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Healing Hype or Harm

This is a collection of essays on the topic of Complementary/Alternative Medicine (CAM) written by specialists from a wide range of backgrounds. The editor has given the contributors free rein to express their views. Since they come from a wide variety of angles from extremely anti-CAM to moderately supportive, the book contains widely different perspectives ranging from virulent attacks to thoughtful analyses. At first sight this may seem strange but in practice this book represents the very best of contemporary albeit on the whole skeptical scholarship. It is highly refreshing to find a collection that does not toe a line but instead gives a wide range of pros and cons and includes some new and stimulating ideas.

Autism's False Profits: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure (Hardcover)

Dr. Paul Offit's amazing new book about the history of the anti-vaccine movement and the international brigade of corrupt researchers, ambulance chasing lawyers, politicians and advocacy groups who helped manipulate the parents of those children who were autistic. The anti-vaccine movement has caused significant harm to public health efforts around the world. The publication of this book may signal the beginning of the end to their position. Time will tell whether or not this will stop their insanity and manipulation of science.
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Trick or Treatment: Alternative Medicine on Trial

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Trick or Treatment:
by Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst

The ultimate verdict on alternative medicine.

Welcome to the world of alternative medicine. Prince Charles is a staunch defender and millions of people swear by it; most UK doctors consider it to be little more than superstition and a waste of money. But how do you know which treatments really heal and which are potentially harmful? Now at last you can find out, thanks to the formidable partnership of Professor Edzard Ernst and Simon Singh. Edzard Ernst is the world's first professor of complementary medicine, based at Exeter University, where he has spent over a decade analysing meticulously the evidence for and against alternative therapies.

He is supported in his findings by Simon Singh, the well-known and highly respected science writer of several international bestsellers. Together they have written the definitive book on the subject. It is honest, impartial but hard-hitting, and provides a thorough examination and judgement of more than thirty of the most popular treatments, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, aromatherapy, reflexology, chiropractic and herbal medicine.

In "Trick or Treatment?" the ultimate verdict on alternative medicine is delivered for the first time with clarity, scientific rigour and absolute authority.

  • The last rites for alternative medicine? - Telegraph

  • Note to Prince Charles: 'You're wrong' - MediaLife Magazine

  • Complementary therapies: The big con? - The Independent
  • Suckers:
    How Alternative Medicine Makes Fools of Us All

    by Rose Shapiro

    Suckers reveals how alternative medicine can jeopardize the health of those it claims to treat, leaches resources from treatments of proven efficacy and is largely unaccountable and unregulated. In short, it is an industry that preys on human vulnerability and makes fools of us all.

    The Cure Within
    A History of Mind-Body Medicine

    by Anne Harrington

    Reviewed by Dr. Jerome Groopman

    In “The Cure Within,” her splendid history of mind-body medicine, Anne Harrington tries to explain why we draw connections between emotions and illness, and helps trace how today’s myriad alternative and complementary treatments came to be. A professor and chairman of the history of science department at Harvard, Harrington has produced a book that desperately needed to be written.

    Blind Faith: The Unholy Alliance of Religion and Medicine

    by Dr. Richard P. Sloan, PhD

    Blockbuster New Book tackling the thorny issues about religion, prayer and medicine. If you've been told that you have an incurable illness, and that prayer will help --- think again.

    This book will open your eyes. Dr. Sloan is a professor at the Columbia University School of Medicine and he introduces us to the major players in this new area of Christian evangelism. The studies purporting to show any health benefits from going to church or "being religious" are all so flawed as to render them useless. Using his epidemiological knowledge, Sloan carefully shows the reader how one should analyze claims from the media and claims in journals that purport to show a connection between religious behavior and improved health. and HealthWatcher bring you the best new releases in Alternative Medicine, but don't expect the usual junk science. Our fine selection of alternative medicine books will lead you to an essential understanding of the latest scientific opinions about this growing field.


    In his lively debut, health and medical journalist Hurley takes aim at the $21 billion supplement industry and its potentially injurious "natural" products. Hurley maintains that the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 is one of the worst laws on the books. Shielding vitamins and herbal concoctions from FDA testing, it requires only that no curative claims be made for such "dietary supplements." In the prologue, Hurley shows that curative claims are made, anyway, and the users of an herbal salve were able to sue when the stuff ate their flesh.

