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Academy for Guided Imagery, PO Box 2070, Mill Valley, CA 94942 (800) 726-2070 or (415) 389-9324. Offers free catalog and directory of practitioners.
American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, 1341 W. Fullerton, Ste. 111, Chicago, IL 60614; fax (773) 528-5390. For help locating a practitioner qualified for hormone therapy.
American Academy of Environmental Medicine (215) 862-4544, fax (215) 862-4583.
American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA), 5820 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90036; (800) 521-2262; www.medicalacupuncture.org has information about acupuncture, medical references, links to other sites, and a complete practitioner list; distributes lists of MDs or DOs who have completed training in medical acupuncture.
American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO), 3500 DePauw Blvd., Ste. 1080, Indianapolis, IN 46268; (317) 879-1881; www.academyofosteopathy.org has basic info about osteopathy and the AAOs osteopathic manipulative medicine certification program; includes instructions on how to request practitioner listings - no lists on site; professional group for DOs; send $5 and a business SASE for a list of all member DOs in your state; if you are near a border they will send you an adjacent state for that single charge.
American Association of Oriental Medicine (AAOM), 433 Front St., Catasauqua, PA 18032; (610)-266-1433; FAX (610) 264-2768; for help in locating a certified acupuncture practitioner.
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, 601 Valley St., Suite 105, Seattle, WA 98109; Gives complete access to practitioner list, plus info on state organizations, licensing, and credential explanations
American Association of Orthopedic Medicine, 90 S. Cascade Ave., Suite 1190, Colorado Springs, CO 80903; (800) 992-2063. for information and the names of medical and orthopedic physicians in your area who perform prolotherapy.
American Board of Chelation Therapy, 70 West Huron, Chicago, IL 60610; (800) 356-2228; call or write (with SASE) for free list of doctors who practice chelation therapy.
American Botanical Council, PO Box 201660, Austin, TX 78720; (800) 373-7105; will send a free catalog of publications about herbs and medicinal plants.
American Chiropractic Association (ACA), 1701 Clarendon Blvd., Ste. 200, Arlington, VA 22209; (703) 276-8800 or (800) 986-4636; www.amerchiro.org has information about licensing, accreditation, education, research articles, and a list of members. Provides information on chiropractic care and referrals to chiropractors.
American College of Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), Box 3427, Laguna Hills, CA 92654; (714) 583-7666; outside CA (800) 532-3688; for national listing of alternative health physicians who practice innovative types of medicine and a list of books and other resources available for purchase, send SASE with 1st class postage (78 cents) for free list.
American College of Hyperbaric Medicine (800) 552-0255; for information on locating a hyperbaric chamber and practitioners. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) is beneficial for carbon monoxide poisoning, gangrene, decompression sickness (the bends), stroke/head injuries, multiple sclerosis, burns, infections and bone fractures.
American Dietetic Association, (800) 366-1655. For a referral to a dietician.
American Foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 505 Beach St., San Francisco, CA 94133, (415) 776-0520. For help locating a practitioner of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) near you.
American Herbalist Guild, PO Box 70, Roosevelt, UT 84006, (435) 722-8424, e-mail: email@example.com, www.healthy.net/herbalists; for $5 they will send a directory of professional herbalists who have had their credentials evaluated by a peer review process.
American Holistic Health Association, (714) 779-6152, www.healthy.net/ahha; provides free resource lists of health care professionals and self help books.
American Holistic Medical Association 6728 Old McLean Village Dr., McLean, VA 22101; (703) 556-9245, fax (703) 556-8729; www.holisticmedicine.org includes information about their philosophy and principles; a grassroots organization promoting a holistic approach to health; for a list of doctors who practice alternative medicine; $5 per state or a complete national list for $10; there are about 300 practitioners.
American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, 2214 Old Emmorton Rd., Bel Air, MD, 21015, (410) 569-0795. Provides help finding holistic animal practitioners in your area.
American Massage Therapy Association, 820 Davis St., Ste. 100, Evanston, IL 60201; (847) 864-0123; www.amtamassage.org has lots of information about certification, licensing, accreditation, plus what to look for when choosing a massage therapist; call or write them and they will direct you to your state organization, who will refer you to local practitioners.
