Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine [NOOK Book]

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The truth about the potions, lotions, pills and needles, pummelling and energizing that lie beyond the realms of conventional medicine.


Whether you are an ardent believer in alternative medicine, a skeptic, or are simply baffled by the range of services and opinions, this guide lays to rest doubts and contradictions with authority, integrity, and clarity. In this groundbreaking analysis, over thirty of the most popular treatments—acupuncture, homeopathy, aromatherapy, ...

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Overview

The truth about the potions, lotions, pills and needles, pummelling and energizing that lie beyond the realms of conventional medicine.


Whether you are an ardent believer in alternative medicine, a skeptic, or are simply baffled by the range of services and opinions, this guide lays to rest doubts and contradictions with authority, integrity, and clarity. In this groundbreaking analysis, over thirty of the most popular treatments—acupuncture, homeopathy, aromatherapy, reflexology, chiropractic, and herbal medicines—are examined for their benefits and potential dangers. Questions answered include: What works and what doesn't? What are the secrets, and what are the lies? Who can you trust, and who is ripping you off? Can science decide what is best, or do the old wives' tales really tap into ancient, superior wisdom?In their scrutiny of alternative and complementary cures, authors Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst also strive to reassert the primacy of the scientific method as a means for determining public health practice and policy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393069860
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/17/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 355,514
  • File size: 544 KB

Meet the Author

Edzard Ernst, based at the University of Exeter, is the UK’s first professor of complementary medicine.

Best-selling author and science journalist Simon Singh lives in London. His books include Fermat’s Last Theorem, The Code Book, and Big Bang.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 How do You Determine the Truth? 6

2 The Truth About Acupuncture 39

3 The Truth About Homeopathy 91

4 The Truth About Chiropractic Therapy 145

5 The Truth About Herbal Medicine 191

6 Does the Truth Matter? 236

Appendix: Rapid Guide to Alternative Therapies 290

Futher Reading 329

Acknowledgements 333

Picture Credits 334

Index 335

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2008

    Information to cure anecdotes

    For several years, Simon Singh has been a prominent and vocal critic of the profiteering, poorly regulated alternative medicine industry in the UK. He wrote this book with Dr Edvard Ernst to present the existing research on the efficacy of the most common alternative treatments. He's being sued by the British Chiropractor's Association in an attempt to suppress his opinion after penning an article in a popular newspaper stating chiropractic isn't an appropriate therapy for ear aches. That much may seem obvious, but the science has sparked a conflagration fueled by billions of dollars of endangered snake oil. Still, some traditional remedies passed the test and are recommended by the authors. As in his other books, Singh makes some discussion of history and science for context, but the overall aim is to educate the public enough to demand professional standards for medical care.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2008

    Buy this book before your next alternative medical treatment!

    Trick or Treatment is a must have book for the alternative medicine user: easy to read, honest, fact-based. You might be mad at your alternative medical provider after reading it for not being straight with you, but you will have saved a fortune and perhaps your health.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2009

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    Balanced and impartial book examining objective evidence for or against most common branches of alternative medicine

    This is an excellent book written by a British professor of complimentary medicine. It consists of impartial detailed description of the available evidence on the safety and efficiency of most widely available alternative therapies : accupuncture, homeopathy, herbal medicine, chiropractics ( and brief notes on quite a few others). If you "believe" or "don't believe" in alternative medicine , don't bother with this book : it is written for people ( general public, not only physicians) who want the knowledge on this subject, not the faith.
    Very easy to read, minimal use of scientific terminology. I grade the books as Buy and Keep (BK), Read Library book and Return ( RLR) and Once I Put it Down I Couldn't Pick it Up ( OIPD-ICPU). This one is definitely BK.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    Excellent, well thought out, and well researched reference book

    Singh and Ernst take an approach based on evidence for each subject they cover in this book. They provide a brief history of each approach, and discuss case studies and clinical trials with objectivity. This book is a must-read for everyone who is interested in their own health, to help evaluate the alternative treatments and their effectiveness (or not.)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    excellent review and evidence-based refutation of many claims for popular alternative medicine.

    really worth reading this book. Believers in alternative care probably will dismiss it but his case is solid, evidence-based and compelling

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2008

    Distortion of Facts

    His chapter on Chiropractic is all over the place. He jumps from acupuncture to chiropractic to homeopathy. I understand he is trying to present the data available on Chiropractic and its pitfalls, but he blows the risk of stroke out of proportion without reading all the research. He finds the opinion he wants to find and is wrong in many areas during this chapter. After reading it, I was too angry to continue reading.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2008

    Unqualified and non-experienced authors

    It is ashame that authors who have not practiced in other professions, even for a short period time, are allowed to mislead the public and patients who seak or required other therapies. Maybe they are foreign or complementary, but, in reference to Chinese, to discriminate and say they are promoting acupuncture so only positive studies are published? Who is the idiot author? The Chinese will be practicing Acupuncture for the next thousand years, despite Western medicine and what we think! It works fot them, 1.3 Billion of them! Who is a racist Simon <BR/>Singh or Ernest the MD. And Chiropractic therapies work! Homeopathic treatments are now prescribed and practiced in the U.S.A by many high paid Plastic Surgeons! What about ECT, is that plecebo too? Antibiotic? Do they really work or is it the bodies defenses that kill the bacteria? This book is a damaging way for the authors to make money and mislead the public in their own bias direction.

    0 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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