A number of newspapers, even the Wall Street Journal and web sites are featuring alternative health information and are highlighting that in the United States alternative health has gone mainstream.
“According to the American Hospital Association, more than one-third of U.S. hospitals offer at least one type of complementary medicine, which includes acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic, nutrition, massage therapy and herbal medicine. For example, the prestigious Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center offers acupuncture for relief of nausea from surgery or chemotherapy. The growing field is even referred to by a new name—CAM—an acronym for complementary alternative medicine.”
“In the Wall Street Journal On Line, an article penned by Rustum Roy, Andrew Weil, Dean Ornish and Deepak Chopra showed the many advantages of taking responsibility for one’s own wellness. Being that they were writing for the Wall Street Journal the evidence they brought forth was backed by hard scientific research, instead of the over 5000 years of success that Natural Living Sciences have to their credit.
According to the American Heart Association we spent 60 Billion dollars on 1.3 million coronary angioplasty operations in 2006 (stints). That was $48,399 per operation on average. A bypass operation cost $99,743 in 2006 and there were 448,000 of them done at more than $44 Billion bucks. Heart disease is expensive. The kicker here is that with all this investment in pain, suffering and money a person does not live longer because of the surgery. In the case of a stint, not only does the operation not increase the longevity of the person receiving it but the procedure does nothing to prevent heart attack.”
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