American Naturopathic Medical Association, P.O. Box 96273, Las Vegas, Nevada 89193, Telephone (702) 897-7053 * Fax (702) 897-7140; www.anma.com has lots of information about laws and lots of other resourses concerning the Naturopathic Medical Community.
American Preventive Medical Association, 459 Walker Rd., Great Falls, VA 22066; (800) 230-2762; Fax (703) 759-6711; Email firstname.lastname@example.org; has a list of physicians using alternative techniques, as well as books and other resources on alternative medicine.
American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, 623 Main Street, Hillsdale, IL 61257, (309) 658-2920. Provides help finding holistic animal practitioners in your area.
Animal Natural Health Center, 1283 Lincoln Street, Eugene, OR 97401, (541) 342-7665. Provides help finding holistic animal practitioners in your area.
Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 10200 W. 44 Ave., Ste. 304, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. Provides referrals to biofeedback practitioners. Send business sized SASE.
Barbara Brennan School of Healing (516) 329-0951. For information and referrals on the Barbara Brennan Healing Science (developed by a one-time NASA physicist). This is a method of energy healing.
Biofeedback Certification Institute of America, 10200 W. 44th Ave., Ste. 304, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 (303) 420-2902; www.bcia.org; send for guidelines for choosing a practitioner; entire membership directory (1,600 members) is for sale for $30, or they will send you practitioners in your state for free.
The Broda Barnes Foundation, PO Box 98, Trumbull, CT 06611; (203) 261-2101; for help locating doctors who practice hormone supplementation therapy.
Center for Advancement in Cancer Education, 300 E. Lancaster Ave., Wynnewood, PA 19096, (610) 642-4810; nonprofit organization offers cancer information, counseling and referrals, resources for cancer prevention and nontoxic approaches as adjuncts or alternatives to conventional treatment.
Center for Complementary Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Shadyside, 5230 Centre Ave., Room 415, Pittsburgh, PA 15232, (412) 623-1365; provides complementary treatments to chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, including herbal medicine, guided imagery, bodywork, acupuncture, and other healing arts.
Cranial Academy, 8606 Allisonville, Ste. 130, Indianapolis, IN 46250, (317) 594-0411; for a list of qualified practitioners of cranial therapy.
Dental Amalgam Mercury Syndrome (DAMS, Inc.) PO Box 7249, Minneapolis, MN 55407, (800) 311-6265, email email@example.com. For information on health problems caused by mercury amalgam fillings.
Environmental Dental Association (EDA), 9974 Scripps Ranch Blvd., Suite 36, San Diego, CA 92131 (800) 388-8124 Call for free packet of information.
The Feldenkrais Guild, Box 489, Albany, OR 97321; (800) 775-2118; Web site www.Feldenkrais.com; for referral to a Feldenkrais practitioner in your area.
The Foundation for Blood Irradiation, Inc., 1315 Apple Rd., Silver Springs, MD 20910; (301) 587-8686, FAX (301) 587-8688. For a list of centers practicing photoluminescence (light therapy) combined with photochemotherapy.
The Foundation for Toxic Free Dentistry, PO Box 608010, Orlando, FL 32860; send a long SASE with first class postage for the names of mercury-free dentists in your area.
Institute for Traditional Medicine, 2017 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland, OR 97214; (503) 233-4907, fax (503) 233-1017;web site: www.itmonline.org; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Provides information on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), including herbs and acupuncture; site has many articles and a list of practitioners.
International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists, PO Box 1365, Sugarland, TX 77487; (281) 933-8400 or (800) 927-4227; A referral group for compounding pharmacies in your area.
International Chiropractors Association (ICA) 1110 N. Glebe Rd., Ste. 1000, Arlington, VA 22201; (703) 528-5000 or (800) 423-4690; web site: www.chiropractic.org has info about licensing, accreditation, education, research articles, and a list of members. Call for list of practitioners.
International Foundation for Homeopathy, (206) 776-4147; for help in locating homeopathic doctors in your area.
International Oxidative Medicine Association, PO Box 891954, Oklahoma City, OK 73189; send $5.00 for a list of doctors who practice chelation therapy.
International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine, (416) 733-2117, fax (416) 733-2352.
