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November 1998

Alternative Neurology

Arch Neurol. 1998;55(11):1394-1395. doi:10.1001/archneur.55.11.1394

THE LARGEST growth industry in health care in the United States according to an article by Brody1 in the New York Times is alternative medicine. It is estimated that 42% of American adults used some type of alternative care, including herbal therapy (17%), chiropractic (16%), massage therapy (14%), vitamin therapy (13%), yoga (5%), and acupuncture (2%) among other therapies. Patients with neurologic diseases and healthy individuals hoping to avoid neurologic diseases are seeking these remedies. Brody reported that among 1500 adults interviewed, 44% said they would use an alternative method if traditional medical care was not producing the desired results. Brody also says that

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