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      25.06.2001 00:25
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      Here's Health is a magazine I used to really like until I did my degree... maybe I have sold out to the "the mainstream" medical sciences... Allow me to explain why this magazine has fallen in my estimation... Firstly let me say overall I think Here's Health IS a good magazine that DOES promote healthy lifestyles. However I have my axe to grind with them in that it is a heavily biased magazine promoting alternative therapies with abundant gusto but often being negative or presenting the mainstream medical option as not being quite as effective. The magazine relies heavily on anecdotal reports that are not vetted for confounding factors such as placebo effects, other therapies used in conjunction etc. In any scientific publication anecdotal reports are acknowledged to be the poorest source of evidence as they are not controlled for confounding factors. Case reports are published in scientific literature for really rare conditions, drug interactions etc. where it would not be practical to carry out a case controlled study due to the rarity of the condition. Furthermore a lot of the authors are biased in their approaches to articles. While they try to present an article as being a well balanced "pros vs. cons" style the fact they are biased in one direction means they consciously or sub-consciously place greater emphasis on their point of view... Scientific papers in reputable journals, before being published are subjected to independent review by experts in the field to make sure they aren't biased and the research methods are sound. Why buy Here's Health than? Here's Health plays a very important role in distilling scientific information and presenting it to the public at large. As long as you keep in mind that it is at its very core a magazine for alternative/complementary therapies and is biased towards these therapies. However it does give a lot of good information
      on healthy living. SO buy it... but take what it says on some issues with a pinch of salt...

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      19.08.2000 23:57
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      I won a subscription to Here's Health magazine and I have found it an interesting read. It is mainly concerned with "alternative" medicine/therapies though not to the exclusion of conventional medicine. It is packed with articles and information. It is unlike the other health magazines on the market in that it is not glossy and the pages aren't full of pictures of teenage models. Basically Here's Health is more serious in it's outlook. I have learnt a lot from this magazine. If you have a medical condition and conventional medicine isn't much help than this is the magazine for you. I usually find at least one article that is relevant to me. My subscription has now come to an end. I won't be renewing it, but I will buy it whenever there is an article that is relevant to me. I don't think this magazine is for everyone. It seems to be aimed slightly more at those who work in health-related professions. If you like the glossiness of other health magazines this may not be the magazine for you. Everyone should read it once though, you might just learn something.

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      07.07.2000 04:59
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      This is one of the few magazines that I buy EVERY month. As I am trained in two holistic therapies this magazine really appeals. Every month you will find such an amazing breadth of subjects. There are complimentary therapies featured, nutrition information, extremely intersting articles as well as news and views. The magazine looks great! It is well laid out and includes super photographs. Very useful for both the lay person simply interested in a healthy lifestyle and the professional therapist. There is also a greatr classified section at the end where you can find a therapist, courses and lots of relevant subjects. An unmissable read!

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      04.07.2000 00:54
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      I subscribed to this for many years (about 10) until I felt i had absorbed enough information to go it alone! Actually the magazines were piling up and I just wasn't getting the time to re-read them so they had to go, but these magazines are an excellent starting point for people who want to start taking care of their health while they are young enough to build up good stamina and a healthy body. They are full of good advice re-diet, exercise and what kind of complimentary therapies are available. They also review new products such as vitamins, minerals or food supplements. Sometimes people come to the complimentary health sector because they feel there is nowhere else to go having gone as far as they can with allopathic medicine. Here's Health has built up a good reputation over the years. They usually provide a list of the governing bodies foe each complimentary disipline, which is a good place to start when looking for a reputable practitioner. Long may it continue

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