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“For anyone who has ever wondered about the scientific evidence for the effectiveness of alternative therapies” Susan Okie Washington Post Whether you are an ardent believer in alternative medicine a skeptic or are simply baffled by the range of services and opinions this grou This is the third book I ve read this year that examines the evidence for and against alternative medicine so much of the ground it covers was already familiar to me Despite that fact I enjoyed this book a great deal and think it is likely to be the most accessible to those who have personal experience with alternative medicineThe authors take an in depth look at the four most popular modalities in the alternative medicine world acupuncture homeopathy chiropractic and herbal medicine They briefly discuss the history and public perception of each before they analyze what science has to say about the true effectiveness of these techniuesThe authors are not shy about stating those cases in which science does indicate possible effectiveness of these modalities such as acupuncture for pain and nausea chiropractic for low back pain and certain herbs for various specified conditions They take things a step further however by comparing these treatments with their conventional counterparts in terms of both cost and risk While chiropractic may be effective for certain types of back pain it has not been shown to be effective than conventional therapies is usually much expensive and carries a rarely discussed but very real risk of stroke leading the authors to recommend against itThough the bulk of the book is spent on the four most popular CAM treatments the appendix contains brief summary of their findings for 36 other CAM modalities from Ayuveda to spiritual healing that I found particularly informative I hope that the authors willingness to give credit to those therapies that do warrant further study will make this book likely to be read by those who could best benefit from this information Unlike the authors of Suckers and Snake Oil Science Ernst knows this world from the inside He is world s first professor of complementary medicine and also a former homeopath As the authors discuss the placebo effect the empathetic nature of CAM practitioners and the preference we give to anecdotal over scientific evidence are likely to continue keeping the public confused about the true effectiveness of some of these methods Those who would like to make certain they are getting good value for their hard earned cash before trying one of these treatments however will find this book an invaluable resource

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Trick or Treatment The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine

Ers What works and what doesn’t Who can you trust and who is ripping you off In its scrutiny of alternative and complementary cures this book also strives to reassert the primacy of the scientific method as a means for determining public health practice and policy 16 illustratio This is essential reading on the topic of alternative medicine and I m a little embarrassed to admit that it s been sitting unread on my shelf for over a decade Trick or Treatment The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine is a practical balanced and evidence based guide to the legitimately confusing world of complementary and alternative medicine CAM The authors are well ualified on the topic Dr Edzard Ernst is a now retired academic physician and the first Professor of Complementary Medicine at Exeter and Simon Singh is a science journalist and gifted explainer This is the sort of book that if everyone could read and appreciated it would save consumers billions of dollars annually It could save a lot of lives as wellAlternative medicine is filled with grey areas when it comes to testing support effect harm cost consistency and a host of other factors Singh and Ernst wade into this murky state of affairs to demonstrate why science is so essential and clinical trials so powerful in establishing the truth of what works and what doesn t With historical examples they show how careful blinded testing among large sample sizes have cut through pet theories testimonials placebo and wishful thinking Anything that proves effective becomes part of medicine whatever its origin and everything else remains alternative either not proven effective or proven ineffectiveThe book primarily focuses on the four largest categories of CAM acupuncture homeopathy chiropractic therapy and herbal medicine The authors walk us through the origins and practice early success stories ways they ve been tested over time people who have been harmed and the narrowly prescribed situations in which they may prove helpful The full treatment is worth reading for its context history and nuanced arguments but I ll summarize with these proposed warning labels for each product the first is from Dylan Evans in his book PlaceboHomeopathy Warning this product is a placebo It will work only if you believe in homeopathy and only for certain conditions such as pain and depression Even then it is not likely to be as powerful as orthodox drugs You may get fewer side effects from this treatment than from a drug but you will probably also get less benefitAcupuncture Warning this treatment has shown only very limited evidence that it can treat some types of pain and nausea If it is effective for these conditions then its benefits appear to be short lived and minor It is expensive than conventional treatments and very likely to be less effective It is likely that its major impact is as a placebo in treating pain and nausea In the treatment of all other conditions acupuncture has no effect other than a placebo effect It is a largely safe treatment when practiced by a trained acupuncturistChiropractic Warning this treatment carries the risk of stroke and death if spinal manipulation is applied to the neck Elsewhere on the spine chiropractic therapy is relatively safe It has shown some evidence of benefit in the treatment of back pain but conventional treatments are usually eually effective and much cheaper In the treatment of all other conditions chiropractic therapy is ineffective except that it might act as a placeboA host of alternative modalities are discussed along the way and there s an incredibly helpful appendix at the end that gives one page summaries of dozens of additional diagnosticstreatmentsdietsmethods some you may have heard of and others you ll know to look out for It reads like a list of former and future investigations for my podcast in which I ve subjected myself to many of these treatments This book will serve as a constant reference for me to return to You ll also learn a bunch of fun facts along the way For example who knew that the e meter Scientology s famed spiritual technology device was originally invented in the 40s by chiropractor Volney Mathison Or that the word drug comes from the Swedish word druug meaning dried plant Or that Viagra was initially a failed treatment for angina until researchers found that male participants didn t want to give their pills back Or that homeopathic remedies have started with materials as absurd as fragments of the Berlin WallThis is a book chock full of valuable information and reasoned argument that will sharpen anyone s understanding of medicine and science It s dense but rewardingly so Highly recommended

