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In Do You Believe in Magic?, medical expert Paul A. Offit, M.D., offers a scathing exposť 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.

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    Canadian Quackery Watch

    - Who would you believe, a quack with a fake diploma, or your doctor?

    Which one of the following would you want to deliver your health care in Canada or any other country today?

    • Hulda Clark disgraced and now deceased cancer quack. Her family still profits from her wacko ideas and patients risk it all. BTW - She died of cancer, despite all of her claims that she could cure all cancers, even the tough ones.
    • Bill O'Neill and the Cancer Care Research Group in Ottawa.
    • Tyrell Dueck the 13 year old boy who was lured to a quack cancer clinic in Tijuana through the efforts of a chiropractor and an evangelical lawyer. His tragic story explains why he might still be alive today.
    • A Canadian doctor and Buffalo, NY guru who tell you that they know the truth about illness and disease, and use a bogus biofeedback device to rip you off.
    • An American dentist and religious fundamentalist who combines evangelical furvor, anti-vaccine rhetoric, and conspiracy theories in a massive attack at reality.

    What Chiropractors Don't Want You to See

    • Pediatric chiropractic promoters train each other at weekend courses at hotels, even though there is no evidence that any chiropractic treatment works for infants and/or kids.
    • Lana Dale Lewis - A woman strokes out and dies after chiropractic neck manipulation. It takes coroner's inquest nearly two years, and the family waited 7 years to finally find the real cause of her death.
    • Radiologists refuse to do chiropractic x-rays for children under 18 yrs.
    • The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College fails in their bid to become part of York University
    • Why has it taken nearly a decade to move against any chiropractors for their anti-vaccine position?
    • What did 20/20 say about chiropractic insurance fraud?
    • If veterinarians don't care about chiropractors who crack animal backs, then why should anyone else? - Weight Loss - Dangerous and Unproved Supplements

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    ISCAN - International Skin Cancer Awareness Network

    • Why does the sunbed industry escape regulation and lie about the harmful effects of artificial tanning?
    • What is your real risk for skin cancer, and other cancers if you continue to go to tanning parlors?
    • How does the industry use teenagers to addict them to tanning beds? What is "tanorexia?
    • How you can file lawsuits against the sunbed industry if you have been injured.
    • Why does the sunbed industry pay medical researchers to protect their turf?
    • Why did the governor of California become the spokesperson for the sunbed industry?
    • If veterinarians don't care about chiropractors who crack animal backs, then why should anyone else? Announces
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    The result of over two years of research into the bizarre claims and marketing of a nutraceutical made in Utah, sold in Alberta, and promoted by some pretty slick business people. This story involves claims made by leading researchers in universities, unbelievable media hype, and a scramble to stay one step ahead of Health Canada.

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  • Adam Dreamhealer
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  • Chiropractic strokes
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  • Chelation therapy
  • GHB-GBL deaths
  • Ecstasy deaths
  • Bust enhancers
  • Shark cartilage
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  • Metabolife 20/20
  • Meningitis deaths
  • Hyperbaric Oxy death