International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, PO Box 1478, Longmont, CO 80502, (303) 682-1167. Provides help finding holistic animal practitioners in your area.
Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. (602) 998-9331. For referrals to energy healing practitioners using this oriental method.
Medical Care Volunteer Ombudsman Program (301) 652-1818; call them if you have had a high-tech medical procedure recommended to you, had a second opinion and are still uncertain whether the procedure is right for you. At no cost to you this company will convene a panel of independent experts to review your case. This company was founded by a physician who specializes in medical technology assessment and a lawyer who specializes in consumer health issues.
National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists, (800) 853-1135; www.nacbt.org. For referrals to practitioners.
National Center for Homeopathy, 801 North Fairfax, Suite 306, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 548-7790; Fax (703) 548-7792; www.homeopathic.org has a state-by-state listing of practitioners and lots of info about homeopathy; largest homeopathic organization in the U.S. For $7 they will send an information packet, including a national directory of homeopathic doctors. Practitioners listed include MDs, NDs, DOs, chiropractors, etc. who state that at least 25% of their practice is devoted to homeopathy; has monthly magazine, sells homeopathic books and products, and has large homeopathic library.
National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) (Traditional Oriental Medicine), 11 Canal Center Plaza, Ste. 300, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 548-9004, fax (703) 548-9079; www.nccaom.org has information about acupuncture as well as Chinese Herbology and Oriental Bodywork Therapy (for which they also provide professional certification) and practitioner list by state; call if you decide to work with a lay acupuncturist to make sure he is certified. They will send you their complete directory for $22 or provide state lists for $3 per state, by mail or fax.
National College of Naturopathic Medicine, 049 SW Porter, Portland, OR 97201; (503) 499-4343; for referrals to naturopathic doctors in your area.
National Institute on Aging Information Center (800) 222-2225
National Organization for Rare Disorders 8923 New Fairfield, CT 06812; (800) 999-NORD www.rarediseases.org . Maintains a confidential patient networking program.
North American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, 3010 Hennepin Avenue South, Ste. 10., Minneapolis, MN 55408; (800) 473-0620, fax (612) 822-7224; e-mail email@example.com; ask for their resource guide of practitioners.
Nurse Healers-Professional Associates (215) 545-8079. For referrals to Therapeutic Touch practitioners.
Patient Advocates for Advanced Treatment (PAAT), Grand Rapids, MI; (606) 453-1477; for help with prostate problems.
Rolf Institute, Boulder, CO; (800) 530-8875 or (303) 449-5903; for help in finding a certified rolfer; they will provide you with a list of rolfers in your immediate area. The Institute is also very helpful in answering any questions or concerns about Rolfing.
and Self-Help Groups
Alzheimer's Association (800) 272-3900
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
ADD Warehouse, 300 N.W. 70th Ave., Suite 102, Plantation, FL 33317 (800) 233-9273; www.addwarehouse.com; offers a mail-order catalog full of books, videos, games and other ADD-related products.
Attention Deficit Information Network, 475 Hillside Ave., Needham, MA 02194; (617) 455-9895; provides information on research and support groups.
Children & Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD), 8181 Professional Place, Suite 201, Landover, MD 20785 phone (800) 233-4050, fax (301) 306-7090; web site: www.chadd.org. With over 20,000 members and over 200 affiliates nationwide, CHADD is the nation's leading non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD.The CHADD National Call Center provides everyone with the information and resources needed to improve the lives of people affected by Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD). CHADD is a dynamic organization that can make a difference in your life, whether you are seeking help for yourself, a child, other family members or a friend.
National Attention Deficit Disorder Assn. (ADDA), 9930 Johnnycake Ridge Rd., Suite 3A, Mentor, OH 44060; (800) 487-2282, (313) 769-6729; www.add.org; provides general information about the disorder and support groups.
The Road Back Foundation, 4985 North Lake Hill Road, Delaware, OH 43015; (614) 881-5601; offers information on antibiotic therapy for rheumatoid arthritis and other forms of inflammatory arthritis; was founded to continue the work of Thomas McPherson Brown, M.D.
