Complementary and alternative medicine, which ranges from acupuncture and chiropractic care to more esoteric disciplines such as Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine, was a $ 14 billion industry by the year 2000. As the public’s interest in health practices outside the purview of conventional medicine has increased, so has the controversy about the efficacy of such methods. But while conventional doctors criticize the absence of conclusive clinical evidence for most alternative therapies, there is nevertheless a growing number of people who suffer from chronic illnesses and, frustrated by the usual medical route, are willing to try new modalities. In The Best Alternative Medicine, Dr. Kenneth Pelletier of the Stanford School of Medicine
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