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A 2017 study reported in the media determined cancer patients that used alternative therapies were five times more likely to die, in comparison to those who received conventional therapy. How could this be true, I wondered, considering my long-term experience with cancer patients—then it occurred to me to read the study’s fine print. This is yet another apple comparison to oranges that is quite concerning and misguiding.


A study conducted by researchers at the University of Cincinnati determined that teenagers with asthma may experience better outcomes when using spiritual coping and complementary and alternative medicine, or integrative medicine, like prayer or relaxation, to manage symptoms.