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

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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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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    Moon Arlington VA 02-16-15
    Moon Arlington VA 02-16-15 Member Since 2013

    Never stop learning!

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    "A bit repetitive but worth a casual listen"
    What did you like best about Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us? What did you like least?

    No breakthrough here. If you already listened to Your Deceptive Mind, don't bother with this book unless you know medical basic knowledge. The author threaded carefully at certain junctions--which I almost found deceptive for an educator. His statements of "there is no evidence of support [assertion]" were used to fill in for "there is no basis for [assertion]," which any careful listener knows is misleading. Better say, we don't know a whole lot, but here is what we know; as to the things we don't know, they may or may not be true. To refute anything based on the fact that we don't have any evidence to support it is a fallacy.


    Would you be willing to try another book from The Great Courses? Why or why not?

    Yes. How about a lecture on bio ethics, the differing views about doctor-patient relationships (e.g. UK vs US), informed consent and its limits, funding for research and its influence on what we know--and don't know, defensive medicine, and last but not least, challenges that arise from conflict of interest between doctor and patient. Thank you--Prof Novella is a great narrator.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    GDM Colorado USA 10-13-15
    GDM Colorado USA 10-13-15 Member Since 2016

    Curious George

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who are so ill that anything will help them


    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Delve into things outside of the standard thinking of US doctors, which is driven by drug companies.


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

    Disappointment. Over simplification of things and ignorance of many aspect of health and physiology.


    Any additional comments?

    Have a foreign physician cover this topic

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie 10-20-13
    Laurie 10-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Debunk Everything"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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?


    Would you be willing to try another book from The Great Courses? Why or why not?

    Yes, The Great Courses are almost always worth the time and effort. Many members of my family invest in the Great Courses regularly.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Steven Novella’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this was the first one.


    Did Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us inspire you to do anything?

    No. I was already doing everything right, but it was good to have the reassurance.


    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    tracy danziger east hampton, ct, US 02-27-16
    tracy danziger east hampton, ct, US 02-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "clear your head of the lies and half truths!"

    this was good listening, it made my driving for three hours go by so fast. I liked how each area of research /myth was broken into concise chapters.

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    UBS 01-20-16
    UBS 01-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "feel's like an over rich"

    a lot of info that sub assumption that if more people " scientist" agree it must be true. lots of opinion and assumptions that seem to necessarily correlate with research and say in away that in a way if is not being proof of that it can't be 😊. like in life some information is useful some...

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    Karen Portland, Oregon 01-03-16
    Karen Portland, Oregon 01-03-16 Member Since 2015

    Karen

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    "Great overview of common myths"

    Learned a lot of little tidbits that are good to know and had a few clarifications on things I was dubious of.

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    Steven De La Cruz 09-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Sound information from a reliable source."

    I've heard a lot of different sources of medical information. Dr. Novellas' reasoned and thought full review of medical literature on the topics covered is what can be trusted. It's far more trustworthy than many of the self proclaimed health "experts" that pedal the woo and want to separate you from your money.

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    Srikant 08-22-15
    Srikant 08-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent... Is for only word I can write"

    Loved every chapter, narration is perfect, it was as if I am attending these lecture in person... Too good.

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    craig 08-09-15
    craig 08-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Steven Novella pops your bubble"

    This is the second great courses series I've listened to by Dr Novella. A great lecture series on medical myths. As an RN I have experienced many patients believing many of these beliefs. My head was even fillled with a few as well. Thank you Dr Novella for your tireless educational efforts!!

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    Sara B Ferguson 07-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good listen"

    I enjoyed hearing the back stories to so many medical myths, great factual lectures. Professor was knowledgeable and easy to listen to, the lectures were very well organized.

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