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Do you believe in magic? [electronic resource] : The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine. Paul A Offit.

Offit, Paul A. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 9780062223005 (electronic bk)
  • Date Published: 2013.

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Summary, etc.: 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...
Reproduction Note: Electronic reproduction. New York : HarperCollins e-books, 2013. Requires Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 1347 KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB) or OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB).
Subject: Nonfiction.
Genre: Electronic books.

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