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Researcher Finds the Use of Traditional, Natural Medicines Offers Economic Benefits

A Harvard University Post-Doctoral Fellow has published a paper with his research findings from the area of northwest Madagascar. Christopher Golden has been studying the economic benefits people receive when they use natural remedies vs. pharmaceutical equivalents. His statistics indicate households are saving from 43-63 percent of their median annual income by using plant species. Golden believes this result can be translated to the U.S., resulting in major health care savings. He also discusses the implications of those who discover the drugs in this part of the world, and who does or does not receive the resulting financial benefits.

 

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