Codes and Frequencies
For sample adults in 2002 who had used a special diet for their own health during the past 12 months and had used a special diet to treat at least one specific health problem or condition (DITTREAT), DITCON2HELP reports the degree of help that the respondent received from using a special diet to treat the second of the three conditions considered most bothersome (DITCON2).
The 2002 NHIS recognized 74 conditions (including an "other" category) that respondents could have treated with a special diet. (See DITTREAT for the full list.) To obtain responses to DITCON1, DITCON2, and DITCON3, the interviewer first asked, "For what health problems or conditions did you use a special diet?" After recording all answers, the interviewer displayed the list of conditions reported by the respondent and asked, "Which three of these are the most bothersome?"
Respondents were then asked, "How much do you think a special diet helped your (display for each condition)? Would you say a great deal, some, only a little, or not at all?" Responses to this question are reported in DITCON1HELP, DITCON2HELP, and DITCON3HELP.
Variables similar to DITCON2HELP, which report the degree of help provided by other modalities of alternative medicine for the second of the three most bothersome conditions, include:
- Acupuncture (ACUCON2HELP)
- Ayurveda (AYUCON2HELP)
- Biofeedback (BIOCON2HELP)
- Chelation (CHECON2HELP)
- Chiropractic care (COMCON2HELP)
- Energy healing therapy (EHTCON2HELP)
- Folk medicine (FOKCON2HELP)
- Natural herbs (HERYCON2HELP)
- Homeopathic treatment (HOMCON2HELP)
- Massage (MASCON2HELP)
- Naturopathy (NATCON2HELP)
- Healing ritual/sacrament (PRACON2HELP)
- Relaxation techniques (RELCON2HELP)
- High dose or megavitamin therapy (VITYCON2HELP)
- Yoga, Tai chi, or Qi gong (YTQCON2HELP)
- 2002: Sample adults age 18+ who have used at least one of these special diets for two weeks or more for health reasons during the past 12 months and have used at least one of these special diets for a specific health problem or condition and the health problem or condition specified was listed second as one or the three most bothersome health problems or conditions.
- 2002 : SAMPWEIGHT