Friday, June 6, 2008

Medical Myths That Can Kill You And the 101 Truths That Will Save, Extend, and Improve Your Life

You have to wonder if you really need to read the whole book after reading that mouthful of a title!  Medical Myths That Can Kill You And the 101 Truths That Will Save, Extend, and Improve Your Life

Trust me on this -- you may not need to read the book but once you pick it up you will want to!  Particularly if you are a cyberchondriac like me. 

One little symptom and I'm on the internet busily diagnosing my particular malady.  It almost never ends well -- either I have some rare form of cancer or I'm just going to die and untimely death. 

Evidently, I am not alone. . .

Dr. Nancy Snyderman, chief medical editor for NBC news takes on common medical myths.  She describes, dissects and dismantles them with surgical efficiency.

For example:

  • Eating eggs will raise your cholesterol
  • You don't really need an annual check up
  • All doctors are opposed to alternative cures like herbs
  • "All Natural" does not necessarily mean safe
  • Cell phones cause cancer

She also offer 101 truths like:

  • Sunglasses can prevent blindness
  • It is better to be fit than thin
  • Headaches are rarely a sign of a brain tumor (I am reserving judgement on this one)
  • Eating one serving a day of whole grains can help lower blood pressure
  • Broccoli and cauliflower helps prevent prostate cancer

This is a surprisingly "user-friendly" compendium of medical advice written in an engaging and straight forward manner.  I would have to say that is is an important (and perhaps, indispensable) addition to your personal library.

From the publisher:

Do you know what’s really good for you?
   In this age of countless miracle cures, it’s vital to separate the myths that endanger your health from the medical facts you need.
FACT:
   Unfiltered coffee can clog your arteries.
FACT:
   Donating blood may lower your risk of heart disease.
FACT:
   You don’t really need eight glasses of water a day.
FACT:
   Coughing won’t help if you’re having a heart attack. (But aspirin will!)

We’ve become a nation of cyberchondriacs, diagnosing ourselves with false information and half-truths found on sketchy websites. In Medical Myths That Can Kill You, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, chief medical editor for NBC News, provides clear, practical, scientifically proven advice that can lead you to a healthier, happier life.


Discover the simple, everyday things that affect well-being, and get the information you need to revitalize your body, maintain your longevity, manage your care, and possibly even save a life–yours.

1 comment:

JaaJoe said...

I'd like to take this oppertunity to allert every one of how porely informed the new book "Medical Myths That Can Kill You" is. From the book jacket on the book is riddle with false facts and miss information. I would suggest every one to read this article, befor picking the book up.

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