Why do people turn to alternative medicine steven novella on december 26 not discarding science and reason to embrace fantasy as an alternative this is often the false choice presented by cam proponents many people have personal experiences with illness and health care and personal experience can have a powerful influence on our . Economic factors that influence the use of complementary and alternative medicine and traditional medicine users of cam and tm approaches choose health practices that resonate with their beliefs about health although economic factors play a role in this choice the underlying incentives are not always predictable. Those who respond to chronic illness with empty platitudes about choice need to realize something the choices are really theirs and theyre making the wrong ones theyre choosing to gaslight us by trying to convince us that the battles we face arent real or significant. The use of complementary and alternative medicine cam to treat chronic illness or disability is increasing in the united states this is especially evident among children with autism and related disorders it may be challenging to the practicing pediatrician to distinguish among accepted biomedical treatments unproven therapies and alternative therapies. As your kidney disease gets worse your health care provider may talk with you about preparing for kidney failuretalking early with your provider about your treatment options and making a choice before you need any one of these treatments helps you take charge of your care
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