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In all of these cases, patients may be seeking out alternative treatments to avoid the adverse effects of conventional treatments.

Contrary to popular belief, significant expense is paid to test alternative medicine, including over US.5 billion spent by the United States government.

There are several socio-cultural reasons for the interest in these treatments centered on the low level of scientific literacy among the public at large and a concomitant increase in antiscientific attitudes and new age mysticism.

There is also an increase in conspiracy theories toward conventional medicine and pharmaceutical companies, mistrust of traditional authority figures, such as the physician, and a dislike of the current delivery methods of scientific biomedicine, all of which have led patients to seek out alternative medicine to treat a variety of ailments.

Patients can be averse to the painful, unpleasant, and sometimes-dangerous side effects of biomedical treatments.

Treatments for severe diseases such as cancer and HIV infection have well-known, significant side-effects.