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By Sarah Cant

This comparative textual content examines the increase of non-orthodox medication and theorizes the altering nature of healthiness care in sleek societies. It engages with sociological debates on modernity and postmodernity, anthropological paintings.

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Another did not feel the need to examine the practitioner: “No, not at all, I know a person that went to him and if it was okay for them, I knew it was okay for me. ” It is interesting that the consumers place such trust in the practitioners at a time when the practitioners themselves are so concerned that they prove themselves to be qualified (see Ch. 3) and when the government and the medical profession have exerted strong pressure, in the name of the consumer, upon the alternative practitioners to prove themselves to be trained (see Ch.

44 A NEW MEDICAL PLURALISM? Others talked about how they had become more obsessed with their good health and made sure that they did all possible to ensure that a state of such “good health” was maintained: “I am more aware of my body, its strengths and weaknesses. ’s (1993) findings that users were concerned about having a healthy lifestyle but this also places responsibility upon the individual to ensure they monitor and judge all physical, mental and spiritual changes that they experience. ” Such commentary can explain the continued use of alternative therapies and also illustrates the connection between alternative medical practice and “healthism” (Crawford 1980)—the desire to retain and maintain perfectibility in health and put much of the emphasis upon the individual.

The association between chronic illness and alternative medicine may well reflect the fact that alternative practitioners claim to encourage patient participation and chronicity is an area where the patient can become very knowledgeable and desire inclusion in decision making (West 1976). However, these patterns may be exaggerated because most research studies take the more established therapies as their focus and they may also be specific to the United Kingdom. In Australia, for example, Lloyd et al.

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