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Did Rupert Sheldrake make a factual error?

An editor at TED seems to suggest that Rupert Sheldrake made a factual error in his talk "The Science Delusion" when he said governments "ignore complimentary and alternative therapies." She writes:

"Sheldrake says that governments do not fund research into complementary medicine. Here are the US figures on NIH investment in complementary and alternative medicine 2009-2010: http://nccam.nih.gov/about/budget/institute-center.htm "

http://www.ted.com/conversations/16894/rupert_sheldrake_s_tedx_talk.html

At the NIH link we find that the NIH invested $441,819, 000 in complimentary and alternative medicine in 2011.

But the total NIH budget is about $31,000,000,000 or $31 billion.

http://www.nih.gov/about/budget.htm

This means the NIH invested about 1.425% of its budget in complimentary and alternative medicine in 2011.

To what extent have other governments funded research in complimentary and alternative medicine?

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  • Mar 19 2013: There is a factual error right here in David Marshall's NIH Complimentary and alternative medicine 2011 budget of $441,819,000. In FACT NIH's 2011 budget for alternative and complimentary NCCAM was $127,603,000.00 or, 0.4% of the NIH budget just as Sheldrake amended his generalized comment.

    http://nccam.nih.gov/about/offices/od/directortestimony/0511.htm

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