Suckers

Suckers

How Alternative Medicine Makes Fools of Us All

by Rose Shapiro

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/04/2009

$19.99
Alternative medicine is now used by one in three of us. In the UK we spend an estimated o4.5 billion a year on it and its practitioners are now insinuating themselves into the mainstream. There are methods based on ancient or far-eastern medicine, as well as ones invented in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Many are promoted as natural treatments. What they have in common is that there is no hard evidence that any of them work. reatments like homeopathy, acupuncture and chiropractic are widely available and considered reputable by many. Ever more bizarre therapies, from naturopathy to nutraceuticals, ear candling to ergogenics, are increasingly favoured. Endorsed by celebrities and embraced by the middle classes, alternative medicine s appeal is based on the spurious rediscovery of ancient wisdom and the supposedly benign quality of nature. Surrounded by an aura of unquestioning respect and promoted through uncritical airtime and column inches, alternative medicine has become a lifestyle choice. Its global market is predicted to be worth $5 trillion by 2050. uckers reveals how alternative medicine can jeopardise the health of those it claims to treat, leaches resources
ISBN:
9780099522867
Category:
Popular medicine & health
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-04-2009
Language:
English
Publisher:
Vintage Publishing
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
304
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x20mm
Weight:
0.25kg

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