The Magic Feather Effect by Melanie Warner

The Magic Feather Effect

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 an acupuncturist or chiropractor; a relative with digestive issues who r...

Details The Magic Feather Effect

TitleThe Magic Feather Effect
Release DateJan 22nd, 2019
GenreNonfiction, Health, Science

Reviews The Magic Feather Effect

  • Elaine
    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 methods of healing promote therapeutic benefits and positive mental health.The author is honest about her skepticism; she's pro-science all the way, but she's open to the pos...
  • Karen
    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 several alternative medicine methods and how they developed, including stories from practitioners and patients. While I don't personally believe in all of the method...
  • Max Ellithorpe
    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 of those. Melanie Warner is a journalist and examines a variety of the more popular types of alternative medicine, like acupuncture, chiropractic, and energy heali...
  • Lorena
    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 don’t want to discuss the well-reasoned conclusions she draws because part of the fun of reading this book is seeing how she unravels the mysteries of various claims ab...
  • Jess Macallan
    3.5 starsThis 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 a great job offering research and patient stories so readers can develop their own opinion. I enjoyed reading about her experiences and openness to try different therap...