Frontline: Alternative Fix

WED, NOV 5, 2003 (1:12:49)

View a panel discussion on the new FRONTLINE special, The Alternative Fix FRONTLINE: The Alternative Fix examines the explosion in the popularity, and profitability, of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Under pressure from everyone from consumers to Congress, yet tempted by huge grants, hospitals and medical schools have embraced therapies that they once dismissed as quackery. So accepted 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? Through interviews with staunch supporters, skeptical scientists, and observers on both sides of the debate, this 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.

+ BIO: Raney Aronson-Rath

As senior producer for PBS’s flagship public affairs documentary series Frontline, Raney Aronson-Rath guides the editorial development and execution of the series’ primetime television broadcasts. With Executive Producer David Fanning, she oversees all phases of film production, from story development and assignment through final edit and post-production. Aronson-Rath is also instrumental in the daily editorial management of the series’ non broadcast initiatives, including new media projects, audience engagement, educational outreach and promotion. Since joining Frontline‘s staff in 2007, Aronson-Rath has supervised a number of Frontline productions, including Rules of Engagement, which was nominated for an Emmy, and films on domestic health care reform, America’s debt crisis and international bribery. Her Frontline/World story on AIDS among India’s sex workers won an Overseas Press Club Award. Aronson-Rath was the 2005 inaugural recipient of the Peter S. McGhee Fellowship from WGBH. She has also been awarded the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Media Fellowship, a Sundance Documentary Fund grant, a New York State Council on the Arts grant and an International Reporting Project Fellowship. Aronson-Rath has a bachelor’s degree in South Asian studies and history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and spent her junior year living in Benaras, India. She received her master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

+ BIO: Shiva Barton

Dr.Barton, a resident of Winchester, graduated from Bastyr University in 1983 and has been practicing Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture in the Boston area for over 20 years. He is the former president of the Mass. Society of Naturopathic Doctors and the Mass. Acupuncture Society. In his practice, Dr. Barton treats adults and children with acute, chronic and unusual conditions. His focus is to try to remove the underlying cause of the health issues as well as treating the symptoms using natural remedies. Dr. Barton also treats patients with injuries due to sports or accidents, using acupuncture, therapeutic magnets, herbal remedies and therapeutic exercises to speed healing. His treatment modalities include botanical medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, supplements, acupuncture and therapeutic magnets. He has been a regular speaker at the American Association of Naturopathic Physician’s annual conference since 1996 where he has lectured on successful naturopathic treatments in general practice as well as the use of therapeutic magnets for the treatment of pain. He is the founder of the Clinical Support Network for naturopathic doctors.

+ BIO: J. Jacque Carter

Dr. Carter currently serves as a senior physician at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as the medical director of the Prostate Cancer Screening and Education Program at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He has earned degrees from Howard and George Washington Universities and received his MD from Georgetown University, all in Washington, DC. Dr. Carter completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. This was followed by a graduate program at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he received his Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. He then completed a clinical fellowship in Primary Care Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Since completing his training, Dr. Carter has held a number of clinical and administrative positions, including medical directorships of several local and national health care organizations. A former director of one of the major clinical clerkships, he now serves as a teacher, advisor and mentor for students at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Carter has been active in a number of civic and community organizations, including past president of the board of Family Service of Greater Boston and past chairman of the Brookline Advisory Council on Public Health. He regularly gives talks on medical and health related issues to community groups and students throughout the greater Boston area. Dr. Carter serves as a medical consultant and resource for members of the print and electronic media. He is immediate-past president of the Harvard School of Public Health Alumni Association and a current director of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). Dr. Carter is a founding member of the Georgetown University African American Advisory Board. His biography has been included in Whos Who in the East, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Whos Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in America.

+ BIO: Alice Domar

Alice D. Domar, PhD is a pioneer in the application of mind/body medicine to women’s health issues. She not only established the first Mind/Body Center for Women’s Health, but also conducts ongoing ground-breaking research in the field. Her research focuses on the relationship between stress and different women’s health conditions, and creating innovative programs to help women decrease physical and psychological symptoms. Dr. Domar received her MA and PhD in Health Psychology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Ferkauf School of Professional Psychology of Yeshiva University. Her post-doctoral training was at Beth Israel Hospital, Deaconess Hospital, and Children’s Hospital, all in Boston. She is currently the Executive Director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health, and the Director of Mind/Body Services at Boston IVF. She is an assistant professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and a senior staff psychologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Domar has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments as a best-selling author, media authority and sought-after public speaker.

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