Bloch National Cancer Hotline, (800) 433-0464; connects cancer patients with cancer survivors who can address patients fears and questions. Callers are referred to volunteers matched for age, sex, and cancer type who are willing to share their own experiences. The service is free.
Cancer Care (support group) (800) 813-4673; www.cancercare.org.
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, 1010 Wayne Ave., Ste. 505, Silver Spring, MD 20910; (301) 650-8868; www.cansearch.org; for information on support groups, and employment and insurance rights.
National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations (800) 806-2226. Call for information on services, programs and support groups available from leading US cancer organizations.
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, 212 W. Van Buren, 4th Fl, Chicago, IL 60607 (800) 221-2141; runs a 24-hour hotline for breast cancer patients and their friends and relatives.
Education Center for Prostate Cancer Patients, (516) 997-1777, fax (516) 997-9555, PO Box 948, Westbury, NY 11590; publishes updates on PC Spes trials and protocols and maintains a database of complementary physicians who specialize in integrating natural and traditional therapies.
Mathews Foundation for Prostate Cancer Research, (800) 234-6284; for information on the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer; trained volunteers and staff members will answer questions, send pamphlets and lend videotapes on this disease.
Celiac Sprue Association, PO Box 31700, Omaha, NE 86131-0700; (402) 558-0600, fax (402) 558-1347; www.csaceliacs.org. CSA is an organization for those interested in celiac disease [CD] [nontropical sprue], dermatitis herpetiformis [DH], and the gluten-free diet.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
The CFIDS Association of America, PO Box 220398, Charlotte, NC 28222-0398, (800) 44-CFIDS; www.cfids.org; has a quarterly magazine, educational material, research and advocacy. (Chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome)
CFS Survival Association, PO Box 1889, Davis, CA 95617, (916) 756-9242; provides patient contacts, referrals to support groups, and access to other resources.
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, (301) 654-3810; for fact sheets regarding ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, heartburn and other digestive diseases; they also make referrals to national organizations that sponsor support groups.
The International Dyslexia Association, 8600 LaSalle Road, Chester Building, Suite 382, Baltimore, MD 21286-2044, (410) 296-0232, fax (410) 321-5069, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; web site: www.interdys.org has 45 branches in the U.S. and abroad; branches provide many local programs and services, including: information and referral, newsletters, conferences and seminars, and support groups. Membership organization.
The Fibromyalgia Network, Box 314750, Tucson, AZ 85751; (800) 853-2929; for help in finding a qualified practitioner.
American Hemochromatosis Society, 777 East Atlantic Avenue, Z-363, Delray Beach, FL 33483-5352. Send a business-size SASE with two first class stamps for free educational brochures. E-mail them at email@example.com; www.americanhs.org.
American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (608) 831-6989
American Lung Association (800) 586-4872
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 733 Third Ave., New York, NY 10017-3288; (212) 986-3240 or (800) 344-4867, fax (212) 986-7981, e-mail: Nat@nmss.org; www.nmss.org. Information resource center and library.
Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (610) 499-7486. Has a Website for this form of muscular dystrophy: www.charcot-marie-tooth.org.
Parkinson's Disease Foundation, (800) 457-6676, 710 W. 168th St., New York, NY 10032. Has free information on symptoms, treatments, work options, and more.
National Rosacea Society, 220 S. Cook St., Suite 201, Barrington, IL 60010. Provides information and publishes Rosacea Review, distributed without charge to people with the condition.
American Sleep Disorders Association, 1610 Fourteenth St., NW, Suite 300, Rochester, MN 55901; Website: www.ASDA.org
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852-3279; (800) 638-8255 or (301) 897-5700. For referrals to speech-language pathologists (SLPs) or information on dysphagia (swallowing disorders) or speech-language therapy.
Stuttering Foundation of America, PO Box 11749, Memphis, TN 38111-0749, (800) 992-9392; send $1.00 for 56 page book No. 11, a guide for parents.
American Tinnitus Association, Box 5, Portland, OR 97207. 503-248-9985.
Tourette Syndrome Association, 42-40 Bell Blvd., Bayside, NY 11361; phone 718-224-2999, fax (718) 279-9596, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; web site: www.tsa-usa.org. For information on Tourette syndrome, send a SASE business sized envelope and 20 cents.