The Magic Feather Effect: The Science Of Alternative Medicine And The Surprising Power Of Belief

The Magic Feather Effect: The Science Of Alternative Medicine And The Surprising Power Of Belief

Synopsis

The acclaimed author of Pandora’s Lunchbox and former New York Times reporter delivers an “entertaining and highly useful book that gives you the tools to understand how alternative medicine works, so you can confidently make up your own mind” (The Washington Post).

We all know someone who has had a seemingly miraculous cure from an alternative form of medicine: a friend whose chronic back pain vanished after sessions with an acupuncturist or chiropractor; a relative with digestive issues who recovered with herbal remedies; a colleague whose autoimmune disorder went into sudden inexplicable remission thanks to an energy healer or healing retreat.

The tales are far too common to be complete fabrications, yet too anecdotal and outside the medical mainstream to be taken seriously scientifically. How do we explain them and the growing popularity of alternative medicine more generally? In The Magic Feather Effect, author and journalist Melanie Warner takes us on a vivid, important journey through the world of alternative medicine. Visiting prestigious research clinics and ordinary people’s homes, she investigates the scientific underpinning for the purportedly magical results of these practices and reveals not only the medical power of beliefs and placebo effects, but also the range, limits, and uses of the surprising system of self-healing that resides inside us.

Equal parts helpful, illuminating, and compelling, The Magic Feather Effect is a “well-written survey of alternative medicine…fair-minded, thorough, and focused on verifiable scientific research” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

Warner’s enlightening, engaging deep dive into the world of alternative medicine and the surprising science that explains why it may work is an essential read.

Chapters

  • 001 TheMagicFeatherEffect Open
    Duration: 17s
  • 002 TheMagicFeatherEffect Chapter1 DonnasEden
    Duration: 30min
  • 003 TheMagicFeatherEffect Chapter2 LostInTranslation
    Duration: 32min
  • 004 TheMagicFeatherEffect Chapter3 TellTaleToothpicks
    Duration: 17min
  • 005 TheMagicFeatherEffect Chapter4 ThePharmacyWithin
    Duration: 47min
  • 006 TheMagicFeatherEffect Chapter5 HealingPartners
    Duration: 39min
  • 007 TheMagicFeatherEffect Chapter6 MyBackIsOut
    Duration: 27min
  • 008 TheMagicFeatherEffect Chapter7 FeelingInMyBody
    Duration: 18min
  • 009 TheMagicFeatherEffect Chapter8 BrainPain
    Duration: 32min
  • 010 TheMagicFeatherEffect Chapter9 IllnessOfDisease
    Duration: 42min
  • 011 TheMagicFeatherEffect Chapter10 TheZenResponse
    Duration: 30min
  • 012 TheMagicFeatherEffect Chapter11 EmotionalRescue
    Duration: 43min
  • 013 TheMagicFeatherEffect Chapter12 AllInMyHead
    Duration: 31min
  • 014 TheMagicFeatherEffect Chapter13 SomethingToBelieveIn
    Duration: 41min
  • 015 TheMagicFeatherEffect Chapter14 BelievingIsSeeing
    Duration: 39min
  • 016 TheMagicFeatherEffect Chapter15 WhyDoctorsNeedToBeMoreLikeAlternativeHealersAndViceVersa
    Duration: 22min
  • 017 TheMagicFeatherEffect Close
    Duration: 31s

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