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Do You Believe in Magic?: Vitamins, Supplements, and All Things Natural: A Look Behind the Curtain Paperback – May 13, 2014

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“Convincing.” -- Forbes

Do You Believe in Magic? is a briskly written, entertaining, and well-researched examination of those whom Offit considers ‘unclothed emperors’: purveyors of miracle cancer cures, fountains of youth, and the theory that vaccines cause autism.” -- Boston Globe

“Few scientists are willing to touch this third rail of science publicity; Offit grabs it with two hands.” -- Newsweek, on Autism's False Prophets

“Over the last decade [Offit] has become a leading debunker of mass misconceptions surrounding infections and vaccines, and now he is taking on the entire field of alternative medicine, from acupuncture to vitamins.” -- New York Times

“An invaluable chronicle that relates some of the many ways in which the vulnerabilities of anxious parents have been exploited.” -- Wall Street Journal, on Autism's False Prophets

“A fascinating history of hucksters, and a critical chronology of how supplements escaped regulation. . . . A bravely unsentimental and dutifully researched guide for consumers to distinguish between quacks and a cure.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Lively. . . . Informative and well-written, the book deserves a wide audience among the general public, scientists, and health care professionals.” -- Science

“Offit is a rare combination of scientist, doctor, communicator and advocate. . . . What is needed is more people like [him] willing to engage the skeptics in a debate that just will not go away.” -- Financial Times, on Deadly Choices

“Offit is a wonderful storyteller who makes his message come alive. Each chapter is a story that grabs the reader’s interest and holds it.” -- Skeptical Inquirer

“This excellent, easy-to-read look at the alternative-medicine industry is highly recommended.” -- Library Journal (starred review)

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A half century ago, acupuncture, homeopathy, naturopathy, Chinese herbs, Christian exorcisms, dietary supplements, chiropractic manipulations, and ayurvedic remedies were considered on the fringe of medicine. Now these practices—known variably as alternative, complementary, holistic, or integrative medicine—have become mainstream, used by half of all Americans today to treat a variety of conditions, from excess weight to cancer.

But alternative medicine is an unregulated industry under no legal obligation to prove its claims or admit its risks, and many popular alternative therapies are ineffective, expensive, or even deadly. In Do You Believe in Magic? Dr. Offit debunks the treatments that don't work and tells us why, and takes on the media celebrities who promote alternative medicine. Using dramatic real-life stories, he separates the sense from the nonsense, explaining why any therapy—alternative or traditional—should be scrutinized. As Dr. Offit explains, some popular therapies are remarkably helpful due to the placebo response, but "there's no such thing as alternative medicine. There's only medicine that works and medicine that doesn't."


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  • ASIN : 0062222988
  • Publisher : Harper Paperbacks; 1st edition (May 13, 2014)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 336 pages
  • Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.76 x 8 inches
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