Most Americans use alternative medicine – or do they?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted the survey of 31,000 U.S. adults, asking about 27 types of therapies such as acupuncture and chiropractic, the use of herbs or botanical products, special diets, and megavitamin therapy.

About 36 percent of those surveyed said they had used one or more of those approaches. When prayer was considered, the number rose to 62 percent.

Boy is the press harping on this one. Prayer is now an alternative medicine? I guess if it’s the only way you can get “most Americans” into the “yes” bin, you gotta do what you gotta do.

Oh, and let’s throw in diets like Atkins to bump the number up even more.

Who was behind this survey? The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. You can read more about them in The Ongoing Problem with the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine:

After more than ten years and $200 million, OAM/NCCAM-sponsored research has not demonstrated efficacy for any CAM method, nor has the Center informed the public that any method is useless. It continues to fund and promote pseudoscience. It continues to be influenced by powerful ideologues.


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