Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

Season 1 Episode 2

Alternative Medicine

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 31, 2003 on Showtime

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  • Another good episode!

    Another good episode where Penn and Teller take on reflexology, magnet therapy and chiropractic treatment. The more these providers talked about their treatments the more they sounded like they were out of their minds. The reflexologist seemed no better than a snake oil salesman and his babble about pulling energy from here to there while talking to patients was amazing. The man saying that if you put magnets to your head for a few minutes could cure hallucinations and depressing was fantastic but also scary when you know that some might put off other treatments to pursue this. Also they took on chiropractors and the most disturbing part was watching him adjust a child back. Why? A good episode and hopefully a few things to think about the next time you get offered the miracle cure at the mall!
  • Excellent explanation coming from a salesman

    This was a great medicine talking about 3 different types of alternative medicines. They do a excellent explanation of The Foot Medicine and the magnet medicine. They explained that it had absolutely no affect on your body and that the people who sell this are really con artists.

    They then went into Chiropractic work. They mention in less then 15 seconds that you can have benefits of going to a chiropractor if you have just been injured, however it has no real benefit if you are in good health.

    I especially found it interesting to see a chiropractor work on a 2 year old child. That is just wrong.
  • Penn and Teller bust out those crooks in the alternative medicine business.

    Anyone who's sick and considering alternative medicine should watch this episode. I think it's very important what Penn and Teller are doing here. What these people are doing is morally wrong. They convince people who are sick (sometimes terminally ill) that they don't need medical treatment from an MD. This is a very dangerous thing, and I'm glad someone is shedding some light on this subject. And I just have one question for the reflexologist. If this new age crock of shit you're pushing really works, then why can't you just massage your own feet so that you can walk again?