Are You Afraid of Snakes? A Doctor’s Exploration of Alternative Medicine

The author, an infectious disease specialist and co-author of the best-selling Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple, describes his 5-year medical journey from Africa to Appalachia, as he encounters many alternative approaches to medicine (voodoo, naturopathy, homeopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture, hot yoga, barefoot running, performance enhancing drinks, titanium necklaces, magnets, hypnosis, detoxification diets, and ayurvedic medicine).

Dr. Mahan relates his personal and often humorous experiences in the dual worlds of alternative and Western medicine, offering an unbiased analysis and opinion of the differing approaches to medicine.


Book Details






Edition 1 (January 1, 2017)



About The Author

C. Scott Mahan

C. Scott Mahan, M.D. is Division Head of Infectious Disease at Charles George VA in Asheville, NC.


Chapter 1. My Early Exposure to “Alternative Medicine”

Chapter 2. What Ails Me

Chapter 3. Checking Under the Hood – My Initial Check-up

Chapter 4. Heal Thyself – Naturopathy and Homeopathy

Chapter 5. Oh My Aching Back – Chiropractor

Chapter 6. Flu Shots for the Boys – Mainstream Medicine

Chapter 7. Scott the Porcupine – Acupuncture

Chapter 8. Is this Hell? Hot Yoga

Chapter 9. At One with the Earth – Barefoot Running

Chapter 10. I Kneed Some Help – Orthopedics

Chapter 11. Give me the Beet – Performance Enhancing Drinks

Chapter 12. Stroke it Like Derek Jeter – Titanium Necklaces

Chapter 13. Magnets to the Rescue

Chapter 14. You Are Becoming Very Sleepy – Hypnosis

Chapter 15. The Cleanse (Not so Simple) – Detoxification Diets

Chapter 16. Don’t Touch My Dosha – Ayurvedic Medicine


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