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D. Treating The Mind, Body & Spirit

Narrator: This is Science Today. A recent survey published in a major medical journal reported up to half the patients interviewed participated in some type of alternative or complementary therapy. Dr. Jason Tokumoto, an AIDS specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, says these statistics are hard to ignore.

Tokumoto: I think that for the medical profession to dismiss that, it's a real big mistake. because I think that it is something that's going to continue to expand and grow.

Narrator: Among his HIV-positive patients, Tokumoto is finding good results combining standard treatment with spirituality support.

Tokumoto: For different people it means different things and I think just the word Aspirituality@ often can turn off people. I've always felt that the spiritual aspect of a person to be very critical in maintaining good health.

Narrator: Tokomuto says that's because maintaining hope can boost the will to live. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.