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Don't Be Fooled by Anthrax "Cure" Scams

separator The director of the National Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), Dr. Stephen Straus, testified before a congressional committee in November, explaining that the NCCAM has not identified any alternative medicines that can cure illnesses caused by anthrax.

Many alternative medicine disciplines emphasize the importance of maximizing the body's ability to heal itself. In his testimony, Dr. Straus said, "While augmenting one's natural healing powers may prove beneficial for some illnesses, and is a focus of much work funded by NCCAM, there is no scientific basis to believe that this approach would be of much value in the context of virulent diseases incited by biological weapons."

Dr. Straus went on to say that some alternative medicine may even interfere with the antibiotics that are used to treat anthrax.

National Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2001
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