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Think of alternative medicine, and you probably imagine acupuncture needles, the essential oils of aromatherapy, maybe even crystals with mysterious powers. But none of those things caught Sabine Rovers' eye during a visit to a homeopathic doctor in the Netherlands. Instead, she found herself drawn to the geeky gear crammed into every corner. “It felt like I stepped onto a film set with lots of sci-fi apparatuses I didn't know anything about," she says.
Rovers explores this surprising tech in Natural Healing. At first glance, her sun-drenched photos appear to show just another doctor’s office, but a closer look reveals equipment that some believe measures the body's energy or detects sickness through the iris of the eye. “I’m not a scientist, and I don’t know if it’s right or wrong,” she says. “But I think it’s fascinating.”
People - Netherlands—about - Percent - Population—seek - Treatment
Some 1 million people in the Netherlands—about 6 percent of the population—seek treatment through alternative medicine each year. Such treatments run the gamut from acupuncture to prayer healing. "Some people who think a doctor can't help them or who don't believe in the pharmaceutical industry might go to [an alternative medicine practioner], but most people are skeptical," Rovers says.
Rovers has eczema, and has over the years seen several traditional doctors who prescribed many...
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