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    By Leslie Walker
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    March 26, 1999

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    With more than one-third of Americans consulting alternative medicine practitioners last year, natural healing Web sites are blossoming. As are sites attempting to debunk the whole thing; skeptics may find Quackwatch offers better truth-squadding than the Food and Drug Administration or the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

    MOTHER NATURE.COM weaves a rich tapestry of information around each of the more than 30,000 vitamins, minerals and herbs it sells. It cross-references this list with a natural health encyclopedia covering hundreds of health topics, diets, therapies and prescription drugs. Overall, a first-rate online health store.

    Billing itself as "home of the herbalists," this site features herbalist Jim Duke's reports from the Amazonian rain forest of Peru, daily news and feature stories, a herbal column by Christopher Hobbs and a panel of experts answering reader questions. There's a store, of course, offering thousands of herbs and nutritional supplements.

    One of the Internet's deepest health sites, HealthWorld features oodles of information about holistic health, alternative medicine and even conventional treatments. You can access summaries of articles in Medline and other medical databases for free – or pay a medical "cybrarian" to do research.

    An alternative look at alternative medicine, the nonprofit consumer-watchdog site Quackwatch is dedicated to combatting health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies.

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