Half of Canadians have used alternative therapies

A Canadian survey suggests that half of Canadians have used alternative therapies.

This is up from the 40%-ish range reported in the U.S. a few years ago, and certainly more than the 1/3 we started with.

A recent report by the Fraser Institute indicates that more than half of the Canadians surveyed in 2006 say they've used at least one form of complementary or alternative medicine in the year before the survey was taken.

These therapies, also called unconventional or integrative medicine, refer to any approach to health care outside the realm of conventional medicine.

In the Fraser Institute study, these included massage, prayer, chiropractic care, relaxation techniques and herbal remedies. But the range of alternative therapies is actually vast and includes everything from therapeutic touch to homeopathy, acupuncture to macrobiotic diets, hydrotherapy to biofeedback.

The Toronto Sun offers some basic tips in its profile of the Fraser report, such as trying to assess whether a treatment is effective before trying it.

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