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

The acclaimed author of Pandora?s Lunchbox and former New York Times reporter takes an enlightening, engaging deep dive into the world of alternative medicine and the surprising science that explains why it may work. 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 The acclaimed author of Pandora?s Lunchbox and former New York Times reporter takes an enlightening, engaging dee...

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Title:The Magic Feather Effect: The Science of Alternative Medicine and the Surprising Power of Belief
Author:Melanie Warner
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1501121499
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Magic Feather Effect: The Science of Alternative Medicine and the Surprising Power of Belief Reviews

  • Michelle
    Feb 24, 2019
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    Dec 11, 2018
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  • Marya
    Mar 17, 2019
    I love reading about the placebo effect, so this book was a real treat. While Warner is solidly in the science camp, that doesn't mean she dismisses the claims of alternate healers. Instead, Warner tries to match the weird, wild, and wacky of holistic healers with science's weird, wild...
  • Cynthia
    Feb 02, 2019
    4.5 stars. ...
  • Karen
    Jan 21, 2019
    Alternative medicine has always interested me. I believe doctors are too quick to prescribe drugs (and then more drugs to counteract the side effects of those drugs) rather than suggesting lifestyle changes and less invasive, holistic treatments to their patients. This book discusses s...
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    Feb 15, 2019
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  • Laura Chase
    Feb 18, 2019
    I heard an author interview on a WGBH radio program (Living Lab?) one Sun and thought it sounded like an interesting read. I loved the fact that the author was upfront about being skeptical about the different types of alternative medicines but was willing to keep an open mind about th...
  • Jouni Saarelainen
    Feb 05, 2019
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  • Ron S
    Feb 12, 2019
    An interesting exploration of alternative medicine practitioners and techniques that doesn't take cheap shots or preach for or against science, faith or the power of belief. ...
  • Jenny Womack
    Mar 21, 2019
    An interesting read, if a bit slow in places. A journalistic approach to examining various alternative medicine techniques. I feel like the author didn't really come to any significant conclusions, but I agree with much of her findings that the mind does impact health & alternative...
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    Mar 10, 2019
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  • Jess Macallan
    Jan 02, 2019
    3.5 stars This book offers an interesting look at a few types of alternative medicine from both patient and practitioner perspectives. I appreciated how the author presented interviews and information on conventional and alternative practices. She clearly states her biases but does ...
  • Andria
    Mar 06, 2019
    It always feels too good to be true when a book crosses your radar that just happens to be about a subject you're currently interested in. I went into this book with no expectations and was pleasantly surprised to find a nuanced and fair examination of alternative medicine and the ways...
  • Max Ellithorpe
    Jan 02, 2019
    I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher. As someone interested in pursuing a career in medicine (and mental health in particular), I found this book quite compelling. I tend to avoid books advocating for particular types of alternative medicine, but this book isn't one...
  • Elaine
    Jan 06, 2019
    Thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of The Magic Feather Effect: The Science of Alternative Medicine and the Surprising Power of Belief. This was a fascinating and informative look at alternative therapies that include acupuncture and tai chi and how these less traditional method...
  • Emily
    Feb 13, 2019
    I found this book very interesting, but I would have liked to have found out more. The author went very deeply into some subjects, but not deeply enough, I believe, into the subject of pain. And why did she not mention the "mirror therapy" that has worked to help those with phantom pai...
  • Lael Braday
    Mar 04, 2019
    Acupuncture, chiropractic, tai chi, qi gong, and energy healing are investigated by an author with a background in journalism to determine their medical efficacy, contrasting and comparing to accepted western medical options. Speaking with patients and practitioners, at times receiving...
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    Mar 02, 2019
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    Feb 09, 2019
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  • Lorena
    Jan 25, 2019
    This book provides a fascinating, clearly written discussion of a journalist?s exploration of alternative medicine. The author provides a very balanced view of what works based on a combination of interviews, personal experiences, and review of relevant scientific literature. I do...
  • Anne Acorn
    Mar 04, 2019
    I feel really conflicted about this book. In my mind it was equal part exploration and equal part memoir- not in the sense that it was about the author?s story, but in the sense that throughout the book her inner conflict regarding the topic was visceral and it felt as much about the...
  • Alice
    Feb 17, 2019
    A fascinating and objective take on alternative medicine and how what we believe can make a difference. Also on the effect of placebos, now a larger discussion. ...
  • J Crossley
    Feb 14, 2019
    This book examines alternatives medicine and the healing power of the mind. There are ways of healing that don't include pharmaceuticals. By harnessing the power of the mind to heal, you can become stronger without masking your symptoms. The author looks at a range of practices inc...
  • Kim Le
    Feb 08, 2019
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  • Stephanie
    Feb 01, 2019
    Great perspective on alternative medicine and the power of the mind. Provides thought provoking information without forcing an opinion. ...
  • Rose
    Mar 09, 2019
    This is an educational read regarding alternative medicine. I liked how it showed things from a scientific perspective. I would recommend it to anyone interested in alternative medicine. I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book fre...
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    Feb 11, 2019
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    Mar 07, 2019
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    Mar 16, 2019
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  • Halim EL Khalfi
    Feb 01, 2019
    i think good ...