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Complementary Health Going Mainstream?
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We're all doing our best to stay healthy. That includes healthier food choices, a visit to the chiropractor, naturopath, vitamin supplements, essential oils, herbal teas, massage, yoga, Tai Chi or Pilates and meditation. In the U.S. the Standard America Diet (SAD) has been off track for so long that it has created a widespread health crisis. It is severely lacking in the recommended amounts of fresh vegetables, fruits and grains. Herbs and spices are also a possibility for inclusion in the treatment of certain health issues. Today, you can find a yoga class at almost any YMCA or community college. Prestigious medical schools now have departments of complementary and alternative health. The U.S. government established the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) in 1992 under the auspices of the National Institutes of Health, to investigate and evaluate promising unconventional medical practices.  It is becoming common practice to utilize both conventional and more natural therapies to create optimum health. New research and and long term evidence are showing that alternative therapies can effectively work hand-in-hand with conventional treatment resulting in greater health benefits for all. The overall goal is to reduce long term medical bills by applying common sense, healthy lifestyle practices so serious illness can be prevented in the first place.