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Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine

Paul A. Offit, MD

CE Credit: 5 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | Nutrition & Dietetics CE | School Psychology CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Test Only

Course Abstract

Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine is a 5-hour test only continuing education course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon or some other source.

This CE test is based on the book "Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine" (2013, 336 pages). In his new book, Dr. Paul A. Offit takes on the vitamin and herbal supplements industry and alternative medicine of all kinds. He offers an impassioned and meticulously researched exposé of this industry. Dr. Offit reviews scientific studies and gives anecdotal stories of some popular therapies, many of which are ineffective, expensive and even deadly. He examines some of the underlying motivation of the alternative medicine industry which he describes as unregulated and having no legal obligation to prove its claims or admit its risks. This highly readable text is fascinating in its comprehensive exploration of these popular treatments.

Closeout course #50-11 | 35 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Outline the historical timeline for medical treatments
2. List the thirteen vitamins that have been identified in the United States
3. Identify the progression of Federal Acts that have successfully deregulated the vitamin and dietary supplement industry
4. Name the four ways in which alternative therapies cross the line from practicing placebo medicine to practicing quackery
5. Identify the three categories of patients seen by the witch doctor and analyzed by Dr. Schweitzer

NBCC ACEP Approved ProviderNBCC Clock Hours: 5 | 
NBCC ACEP Number: 5590 | 

Professional Development Resources
 is also approved as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists (#193) and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (#RCST100501). 


This test-only course provides instant access to the CE test that enables you to earn CE credit for reading a published course book (book NOT included in your course enrollment). After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to Download/Print or Take CE Test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course book).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

About the Author(s)

Paul A. Offit, MD, is Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. An expert in the field of vaccines, he is a recipient of many awards, including the J. Edmund Bradley Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics from the University of Maryland Medical School; the Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development from the Infectious Disease Society of America; and a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. His books include the recent Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure. Visit his website at www.paul-offit.com.




Financial: Dr. Offit is an author for HarperCollins Books and receives royalties on sales of his book.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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