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Why do people turn to alternative medicine?

Juliet Wilkinson
Oncology Nursing
There seems to be a culture shift in America. At the start of my nursing career I saw patients and families seeking alternative treatments as a last-ditch effort towards a cure. Today I see patients and their families choosing alternative medicine as a complimentary adjunct to their medical regimes and as a way to prevent disease rather than treat it. Regardless of the 'why' people choose alternative medicine, the most important factor is probably the realization that it is still medicine and should not be taken lightly or without knowledge. Just because you can buy herbs off the shelf does not always mean you should use them. Start with a practitioner, such as a homeopathic doctor, before embarking on an alternative journey.

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