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Alternative Therapies—A Moving Target

Jeffrey Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB

In 1995, the first year of publication of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, our clinical research group authored a paper on tailored nutritional intervention with a medical food supplemented diet that focused on improving hepatic detoxification and clinical outcome in a group of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.1 In 1995, the topic seemed appropriate for a journal with a title that incorporated the term “alternative therapies” because the focus of the research did not seem to belong within the definition of “usual and customary.” How times change in 10 years. Over the past decade Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine has become recognized as a peer-reviewed journal that is abstracted by Index Medicus. The topic of the article of our group in this first year of the journal has now been given a name in bioscience: pharmacogenomics, which is the study of the differences among individuals as to how they are genetically disposed to detoxify certain drugs and chemicals.2

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