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Survey: Use Of Alternative Medicine On The Rise

September 29, 2009 by  

Use of alternative medicine on the rise, survey says According to new research, people across America are turning to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) more often in an effort to cure and prevent illness as well as preserve their well-being.

CAM involves such practices as acupuncture, biofeedback and neurofeedback, herbal and nutritional supplements, meditation as well as other therapies that are not considered to be part of conventional medicine.

The National Health Interview Survey found that expenditures on CAM accounted for 11.2 percent of total out-of-pocket healthcare spending in 2007. That year, Americans spent nearly $34 billion dollars on natural health resources, while conventional medicine expenditures amounted to $286.6 billion.

The poll furthermore found that each year around 38 percent of adults use some form of CAM at the cost of $12 billion. This represents an increase compared to the last time the survey was conducted in 2002.

According to the study, the most popular therapies included biofeedback, deep breathing exercises, meditation and yoga, while tai chi, progressive muscle relaxation and energy healing therapies were found to be less common.

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  • Katherine Tomsich

    Again, your prejudice against the largest Alternative to Medicine group is showing. Chiropractic. I would also like to see more mention of Homeopathy. All of these ‘CAM’ practices not only contribute to general well-being, but help people heal from illness thus avoiding the harmful use of drugs and unnecessary surgeries. Part of the solution to this health insurance problem is more use of alternatives, saving the more expensive and not always appropriate medical therapies for the times they are necessary. Time for a paradigm shift. Let’s use the whole toolbox!

    • s c

      Katherine, I agree with most of what you said. Our main goal is to make people understand that they’re being lied to by the AMA and the FDA when they’re told that only the AMA’s protocols and drugs can help with a catastrophic disease. Not only is this crap unscientific and an outright LIE, there are alternative MDs and treatments that have been proven to work. They are cheap, and they rarely involve side-effects. If we could get the government OUT of health care, we’d see costs plummet, and the AMA would be FORCED to start living in the real world. Use that which gets positive results (minus side-effects), and to hell with everything else! This is about LIVES and the right to thumb your nose at the government and all of its pimps and whores who demand to be seen as role models, scientists and legislators who will ‘save’ us from ourselves.

  • Stan

    In anticipation – and acceleration – of the day that ‘alternative’ medicine is no longer the alternative but the mainstream, I’d like to see the CAM community of providers and users start referring to ‘conventional’ medicine as allopathic medicine – ie, as what it is: drug-based medicine. We can call ours complementary (which obviously includes chiropractic, homeopathic, naturopathic, herbal, Chinese, Traditional, energetic, holistic) until it clearly knocks the old king off the mountain, but let’s refer to that pretender to the throne in a different way, and not accord it such prestige as implied in the terms ‘conventional’ or ‘modern’. So all together now: allopathic; allopathic; allopathic…

    “What do you mean by ‘allopathic’?”

    “Here, I’ll be glad to explain….and did you know that medical schools were taken over in the early 1900s by Rockefeller money, and thus the massive pushing of drug-based medicine? What? Why? Because pharmaceutical products are oil-based products. What? You didn’t know that? Here, let me tell you more, about the basis of so-called modern medicine….”


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