Congress Lobs a Bomb at the NIH

Alternative Medicine - - The Big Picture -

Mem­bers of Congress re­spond­ing to consumer in­ter­est in al­ter­na­tives to reg­u­lar med­i­cal treat­ment took the first chunk out of the wall of the NIH with a $2 mil­lion ap­pro­pri­a­tion that left the NIH lead­er­ship bristling. Me­mo­rial Sloan Ket­ter­ing re­searcher Bar­rie Cas­sileth, PhD, has re­called Congress’ re­quire­ment that sci­ence’s Vat­i­can cre­ate an Of­fice of Al­ter­na­tive Medicine as rank po­lit­i­cal med­dling. Mere politi­cians tell us what to do? The hor­ror!

A more sig­nif­i­cant as­sault from elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the peo­ple on the re­search es­tab­lish­ment came seven years later. In the in­ter­ven­ing years, mul­ti­ple main­stream me­dia ac­counts told of how hos­pi­tals were re­spond­ing to consumer in­ter­est by build­ing new “com­ple­men­tary and al­ter­na­tive medicine (CAM)” hospi­tal cen­ters. Some in­sur­ers like Ox­ford Health Plans and Kaiser North­ern Cal­i­for­nia were adding new “CAM” ben­e­fits.

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