A Special Hearing on the marked trend in the past several years toward the use of alternative or supplementary med. In 1998, the Office of Alternative Med. in NIH was elevated to the Nat. Center for Complementary & Alternative Med. (NCCAM), & was given increased funding. Witnesses: Stephen Straus, Dir., NCCAM; Peter Kaufman; Andrew Weil, Dir., Program in Integrative Med.; Mary Jo Kreitzer, Dir., Spirituality & Healing, Katherine Kensford Center for Nursing Leadership; Herbert Benson, Pres., Mind/Body Med. Inst., Assoc. Prof. of Med., Harvard Med. School; James Cassidy; Kristen Magnacca; Dean Ornish, Pres., Preventive Med. Research Inst.; & Walter Czapliewicz.Specter, Arlen is the author of 'Alternative Medicines Hearing Before the Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate' with ISBN 9780756721428 and ISBN 0756721423.