    Broadway Press

    Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine Considered

    David W. Ramey
    Bernard E. Rollin
    Franklin M. Loew

    Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine Considered is a book that belongs in your veterinary library. If you are a veterinarian wondering if you should incorporate complementary and alternative veterinary medicine (CAVM) into your practice, if you have recently hired an associate eager to try such things as acupuncture or homeopathy, or if you have clients asking you about chiropractic, herbal, or magnetic field therapy for their pets, you’ll want to understand the history, science and ethics behind such therapies.

    Iowa State University Press

    Implementing Complementary Therapies in Primary Care

    This book is essential reading for all those interested in the critical evaluation of CAM and it s integration into a primary care environment. This book is a practical and readable guide to the integration of complementary therapies into mainstream primary care. Based on the successful experiences of the authors in a clinical setting.


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    Nature Cures: Nature Cures
    The History of
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    In America

    James C Whorton

    Oxford University Press

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    Stephen Barrett
    William Jarvis
    Manfred Kroger

    McGraw Hill

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    The New York Times Guide to Alternative Health New York Times
    Guide to
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    Jane Brody
    Denise Grady

    Times Books



    Where's the Evidence? : Debates in Modern Medicine Where's the Evidence?
    Debates in
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    William A. Silverman
    David L. Sackett

    Oxford University Press


    Evidence Based Medicine Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM (Book with CD-ROM)
    David Sackett
    Sharon Straus
    W. Scott Richardson
    William Rosenberg
    R Brian Haynes

    Churchill Livingston



    Clinical Epidemiology : A Basic Science for Clinical
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    A Basic Science
    for Clinical Medicine

    David Sackett

    R. Brian Haynes
    Peter Tugwell
    Gordon H. Guyatt

    Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Publishers


    User's Guide to the Medical Literature User's Guide to the Medical Literature - Essentials of Evidence-Based Clinical Practice
    Gordon, Md. Guyatt
    Drummond Rennie

    American Medical Association


    PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness Is
                     Corrupting Medicine

    Excellent book review

    A doctor argues that affirmative action and ignoramous patient's organizations are ruining American health care.


    Healing or Stealing? Medical Charlatans Healing or Stealing?
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    Jean-Marie Abgrall

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    Martin Gardner

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    From the Wandering Jew to William F. Buckley, Jr.



    Dr. Bob McCoy

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    Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud

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    This is PDR's first edition of the Family Guide to Natural Medicines and Healing Therapies. For objective reports on what works, what doesn't work, and what's harmful about going to an alternative medical guru or clinic, you can't beat the PDR's team of experts.

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    C. Everett Koop
    Marc S. Micozzi

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    Steven Bratman

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    Steven Barrett
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    Ann Landers

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    Jack Z Yetiv, M.D., PhD

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    Kurt Butler
    Stephen Barrett

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    Five Steps to Selecting the Best Alternative Medicine
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    A Guide to Complementary & Integrative Healthcare

    Mary Morton
    Michael Morton
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    Bernie Siegel Victor Herbert

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    Alternative Medicine and Ethics

    James M. Humber
    Robert F. Almeder

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    Skeptics Guide to Alternative Medicine
    The Holistic Approach to Well Being

    Carlos A. Bonilla
    Joyce L. Goss
    Carlos A. Bonilla
    Wesley King

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    Please buy me NOW Professions and the Public Interest :
    Medical Power, Altruism
    & Alternative Medicine

    Mike Saks

    As its title suggests, this book provides a sociologist's perspective on "healers...practising...outside the boundaries of conventional medicine". Easthope's narrative reports from the field enliven his analysis, which provides a social context for understanding the appeal and varying 'effectiveness' of both unorthodox and orthodox healers. The resulting book, concise and readable, contains much of interest from a general-semantics perspective.
    Reviewed by Bruce I. Kodish, P.T., Ph.D. © 1998*

    Routledge, Chapman & Hall

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    The Trick Is to Know the Difference

    George A. Ulett

    Although alternative medicine is now studied seriously in The National Institutes of Health and Harvard Medical School, questions of efficacy and practitioner motivation still cloud the topic. Alternative Medicine or Magical Healing attempts to give a balanced picture of the New Age healing movement and sorts out which treatments should be approached with caution or avoided, and which might be useful as complements to traditional medicine. Dr. Ulett was one of the first American physicians to study in China and Japan, and pioneered the use of acupuncture in this country. His long interest in holistic healing reflects an open-mindedness to other ways of treating and an interest in healing both body and spirit. Dr. Ulett is a past Director of the Missouri Department of Mental Health. He currently has a private practice in Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychiatry.

    Warren H. Green

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