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Vignette: How it could be

At age 66, Alice has had her share of health problems: she is a breast cancer survivor, has had two heart attacks, and now experiences pain in both hips and knees due to severe osteoarthritis. Once a year she journeys from her home to her local Integrative Medicine Center, where a general internist, an endocrinologist, a rheumatologist and other specialists monitor her by means of blood tests, X-rays and bone scans, and adjust her medication. Over the past year, she has been spending increasing amounts of time with the CenterĀ“s alternative medicine practitioners, who have taught her about nutrition, fitness, yoga and tai chi. She feels this comprehensive approach has helped her to live a more satisfactory and meaningful life.

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