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I composed an article, which publishes Dec. 22, about a local woman who uses integrative medicine to battle peritoneal cancer. In addition to taking nutrition and meditation classes offered by M.D. Anderson’s Integrative Medicine Center, she began BodyTalk and Reiki sessions at Simply Healing in Victoria.

Alejandro Chaoul, director of education for the Integrative Medicine Program, said the therapies can reverse harmful side effects caused by drugs. Furthermore, he said the incorporation of such practices into everyday life could actually help prevent life-threatening and chronic diseases.

According to an article in Medical Daily, the Affordable Care Act could cover alternative and complementary treatments at the same level as traditional medical procedures, depending upon whether states recognize the practitioners as licensed health care providers.

The clause reads: Section 2706 of the health law requires that insurance companies “shall not discriminate” against health providers who have a state-recognized license.

The article names acupuncture, chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation, diet-based therapies, energy healing, and movement therapies like Pilates and Yoga as the most popular treatments.

The article also states that the largest group of people using such therapies is women from higher-income and higher education backgrounds. Presumably, one of the reasons they can access the treatments is because they can afford them.

I hope state lawmakers embrace complementary medicine so that everyone can afford it.