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CAM use survey

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Dietary supplements and herbals are the second most common form of CAM used by people age 50 and older, according to a survey recently released by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and AARP. Supplements were used by 42% of respondents, while 45% of survey participants had used massage or chiropractic therapy, 15% had used mind/body practices such as meditation or hypnosis and 14% had used naturopathy or acupuncture. Additionally, 31% of respondents who had used CAM said they had discussed it with their physician. Among those who had not spoken to a physician about their CAM use, 42% said it was because the physician had never asked, while 30% said it was because they did not know they should. The study, a telephone survey of 1,559 people, was conducted in spring 2006...

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