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Health & wellness

Dr. Paul Offit

Q&A with Dr. Paul Offit

Dr. Paul Offit, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, is co-inventor of the rotovirus vaccine, credited with saving hundreds of lives a day, especially in the developing world. Offit has now turned his attention to a different kind of health issue: alternative medicine. Offit acknowledges that alternative medicine can be helpful, but he’s worried that the largely unregulated, multibillion dollar alternative medicine industry may be dangerous to the health of some of the one-third of Americans who use its products. He’s especially worried about recent outbreaks of measles and other preventable diseases in communities where parents have refused vaccines for their children. Offit explores these concerns in his new book, “Do You Believe in Magic: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine.”

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