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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I enjoy this lecturer and his podcasts (Skeptics Guide); however, this course lost its allure about halfway through. I felt as though there could have been more content than was given and less time focused on things that are more commonly known as "half-truths". I ended up tuning out near the end.
I know quite a few people I wish I could get to listen to Dr. Novella in this audio program, since they believe so many false Internet sources. An acquaintance of my wife was following a specific cancer killing diet from the web with natural item combos and nutrients and was sure it was the key to destroy her cancer and bought into the hype that the modern treatments for cancer were worse than the disease.
She dropped all modern treatments and went 100% into this plan and was sure it was working. Unfortunately it didn't work and now she now has a cancerous tumor in her leg the size of a basketball and at minimum will lose her leg and all her savings trying to save her life. It's easy for the Internet to spread these half -truths about health and so hard to get the person's attention, focus and time to try to disprove the false logic behind these false claims once they have been mentally accepted.
I listen to anything from Dr. Novella since he is easy to listen to and the content is fascinating and it makes me more aware of myself and the world. Really an excellent program if you want to know more about why we do things and how we might be deceived by others and out preconceptions.
A book can't convey the tone of emphasis and excitment about the topic.
Seeing throughInternet Hype to Discover the Truths about You Health.
Dr. Novella is my favorite.
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
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 was the worst audio course i have ever purchased. The information is outdated and simplistic. If i wanted to know about government mandated food pyramid i don't need to buy a course in medical myths. Utter waste of money.
none by this lecturer. I love the courses overall, so another one probably.
update the info
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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