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The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) 
NCCAM, as part of the NIH, maintains a free website that provides health information, research, clinical trials, training opportunities and information about complementary and alternative therapies. You can subscribe online for a free NCCAM at the NIH quarterly newsletter. Look for Alerts and Advisories, online video lectures and consumer information such as advice on selecting a CAM practitioner.

Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), National Institutes of Health         
The ODS supports research and disseminates research results in the area of dietary supplements. It produces the "Dietary Supplement Subset" of the PubMed database, which provides access to bibliographic citations and abstracts from published, international, and scientific literature on dietary supplements. The "Dietary Supplement Subset" page also affords access to the Computer Access to Research on Dietary Supplements (CARDS) database of federally funded research projects pertaining to dietary supplements. The "Health Information" tab on the ODS website makes available a multitude of resources including fact sheets on many individual supplements, tips for older supplement users, FDA warnings and safety information, and even a mobile app called "MyDS" for a convenient, mobile record of your dietary supplements. 

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
AHRQ is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. As one of 12 agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports health services research that will improve the quality of health care and promote evidence-based decision making. AHRQ has a section entitled Complementary and Alternative Care that has a number of meta-analyses and/or systematic reviews for treatments such as garlic, milk thistle, omega-3 fatty acids, melatonin, SAMe and others. 

USP Verified Dietary Supplements
The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relies on standards the USP has developed. The USP Dietary Supplement Verification Program is a voluntary testing and auditing program that helps dietary supplement manufacturers ensure the production of quality products for consumers. Click "Verified Supplements" to see a list of brands and products within brands that USP verifies to meet its stringent criteria.

Dietary Supplements, NSF International
NSF International is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides standards development, product certification, auditing, education and risk management for public health and the environment. Information on dietary supplements can be found under both the Business and Consumer tabs on their website. In the Consumer section see the "Dietary Supplements Fact Kit", information on product labeling, and access the dietary supplements online product database, and the list of NSF-certified supplements. The Business section on Dietary Suplements includes news, features and twitter updates.

Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine  
The Consortium focuses on academic support for research and promotion of integrative medicine. Their website lists frequently asked questions, meetings of interest to researchers and educators in integrative medicine, a list of their member academic institutions (including JHU) where consumers can contact and explore local resources, and a link to a very helpful page on finding a good CAM provider. 

Pediatric Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research and Education Network
A Canadian network that aims at disseminating a wide range of CAM information and building collaborative relationships between researchers, educators, clinicians, and policy-makers, both nationally and internationally. PedCAM is an academic, non-commercial organization.  

Health Canada 
The Canadian government regulates natural health products in Canada licensing products with proof of safety and efficacy. This is a very helpful site—it lists products licensed in Canada and has helpful monographs. Major sections on "Drugs and Health Products," "Food and Nutrition," and "Healthy Living" as well as entries on specific topics including Alternative Medicine & Therapies, Dietary Supplements, and Vitamins & Minerals offer much useful information.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Mind-Body Research (CMBR)
The CMBR is an interdisciplinary center that brings together 45 faculty members representing 15 disciplines within the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. Its website lists the faculty and their interests, courses, seminars, lectures, research projects, funding opportunities, and research support activities in the Center.

The Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine & Digestive Center

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians: Integrative & Holistic Medicine
The website of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians includes a page identifying their locations and clinical providers that offer integrative and holistic medicine services.

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