I live in a rather "progressive" area, and as such, there are a lot of folks around here who are into "alternative" medicine. This even includes a few colleagues. Personally, I find things like yoga, massage and the like just fine, but I start to get angry when people say things like "don't take drugs for your fever, take this tree bark" not realizing that tree bark is just an impure drug at an unknown concentration and of dubious efficacy. To highlight this, I'd like us to share some of the cases we've seen related to these "safe" "alternative" therapies. On my last shift I saw: 20's yo female with a potassium of 2.1 and a heart rate of 150 whose only identifiable inciting factor was an herbal supplement she'd been taking for a month. She couldn't remember the name of the substance. 60's yo male who had acupuncture 2 weeks ago with gradually worsening neck pain and then developed a fever and was found to have cervical osteomyelitis/discitis!