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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology - Volume 14 2000, Issue 9, Pages 767-771

Original Article

University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada

Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University and The Children’s Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Received 14 September 1999; Revised 24 January 2000

Copyright © 2000 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This open-access article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License CC BY-NC http:-creativecommons.org-licenses-by-nc-4.0-, which permits reuse, distribution and reproduction of the article, provided that the original work is properly cited and the reuse is restricted to noncommercial purposes.

Abstract

Alternative health practices have become increasingly popular in recent years. Many patients visit specific complementary practitioners, while others attempt to educate themselves, trusting advice from employees at local health food stores or the Internet. Thirty-two retail health food stores were surveyed on the nature of the information provided by their staff. A research assistant visited the stores and presented as the mother of a child in whom Crohn’s disease had been diagnosed. Seventy-two per cent 23 of 32 of store employees offered advice, such as to take nutritional and herbal supplements. Of the 23 stores where recommendations were made, 15 65% based their recommendation on a source of information. Fourteen of the 15 stores using information sources used the same reference book. This had a significant impact on the recommendations; the use of nutritional supplements was favoured. In conclusion, retail health food stores are not as inconsistent as hypothesized, although there are many variances in the types of supplements recommended for the same chronic disease.





Autor: Jaclyn Calder, Robert Issenman, and Ruth Cawdron

Fuente: https://www.hindawi.com/



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