True or false: Eight glasses of water a day are mandatory for staying hydrated. Vitamin C protects you from catching a cold. Natural foods are always better for you.
What do these nuggets of so-called medical wisdom have in common? They're not true. They're myths, half-truths, and misconceptions - pieces of information so familiar we take them for granted without truly considering the scientific truth behind them.
In today's information age, such medical myths are all around us. And using them to make decisions about your own health can be harmful. Even deadly. That's why it's critical to understand the accuracy of medical information and discover the truth about everyday health and well-being.
That's the core of this important series of 24 eye-opening lectures from an acclaimed neurologist, educator, and science broadcaster. Dr. Novella will give you evidence-based guidelines for good health, enhance your ability to be better informed about common medical myths, and strengthen your skills at assessing medical information and advice.
An essential aid for any home, the lecture series is divided into three sections that focus on specific aspects of health. "You Are What You Eat and Drink": Get pointed looks at proper hydration, the routine use of multivitamins, natural foods and probiotics, antioxidants, and more. "Fighting Diseases": Sort out truth from fiction regarding vaccines, the supposed link between vaccination and autism, chronic diseases, and other subjects. "Exploring the Alternatives": Investigate the claims behind herbal medicines, homeopathy, acupuncture, and other alternatives that aren't as worthwhile as they claim to be.
Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.
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Even though I keep up with health and science news, I had some false information. The dispelation of myth is just the start of the real subject of this course. To start, the information is understandable to a layperson. In addition, it was released this year, 2013 and the information is up to date. The information is biased, but only toward fact. Science based medicine is the subject here. What is known, what is not known, what works, what doesn't, and what will harm you. In the process of describing a myth (and most he gives the history of as well), he must tell you how a biological process actually works. This bolsters the the understanding of your own biology and health, and is quite educational. As I said, I keep up with science, so most myths were obvious to me, but not the biology I learned while listening. The timing of this course is perfect. There are ill people spending money, time and hope on snake oil, others buying products they don't need for health problems they don't have, or don't even exist. Harm is coming to people from mis-information. The vaccination non-controversy is covered here as well, thankfully another platform for reliable factual information. I learned much that will effect my diet henceforth. It was solidified for me that supplements are unnecessary with a healthy diet, sans a specific deficiency which should make itself readily apparent. I decided to stop using medical marijuana because his explanation of the difficulty with dosing in addition to isolation of the active ingredient(s). During the lecture on problems with supplements, I realized why my results are so varied and unreliable. And, smoking a drug is the worst way to administer it. In my case the benefit doesn't justify not only it's risks, but obvious harm. It was costing me $300 /mo. Thanks Steve!
The "Skeptoid" podcast books by Brian Dunning, because they dispel myths as well, just from more varied subjects.
Obviously he delivers his material with the emphasis he intend when he wrote it. Subtle maybe, but I also listen to his podcast, so hearing him deliver the lectures was a treat.
Not at all. There is much information here. In fact, I'll most likely listen again in a month or so.
I really enjoyed the professors tone, it was effortless to follow along with and engaging. I was disappointed with the lack of evidence given for the claims. The professor did a great job at explaining the main points but gave little mention of the specific studies or scientific literature behind them. I was hoping to leave the course with some working knowledge of what makes certain claims mythical rather than just understanding what the myths are.
I liked the tips given on how to spot non-credible sources of information
Say something about yourself!
Professor Steven Novella presents an entertaining and informative talk about our health. It is broken up into short chapters. Professor Steven Novella is a great speaker and has a good sense of humor. His medical knowledge and confident speaking style makes this an excellent audio book.
The course was interesting. Novella is an engaging speaker and easy to listen to. He goes through almost every form of alternative medicine you can think of and punches holes in them. Some of what he says I already knew, some of it was completely new to me. For example, I didn't know the origin of acupuncture and this story is fascinating. Now that I do know I don't have any curiosity about whether or not it will work and I have to laugh when I see people going for it. There were one or two places where I didn't completely agree with what he said and felt that he was promoting the POV of established medicine without questioning the resources too closely. You need to listen with a critical mind and use your logic. It was reassuring that his ideas about vitamins and certain herbs matched my own decisions about them, long established. I have to admit that it was disappointing that there are no unexplored medical miracles available through alternative medicine, but deep in our hearts we already knew that, didn't we?
Yes, The Great Courses are almost always worth the time and effort. Many members of my family invest in the Great Courses regularly.
No, this was the first one.
No. I was already doing everything right, but it was good to have the reassurance.
It's a book on half truths that uses selective data to prove his hypothesis. It's very disappointing.
Some of it is presented with good humor.
Reader beware. Steven Novella is basically an advocate for the Pharmaceutical industry. He promotes everything that is promoted by mainstream health practitioners and uses half truths to prove his half truths. He doesn't take a truly open approach. He dismisses the majority of naturopathic medicine and basically promotes the use of most vaccines and drugs despite the obvious and well known side effects.
This is a stupid review question from Audible because, first, it assumes the reviewer has the print version and secondly there is no print version of this work!
The section on Homeopathy. It is interesting how a practice which (1) has no evidence of success and (2) no practical basis for working, still persists.
This work has no "scenes" per se. Let me just say that if you believe in so called "alternative" medicine you may not like the point of view in this work. Dr. Novella espouses a science based approach to health which is at odds with anything that does not have properly derived evidence to suggest it works.
I understand other reviewers comments about the lack of citations. There are some in the lecatures but not everything Dr. Novella references is backed with a citation to research. I understand from reviews of the DVD version of the course, there is a booklet that is included and this has citations and references. All of these "The Great Courses" on Audible have the disclaimer that the works may reference materials that are not important. So this is a request for Audible and the Great Courses people to please work together to provide us with reference notes and supplemental materials for all of these courses.
A very organized succinct review of some of the myths and advances in medical science.
I particularly appreciated clarification about vitamin supplements.
The narrator's voice was easy to listen to.
This audiobook is highly recommended for all and particularly for those of us with limited scientific background who have been confused by the plethora of conflicting health advice.
There is such a wealth of material here that I would love to relay to others, a second (or beyond) listen would be helpful for me to retain. I will likely listen again after a few months.
I like Novella's style of lecture. He's also self effacing about the fallibility of trusting any source, including him. It does challenge things you may be comfortable believing. I'll have to be careful about wanting to pop other's belief bubbles. After all, my only authority would be this lecture.
I listened to it during my commute and loved it. It was a nice escape from the subject matter I deal with at work or the demands of family at home.
If Novella had another lecture, perhaps further in depth in a medical area, I would purchase it in a second. I also enjoyed his lecture on critical thinking.
It was okay.
No, Not by this author. 30% of what he alleged was a myth was only a myth to a closed-minded Western Institutionally Trained Scientist-Medical Person--typically trained to disavow anything not propagandized as "fact" by Big Pharma....
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