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Vitamins, Supplements, and All Things Natural: A Look Behind the Curtain

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'Do You Believe in Magic?' is a book by Paul A. Offit that provides a critical look at the world of alternative medicine, including its claims, safety, and effectiveness. It argues for the importance of science-based medicine.

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    Dietary supplements and natural remedies are not as healthy as you think.

    Do you feel extremely tired sometimes? Don’t look as youthful as you did ten years ago? Then you’re definitely lacking vitamins! But here’s the good news: You just need to pop some pills and everything will be OK. Right?

    If only it were that simple. The reality is that vitamin supplements and their alleged health benefits are vastly overrated. If we listen to the claims of supplement providers and get sucked in by those promising words in their campaigns – natural, bio, organic – then we’re easily convinced that vitamins are a modern miracle.

    Even exceptional chemist and two-time Nobel laureate Linus Pauling claimed that a daily dosage of 3,000 milligrams of vitamin C could cure not only a common cold, but also cancer. Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case. Studies have shown that vitamin pills don’t improve our health. In fact, they can do just the opposite.

    In 2004, researchers from the University of Copenhagen reviewed several studies of a total of 170,000 people to determine whether taking vitamins A, C, E and beta-carotene prevented intestinal cancer. The results were surprising, and disturbing: death rates are six percent higher in people taking vitamins.

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    What is Do You Believe in Magic? about?

    Do You Believe in Magic? (2013) uncovers the hidden truth behind the alternative medicine. With insightful research findings and revealing case studies, these blinks will make us rethink our beliefs about supposedly all-natural treatments, and their less than healing side effects.

    Do You Believe in Magic? Review

    Do You Believe in Magic? (2013) explores the world of alternative medicine and the dangers of relying on unproven remedies. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It presents compelling cases and evidence against alternative medicine, encouraging critical thinking and informed decision-making.
    • Using scientific research and personal anecdotes, it sheds light on the potential risks and consequences of trusting in unproven treatments.
    • The book's engaging narrative and thought-provoking arguments make it an eye-opening exploration that keeps readers engaged and offers new perspectives.

    Best quote from Do You Believe in Magic?

    We hate Big Pharma...We leap into the arms of Big Placebo. - Michael Specter

    —Paul A. Offit
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    Who should read Do You Believe in Magic??

    • People who take vitamins and supplements daily
    • Patients who are discontented with conventional medicine and are considering alternatives
    • Fans wondering about the latest miraculous remedy recommended by their favorite movie star

    About the Author

    Paul A. Offit, MD, is chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He’s the author of Autism’s False Prophets, Vaccinated and Deadly Choices.

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    What is the main message of Do You Believe in Magic??

    The main message of Do You Believe in Magic? is to critically evaluate the use of alternative medicine and be cautious of false claims.

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    Is Do You Believe in Magic? a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Do You Believe in Magic? is worth reading for its eye-opening insights into alternative medicine, shedding light on the potential risks and dangers involved.

    Who is the author of Do You Believe in Magic??

    The author of Do You Believe in Magic? is Paul A. Offit.

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