06 2009 20:59:00

Local healers in Abuja, Nigeria believe to have discovered a cure for AIDS. CNN's Christian Purefoy reports.

10 ways to sail through the holidaysupdated: Mon Dec 29 2008 09:08:00

Follow these expert tips to keep your cheer intact: Jeremy Piven's Doc: Star Stricken by Toxins from Sushiupdated: Fri Dec 19 2008 13:27:00

The actor was forced to leave Broadway after suffering "shocking levels" of mercury, his doctor tells PEOPLE St. John's Wort No Help for ADHDupdated: Tue Jun 10 2008 14:00:00

The first rigorous test of the herbal remedy shows no effect against the hyperactivity disorder. But it sets up a method of testing such botanicals

CNNMoney: Airborne settles lawsuit for $23.3 millionupdated: Tue Mar 04 2008 13:34:00

Airborne - the herbal supplement company that once claimed to help fight off colds - will pay $23.3 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought against the company for false advertising, according to one of the groups that joined the suit.

Natural remedy for kid coughsupdated: Tue Dec 04 2007 10:29:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on honey as a solution for children's coughs. Can Ancient Herbs Treat Cancer?updated: Mon Oct 15 2007 15:00:00

A small California drug company hopes to extract the next cancer cure from Chinese herbs

Money Magazine: From Acupuncture to Vitamins: A guide to alternative therapiesupdated: Tue May 15 2007 16:04:00

With so many alternatives to conventional medicine, how do you know what works and what's just old-fashioned snake oil? Money Magazine takes a close look.

Shoaib to appeal against drugs banupdated: Thu Nov 02 2006 03:56:00

Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar will appeal against his two-year drugs ban after a tribunal's report showed the paceman took vitamins and herbal medicines without telling team staff.

Money Magazine: Shield Yourself from Colds and Fluupdated: Fri Sep 01 2006 00:01:00

Until recently, I knew more about the immune status of my aging SUV--due for an oil and filter change in 500 miles--than the immune status of my body. But I've changed my ways, and so should you. C...

Teen battles state over cancer treatmentupdated: Fri Aug 11 2006 08:28:00

In Virginia, age 16 is old enough to drive a car, work a 40-hour week, stand trial in adult court, and marry.

FSB: Herbal Medicine Manupdated: Fri Oct 01 2004 00:01:00

Bob McGraw would seem an unlikely peddler of an ancient herbal remedy from China. After all, McGraw, 49, is a grandson of the founder of publishing empire McGraw-Hill, on whose board he serves. And...

FSB: Natural Selectionupdated: Wed Sep 01 2004 00:01:00


FDA plans more scrutiny of supplementsupdated: Tue Jan 20 2004 16:12:00

The Food and Drug Administration is planning to move beyond its recent actions on ephedra and step up its scrutiny of the health effects of various other herbal supplements, a top federal health official said Tuesday.

FSB: A Medical Alert Why doctors say herbs and drugs don't mixupdated: Thu Feb 01 2001 00:01:00

If you're one of the millions of Americans who dabble with herbal remedies, listen up. Doctors and other medical professionals are concerned about the dangers of mixing prescription drugs with thes...

Money Magazine: Easing the Pain Insurers are starting to pay for alternative health care. Are you covered?updated: Wed Nov 01 2000 00:01:00

Like many journalists, I've long suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome, a typing-related repetitive stress injury. Last year, though, physical therapy stopped doing me any good. When my doctor menti...

Fortune: A Stock Play On Boomer Health Fearsupdated: Mon Jul 06 1998 00:01:00

Whether or not herbal remedies such as St. John's wort, green tea, and kava really help fight depression, reduce the risk of developing cancer, or relieve stress, one thing is for sure: they are ha...


The Manhattan office of acupuncturist and herbalist Phyllis Bloom is serene by the standards of the medical profession. The fragrance of soothing oils and the faint sounds of Chinese music fill the...


HYPED ADVERTISING. INACCURATE LABELS. Useless costly ingredients. And products sold long after they've lost their potency. We're not talking about food supplies peddled on some Third World black ma...

Fortune: NEW AGE MEDICINE AS SEX AIDupdated: Mon Apr 05 1993 00:01:00

Mary Lou Wilson, 57, used to be fat, sick, and tired -- all the time. Since she began treating herself with herbs a couple of years ago, she says she has lost 83 pounds, works 16 hours a day -- and...

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