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What Doctors And Alternative Healers Can Learn From Each Other

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Some people swear by the healing power of alternative medicine. In fact, the National Institutes of Health found about one-third of American adults have sought some form of alternative treatment for a chronic illness.

Whether it’s acupuncture or energy crystals, the question is, is it scientifically proven to work?

Melanie Warner is a freelance journalist who writes about health and science. She set out to answer that question in her new book, "The Magic Feather Effect: The Science of Alternative Medicine and the Surprising Power of Belief."

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Warner joins Midday Edition on Thursday to discuss what she found.

What Doctors And Alternative Healers Can Learn From Each Other
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