Dr. Paul Offit advocates the use of vaccines and because of it he receives a large amount of hate-mail (and phone calls, as a matter of fact). In the end all he is fighting for is informed consumers. In his upcoming book “Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine” he takes on the vitamin and supplement industry.
“Yes, I do get hate mail,” Offit admits. He makes the case that the vitamin industry in particular has successfully lobbied to keep itself unregulated while selling billions of pills to an eager and gullible public. “People think of dietary supplements as natural, benign and helpful,” Offit told NBC News. “People don’t think of them as drugs.”
Dr. Offit doesn’t just call out the industry, or just the users of supplements, he also calls out doctors who have been elevated into a guru/celebrity status.
Offit says it infuriates him to see not only ordinary citizens buy into the claims of homeopaths, naturopaths and the vitamin industry, but doctors and hospitals. He calls out Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Deepak Chopra and others, saying they have abandoned science for the thrill of celebrity that goes with evangelizing alternative medicine.
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