Do You Believe in Magic?: Vitamins, Supplements, and All Things Natural: A Look Behind the Curtain

Do You Believe in Magic?: Vitamins, Supplements, and All Things Natural: A Look Behind the Curtain

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by Paul A., M.D. 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

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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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Editorial Reviews

Forbes
“Convincing.”
New York Times
“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.”
Wall Street Journal
“An invaluable chronicle that relates some of the many ways in which the vulnerabilities of anxious parents have been exploited.”
Science
“Lively. . . . Informative and well-written, the book deserves a wide audience among the general public, scientists, and health care professionals.”
New Republic
“Important and timely . . . Offit writes in a lucid and flowing style, and grounds a wealth of information within forceful and vivid narratives. This makes his argument - that we should be guided by science - accessible to a wide audience.”
Boston Globe
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.”
Financial Times
“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.”
Skeptical Inquirer
“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.”
on Autism's False Prophets Newsweek
“Few scientists are willing to touch this third rail of science publicity; Offit grabs it with two hands.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062222985
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/13/2014
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
177,874
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Paul A. Offit, MD, is chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as the acclaimed author of Autism's False Prophets, Vaccinated, and Deadly Choices.

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