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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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    Courtney SEABROOK, NEW HAMPSHIRE, United States 01-05-14
    Courtney SEABROOK, NEW HAMPSHIRE, United States 01-05-14
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    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


    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    HawaiianStyle Daly City, Ca United States 02-07-14
    HawaiianStyle Daly City, Ca United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2009
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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.

    15 of 39 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 2012
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    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Steven Novella?

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    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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