Do You Believe in Magic?

  • by Paul A. Offit
  • Narrated by Corey Snow
  • 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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."


What the Critics Say

"This excellent, easy-to-read look at the alternative-medicine industry is highly recommended." (Library Journal Starred Review)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

What everyone should know before they try alternative medicine

In this book, Dr. Offit explains the origins, failings and fallacies behind many of the alternative medicine quackery that exist today. Unlike the practitioners of quackery, Dr. Offit shows the downside (the injuries, the deaths, the lies and deceptions not just the purported successes).
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- Jeffrey Schwartz

Should be required reading at every high school

Very informative book. Although he does come down hard on quacks and scammers, it really is a fairly balanced treatment by the end of the book.
I can't help but feel we have all been lied to for many years by the alternative medicine industry.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-31-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio