This semi-autobiographical comic novel does for alternative medicine what “Health Food Junkies” does for healthy-diet-ism, which is to say, tells a story of former belief, with the following difference: I truly miss believing in alternative medicine, but I am profoundly glad not to be a raw foods vegan anymore.
NOTE: The author, Steven Bratman, wishes to make clear that he disagrees with several aspects of the book, and is willing to debate himself, any time, any place on these controversial elements of an otherwise hilarious masterpiece.
Adapted from the appendix to Holistic Harry, here is an often republished article on why double blind studies are essential for discovering whether a treatment works, and, conversely, why it is so difficult to know what foods might be healthy: Double blind studies
This related article, written at a somewhat more technical level, focuses specifically on the difficulty of proving foods healthy or unhealthy, using the example of saturated fat: Dietary fat and Cardiovascular Disease
At an even more technical level, here is a critique of the very concept of science: http://www.orthorexia.com/status-of-observational-studies-as-scientific-evidence/