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Complementary, Integrative, and Alternative Medicine Research Guide

This guide suggests research strategies and useful print and electronic resources on this emerging health care field.


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  • Office of Dietary Supplement The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-417) authorized the establishment of the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the NIH. The Web site provides information on the safety and effectiveness of dietary supplements.
  • Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM) (National Cancer Institute)  was established in 1998 to "coordinate and enhance the activities of the National Cancer Institute with regard to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The Web site contains useful and credible CAM health information and information about OCCAM's research activities and government report.
  • State Medical Boards - "The primary responsibility and obligation of a state medical board is to protect consumers of health care through proper licensing and regulation of physicians and other health care professionals in some jurisdictions." (What is a State Medical Board page of the Federation of State Medical Boards. 70 medical licensing authorities in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands belong to the Federation of State Medical Boards, a national non-profit association. It maintains a Board Directory for a listing of its memberships  The Web site includes a DocInfo request form. By filling in the physician's name, city, and state where he or she is located, the Federation will provide a disciplinary history report for you for a fee.