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Dr. Oz supports the integration of Alternative Medicine

August 24, 2007

In this video Dr. Oz discusses the benefits of Alternative Medicine and Shiatsu in particular.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTgJRTRkZZc

Acupressure "best for lower back pain"
Health Information Resources (Feb. 20, 2006)

Acupressure is more effective than conventional therapy in relieving lower back pain reported two newspapers. The newspapers accurately reported the results of a well-conducted trial carried out in Taiwan.
There was a statistically significant greater reduction in RMDQ score in the acupressure group than the physical therapy group. Acupressure resulted in an 89% reduction in significant disability when compared to physical therapy, after adjusting for degree of disability at baseline. These effects were maintained at six months follow-up.
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The Effectiveness of Shiatsu: Findings from a Cross-European, Prosective Observational Study
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (Nov. 6, 2008)

Conclusions: Clients receiving shiatsu reported improvements in symptom severity and changes in their health-related behaviour that they attributed to their treatment, suggestive of a role for shiatsu in maintaining and enhancing health.
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Exercise Helps Sustain Mental Activity As We Age,
May Prevent Dementia-Like Illnesses

ScienceDaily (Aug. 12, 2006) Based on a review of studies on exercise and its effect on brain functioning in human and animal populations, researchers find that physical exercise may slow aging's effects and help people maintain cognitive abilities well into older age. Animals seem to benefit from exercise too and perform spatial tasks better when they are active. Furthermore, fitness training -- an increased level of exercise -- may improve some mental processes even more than moderate activity, say the authors of the review.
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Physical Activity Associated With Healthier Aging: Links Between Exercise and Cognitive Function, Bone Density and Overall Health

ScienceDaily (Jan. 30, 2010) Physical activity appears to be associated with a reduced risk or slower progression of several age-related conditions as well as improvements in overall health in older age, according to a commentary and four articles published in the January 25 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Exercise has previously been linked to beneficial effects on arthritis, falls and fractures, heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity, write Jeff Williamson, M.D., M.H.S., and Marco Pahor, M.D., of University of Florida , Gainesville , in a commentary. All of these conditions threaten older adults' ability to function independently and handle tasks of daily living.
"Regular physical activity has also been associated with greater longevity as well as reduced risk of physical disability and dependence, the most important health outcome, even more than death, for most older people," they continue. Four new studies published in this issue of the Archives -- outlined below -- "move the scientific enterprise in this area further along the path toward the goal of understanding the full range of important aging-related outcomes for which exercise has a clinically relevant impact."
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