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Biologically Based Practices

By Steven Novella, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Yale University School of Medicine

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Biologically based practices use naturally occurring substances to affect health. These practices include the following:

Biologic Therapies

Biologic therapies use substances that occur naturally in animals to treat disease. These substances include the following:

  • Shark cartilage to treat cancer

  • S-adenosyl-l-methionine (SAMe) to treat depression or osteoarthritis

  • Glucosamine to treat osteoarthritis