A new book from the Chief of Infectious Disease at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia attempts to make consumers more aware of the dangers of alternative medicine and dietary supplements. The author wrote “Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine” so that people could begin to understand that regulation of alternative medicine is far sparser than the drug industry and that the entire alternative medicine industry rakes in $34 billion a year, far from the small-scale, mom-and-pop operation many might think of. A representative from California is one of the lawmakers who would like to see more regulatory control of such substances, but he acknowledges the push-back from that same industry.
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