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JAMA reports alternative medicine use linked to higher education level.

  In a survey designed to examine the factors that determine why an individual chooses to seek alternative therapy, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) mailed surveys to a random sample of 1,500 in early 1997. In the May 20 issue of JAMA, study authors reported that higher education was found to be a strong sociodemographic predictor of alternative medicine use. Fifty percent of individuals with graduate degrees reported using alternative treatments, compared to 31 percent of people with a high school education. Forty percent of the 1,035 respondents reported using some form of alternative therapy in the past year. Study participants reported using herbs, homeopathy and or megavitamins to treat anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome, muscle sprains and strains, arthritis, depression and digestive problems. The most frequently cited health problem treated with alternative therapies was chronic pain.  
  F-D-C Reports -- "The Tan Sheet" May 25, 1998.  
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