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Point of Inquiry is the Center for Inquiry's flagship podcast, where the brightest minds of our time sound off on all the things you're not supposed to talk about at the dinner table: science, religion, and politics. Guests have included Brian Greene, Susan Jacoby, Richard Dawkins, Ann Druyan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugenie Scott, Adam Savage, Bill Nye, and Francis Collins. Point of Inquiry is produced at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, N.Y.


Paul Offit, MD - Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine

November 25th, 2013

Episode 392 of 570 episodes

This week’s guest on Point of Inquiry, Paul A. Offit, MDis best known as a co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine and a staunch, public supporter of vaccination and opponent ofpseudoscientific alternative medicine. His most recent book,Do you Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine points a critical eye at the alt-med industry, one than takes in 34 billion dollars a year with little to no regulation. Are patients being harmed, and is it any worse or better than so-called “Big Pharma”? Dr. Offit talks with our host, Lindsay Beyerstein, about all of this and much more on this week’s Point of Inquiry. Dr. Offit has published over 130scholarlyarticles on the rotavirus vaccine and vaccine safety andefficacyin general. He has also authored or co-authoredmany books on pediatric medicine, childhood vaccination and opposing pseudoscience in Medicine. He is also theMaurice R. HillemanProfessor of Vaccinology, Professor of Pediatrics at theUniversity of Pennsylvania, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at TheChildren's Hospital of Philadelphia as well asa member of theCenters for Disease Control(CDC)Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.Offit is also a Founding Board Member of theAutism Science Foundation(ASF).

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