The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine
Jun 10, 2013
In his new book, Do You Believe In Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, Dr. Paul A. Offit takes a critical look at the field of alternative medicine and separates fact from fiction and science from snake oil. Since fifty percent of Americans use some form of alternative medicine, and ten percent use it on their children, Dr. Offit examines the questions, does it really work and where is the scientific proof?
As a multiple best-selling author, Every Child By Two Board Member, and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Offit suggests that while American’s love alternative medicine, they are paying a high price for it. From regular visits to acupuncturists, chiropractors and naturopaths to the daily ingesting of homeopathic remedies, Chinese herbs and megavitamins, the use of alternative therapies has not only become a $34 billion-a-year industry, but a practice that promotes miracle cures that are often ineffective and very harmful to our health. Drawing on current research and real-life experiences of patients, this book investigates alternative therapies for such ailments and conditions as chronic pain, Lyme’s disease, cancer, menopause and aging. Grounded in science, Dr. Offit’s book warns that alternative medicine is an unregulated industry under no legal obligation to prove its claims or admit its risks.
“Making decisions about our health is an awesome responsibility,” writes Dr. Offit. “If we’re going to do it, we need to take it seriously. Otherwise we will violate the most basic principle of medicine: first do no harm.”
While the book will be released by Harper Collins next Tuesday, June 18th, we are organizing a “flash mob” pre-sales event tomorrow, Tuesday, June 11th. To help drive media attention and book sales on this one day, please consider purchasing a copy of the book (or several to gift to family and friends) on June 11th. Hard copy purchases are best, but eBooks help too.
You can purchase Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine online at Amazon here or through Barnes and Noble here. When you make a purchase you can do so knowing that all proceeds from the sales of the book will be donated to the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a resource that we regularly reference and refer others to for accurate vaccine information.
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