Thursday, January 24, 2008

Older Americans embrace alternative medicine

More and more older Americans are trying complementary and alternative medicine. Practitioners across the country report an increase in the number of patients ages 50 and up seeking nontraditional treatment, from acupuncture to herbal supplements and chiropractic remedies. The move to nontraditional treatment is encouraged by AARP.  "It's people who are willing to shed the old mantra of what is medical care and what isn't," said Cheryl Matheis, director of health strategy for AARP.   While health experts and aging advocacy groups welcome the trend, they also caution older Americans to keep their traditional doctors in the loop.
"You're the patient, and you need to know what the interaction of different things and different treatments on your body is going to be, or you could end up doing yourself more harm than good," Matheis said.

Source/more:  http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/business/stories.nsf/story/6DF2CE9EEF555010862573D9000AC556?OpenDocument

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