Drugs don’t cure everything – doctors can be helped to prescribe other options. Meet HANDI

Drugs don’t cure everything – doctors can be helped to prescribe other options. Meet HANDI

Not CLL related, but for those of us that prefer to avoid drugs, the Handbook of Non-Drug Interventions (HANDI), outlines treatments that don’t require medications or surgery. Its 54 treatments, which have been evaluated and reported to work after being tested in the same type of clinical trials as drugs, range from splints for hand pain in osteoarthritis to internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy for depression and anxiety.'

Ben Ewald, Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle: theconversation.com/drugs-d...

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  • Many thanks for this Neil, very interesting and informative. I have bookmarked the page for future reading and reference.

    racgp.org.au/your-practice/...

    Take care

    Kevin - Essex, UK

  • Good to know. But, for me internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy for depression and anxiety, would not cut it. I need a bit more human presence than they typed word.

    The comradely--in-the-same-boat-or-worse supportive help given on this site is more sufficient to my need than a canned technical delivery of what I know but cannot accept wholly at a give time.

    So, thank you, again for this site and the individuals who populate it.

  • Thanks for this, Neil. I've often thought that "non-medical" ways of dealing with health issues are sadly under used by health professionals. This article helps me understand the reasons for this (and it isn't all the fault of "Big Pharma).

    It would be great if there was a move to promote knowledge of less invasive treatments amongst the medical and nursing professionals.

    Many of these treatments do have scientific evidence to back them up, but probably more precise research needs to be done and more publicity given to it, so that more health professionals take it on board.

    Meanwhile, this forum is a place where we can share what has worked - or not worked, for us.

    Paula

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