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2  What brought you to alternative medicine? 

What were the primary reasons you chose to explore or practice alternative healing methods? Please list all reasons that apply to you.
You can select more than one option:
1 31.1% ( 109 of 351 )
 

Curiosity   ...explanations [9]
 
2 53.0% ( 186 of 351 )
 

Failure of traditional medicine to accept/relieve problem   ...explanations [16]
 
3 27.1% ( 95 of 351 )
 

Chronic poor health   ...explanations [10]
 
4 10.3% ( 36 of 351 )
 

Injury or trauma   ...explanations [4]
 
5 29.1% ( 102 of 351 )
 

Research or advice from friends or family   ...explanations [9]
 
6 3.4% ( 12 of 351 )
 

Recommendation from a Medical (allopathic) Doctor
 
7 36.5% ( 128 of 351 )
 

Just want to try and feel better   ...explanations [12]
 
8 12.0% ( 42 of 351 )
 

I cannot afford traditional medicine anymore   ...explanations [5]
 
9 7.1% ( 25 of 351 )
 

My doctor(s) gave up on me   ...explanations [2]
 
10 9.1% ( 32 of 351 )
 

Fear of surgery   ...explanations [2]
 
11 20.5% ( 72 of 351 )
 

Fear of drugs   ...explanations [5]
 
12 24.8% ( 87 of 351 )
 

Books   ...explanations [3]
 
13 5.4% ( 19 of 351 )
 

acne   ...explanations [1]
 
14 12.5% ( 44 of 351 )
 

constipation   ...explanations [3]
 
15 3.7% ( 13 of 351 )
 

aching joints caused by prescription medicine   ...explanations [1]
 
16 6.0% ( 21 of 351 )
 

my doctors were trying to kill me   ...explanations [2]
 
17 18.2% ( 64 of 351 )
 

my doctors would not listen to me   ...explanations [7]
 
18 16.0% ( 56 of 351 )
 

my doctors were making me worse   ...explanations [3]
 
19 8.0% ( 28 of 351 )
 

Allopathic medicine goes against the basic principles of science I learned in school/college.   ...explanations [1]
 
20 2.8% ( 10 of 351 )
 

my mother brought me to my first appointment
 
21 18.8% ( 66 of 351 )
 

disliked the fact people had to take pills to counteract pills   ...explanations [2]
 
22 4.6% ( 16 of 351 )
 

Arthrits   ...explanations [4]
 
23 29.9% ( 105 of 351 )
 

greater awareness   ...explanations [7]
 
24 27.9% ( 98 of 351 )
 

Always had an interest   ...explanations [5]
 
25 23.6% ( 83 of 351 )
 

More in keeping with my principles   ...explanations [6]
 
26 29.9% ( 105 of 351 )
 

Alternative healing methods are often cheaper, more effective, and better for the human body.   ...explanations [10]
 
27 27.6% ( 97 of 351 )
 

I know that our bodies are perfectly designed to be healthy and to resist disease   ...explanations [7]
 
28 3.7% ( 13 of 351 )
 

My parents were "health nuts" and raised me naturally whenever possible
 
29 2.3% ( 8 of 351 )
 

gallstones
 
30 2.6% ( 9 of 351 )
 

liver flushing   ...explanations [1]
 
31 9.1% ( 32 of 351 )
 

research by leading scientists, although it never became mainstream   ...explanations [2]
 
32 29.6% ( 104 of 351 )
 

Because I have become increasingly aware of the severe limitations of mainstream medicine.   ...explanations [8]
 
33 15.1% ( 53 of 351 )
 

Looking for best evidence-based treatments   ...explanations [3]
 
34 6.8% ( 24 of 351 )
 

Wanted to be a better parent
 
35 8.0% ( 28 of 351 )
 

The Bible   ...explanations [3]
 
36 4.0% ( 14 of 351 )
 

to counter act the poisons vaccinations had put into my little childs body   ...explanations [3]
 
37 14.8% ( 52 of 351 )
 

To find cutting-edge treatments and therapies that address the underlying causes of illnesses   ...explanations [5]
 
38 1.1% ( 4 of 351 )
 

Learned from watching Health Practioners on television.   ...explanations [1]
 
39 4.8% ( 17 of 351 )
 

Recommended by a friend   ...explanations [2]
 
40 8.0% ( 28 of 351 )
 

spiritual/religious beliefs   ...explanations [4]
 
41 14.2% ( 50 of 351 )
 

intuition, it felt right - conservative treatment felt wrong   ...explanations [5]
 
42 0.9% ( 3 of 351 )
 

fibromyalgia   ...explanations [1]
 
43 3.1% ( 11 of 351 )
 

why doctors lie to their patients   ...explanations [3]
 
44 6.6% ( 23 of 351 )
 

doctors lie to their patients   ...explanations [2]
 
45 3.1% ( 11 of 351 )
 

Allopathic medicine harmed or killed a friend or relative.   ...explanations [2]
 
46 4.8% ( 17 of 351 )
 

I have given up on my doctor   ...explanations [3]
 
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Number of participants who started this survey:382  
Number of participants who answered all survey questions:207 54%
Number of participants who answered this particular question:351 92%

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