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

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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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About 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.

Praise For…



New Republic


Science


Forbes


Library Journal (starred review)

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


New York Times


Skeptical Inquirer


Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


Financial Times, on Deadly Choices


Newsweek, on Autism's False Prophets


Wall Street Journal, on Autism's False Prophets


Product Details
ISBN: 9780062222985
ISBN-10: 0062222988
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Publication Date: May 13th, 2014
Pages: 336
Language: English