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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

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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.


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    Laurie 10-20-13
    Laurie 10-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    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.


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    Amazon Customer CENTURION, GAUTENG, ZA 08-23-16
    Amazon Customer CENTURION, GAUTENG, ZA 08-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    What disappointed you about Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us?

    The author tried to debunk myths but expected the listener to take it on faith that he knows better. If i wanted to do a course on the opinions of the author this would be acceptable. However he clearly has done only superficial research and expects the listener to take it on faith that he knows what he's is talking about. Rubbish


    Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

    Yes but not from this author/lecturer.


    What character would you cut from Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us?

    The author did not research his comments and does not substantiate his opinions. You do not debunk a myth by offering an opposing opinion and expect us to take it as gospel.


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    Ingmar Lindström Estonia 07-07-16
    Ingmar Lindström Estonia 07-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great overview!"

    Thank You for an interesting overview of the basic myths surrounding us. Has changed some of my beliefs.

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    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 06-26-16
    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 06-26-16 Member Since 2008

    I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)

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    Prof. Novella - is a good speaker and I believed that by the course he really want to clear our a number of myths and lies that cause people to spend money without getting anything of value for treating their medical needs. The problem with the whole thing is that while he make it clear in the introduction that any authority can get it wrong and there for you should look many sources and go with the majority view of experts - the course it self is a little thin on actually citing where he is getting his views. Thus in effect he has argued not to do what he then asks you to believe - him- which is a bit of logical problem.

    I can not speak for the validity of the information in the course. I have no medical training. I enjoyed a few of the lectures where he actually taken about the why and methods of the treatments and disease.

    In short: go to a train medical doctor - if what you want is complex or you don't feel comfortable talk to two medical doctors. Guidelines are "guides" - you may need more or less - let your body be somewhat of a guide. And skip on fads or alternate medic - unless you need stress relief in which case it might help a bit.

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    Allan 06-25-16
    Allan 06-25-16
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    Debunking all these myths and the myth of Ryes Syndrome gets a pass.
    It takes years to label a rare syndrome. Years more to come to a plan of action. More years to get compliance. Ryes Syndrome? One month never heard of. Next month panicking. Switch to Tylenol. Then it's gone forever. 50 years later and the hoax still buffaloes the entire medical community.

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    charlanda wise 06-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    loved it the professor was so knowledgeable and had a awesome voice. I enjoyed it and have found it my favorite of all courses.

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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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    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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