Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

Alternative Medicine

Season 1, Ep 2, Aired 1/31/03
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  • Episode Description
  • Penn and Teller take down alternative medicine. Penn and Teller will investigate an alternative medicine fair where they will show the humbug behind alternative medicine and why it's all just a bunch of bullshit! Aspects of alternative medicine that are looked into: chiropractic medicine, reflexology, magnet therapy and more. Experts seen in this episode include: Jeffery Ptak (Chiropractor) Charles Devall, Jr. William Philpott (Magnet Therapist, Chairman of the Bio-Magnetic Institute) Robert Park (Executive Director of the American Physical Society) Dr. Stephen Barrett (Consumer Advocate) Zachery Brinkerhoff (Reflexologist)moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Penn Jillette

    Himself

  • Teller

    Himself

  • David Wechter

  • John McLaughlin

  • Star Price

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Another good episode!

    By mrnivek, Aug 06, 2005

  • Excellent explanation coming from a salesman

    By icanrule, Oct 08, 2005

  • Penn and Teller bust out those crooks in the alternative medicine business.

    By HLHorst, Oct 12, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Penn: And why do chiropractors continue to give regular adjustments, week in and week out, to perfectly healthy people? Devall: So the chiropractor can buy a Porsche.

    • Brinkerhoff: [to a patient] Can you say Hallelujah? HALLELUJAH Penn: A lot of real scientists make you say 'Hallelujah'.

    • Brinkerhoff: [to a patient] Just close your eyes, and see if you can feel your ovary twitching. Do you? Penn: Did he just say 'See if you can feel your ovary twitching'???

    • Philpott: At this stage...we can't...officially...scientifically claim we can cure anything. [record skip] At this stage...we can't...officially...scientifically claim we can cure anything. [record skip] At this stage... Penn: HEY BILL! TATTOO THAT LAST SENTENCE BACKWARDS ON YOUR A** SO YOU CAN READ IT IN THE MIRROR!

    • Philpott: [holding rectangular magnet] Now we use this one in our super magnetic beds. We have 70 of these placed an inch apart and and that's 400 pounds of magnets. These weigh 4 pounds apiece... Penn: Hey, wait a minute! 70 times 4, that's 280 pounds, A**HOLE! He can't do multiplication and you're gonna trust him with your health?

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