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AirTalk asks: Your success and failure in using alternative medicine and treatments




This photo taken on August 7, 2017 shows a patient receiving fire cupping therapy at a hospital in Shenyang in China's northeastern Liaoning province.
This photo taken on August 7, 2017 shows a patient receiving fire cupping therapy at a hospital in Shenyang in China's northeastern Liaoning province.
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Some people, especially here in Southern California, try to avoid prescription medication when possible.

They could be skeptical of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the pharmaceutical industry; they could be trying to live a more natural lifestyle. To this group, a treatment like IV hydrogen peroxide may seem more appealing than a pill.

Others turn to alternative medicine after getting frustrated with Western medicine. It's frustrating when your doctor doesn't have enough time to take care of you; it's frustrating when it feels like the doctor is writing you a prescription rather than addressing your underlying health problem.

Read KPCC health reporter Rebecca Plevin’s full story here.

AirTalk wants to hear from you. Have you used alternative medicine to treat a health issue? What was your experience like? Call 866-893-5722.

To check the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health site on information about unconventional medicine, click here

Guest:

Rebecca Plevin, health reporter at KPCC; she tweets @rebeccaplevin