Do You Believe in Magic?

Do You Believe in Magic?

By Paul A. Offit, M.D.

  • Release Date : 2013-06-18
  • Genre : Medical
  • FIle Size : 1.15 MB
Score: 4.5
From 38 Ratings


Do You Believe in Magic? In Do You Believe in Magic?, medical expert Paul A. Offit, M.D., offers a scathing exposé of the alternative medicine industry, revealing how even though some popular therapies are remarkably helpful due to the placebo response, many of them are ineffective, expensive, and even deadly.

Dr. Offit reveals how alternative medicine—an unregulated industry under no legal obligation to prove its claims or admit its risks—can actually be harmful to our health.

Using dramatic real-life stories, Offit separates the sense from the nonsense, showing why any therapy—alternative or traditional—should be scrutinized. He also shows how some nontraditional methods can do a great deal of good, in some cases exceeding therapies offered by conventional practitioners.

An outspoken advocate for science-based health advocacy who is not afraid to take on media celebrities who promote alternative practices, Dr. Offit advises, “There’s no such thing as alternative medicine. There’s only medicine that works and medicine that doesn’t.”


  • Offit is a great sales person for big pharma

    By brianbart81
    Offit is a great sales person for big pharma and the proliferation of the standard quo of sickness care in America. His robotic stance on everything not drug is quite telling of his intentions to raise the stock prices for big pharma and continue the decline of American health care. He is a puppet with the hand of profit lodged deeply up his rectum. Read this book, or better yet, just watch tv and belive all the claims from the drug ads he profits from. Save your time and just go to WebMD find some pills and order them online as that is the future of health care he propagates.
  • Reasoning > Magic

    By Abe K.
    I was blown away by this book. It is incredibly well researched and a page turner to say the least. Over the past year I've been troubled by the anti vaccination movement and this book provides great insight into why people turn away from traditional science and seek alternative therapies which haven't been proven to work. A definite must read.
  • Great read

    By docbitreece
    So glad this book was written, and written well. As a practicing endocrinologist I see so much pathology due to what one of my colleagues has coined "endocrinologia iatrogenica"---patients on various hormonal therapies (cash pay only, of course) that are promised as being the next Fountain of Youth or Boundless Sex Drive. This was a fun but also factual book that gives us the real low down on the billion dollar industry that is alternative medicine. I wish I could give one to every patient.
  • Very informative and an easy read

    By Tom1949elpaso
    This confirmed many suspicions that I had about alternative medicine and the placebo effect. Many aspects of the book were an eye opener and I thank Dr. Offit for that. It's a good easy read.
  • Excellent book

    By ineedareed
    One thing that I'm taking away from this book is the fragility and susceptibleness of the human mind. It seems we are so easily manipulated to believe almost anything. It saddens me to think of the millions of people who are in desperate need of care and these charlatans step up and just take advantage of them. It's so easy to look back at the 1800s and look at all the cures they had filled with cocaine, morphine, etc. and think how crazy it must have been. The reality is that the exact same situation is occurring today. Also I liked how when the FDA tried to step in and regulate these crooks, that they lobbied and turned the issue into a false notion that the government was trying to limit choice. Again, people can be manipulated to fight for the very thing that can kill them. On and on it goes. Read the book.
  • Essential Reading

    By ornwen
    For anyone who has to make any medical decision ever.
  • Outstanding easy to read and understand

    By john lamonica
    Reading this book will enhance both your health and your wealth!!! Good Job!!!
  • How sad for humans...

    By ATom917
    Holistic medicine needs to be administered by a licensed professional for it to work properly. The same is said to be true of Western medicine, except for the simple fact that Western medicine is run in a capitalistic atmosphere. Holistic practitioners do a lot more good for people than the pill pushing agents of Western medicine. I fear this book will scare people away from using therapies that have been used for thousands of years to safely treat disease. Western medicine has a long way to go before it comes even close to the track record of proven holistic treatments.
  • Magic

    By Labrum79
    Exceptional book that exposes the truth-long live scientific principles and long live placebo as long as it is proved no harm.
  • Knowledge is power

    By dangerdwh
    A well accepted principle in the scientific and medical community is that results from an intervention should be reproducible. If they aren't, then the results are likely from random chance or fraudulent data collection/reporting. "Do You Believe in Magic" applies the principle of intervention leading to results to the treatments espoused by some of alternative medicine's most prominent proponents. Dr. Offit does a great job of explaining the power of the placebo effect and if people had a better understanding of this effect, it would clear up much of confusion created by the glowing testimonials of these alternative treatments. As a pediatrician in training, I have unfortunately seen people put their trust in some of these false remedies at the expense of their children's health. I would like to think that if those families had read this book, they might have made more medically sound choices for their children.