ustry. The book details how alternative medicine-an unregulated industry under no legal obligation to prove its claims or admit its risks-can actually be harmful to public health. Through real-life stories,
Dr. Offit separates fact from fiction and provides examples of nontraditional methods that can be beneficial, in some cases exceeding therapies offered by conventional practitioners. As Dr. Offit advises, “There’s no such thing as alternative medicine. There’s only medicine that works and medicine that doesn’t.” Also, the New York Times published a not-to-be-missed op ed by Dr. Offit - Don’t Take Your Vitamins - in Sunday’s edition. The book can be ordered at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Paul A. Offit is Chief of theDivision of Infectious Diseases and Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Offit received BIO’s Humanitarian Award in 2011. His books include the recent Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure, in addition to several other books on vaccines, infectious diseases and the history of vaccine research.