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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Advocacy Groups and Organizations

The following is a very selected group of useful resources on the Web. When you are surfing the Web, assess the credibility of the resources by following the suggestions at:

Find Good Health Information (Medical Library Association)

Advocacy Groups

  • Alliance for Natural Health
  • National Council Against Health Fraud  is "a private nonprofit, voluntary health agency that focused upon health misinformation, fraud, and quackery as public health problems. (Its) positions were based upon the principles of science that underlie consumer protection law." The Web site still provides a weekly Consumer Health Digest as well as occasional papers and position papers.
  • Foundation for the Alternative and Integrative Medicine  FAIM "searches the world for effective, nontoxic, and low-cost alternative medical therapies."
  • Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium  is "a broad, active coalition advocating public policy to ensure all Americans access to safe, high quality, integrated health care." The Web site explains the mission, objectives, the membership and guidelines for participation.
  • Citizens for Health aims to improve access to health choices. It also provides links to resources that help make health choice decisions.
  • Council for Responsible Nutrition is "a Washington-based trade association representing ingredient suppliers and manufacturers in the dietary supplement industry." Its mission is "to improve the environment for member companies to responsibly market dietary supplements by enhancing confidence among media, healthcare professionals, decision makers and consumers." The Web site provides summaries and analyses of legislation and regulations that would have an impact on the dietary supplement industry.

CAM Associations and Organizations

Research Centers and Institutes

Health Information

Tips for Dietary Supplement Users: Making Informed Decisions and Evaluating Information

Foreign & International Organizations