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A Consumer's Guide to "Alternative Medicine": A Close Look at Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Faith-Healing, and Other Unconventional Treatments

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Butler disposes of the myths and madness perpetrated by fringe practitioners, bogus nutritionists, "health pornographers," and the "quackery mafia." Laying bare the absurdities and dangers of some popular diets and the unethical behavior of health gurus, he also shows how some unscientific "healing cults" are getting their dogma written into state law, defrauding the public and siphoning off billions of healthcare dollars.

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An assault on bogus healing claims, certainly a justifiable campaign. Detracting from the credibility of the author's itemization of unproven cures is his failure to explore the holes and fallacies of conventional medicine. Many people who've experienced the discrepancy between what conventional medicine "knows" and what it really knows will continue to seek help elsewhere. At least this compendium can alert seekers to some snake oil sales techniques.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

After decades of bestselling books that promote killer diets, worthless supplements, dangerous self-care regimens, and assorted health misinformation, the time has come for a book that clarifies the issues and sets straight the facts on homeopathy, acupuncture, faith-healing, and other unconventional treatments.

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Carol, June 24, 2012 (view all comments by Carol)
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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780879757335
Other:
Butler, Kurt
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Author:
Butler, Kurt
Location:
Buffalo, N.Y. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Alternative medicine
Subject:
Health and hygiene
Subject:
Healing
Subject:
Quacks and quackery
Subject:
Quackery.
Subject:
Alternative Medicine -- popular works.
Subject:
Therapeutics Cults -- popular works.
Subject:
Therapeutics Cults
Subject:
Metaphysics-Healing
Subject:
Alternative Therapies
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Consumer health library
Series Volume:
147
Publication Date:
19920631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
308
Dimensions:
8.99x5.89x.97 in. .97 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , After decades of bestselling books that promote killer diets, worthless supplements, dangerous self-care regimens, and assorted health misinformation, the time has come for a book that clarifies the issues and sets straight the facts on homeopathy, acupuncture, faith-healing, and other unconventional treatments.
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