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Why Alternative Health Is Booming

Alternative Health Care

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  • Based on a new study, Americans’ out-of-pocket expenditures for alternative health in the U.S. average out at $30 billion a year
  • “Alternative health care” costs included practitioners such as yoga instructors and chiropractors; natural supplements such as glucosamine and self-help materials such as books and CDs
  • Studies reveal that 225,000 Americans die every year as a result of iatrogenic deaths, caused by a physician's or hospital's activity, manner or therapy, making the conventional health care system in the U.S. the third leading cause of death
  • Alternative health is gaining ground not only because it’s more natural than conventional approaches, but because it focuses on prevention, as well as controlling and improving your own well-being

By Dr. Mercola

People in the U.S. spend around $30 billion every year on alternative medicine, according to a newly published federal report from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), in which 44,743 individuals in the U.S aged 4 and above participated.


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