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The Beautiful Truth: The All-Natural Treatment for Cancer and Chronic Disease That Really Works

A 15 year-old boy goes on a mission to determine if what Dr. Max Gerson wrote in his controversial book is a legitimate alternative cure for cancer. After numerous interviews with doctors, skeptics, members of Gerson's family, and cancer patients, it became abundantly clear that a cure for virtually all cancers and chronic diseases does exist, and it has existed for over 80 years.
Clemons (Stacks)

The New Medicine

"Many physicians are embracing a more holistic form of healthcare, seeking to heal the whole person. Treatments once considered fringe, including visualization, meditation and hypnosis, are being prescribed alongside high-tech western medicine. And medical schools are placing new importance on teaching the 'softer side of medicine': listening and communicating."--container.
Clemons (Stacks)

Gray's Anatomy

A comical look at Gray's middle-age problems including a rare and mysterious eye condition, and his pursuits into alternative healing, including a Native American sweat ceremony, a debilitating raw vegetable diet, and a trip to the Philippines to try out the "Elvis Presley of psychic surgeons."
1999; 1997; 2002
Clemons (Stacks)

Pins and Noodles

Co-director Paul Kwan (Anatomy of a Springroll) once again takes us on a journey back to his roots, this time in a search to regain his health. Food, which was the love of his life and nourished both his palate and his cultural roots, became the source of major discomfort. Allergies to shellfish and other rich, spicy foods provoked uncomfortable reactions. When traditional Western doctors can't help, he visits Asian doctors in San Francisco's Chinatown, and then goes on to Saigon, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Kwan's odyssey turns into a life threatening ordeal when midway through the filming he suffers a debilitating stroke, unusual in a young man. His hospitalization and the process of recovery lend special drama to Kwan's preoccupation with food, medicine, culture and health.
Ivy (By Request)

The Alternative Fix

Frontline examines the controversy over complementary and alternative medical treatments through interviews with staunch supporters, skeptical scientists and observers on both sides of the debate. These popular treatments are facing increased scrutiny as the first real studies of their effectiveness are published.
Clemons (Stacks)

A Different Way to Heal? [electronic resource]

Discusses latest findings on how to extend the lifespan, including low calorie diets, research in tissue engineering and cell rejuvenation, and the importance of diaily physical and mental activity.
2005; 2000

Pins and Noodles

Co-director Paul Kwan (Anatomy of A Springroll) once again takes us on a journey back to his roots, this time in a search to regain his health. Food, which was the love of his life and nourished both his palate and his cultural roots, became the source of major discomfort. Allergies to shellfish and other rich, spicy foods provoked uncomfortable reactions. When traditional Western doctors could not help, he visits Asian doctors in San Francisco's Chinatown, and then goes on to Saigon, Taiwan and Hong Kong. As East meets West he meets physicians who practice traditional acupuncture and herbal therapies-- some palatable, some unpalatable. One practitioner of Chinese medicine uses a computer and modern technology to update his diagnosis. Kwan's odyssey turns into a life theatening ordea [...]

Does Prayer Work? [electronic resource]: A Medical Perspective

This program documents the MANTRA clinical study, the largest multifaith prayer experiment ever devised. A three-year effort to find a causal link between prayer and physiological healing, the project generated a high degree of skepticism among scientific purists and religious leaders. Nevertheless, it rigorously assembled medical data on 750 critical heart patients while coordinating Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist prayer groups from North Carolina to Nepal. Does Prayer Work? follows the investigation with complete objectivity, culminating in multiple interpretations of the results.
2006; 2004

Heartbreak Science [electronic resource]

Is the heart more than just a muscular pump? Does it have a neurological importance, or perhaps even a mental or emotional capacity, overlooked by modern science? This program examines controversial theories about the heart emerging from diverse perspectives. Dr. Rollin McCraty of central California's Institute of HeartMath outlines basic ideas of cardiac-related emotional intelligence; Dr. Gary Schwartz, director of the VERITAS Research Program at the University of Arizona, explains his notions of recurrent feedback and cellular memory and their basis in heart transplant cases; while Dr. Harry Burns, Scotland's Chief Medical Officer, offers a more mainstream medical view. Contains graphic footage of heart surgery. A Prospero Production for BBC.
2010; 2009

I Remember Better When I Paint [electronic resource]

Researchers studying the therapeutic potential of art are finding that Alzheimer's patients who spend time painting, or simply looking at paintings, become more focused, calm, and communicative. This program documents the positive impact that creative engagement has on people with dementia disorders, and explains how art therapy sparks a neurologic process that ultimately allows patients to regain a sense of dignity and autonomy. Author John Zeisel (I'm Still Here) provides insight into why patients become withdrawn, and medical experts, family members, and caretakers offer commentary throughout. The video also includes a conversation with Yasmin Aga Khan, daughter of actress Rita Hayworth, about how painting helped her mother cope with the disease.
2011; 2009

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Dean Ornish - Healing and Other Natural Wonders

Dr. Dean Ornish is a leading expert on fighting illness. His research at the Preventive Medicine Research Institute (the nonprofit he founded) clinically demonstrated that cardiovascular illnesses - and, most recently prostate cancer - can be treated and even reversed through diet and exercise. Author of the widely popular Eat More, Weigh Less, Ornish has been recognized with many honors and awards and was chosen by LIFE Magazine as one of the most influential members of his generation. He is now working with food corporations to help stop America's obesity pandemic from spreading around the globe. In this engaging TEDTalk, Ornish talks about simple, low-tech and low-cost ways to take advantage of the body's natural desire to heal itself.

