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Inside Alternative Medicine With "The Magic Feather Effect"


The same alternative-medicine treatment that makes your doctor frown might also make you feel better. 

We're not all sold on the value of conventional medicine, with the doctors and the drugstores and the stethoscopes and all that.  Even if we are, people have received benefits from treatments conventional medicine did not provide. 

Former New York Times reporter Melanie Warner takes a tour of alternative medicine from many angles, in her book The Magic Feather Effect: The Science of Alternative Medicine and the Surprising Power of Belief.  The author joins us with details of her exploration.  

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