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Do you believe in magic? : vitamins, supplements, and all things natural : a look behind the curtain

Author: Paul A M D Offit
Publisher: New York ; London : HarperCollins, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harper pbkView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul A M D Offit
ISBN: 0062222988 9780062222985
OCLC Number: 1015526848
Description: xii, 322 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: . Prologue : taking a look at alternative medicine --
Introduction : saving Joey Hofbauer --
Distrust of modern medicine. Rediscovering the past : Mehmet Oz and his superstars --
Lure of all things natural. Vitamin craze : Linus Pauling's ironic legacy --
Little supplement makers versus Big Pharma. Supplement industry gets a free pass : neutering the FDA --
Fifty-one thousand new supplements : which ones work? --
When the stars shine on alternative medicine. Menopause and aging : Suzanne Somers weighs in --
Autism's Pied Piper : Jenny McCarthy's crusade --
Chronic Lyme Disease : the Blumenthal Affair --
Hope business. Curing cancer : Steve Jobs, shark cartilage, coffee enemas, and more --
Sick children, desperate parents : Stanislaw Burzynski's urine cure --
Charismatic healers are hard to resist. Magic potions in the twenty-first century : Rashid Buttar and the lure of personality --
Why some alternative therapies really do work. Remarkably powerful, highly underrated placebo response --
When alternative medicine becomes quackery --
Epilogue : Albert Schweitzer and the witch doctor : a parable.
Responsibility: Paul A. Offit, M.D.

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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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