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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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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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    Pradeep 03-12-16
    Pradeep 03-12-16
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    "Kind of misleading tittle"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If anyone expect the author have identified, and want to share any myths, lies or half truth from the medical industry, you are completely wrong.
    What the author challenging is layman's believes, 'like techniques to prevent hiccups'!
    Further it appears he is passively discouraging any independent thoughts/practices and encouraging you to believe everything what medical industry says.


    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    GDM Colorado USA 10-13-15
    GDM Colorado USA 10-13-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Standard Story"
    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

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Abhijit Chanda New Delhi, India 04-15-17
    Abhijit Chanda New Delhi, India 04-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Exceptional! "

    This is an essential guide to understanding science, the nature of medicine, the dangers of pseudoscience and all the questions you may have regarding any of these. This will help you make better decisions for your health and well being while avoiding those who seek to con you out of your money.

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    dadeli 02-21-17
    dadeli 02-21-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Great lecture."

    Great course. Everyone should read this and educate themselves. Debunks many common myths in medicine.

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    Peter 01-25-17
    Peter 01-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Very insightful"


    Very insightful about some of my own misconceptions and beliefs. I'm still not convinced about the vitamin c although.
    and please keep in mind the course was published in 2010.



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    Duane V. Rigge 01-23-17
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    "Comprehensive Debunking of Medical Myths"

    I had no idea of how myths and folklore concerning medicine and cures could lumped the category of snake oil hype

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    Jenn 09-02-16
    Jenn 09-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Extremely eye opening"

    Amazing information! I can't wait to share this information with others. Definitely worth the listen.

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    Matthew Brown 08-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    What disappointed you about Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us?

    Quite a lot. For one thing, the lecturer did not back up his statements with evidence that could be easily checked for validity. I checked the PDF that can be downloaded for this course, and it did not actually reference any of the studies that he supposedly has read to support his claims. I could find no citations for any of his's sources and he only verbally referenced a very few studies. Unfortunately, the ones that he did reference were not the ones I was particularly interested in.


    What was most disappointing about The Great Courses’s story?

    I was very interested in getting some hard evidence about some of these myths, however, since the lecturer made so many vague and unsubstantiated claims about other things, I was unable to rest easy in his conclusions. I remain as in the dark as ever as to the truth or myths behind such things as vaccination safety. I hope to check out some of the books in the bibliography on that subject in hopes that the authors have done a better job of citing their sources.


    What didn’t you like about Professor Steven Novella’s performance?

    I think he was so eager to cover as many myths as possible that he rushed too much, skipping vital information, making leaps of logic, and being vague on things that really should have been made more clear.


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

    Disappointment. Frustration. I was very much looking forward to having some of my concerns laid to rest, but now I have more than ever.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend this book to anyone who is truly looking to establish the truth of medical myths in their minds. There are too many gaps of logic and research. I am concerned that the author is trying to come off as more well-researched than he actually is and possibly may have a hidden agenda of his own. I wish you well in your search for the truth, however I recommend that you look elsewhere for it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    "one of the worst"
    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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ingmar Lindström USA 07-07-16
    Ingmar Lindström USA 07-07-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great overview!"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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