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UI offers public lecture on alternative/complementary medicine
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- More and more people are opting to use alternative
and complementary medicine, such as herbal therapy, acupuncture, healing
touch, chiropractic, massage therapy, homeopathy and hypnosis. Now local
residents have an opportunity to learn more about a new approach as it
applies to women's health at a University of Iowa lecture.
The public is invited to attend a UI College of Medicine lecture starting
at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14 in the Medical Alumni Auditorium, Room E-331
General Hospital, at the UI Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). Dr. Susan Johnson,
UI professor of obstetrics and gynecology, director of the UIHC menopause
and PMS clinics, and associate dean for faculty affairs in the College
of Medicine, will give a talk on "Phytoestrogens," naturally
occurring, estrogen-like compounds found in plants.
Johnson's talk is part of a new course for medical, nursing, physician
assistant, physical therapy and pharmacy students called Alternative and
Complementary Medicine. While this will be the only class lecture open
to the public this semester, course directors hope to expand the invitation
to four sessions next year. Dr. Nicole Nisly, UI assistant professor of
internal medicine, and
Teresa Klepser, Pharm.D., UI assistant professor of pharmacy, are directing
The goal of the elective class is to introduce traditional health care
students to alternative and complementary medicine -- including its history,
scientific background and practical application. Nisly and Klepser plan
to structure the class around lectures, demonstrations and experimental
sessions by alternative and complementary medicine practitioners, field
trips to alternative and complementary medicine sites, self-directed learning
with research paper presentations and case discussion. There are 12 students
enrolled in the class.
The use of alternative and complementary medicine is gaining legitimacy
as a way to treat conditions and foster good health. A recent report in
the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that 40 percent
of Americans use alternative medicine -- an increase of almost 50 percent
from 1990. Expenditures for alternative medicine also increased by 45 percent
in 1997 to an estimated $27 billion.
It is not just patients who are choosing to look more at other treatments.
Traditional medical practices are beginning to incorporate alternative
therapies. UIHC's Family Care Center, which opened in July 1998, offers
a weekly Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clinic that Nisly directs.
The clinic's participating physicians integrate traditional and alternative
therapies into patients' medical treatment plans when appropriate.