In Do You Believe in Magic?, medical expert Paul A. Offit, M.D., 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.”
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His is a bravely unsentimental and dutifully researched guide for consumers to distinguish between quacks and a cure.Read Full Review of Do You Believe in Magic?: The... | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
This territory is not all that far from his usual stomping grounds...Nor has Dr. Offit’s own stance changed: He speaks for rational, scientific medicine (and medicines) whose efficacy has been confirmed in impartial, reproducible clinical trials.Read Full Review of Do You Believe in Magic?: The... | See more reviews from NY Times
A rousing good read, strong on human interest and filled with appalling and amazing data.Read Full Review of Do You Believe in Magic?: The... | See more reviews from Kirkus
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