AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. June 2011, Volume 13, Number 6.

Ethics Poll

The Appeal of Alternative Therapy

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

People in the U.S. spend between $36 billion and $47 billion annually on treatments that are collectively known as "complementary and alternative medicine." Modalities that fall in this CAM category range from treatments such as acupuncture to use of nutritional supplements. Which one of the following do you think best explains why so much money is spent on CAM?
Which of the following have you employed to improve your health in the last 5 years? [Check all that apply.]
Poll results reflect the opinions of visitors to the site who voluntarily answer the poll questions. Those visitors do not represent a random sample of our readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.