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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Exaggerated claims, misleading advertisements, and false information about complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) make it virtually impossible to protect the public from today's snake oils readily ... Read full review

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Excellent review of the science on alternative (unproven) medicine.
A basic reference book on the evidence (or lack of) for many subjects. Necessary reading if you are using any of the treatments
covered. The lack of bias is extraordinary. The book is extremely well documented to be fair to the subjects covered. Less used modalities that have not been shown to be overtly harmful but have little evidence to support claims made for them by their practioners, like Rolfing, are given the weight they deserve. 


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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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