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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but does not apply the same rigor to science, May 7, 2010
This review is from: Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine (Paperback)
Although this book is informative and well worth reading, it bothered me that it does not turn the same critical eye toward the "evidence based" medicine as it does to alternative therapies. While glorifying, often justifiably, the achievements of conventional medicine it does not address the many recent findings that have reversed well received conventional opinion. A well known example is the medical communities reversal on hormone replacement, but there are many others. Just this week a study has come out "scientifically" validating a form of magnet therapy for depression, something the authors dismiss out of hand.

It also bothers me that the author relies on rather dramatic anecdotal evidence to convince the reader of the dangers of various alternative therapies while not admitting anecdotal evidence to support the same therapies.

Furthermore the authors give only lukewarm endorsements to therapies such as yoga, that have received endorsements from the medical community after testing.

As I stated, an interesting read, but hardly the last word on the subject(s), even for those who already have a "confirmation bias" when it comes to rational argument.
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Initial post: Jan 12, 2014 7:31:29 PM PST
Sam Hill says:
Check out New York Times, Jan. 25, 2012, "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body"
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/magazine/how-yoga-can-wreck-your-body.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&
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