January 2014 Meeting

Person lying on table getting acupuncture

Alternative medicine: Alternative to What?

Presentation by Mahlon Wagner

Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 7:00 PM
Dewitt Community Library, Friends Room

About the presentation

After receiving a Ph.D in experimental psychology, Mahlon Wagner taught statistics and research design in a university setting. With his experience in these two areas it became natural for him to look at alternative medicine and the claims made for alternative treatments in the light of existing experimental evidence.

In his talk, Mahlon Wagner will look at the abundance of alternative medicine in Central New York and discuss how to detect the code words that can suggest if a treatment is “alternative” medicine. He will also discuss some of the main types of alternative medicine (such as chiropractic, acupuncture, homeopathy, reiki, and therapeutic touch) and examine what, if any, evidence exists for their claims of effectively treating medical conditions.

About the speaker

Mahlon Wagner is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at SUNY Oswego. He has been a long-time member of CNY Skeptics, and has given several presentations in Germany and the UK on various skeptical topics. He has written on and lectured about the effectiveness various forms of “alternative” medicine.

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