In the 1990 issue of Skeptical Inquirer, Erik Strommen wrote: “Alternative health philosophies, taken as a group, seem a veritable Tower of Babel. They represent a confusing democracy of beliefs, jargon and ritual that together comprise an indistinct, overlapping collection of ideas.” Terms such as “alternative,” “complementary,” “extentional,” “fringe,” “holistic,” “innovative,” “mind/body,” “nontraditional,” “unconventional” and “unorthodox” merely convey that alternative healthcare is somehow different from regular healthcare.

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