Trick Or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine

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W. W. Norton & Company, Aug 17, 2008 - Medical - 342 pages
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The truth about the potions, lotions, pills and needles, pummelling and energizing that lie beyond the realms of conventional medicine.

Whether you are an ardent believer in alternative medicine, a skeptic, or are simply baffled by the range of services and opinions, this guide lays to rest doubts and contradictions with authority, integrity, and clarity. In this groundbreaking analysis, over thirty of the most popular treatments—acupuncture, homeopathy, aromatherapy, reflexology, chiropractic, and herbal medicines—are examined for their benefits and potential dangers. Questions answered include: What works and what doesn't? What are the secrets, and what are the lies? Who can you trust, and who is ripping you off? Can science decide what is best, or do the old wives' tales really tap into ancient, superior wisdom?In their scrutiny of alternative and complementary cures, authors Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst also strive to reassert the primacy of the scientific method as a means for determining public health practice and policy.
  

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This book takes an empirical view to evaluate the clinical trial data on various alternative medicine. For each of the "therapies" analyzed in the book, there is a summary of the historical background ... Read full review

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While I agree with some of the authors concerns about alternative medicine and it's effects on societal health, I can't help but feel this book was incredibly biased. The authors are not blatant about ... Read full review

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Contents

1ntroduction
1
How Do You Determine the Truth?
6
The Truth About Acupuncture
39
The Truth About Homeopathy
91
The Truth About Chiropractic Therapy
145
The Truth About Herbal Medicine
191
Does the Truth Matter?
236
Rapid Guide to Alternative Therapies
290
Further Reading
329
Acknowledgements
333
Picture Credits
334
Index
335
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Best-selling author and science journalist Simon Singh lives in London. His books include Fermat’s Last Theorem, The Code Book, and Big Bang.

Edzard Ernst, based at the University of Exeter, is the UK’s first professor of complementary medicine.

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