Willing to bear the slings and arrows of anti folk, Paul Offit has plowed/ploughed an impressive path in the science-based-medicine arena. He's my go-to guy with solid vaccine evidence and he's also the go-against-guy for all the folks who don't like vaccines. Here he's broadening out beyond vaccines to other alt med issues. I'm excited to read it, with a willingness to weigh what is fun new science vs what is individual anecdotes.
From the amazon description: 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.”