Virus vs. Bacteria [electronic resource]: A Way Out of the Antibiotics Crisis?

For decades, experts have been warning about the growing resistance to antibiotics. Could a rarely-discussed alternative hold the answer to the crisis? Phage therapy-the use of viruses which attack and destroy certain bacteria without harming their human hosts-has been around for longer than antibiotics. But it was forgotten in much of Europe once antibiotics became the standard treatment, and it is still not generally accepted there. However, partly due to their historical isolation from antibiotics research, Russian scientists have pioneered new developments in phage therapy. To illustrate the potential of phage treatments, this film follows the case of Henri Lemaitre, whose leg became infected with resistant bacteria during a hospital stay.

Spirit Doctors [electronic resource]

With a lifetime of experience in the ways of Native spirituality, Mary and Ed Louie are steadfastly committed to the practices that keep them accountable to the spirit world, their people, and mother earth. In Spirit Doctors, filmmaker Marie Burke journeys into their spiritual world of traditional Native medicine. In a twist of fate, sound recordist Don Howell is unexpectedly diagnosed with throat cancer during the filming process. He chooses to be treated with modern medicine and for the first time seeks spiritual guidance and healing from Mary and Ed Louie. Though many healing practices and ceremonies are considered too sacred to be filmed, Mary and Ed decide to allow Don's doctoring to be recorded for the purposes of teaching others. From the lush Similkameen Valley of the interio [...]

Dealing With Degenerative Disk Disease [electronic resource]

Degenerative disk disease is not really a disease at all, but the result of aging, injury, or physical activity. Nonetheless, the condition can be both painful and debilitating, and by late middle age, most people exhibit some degree of spinal disk deterioration. This program profiles two patients with lumbar DDD-one an office worker, the other a firefighter-who get relief through two entirely different courses of treatment. The first opts to address the symptoms with physical therapy and a form of acupuncture called intramuscular stimulation, while the second decides to eliminate the root cause of the discomfort with disk replacement surgery. The importance of early diagnosis is emphasized.
2009; 2008

Chiropractic [electronic resource]

Is chiropractic care more than just "back cracking"? In this program, Dr. Kevin Soden explores the practice of chiropractic medicine, and its theory that the body can heal itself. Founded by D. D. Palmer, chiropractic care uses spinal manipulation to help people rid themselves of pain and illness. With the assistance of experts in the field, Dr. Soden investigates the myths and misconceptions of the practice, what patients should expect from a visit to a chiropractor, and the extensive schooling required to become a doctor of chiropractic care. In doing so, he demonstrates how chiropractic care differs from other therapy practices, including its rival, physical therapy.
2009; 2007

A Different Way to Heal? [electronic resource]

Acupuncture. Herbal remedies. Magnet therapy. Consumers and patients have made alternative and "complementary" medicine a billion-dollar industry. But do these and other alternatives to traditional Western medicine really work? Many claims exist for the efficacy of such treatments, but they are rarely supported with scientific testing and evidence. This classic episode of Scientific American Frontiers follows research projects and clinical trials attempting to test such claims with scientific methods.

The Wonder Pill [electronic resource]

It has finally been acknowledged that the placebo effect-historically seen as a distraction from "real" medical treatment-is a genuine phenomenon and a potential addition to the arsenal of modern medicine. In this classic program from the Scientific American Frontiers series, host Alan Alda discovers that the roots of the placebo effect go back to the days of herbal remedies, that placebos can cause measurable changes in the brains of patients with depression, that periodic placebos may extend the usefulness of standard Parkinson's treatment, and more.

Doctors Yang, Liou, and Zheng [electronic resource]: Experts in Chinese Medicine

While a Western doctor might view high blood pressure as a diagnosis in itself, an authority in Chinese medicine will most likely see hypertension as a side issue, aiming instead to repair the "imbalance" in an afflicted patient's body. The many differences between the two medical traditions, as well as their interesting similarities, come to life in this classic documentary, which follows three respected Chinese physicians in their daily work. Dr. Yang is seen lecturing to a group of students before an elaborate circular chart illustrating essential concepts. At a busy clinic, Dr. Zheng sees patients and displays his abilities in the fine art of taking a pulse-the main avenue of diagnosis in Chinese healing. Meanwhile, Dr. Liou demonstrates treatment and teaching skills which have m [...]

Make Me Happy [electronic resource]: A Monkey's Search for Happiness

Comedian and ventriloquist Nina Conti is fearful of becoming a flaky, stressed-out mom. Her monkey is the voice of self-doubt and believes so-called therapists are charlatans trying to make money. In a documentary both comical and bizarre, they delve into the world of new age and alternative therapies in the quest for enlightenment and happiness-trying approaches from naked yoga to shamanic ritual, before going on a three-day primal screaming retreat in the wilds of Scotland.

The Jungle Pharmacy [electronic resource]: Nature's Remedy

Do the world's rainforests contain a cure for cancer and AIDS? This intriguing program travels to Jakarta, Surabaya, and the jungles of Kalimantan to investigate the preparation and use of natural remedies to combat illnesses such as skin fungus, malaria, and even AIDS. But logging continues unabated, even as ethnobiologists from the National Cancer Institute and the Harvard Medical School scramble to quantify the curative properties of indigenous plants. Will the jungle pharmacy disappear before it can be understood? A Deutsche Welle Production.
2005; 1995