The NIH has spent $5.5 billion on bringing quackery—from faith healing to homeopathy—right into the heart of the American medical establishment. The vast majority of healing arts schools frequently afford students with a wide assortment of alternative medicine courses in acupressure, Chinese medicine, energy healing therapies, iridology, life coaching, massage therapy, Neuro linguistic programming, osteopathy, reflexology, reiki, sports medicine, yoga and many others.
Eric M. DeYoung, OTR/L, CES, ICFE, CDA, FABDA, HHP, NPRS, NDc is experienced as a board registered and licensed Occupational Therapist in Kentucky and Indiana, doctoral training as a Traditional Naturopath practicing Homeopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine, a certified Holistic Health Practitioner and a Neuro Physical Reprogramming Specialist through the California College of Natural Medicine.
This is especially apparent in the United States although the trend has crossed the pond and is now becoming evident within the UK. Why this trend has occurred is unclear, but an overall dissatisfaction with Western medicine seems to be the primary cause; another reason why this growth in alternative medicine has occurred in the UK could be the large waiting lists for treatments.
And a study from the University of Southern California published in the journal Cell Metabolism recently found that people on high-animal-protein diets during middle age were four times more likely to die of cancer than people on low-protein diets—a mortality risk factor comparable to smoking.
Seven years later, that office expanded into the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), with a $50 million budget dedicated to studying just about every treatment that didn't involve pharmaceuticals or surgery—traditional systems like Ayurveda and acupuncture along with more esoteric things like homeopathy and energy healing.