By Anne Dachel
Paul Offit, MD has taken on a new role. Not only does he tirelessly devote himself to defending and promoting vaccines as safe and effective for everyone, but now he's getting lots of coverage for two new books attacking complementary and alternative medicine as useless and dangerous.
Offit goes after a number of people in his books, including celebrities like Dr. Oz and Dr. Mercola.
real danger seems to be that people are taking charge of their own
health. The idea that diet, supplements, homeopathy, and alternative
treatments like chelation and acupuncture can restore health and keep us
that way, is of course a huge threat to the pharmaceutical industry and
mainstream medicine---entities that profit from treating chronic
conditions, especially with prescription drugs. Killing Us Softly
(released June 9. 2013) (From the publisher's Amazon description:)More people than ever are using alternative medicine. But, as expert Dr Paul Offit explains, these untested therapies are ineffective, expensive and even deadly.Now that homeopathic remedies are offered on the NHS, it’s clear that various therapies once considered alternative or complementary, have become mainstream – prescribed to burn fat, shrink prostates, alleviate colds, reduce stress, eliminate pain and prevent cancer.But as Paul Offit reveals, alternative medicine – an unregulated industry under no obligation to prove its claims or admit its risks – can actually be very harmful. In ‘Killing Us Softly’ he exposes how:• Homeopathic asthma preparations and bogus cancer cures have replaced life-saving medicines.• Acupuncture needles have pierced hearts, lungs, and livers and transmitted viruses, including hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.• Chiropractic manipulations have torn arteries.• Megavitamins increase the risk of cancer and heart disease—a fact well known to scientists but virtually unknown to the public.Do You Believe in Magic?
(released June 18, 2013) (From the Publisher's Amazon description:)Medical expert Paul A. Offit, M.D., offers a scathing exposé of the alternative medicine industry, revealing how even though some popular therapies are remarkably helpful due to the placebo response, many of them are ineffective, expensive, and even deadly.An outspoken advocate for science-based health advocacy who is not afraid to take on media celebrities who promote alternative practices, Dr. Offit advises, “There’s no such thing as alternative medicine. There’s only medicine that works and medicine that doesn’t.”
Incredibly, Offit can seemingly command immediate coverage everywhere, even his own opinion piece in the New York Times, something few authors could ever imagine happening.
June 8, 2013, NYT
June 15, 2013, CBS Philadelphia
June 18, 2013, USA Today
June 18, 2013, CNN
June 19, 2013, CNN
June 19, 2013, NBC
Leslie Manookian, producer of the stunning film, The Greater Good
, that has now been seen by over one and a half million people, has her own thought provoking piece on Dr. Offit's books called, Do you believe in magic? No, but we believe in facts. It's on the Greater Good website.
It seems mainstream medicine has its own version of "killing us softly."
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.