[The] writer glosses over an important point as he was making a larger case for why alternative medicine is popular even among physicians (because it helps people feel better and establishes healing relationships).
That important point is that there are well-studied, proven ways that help us stay healthy and can help prevent us from getting sick with modern disease (ie, heart disease, diabetes, and many cancers): Good diet, plenty of exercise, and doing things that reduce stress.
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To read my comment in full at The Atlantic Monthly's website click here. You can explore essays written by proponents and critics on the topic of how legitimate alternative medicine is.