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Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us | [The Great Courses]

Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us

In today's information age, 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2010 The Great Courses

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    Scott NJ 01-06-15
    Scott NJ 01-06-15
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    "Steve Novella is great communicator of science"

    I downloaded 4 other Great Courses lectures this is one of the most informative, I loved it so much I downloaded his second lecture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roy Placerville, CA, United States 09-23-14
    Roy Placerville, CA, United States 09-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Informative until about the halfway point"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Casey Minnetonka, MN USA 09-05-14
    Michael Casey Minnetonka, MN USA 09-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "More than a shallow discussion"
    Would you listen to Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    What does Professor Steven Novella bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A book can't convey the tone of emphasis and excitment about the topic.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Seeing throughInternet Hype to Discover the Truths about You Health.


    Any additional comments?

    Dr. Novella is my favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Courtney SEABROOK, NEW HAMPSHIRE, United States 01-05-14
    Courtney SEABROOK, NEW HAMPSHIRE, United States 01-05-14
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    "nice tone, lacking in evidence"
    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Steven Novella?

    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.


    Has Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the tips given on how to spot non-credible sources of information


    6 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    HawaiianStyle 02-07-14
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    "It's a book to expose lies using selective data."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It's a book on half truths that uses selective data to prove his hypothesis. It's very disappointing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Some of it is presented with good humor.


    What about Professor Steven Novella’s performance did you like?

    It's fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    17 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Auckland, New Zealand 11-05-14
    Amazon Customer Auckland, New Zealand 11-05-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Outdated and incorrect, a waste of money and time"
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    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    none by this lecturer. I love the courses overall, so another one probably.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    update the info

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Lexington, SC, United States 03-09-14
    Greg Lexington, SC, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Steven Novella?

    No


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Concept.


    What aspect of Professor Steven Novella’s performance would you have changed?

    It was okay.


    Do you think Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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....


    4 of 21 people found this review helpful
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