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Consumer Health & Integrative Medicine, Second Edition
A Holistic View of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practice

Author(s): Linda Baily Synovitz, RN, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Health Education, Southeastern Louisiana University
Karl L. Larson, PhD, Gustavus Adolphus College
  • ISBN-13: 9781284144123
  • Paperback    340 pages      © 2020
Price: $106.95 US List
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Today, being a health consumer encompasses more than being knowledgeable about traditional medicine and health practice but also includes the necessity to be well informed about the expanding field of complementary and alternative medicine. Consumer Health and Integrative Medicine: Holistic View of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practices, Second Edition was written to expand upon the many alternative modalities that many other consumer health texts overlook.  It includes chapters on the major alternative medicine systems and healing modalities, including Ayurvedic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, naturopathy, homeopathic medicine, chiropractic medicine, massage, reflexology, and herbals or botanicals.  The authors mission is to increase reader's knowledge base, not make up their mind, as we all make better choices related to our own personal health care practices when we are informed consumers.

Updates to the Second Edition include:

  • NEW!  - The title of the book has changed from Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Health Professionals to Consumer Health and Integrative Medicine to place a greater light on the consumer health and integrative medicine aspects of the text.
  • REVISED!  - Chapter 5, Conventional Medicine and Health Care, has brand new information on health insurance coverage and cost of personal health in lieu of the Affordable Care Act. All new considerations on how the ACA has impacted American heath care.
  • REVISED! - A new section in Chapter 14 addresses Mindfulness and its role in Mind-Body Intervention
  • REVISED! - A new section in Chapter 15 regarding the human biofield, as well as a whole new section of classroom activities
  • REVISED! - Chapter 16 now addresses the Ephedra controversy of the early 2000s, and also addresses more specific types of quackery by topic area.
  • UPDATED! - New research and statistics has been incorporated throughout the book regarding the various complementary and alternative methodologies, as well as strengthened information on evidence-based research into CAM and incorporated more information related to how these fit into current Western medicine environments. 

Features & Benefits

  • Case Studies - Each chapter contains case studies that apply chapter concepts in a more personal way. They are presented as scenarios intended to evoke analytical thinking skills.
  • "In the News" - This sections are intended to engage the reader in an active learning exercise and offer questions concerning the news features that encourage analytical thinking, making the situation or problem personally relevant.
  • Review Questions - Numerous questions are found at the end of each chapter and are intended to help readers conceptualize and reflect on main points.
  • Suggestions for Class Activities - Engaging activities are presented at the end of each chapter and give students the opportunity to present in the classroom, work in a group, engage in an activity.
  Part I: Understanding the Basics  
    Chapter 1: Introduction to Consumer Health, Conventional Medicine, and Complementary and Integrative Health  
    Chapter 2: Scientific Method  
    Chapter 3: Advertising Health Products  
  Part II: Traditional Medicine and Health Care  
    Chapter 4: Cost of Healthcare in the United States  
    Chapter 5: Conventional Medical and Health Care  
  Part III: Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Healthcare  
    Chapter 6: CAM, Integrative Medicine and Health, and Early Pioneers  
    Chapter 7: Complementary and Alternative Health Care: Historical Foundations of Holistic Healing  
    Chapter 8: Alternative Medical Systems: Ayurveda and Its Practices  
    Chapter 9: Alternative Medical Systems: Traditional Chinese Medicine  
    Chapter 10: Alternative Medical Systems: Naturopathic and Homeopathic Medicine  
    Chapter 11: Botanicals: A Biologically Based Therapy  
    Chapter 12: Aromatherapy and Bach Original Flower Remedies  
    Chapter 13: Manipulative and Body-Based Therapies: Chiropractic Medicine, Massage, and Reflexology  
    Chapter 14: Mind-Body Intervention: Meditation, Yoga, Hypnosis, Alexander Technique, Biofeedback, Prayer, and Faith Healing  
    Chapter 15: Energy Therapies  
  Part IV: Avoidance of Scams and Costly Treatments That Don't Work  
    Chapter 16: Frauds and Quackery  
    Chapter 17: Protection and Rights of American Consumers  
    Chapter 18: Health Insurance in the United States  

Linda Baily Synovitz, RN, PhD-Professor Emeritus of Health Education, Southeastern Louisiana University

Dr. Synovitz obtained a degree in nursing in 1964 and a PhD in Health Education from Kent State University in 1993. She has taught in higher education for 30 years and is currently a full Professor at Southeastern Louisiana University in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies.

Dr. Synovitz has received many honors. Most prestigious were the Southern District Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance highest award, the Honor Award; Distinguished Service Award for American School Health Association, the recipient of American Association for Health Education (AAHE) National Health Education Professional of the Year, College/University category; Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Scholar Award; recipient of College of Nursing and Health Sciences President’s Award for Excellence in Research and many more.

Dr. Synovitz is a Fellow of the American School Health Association.  She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of School Health, is a member of Rutger’s University Medical Advisory Board and is a contributing editor of the Louisiana AHPERD Journal.

Karl L. Larson, PhD-Gustavus Adolphus College

Dr. Karl L. Larson completed his B.S. degree in Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services in 1989. Shortly after he returned to the college setting, completing his Master's degree in Student Affairs in 1991. In 1997 he returned to college to complete his PhD. in Community Health Education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He spent 2 years in public health and 4 years teaching at the University of Southern Indiana before coming to Gustavus in 2005. He is the author of three books in the health arena.

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