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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