Voices of Reason - Paul Offit: Do You Believe in Magic?

Sunday, February 9th 2014 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, February 9th 2014 at 4:00 pm
Hill Center DC-Drummond Hall, 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003 (Eastern Market Metro)

The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine

In Do You Believe in Magic?, 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.

Dr. Offit reveals how alternative medicine—an unregulated industry under no legal obligation to prove its claims or admit its risks—can actually be harmful to our health.

Using dramatic real-life stories, Offit separates the sense from the nonsense, showing why any therapy—alternative or traditional—should be scrutinized. He also shows how some nontraditional methods can do a great deal of good, in some cases exceeding therapies offered by conventional practitioners.

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.”

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Paul A. Offit, M.D. is the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Offit is a founding advisory board member of the Autism Science Foundation and the author of five books, including Autism’s False Prophets, Vaccinated, and Deadly Choices

  • Public Admission + Do You Believe in Magic? book $27
  • FOC Admission + Do You Believe in Magic? book $25
  • Public Admission $5 advance registration / $7 at the door
  • FOC Admission Free (Registration required) 

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