Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, California

Dr. Mimi Guarneri on CAM research at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine

Jan. 13, 2010 -- Hi, I'm Dr. Mimi Guarneri, and I'm at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine where I am the medical director and a cardiologist. We have been conducting research in complementary alternative medicine for many years. I am very excited about two protocols, which we currently have. Many of the veterans returning back from Afghanistan and Iraq have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder. We have been working closely with our Marine Base at Camp Pendleton to conduct a research study looking at the impact of healing touch and guided imagery and its ability to alleviate the suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. We are very happy that we're halfway through this study, and the Marines are embracing this research protocol.

The second research protocol that we have been conducting for the last three and a half years is on chelation therapy in patients with coronary artery disease. Chelation therapy has been used for many years with limited amounts of research in its benefit for coronary artery disease. We are part of a large, NIH trial called the TACK study, and hopefully within the next few years we will have some results of both of these studies.