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Past, Present, and Future
  • Ryan J. Huxtable
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 403)


A major problem facing biomedical science in the Western nations is the loss of faith by the public in the conventional health care system. This has given rise to a pluralistic attitude in which the public simultaneously patronizes conventional health care delivery while also using “natural” remedies, over-the-counter preparations, herbs, vitamin and mineral supplements, and turning for treatment to those who practice any of a wide variety of so-called natural, holistic or traditional medicines. The latter may be eclectically derived from a variety of cultures, mixing elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayur-Vedic preparations, Japanese kampo and various European folk remedies. Accompanying this, at least in the U.S.A., has been the development of a common belief, articulated in a variety of ways, that being healthy is not so much a natural state, but one that must be maintained and protected by vigorous and continual intervention.


Sulfur Metabolism Sulfur Amino Acid Pyrrolizidine Alkaloid Taurine Content Cardiomyopathic Hamster 
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  • Ryan J. Huxtable
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  1. 1.Department of Pharmacology College of MedicineUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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