FREE ⚹ Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine ⛑ eBook or Kindle ePUB free

FREE á Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative 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 Minds are like parachutes They only function when open Thomas DewarTrick or Treatment examines and evaluates the evidence for four alternative medicines acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropracty, and herbal medicine By and large, Singh and Ernst, a journalist and a physician with a background in homeopathy, trash what they see The research, when present, is weak, overstated, and poorly controlled Repeatedly, they conclude that there is little evidence that these treatments are little better Minds are like parachutes They only function when open Thomas DewarTrick or Treatment examines and evaluates the evidence for four alternative medicines acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropracty, and herbal medicine By and large, Singh and Ernst, a journalist and a physician with a background in homeopathy, trash what they see The research, when present, is weak, overstated, and poorly controlled Repeatedly, they conclude that there is little evidence that these treatments are little better than a placebo, except for a scattering of herbal remedies and inlimited circumstances than often articulated e.g., chiropracty for back pain.Singh and Ernst argue that even treatments that are useful, such as St John s wort, should not be taken uncritically St John s wort can interfere with many medicines, including many medicines used for HIV and cancer, some oral contraceptives, and immunosuppressants Unfortunately, many people believe that herbal remedies are inherently safe because they are natural Singh and Ernst argue natural does not mean safe, nor that conventional medicine is necessarily unsafe.My favorite parts of the book were the first two chapters focusing on research design and bloodletting Did you know that George Washington had been drained of half his blood in less than a day Singh and Ernst discuss the difficulties of using single cases as proof, the importance of blinding patients and doctors to treatments during clinical trials, the dangers of uncritical acceptance of endorsements, andFor example, in 1854, patients at the London Homoeopathic Hospital had a survival rate of 84%, compared to just 47% for patients receivingconventional treatment at a nearby hospital This difference seems to clearly indicate that homeopathy waseffective than conventional medicine, but Singh and Ernst argue that this difference could be attributable to differences in hygiene, the typical levels of illness at each hospital, or how ineffective conventional medicine was during that period think bloodletting, vomiting, and medicines such as arsenic and mercury.Interesting read I believe in an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out Arthur Hays Sulzberger DIE, HOMEOPATHY, DIE This 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, right under the surface My own mom just came in to tell me I have to be careful tomorrow 11 11 11 , because the number 11 scares her I don t understand it, but there DIE, HOMEOPATHY, DIE This 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, right under the surface My own mom just came in to tell me I have to be careful tomorrow 11 11 11 , because the number 11 scares her I don t understand it, but there it is And being afraid of the number 11 probably won t hurt her, but there are people out there who will find ways to take advantage of her fear.This is why this book is so important People need to know why alternative medicine doesn t work, and they need to know how we can tell that it doesn t work And if I had to write a book for non sciency folks to understand how we ve come to that conclusion, well, this is exactly the book I would write Except it s already been written I ll have to find something else to do with my time.The book is at the same time ruthlessly scientific and ridiculously accessible It flat out refuses to make any assumptions, choosing instead to revise from scratch all the evidence we have on alternative therapies Except you can t do that without first explaining the method you re using, so that s what the authors do they intertwine all the acupuncture talk with scientific method talk.That is, they start out by laying out the origins of the clinical trial, and before you know it they re explaining the concept of publication bias and the Cochrane initiative The result is a rigorous, honest and well researched book, and the fact that it s a little lightweight is probably its greatest strength 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 medicine.The authors take an in depth look at the four most popular modalities in the alternative medicine world acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic and herbal medicine The 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 medicine.The 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 techniques.The 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 beeffective than conventional therapies, is usually muchexpensive, and carries a rarely discussed but very real risk of stroke, leading the authors to recommend against it.Though 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 booklikely 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 Wow The authors treat their readers as if we are unintelligent I really thought this book was going to take aneutral, 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 It s always easy to convince you of something you already b Wow The authors treat their readers as if we are unintelligent I really thought this book was going to take aneutral, 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 It s always easy to convince you of something you already believe The book stereo typed users and practitioners of alternative medicine, and even said that conventional medical doctors take aholistic approach to treating patients than alternative practitioners Don t you think that s always going to depend on who your doctor or alternative practitioner is It pointed out all the rare, isolated cases and possible side effects and drug interactions of many herbs, but failed to mention that most pharmaceutics have just as many side effects possible interactions and rare cases in which something went wrong It had a chart giving ratings of good, medium and poor to about 35 different herbs On page 204 the authors write If a herbal remedy does not appear in the table, then it is probably safe to assume that there is no convincing evidence to support its use Really So you ve covered everything worthwhile here in just a couple of pages huh Do your research, be smart about your decisions, and never assume anything, I say There are many books, scientific journals, articles, etc out there to read LOTS of scientific studies done No, I haven t read them all No one possibly could, including the authors But I personally would never tell you what to assume, nor would I make the assumption that just because something is mainstream that makes it the correct way to do it I m not jumping off that bridge I do have to admit, however, that it did have some fun historical facts on the origins of alternative medicines, and a few nice quotes I guess my time wasn t entirely wasted