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A new study released by The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says American spent about $34 Billion in 2007 on complementary and alternative health care. In fact, about 38% of all US citizens are now reaching further than their allopathic (Western medicinal) care. While the study doesn’t cover the “why’s”, most speculate it has a lot to do with patients searching for answers when the doctors and hospitals fall short. Some say it’s the rising health care costs that forces people to search for other answers, perhaps something they can do for themselves.
I’ve got a hunch it’s a large number of reasons; I feel the country is ripe for returning to some natural medicinal roots, if you will. No, insurance isn’t to be had by everyone. And when a cold or flu, or a more minor complaint comes around, instead of forking over a rising copay amount (or the entire amount if there’s no insurance at all), many people are learning to care for themselves or are heading to an alternative medicine provider. We’ve also been inundated with news reports of pharmaceutical side effects, and many of us have experienced such. While I certainly don’t advocate the immediate dumping of all your prescriptions and I don’t think you should shun your family doctor’s care, it is good to hear Americans are looking towards a more natural approach when they can.
I’d love to know why my readers are doing such. I know you are – otherwise you wouldn’t be the least bit interested in hanging out with me. Lots of you go to chiropractors, practice herbalism, are massage therapists or natural healers (as so many of you have shared with me), and I’d love to know more. Tell me why you have chosen a more natural path.
Let’s make it even more interesting: Tell me why you lean towards natural remedies, and I’ll choose someone from the comments who will receive a mixed bag of goodies from my online store The Giving Essence. I’ll choose a winner after midnight August 7, 2009. Pretty spur of the moment so I’m not sure what you’ll get, but I guarantee it will be interesting! I’m seeing lip balm, dried herbs, and books in someone’s future. So let ‘er rip. I can handle the stories if you’re willing to share. Then next week I’ll tell you all why I chose to go natural.
This isn’t a traditional “promoted” giveaway, so your chances will probably be pretty good. And personally I can’t wait to hear what you have to say! Nothing makes me happier than learning more about all of you! Ready? Great! Get typing and I’ll head for my Giving Essence stash to gather some goodies…