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The Healthy Skeptic: Cutting through the Hype about Your Health
The Healthy Skeptic: Cutting through the Hype about Your Health Robert Davis 0520249186 9780520249189 It happens every day: we pick up a newspaper or magazine or turn on the television and are bombarded with urgent advice and information about how to
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The Healthy Skeptic: Cutting through the Hype about Your Health by Robert Davis

It happens every day: we pick up a newspaper or magazine or turn on the television and are bombarded with urgent advice and information about how to stay healthy. Lose weight! Lower your cholesterol! Early detection saves lives! Sunscreen prevents cancer! But in many cases, pronouncements we rarely think to question turn out to be half-truths that are being pushed by various individuals or groups to advance their own agendas. The Healthy Skeptic explores who these health promoters are-from journalists and celebrities to industry-funded groups and consumer activists-what their motives are, and how they are spinning us in ways we often dont recognize. In ten engaging chapters, Robert J. Davis, a seasoned health reporter who holds a masters degree in public health and a PhD in health policy, digs into the science and debunks widely promoted myths and misconceptions about a variety of issues, including cholesterol, sunscreen, superfoods, weight loss, vitamins, disease screening, harmful chemicals, and antiaging remedies. This provocative and practical guide offers invaluable tips, tools, and resources to help readers intelligently sort through health claims and figure out what to believe and what to ignore. In his down-to-earth style, Davis shows how the right advice can greatly enhance our health, while the wrong advice can lead to harm. The stakes are too high, he argues, to let ourselves be swayed by spin.

Author: Robert Davis

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 254

Publisher: University of California Press

Publication Date: 2008-06-01

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