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Alternative Medicine Draws The Educated

Alternative Medicine Draws the Educated

by John A. Astin

People who seek care from alternative medicine are better educated than the medical mainstreamers, according to a national survey conducted by John A. Astin, a researcher at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Surprisingly, a negative attitude toward or bad experience with conventional medicine did not seem to make people more likely to choose alternative therapies. Users of alternative treatment included roughly equal percentages of people who were highly satisfied or highly dissatisfied with conventional medicine. Nor did such factors as age, gender, race, ethnicity, or income make a difference in the survey.