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Unformatted text preview: the religion-health connection. Complementary and alternative medicine practices are bound to seem effective, whether or not they are. People are likely to employ them when they are ill and, although they may seem to produce improvement, the return to health may merely reflect the body's natural regression to normal. Alternative medicine may seem especially effective with cyclical diseases as people seek therapy during the ensuing upturn. The placebo effect as well as the spontaneous remission of many diseases may also contribute to a treatment's perceived effectiveness. The actual effectiveness of alternative medicine needs to be established....
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- Fall '08