Website Provides Alternative Medicine and Health Information

Posted on March 18, 1999

A new health information web site, HolisticOnLine, provides information on both conventional and alternative medicine. HolisticOnLine, was established by Jacob Mathew, Ph. D, president of ICBS, Inc., and Shila Mathew, MD, a staff psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente in Cleveland, Ohio.

HolisticOnLine got its start from Dr. Shila Mathew's concerns about some of her patients, who, notes Dr. Mathew, "...started to ask me questions about St. John's wort, kava, chickweed and other herbal remedies. To my horror, I discovered that taking some of these herbs with certain prescription drugs could be very dangerous. For instance, St. John's Wort should not be combined with some prescription anti-depressants. Most doctors simply don't have the time or the knowledge to explain all the ramifications of alternative treatments, but patients need this information."

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