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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.

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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    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 2015
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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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    Jeffrey G. Boldt Madison, Wisconsin United States 05-20-15
    Jeffrey G. Boldt Madison, Wisconsin United States 05-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the Most Informative Audio Books I've Listened To"

    Excellent coverage of many myths. I was jogging with my wife and had to tell her that finally some authority realized that every magazine article is wrong - you couldn't possibly lose 90% of your heat through your head. I'm a mechanical engineer. And it's not a thermodynamic possibility.

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    Zimmergasse 05-07-15
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    "Essential listening"

    This is essential to anybody interested in truly understanding important medical information.
    Excellent content and delivery and fascinating insights into human nature.

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    John M Him West Richland, WA, US 03-10-15
    John M Him West Richland, WA, US 03-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding coverage of medical myths"

    This lector does an outstanding job of addressing many of the common medical/physical myths and misconceptions.

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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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    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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    Chris Craig Bakersfield, Ca 02-03-15
    Chris Craig Bakersfield, Ca 02-03-15 Member Since 2015

    I'm in a love-hate relationship with Amazon Prime.

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    "Loved the material and format"

    The material was great and the narrative was pleasant to listen to. I was skeptical when I found out it was a "college course" but it was easy to follow.

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    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.

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    James Polk TN USA 12-28-14
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    "No evidence that alternatives work, the end."

    Basically this book just repeatedly tells you that none of the alternative medicines are proven to work, so don't waste your time.

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    Roy Simpson Placerville, CA 09-23-14
    Roy Simpson Placerville, CA 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.

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