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Skeptical Salon: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine

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.”

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  • Jennifer

    Thanks for coming everyone who could make it! Great to see new faces and regulars!

    August 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sadly, could not make it.

    August 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh my ingot stuck at work too ...in real medicine!! So would have loved to hear him smack down some of these crazy charlatans!!

    August 22, 2013

  • Sandy H.

    Meeting went long in Lincoln Park. I just got out. Won't make it - would love to hear a summary?

    August 22, 2013

  • Neil

    In general, "everything else" is not a useful category.
    "Medical claims not endorsed by the Official Medical
    Establishment" ranges from avant garde to 21st century to baloney to fraudulent . . .

    August 18, 2013

  • Mitch P.

    Wish I could attend, but I have to work that evening.

    August 17, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Hi! The salons are a book-club-style meetup, currently hosted in a private residence. Lots of food and drink are provided, but contributions to both are welcome :). There's a good amount of street parking on both State and Wabash, esp a couple of blocks south of the meetup, some metered, some not. We hope folks will read the book or at least part of it, but the discussion doesn't usually require that.

    August 16, 2013

  • James O.

    This will be my first event. What is the setting?

    August 16, 2013

  • Matt G

    I haven't been in years, Is there parking nearby?

    August 12, 2013

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