Alternative Diet Programs - Topic Overview
What are alternative diets used for?
diets attempt to improve physical and/or mental well-being. Many alternative
diets claim to prevent or cure diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. But
alternative diets have not been studied enough to prove that they work.
Some people believe that diet can help prevent or treat conditions such
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),
autoimmune diseases such as
rheumatoid arthritis. But there is not conclusive
research to determine whether these conditions have a dietary link.
Are alternative diets safe?
Some alternative diet
programs are safe when practiced in moderation. But diets that severely limit
food choices or exclude entire food groups can lead to nutritional deficiencies
or other health problems.
Children, pregnant or nursing women,
and people with chronic illnesses should not start any alternative diet without
first consulting a doctor.
Always tell your doctor if you are
using an alternative therapy or if you are thinking about combining an
alternative therapy with your conventional medical treatment. It may not be
safe to forgo your conventional medical treatment and rely only on an