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Original Essays | July 24, 2014

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The Gerson Therapy: The Amazing Nutritional Program for Cancer and Other Illnesses by Charlotte Gerson
The Gerson Therapy: The Amazing Nutritional Program for Cancer and Other Illnesses

Carol, February 3, 2013

Gerson Therapy has been evaluated in medical studies and shown to shorten lives, and make the quality of dying patients lives far worse. Don't waste your time or money on this disproven and unpleasant collection of unproven "treatments." Coffee enemas--part of this weird collection--have no therapeutic value. As Dr. Harriet Hall (the SkepDoc) says, coffee tastes better when administered orally. People who follow the Gerson Therapy live shorter and more unpleasant lives, downing huge amounts of pills that have no value whatever. It's hard to accept that our lives must end, but spending money on this horrible collection of malpractice makes it even worse. This book can harm you. Don't buy into it's lack of logic and evidence.
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A Consumer's Guide to "Alternative Medicine": A Close Look at Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Faith-Healing, and Other Unconventional Treatments by Kurt Butler
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Carol, June 24, 2012

The book news annotation is unfair. This book is not about conventional medicine, which is subject to the standards of science. What it criticizes is so-called 'alternative medicine' which persists despite the lack of evidence to support it. Worse, people subject themselves to risks such as arterial dissection from chiropractic and infection from acupuncture needles when the evidence is clear: chiropractic neck adjustments have no positive effect, and acupuncture not only doesn't work, but there is no evidence of any qi, meridians, or energy fields, much less that inserting needles can have any effect on these non-existent energies. When there is no evidence of efficacy, despite years of searching, it becomes unethical to promote a treatment that can't help, but can cause harm--even if the risk of harm is small. I'm glad that people are writing books like this one; it will be a small voice for rationality amid the sea of books promising miraculous cures with unproven quack methods and remedies.
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How to Tell the Birds from the Flowers by Robert Williams Wood
How to Tell the Birds from the Flowers

Carol, April 13, 2012

How lucky we are to have this old volume in print. Fanciful and funny illustrations are the highlight of this book, and while not botanically or ornithologically accurate, it will be a delight to natural history buffs. A great gift for bird lovers who want a laugh.
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The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession by Chandler Burr
The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession

Carol, October 9, 2011

Seeing the author on a book fair panel made me realize why I didn't like this book; Chandler Burr is anti-science. In this book he promotes the views of one man on the theory of scent; these views have been discredited and are not mainstream science. If you really want to learn about the science of scent, read Avery Gilbert's "What the Nose Knows," which he wrote after becoming infuriated by the mistakes in "The Emperor of Scent."
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Miracle on the Hudson: The Survivors of Flight 1549 Tell Their Extraordinary Stories of Courage, Faith, and Determination by Laura Parker
Miracle on the Hudson: The Survivors of Flight 1549 Tell Their Extraordinary Stories of Courage, Faith, and Determination

Carol, January 11, 2010

While the book was absorbing, it is not a good, factual account of the accident, relying instead on the subjective impressions of the passengers, warped by the passage of time. If you are reading to explore an airplane accident from the point of view of the passengers, it is good... until the last chapter, which deteriorates into a religious tract. It is flawed as well by technical errors, as well as poor descriptions which don't correlate well with a real airplane. Overall, I was disappointed in the authors, and the passengers, who seemed to have learned nothing from their experience. They all believed that airplane accidents are 100 percent fatal, and as a result, were poorly prepared to do what was required to save themselves. Many were aware that they were going to land in the river, yet only two removed their life vests prior to leaving the airplane. They didn't know where the exits were or how to operate them, and instead of reviewing this information during the descent, they wailed and prayed and tried to use their cell phones. Most didn't know how to brace for impact, and they kept coming out of the brace position to look around, resulting in many head injuries. Some now confess to medicating themselves in order to fly, which further limits their ability to rapidly exit an airplane in an emergency; others mentioned closing the window shades because they were afraid to look, depriving them of information which could be vital for their survival. There is no mention about the irrationality of their fears: some drove instead of flying on other trips, thus increasing their chances of dying. This book may be enjoyed by religious readers--especially Christians--but will disappoint anyone who has hopes for humans becoming rational creatures.
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