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Americans Increasingly Turning To Alternative Treatments

September 6, 2011 by  

Recent statistics show that 38 percent of Americans turn to natural medicine and alternative treatments, while 12 percent of children have used such therapies. More and more people are experiencing the healing effects of spa treatments, acupuncture, massage, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin and mineral supplements, yoga, Tai Chi, meditation and ancient herbs and tinctures.

In fact, more than half of U.S. medical schools now teach courses in alternative medicine. And the current research budget for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is $121.5 million. This is 61 times the amount allotted in 1992 when the department was founded.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American who has been writing a newsletter since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Don age 77

    If the FDA and our congressmen /ladies have their way how long will alternative treatments be available? Daily someone is trying to throw a wrench into the alternative medicine machine and outlaw my vitamins.

  • http://personalliberty jerry carey

    The Creator made us self healing and gave us everything needed, naturally.

    Well before hospitals, drug companies and “professionals” interested in how many they can process a day, mankind lived very long lives. This changed with “modernization”, industrial revolution, 7 day work weeks and self induced stress caused by greed (acquiring stuff & profitable wars)

    Ingesting processed, engineered, chemically enhanced food is causing our cell structure to overwork and short circuit, causing more “medical problems”.

    Watching TV advertisements for “fixes” should be a warning when the “fix” side affects are worse than the problem.

  • Pat

    Alternative medicine should be more correctly called Original Medicine or Original Health. These toxic products put out by the big pharma companies cause more problems than they help. I sometimes think that penicillin, as great as it was at the time, put us all behind in our medical health, simply because it was great and did many wonders for animals, including humans.
    Just make sure that when you are taking vitamins, minerals and other supplements (herbs, tinctures, etc) that you are using the best available since there are many bad ones out there to buy.
    Too many doctors are over-prescribing prescription medicines which does not help the patients, just makes them sicker. When one or two might help, 10 to 20 will not. Prescription meds are one of the leading causes of death in the US. That could be because they are bad drugs with terrible side effects or that there was an error in the prescribing of the med, etc.
    Find a good, licensed health practitioner and stay healthy.

  • http://www.ahsu.edu James R. Johnston PhD

    Greetings.
    American Health Science University is a distance learning institution that provides nutrition, health and life enhancement course and credentialing information as well as leadership in this area since the late 1970′s.

    We provide programs and the CN Certified Nutritionist credential to the 4,000,000 state licensed, private licensed, and otherwise credentialed health professionals as well as the conventionally trained medical professions who provide health support services not otherwise recognized.

    The 21st century’s Internet and computers provide free health science knowledge never before available in the past century. Change is rampant and the conventionally trained medical professions, the drug companies and the traditional health insurance companies are being forced to catch-up.

    We have credentialed individuals around the country who have been espousing the positive values of raising health levels what ever and wherever they may be rather than provide the negative focus on health care services after clients become sick or diseased.

    I am the author of one of the “–Ization Trilogy Series,” “How to Eliminate Medicalization in America” scheduled to be published in 2010. In it I explain how traditional medical care services are beng totaly revised. This process is taking place now.

    James R. Johnston PhD
    Director
    American Health Science University

  • s c

    It’s almost hysterical how MDs and wingnuts at the FDA react to people who look elsewhere for substances (herbs, minerals, etc.) to get help with various problems. Where is it written that only a medical school graduate can know anything about health problems and that mere mortals can’t be trusted to make independent decisions?
    Their main excuse to anything that’s not a patented DRUG is in the claim that “it’s” not safe OR it wasn’t made in America OR a pimp for Big Pharma will scream bloody murder because their open path to easy money is being blocked.
    Traditional medicine practiced in China makes better sense than what passes for healthcare here. In old China, if the patient didn’t get better, the “doctor” didn’t get paid. That’s what I call motivation (and lower costs).

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