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Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine eBook Kindle


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In Do You Believe in Magic?, medical expert Paul A. Offit, M.D., offers a scathing exposé of the alternative medicine industry, revealing how even though some popular therapies are remarkably helpful due to the placebo response, many of them are ineffective, expensive, and even deadly.

Dr. Offit reveals how alternative medicine—an unregulated industry under no legal obligation to prove its claims or admit its risks—can actually be harmful to our health.

Using dramatic real-life stories, Offit separates the sense from the nonsense, showing why any therapy—alternative or traditional—should be scrutinized. He also shows how some nontraditional methods can do a great deal of good, in some cases exceeding therapies offered by conventional practitioners.

An outspoken advocate for science-based health advocacy who is not afraid to take on media celebrities who promote alternative practices, Dr. Offit advises, “There’s no such thing as alternative medicine. There’s only medicine that works and medicine that doesn’t.”

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Medical expert and health advocate Dr. Paul A. Offit offers an impassioned and meticulously researched exposé of the alternative medicine industry.

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 seeking to burn fat, detoxify livers, shrink prostates, alleviate colds, stimulate brains, boost energy, reduce stress, enhance immunity, eliminate pain, prevent cancer, and enliven sex.

But as Offit reveals, alternative medicine—an unregulated industry under no legal obligation to prove its claims or admit its risks—can actually be harmful to our health. Even though some popular therapies are remarkably helpful due to the placebo response, many of them are ineffective, expensive, and even deadly. In Do You Believe in Magic? he explains how

  • megavitamins increase the risk of cancer and heart disease—a fact well known to scientists but virtually unknown to the public;
  • dietary supplements have caused uncontrolled bleeding, heart failure, hallucinations, arrhythmias, seizures, coma, and death;
  • acupuncture needles have pierced hearts, lungs, and livers, and transmitted viruses, including hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV;
  • chiropractic manipulations have torn arteries.

Dr. Offit debunks the treatments that don't work and explains why. He also takes on the media celebrities who promote alternative medicine, including Mehmet Oz, Suzanne Somers, and Jenny McCarthy. Using dramatic real-life stories, he separates the sense from the nonsense, showing why any therapy—alternative or traditional—should be scrutinized. As he advises us, "There's no such thing as alternative medicine. There's only medicine that works and medicine that doesn't."


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  • Formato: eBook Kindle
  • Tamanho do arquivo: 1060 KB
  • Número de páginas: 341 páginas
  • Editora: Harper; Edição: Reprint (18 de junho de 2013)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Servicos de Varejo do Brasil Ltda
  • Idioma: Inglês
  • ASIN: B009NG3A2M
  • Leitura de texto: Habilitado
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  • Configuração de fonte: Habilitado
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Incredibly important book 28 de outubro de 2016
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Recovering from a tick-borne illness for the last two years. This is the most important book I have ever read, and I have read an embarrassing number of books in my lifetime.
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Interesting read giving reader lots to think about. Shows both sides of this story between modern medicine and alternative Medicine.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Everyone should read this 20 de abril de 2017
Por Charlie - Publicada na Amazon.com
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As someone with a chronic illness, I really appreciate this book. Early in my illness, in desperation, I went to an alternative doctor and nutritionist. They ignored my (correct) diagnosis, ordered expensive tests and prescribed expensive supplements that my insurance didn't cover, and put me on a diet that literally almost killed me and did land me in the hospital for 2 weeks. But because they were medical professionals, I trusted them and did what they said. 4 years and much research later and I realize it's almost all snake oil and practiced by either delusional enthusiasts or amoral con artists. Not only did they seriously injure me,they caused me to waste a ton of money, put me in the hospital and delayed my real treatment.

I thought the book was easy to read and captivating, with tons of sources and data, and I liked how he pointed out that we do actually use a lot of medicine derived from plants. My favorite part of the book was the section on supplements.

Be skeptical. We have modern science and treatments for a reason. As the book states, there is no such thing as alternative medicine - only medicine that works and medicine that doesn't.
5.0 de 5 estrelas Get the real scoop on supplements 18 de julho de 2017
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Great read if you've been confused about all the hype concerning taking multiple supplements. This comes from a doctor, who isn't selling snake oil and has no ax to grind but just wants to let the public know how much money is being flushed down the toilet in our quest to live forever in virtual youthfulness. Get educated and start saving your money. If some of these "natural" supplements really worked, don't you think Big Pharma would have jumped on it by now????
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Great book
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