“It’s not just about what tools are used,” he says.
“There’s a focus on deepening the quality of the human experience.
And older people, he says, “tend to be much more prone to encounter problems from standard medical treatment.
They suffer more from side effects and complications, in part because their reserves for metabolizing and excreting things are lower.” But what sets CAM apart from traditional medicine, says Zarren, is not only different techniques and medicines but the way medicine is practiced.
But the boomers, she says, “are now on the threshold of old age.
You’re going to see a huge increase in interest in this among older people.” Fewer Side Effects That could be good, according to Harvey Zarren, MD, president of the Arlington, Mass.-based Integrative Medicine Alliance, because CAM therapies tend to be less invasive than conventional medicine and have fewer side effects.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 36% of adults in the United States use some form of complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) therapy.Add in prayer aimed specifically at healing, and that number nearly doubles.