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Ndbreaking analysis lays to rest doubts and contradictions with authority integrity and clarity Over thirty of the most popular treatments including acupuncture homeopathy aromatherapy reflexology chiropractic and herbal medicines are examined for their benefits and potential dang This book investigates the claims alternative medical treatments make based on a scientifically acknowledged methodologyThe book starts with a description of the scientific methods studies have to be based on to have any value They also evaluate some well known studiesThe next chapters look thouroughly on acupuncture homeopathy chiropractic therapy and herbal medicineThe last chapter which I found particularly interesting discusses if the placebo effect of alternative treatments is something that should be used as an addition to school medicineIn the appendix you find an overview and short evaluation of many alternative treatmentsI don t think it is a spoiler when I tell you that most alternative treatments have turned out as ineffective with a placebo effect in best case a few have a slight positive impact and some are not only ineffective but also dangerous The authors evaluation is based on a clear and well described scientific methodology their conclusions are comprehensively describedThis is a book for readers who appreciate a rational and scientific approach to things Readers who prefer gut feeling and a strong belief over facts will not be happy with this book


10 thoughts on “Trick or Treatment The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine

  1. says:

    DIE HOMEOPATHY DIEThis book is perfect I've been thinking I had to write this book eventually but now I don't have to because it exists and it's exactly as I imagined it Now all I have to do is have a child and plant a tree It's a fact that otherwise smart people have a tendency to believe weird stuff It's always there

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    This is the third book I've read this year that examines the evidence for and against alternative medicine so much of the ground it c

  3. says:

    Wow The authors treat their readers as if we are unintelligent I really thought this book was going to take a neutral and scientific based approach to exploring the efficacy of alternative medicines I am also surprised to see some of the reviewers on here saying things like this book just confirmed all my beliefs and I was already suspicious of alternative medicines Why even read it if you have already made up your mind

  4. says:

    Super biased in favor of conventional medicine which shouldn't be a shock since it's written by an MD Not well cited at all very anecdotal in the examples that prove how useless alternative medicine is other tha

  5. says:

    This book investigates the claims alternative medical treatments make based on a scientifically acknowledged methodologyThe book starts with a description of the scientific methods studies have to be based on to have any value They al

  6. says:

    In my continued exploration of alternative medicine I turned to Drs Edzard Ernst and Simon Singh’s Trick or Treatment While rife with medical history and science unfortunately it reads somewhat like stereo ins

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    This is essential reading on the topic of alternative medicine and I'm a little embarrassed to admit that it's been sitting unread on my shelf for over a decade Trick or Treatment The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine is a practica

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    This book takes an objective look at alternative medicine The outcome is electrifying to everyone who thinks and

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    So Trick or Treatment The Undeniable Facts About Alternative Medicine was written by Simon Singh who I used to respect and Edzard E

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    I once watched a pigeon waddling around on the sidewalk launch into the air and bounce off a pedestrian’s chest It shattered the illusion that the natural world is some sort of flawless mystical place—that ani

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