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In Do You Believe in Magic?, medical expert Paul A. Offit, MD, offers a scathing exposé of the alternative medicine industry, revealing how even though some popular therapies are remarkably helpful due to the placebo response, many of them are ineffective, expensive, and even deadly. Dr. Offit reveals how alternative medicine - an unregulated industry under no legal obligation to prove its claims or admit its risks - can actually be harmful to our health. Using dramatic real-life stories, Offit separates the sense from the nonsense, showing why any therapy - alternative or traditional - should be scrutinized. He also shows how some nontraditional methods can do a great deal of good, in some cases exceeding therapies offered by conventional practitioners.
An outspoken advocate for science-based health advocacy who is not afraid to take on media celebrities who promote alternative practices, Dr. Offit advises, "There's no such thing as alternative medicine. There's only medicine that works and medicine that doesn't."
©2013 Paul A. Offit, M.D. (P)2014 Tantor
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"This excellent, easy-to-read look at the alternative-medicine industry is highly recommended." (Library Journal Starred Review)
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By Paul Stauffer on 07-01-16

Some of the research right on and some right off

A lot of his research makes sense and I enjoyed this book but The author needs to do more research about AIDS and Vaccinations. It's unclear if he is toeing the line in favor of the pharmaceutical company's or being completely unbiased

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By Amazon Customer on 05-13-15

A Must Listen!

Doctor Offit makes the topic of 'alternative' medicine accessible and in an understandable and fascinating manner explains its popularity and shortcomings.

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