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The Alternative Fix (#2203)

FRONTLINE examines the explosion in the popularity - and profitability - of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Under pressure from everyone from consumers to Congress - and tempted by huge grants - major hospitals and medical schools have embraced therapies that they once dismissed as quackery. So accepted, in fact, have alternative medical treatments become that an entire center of the National Institutes of Health is now devoted to CAM. But the question remains: Do these treatments actually work? 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, the one-hour documentary examines how these popular treatments are facing increased scrutiny as the first real studies of their effectiveness are published, and questions whether hospitals that offer alternative therapies are conferring a sense of legitimacy on these largely untested and scientifically unproven treatments. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Grade Levels
9-12
Curricular Areas
Social Studies
Series Length
346 episodes
Average Episode Length
68 minutes
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Series Description: As PBS' premier public affairs series, FRONTLINE's stature is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human, social and political experience.

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