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Consumer Health: A Guide To Intelligent Decisions Paperback – March 5, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0078028489 ISBN-10: 0078028485 Edition: 9th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 9 edition (March 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0078028485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0078028489
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.9 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephen Barrett, M.D., has been investigating and writing about consumer health issues for more than 40 years. His Quackwatch website serves as a clearinghouse for information on health frauds and quackery. He serves as Vice President of the Institute for Science and Medicine, is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, edits Consumer Health Digest, and is a peer-review panelist for several top medical journals.

William M. London, Ed.D., M.P.H., is a health educator and professor in the Department of Public Health at California State University, Los Angeles. He is also the associate editor of Consumer Health Digest, co-host of the Credential Watch website, and a member of the editorial board of the journal FACT (Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies: An Evidence-Based Approach).

Manfred Kroger, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Food Science and Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology and Society at The Pennsylvania State University, where he has won several teaching awards. He is a science communicator for the Institute of Food Technologists and is scientific editor of its online journal, Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. He is also associate editor of the Journal of Food Science and a scientific advisor to the American Council on Science and Health.

Harriet Hall, M.D., a retired family physician and colonel, served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. Her administrative positions included Chief of Clinic Services and Director of Base Medical Services. She now devotes her time to investigating questionable health claims and writing and lecturing about pseudoscience, quackery, "alternative medicine," and critical thinking. She is a contributing editor to both Skeptical Inquirer and Skeptic magazines and a founding member and editor of the Science-Based Medicine blog.

Robert S. Baratz, M.D., D.D.S., Ph.D., an expert on quality of care, is President and Medical Director of South Shore Health Care in Braintree, Massachusetts, where he practices internal, oral, and occupational medicine. He serves on the medical faculties of Boston University and Tufts University and is used as a consultant by many regulatory and law enforcement agencies.

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Customer Reviews

This has been one of my favorite textbooks for a class.
Crista Rasband
This book touts doing critical thinking and applying scientific research, but fails to critique itself.
Kate Bauer
This book isn't worth the paper it's written on (or the space on a Kindle).
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sam Hill on December 23, 2013
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For the consumer (such as I) lacking knowledge in medical matters and perplexed, as I have been, by the question of how to assess the current avalanche of health claims and supplements on the internet, in health food shops, in pharmacies and in print, this book is a must-read.

Similar to Dr. Paul Offit's off-putting experience with today's health-care system that he describes in the prologue to his Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, my own experience with standard medecine in the past 20-odd years has been likewise a very mixed bag. I have twice faced cancer and survived by submitting to the standard treatments: once for colorectal cancer (stage 3) which meant surgery, chemo, and radiation - the infamous "cut, burn, poison" trilogy - and once for bladder cancer: surgery and chemo. Survive I did; but those remedies came with almost intolerable side effects that made me indifferent, for a time, as to whether I lived or died.

Should some other illness afflict me once more in the future, is there not, I wondered, a way to restored health that's not as brutal? Can there be therapies through unconventional medicine that are gentler, more bearable, but achieve the same objective?

Apparently not.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 12bucket12 on December 8, 2012
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Description of book was accurate. I had to purchase this book for a class. It served its purpose well. Glad I looked online instead of buying through the bookstore!
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This has been one of my favorite textbooks for a class. It has tons of information in it that is extremely useful to everyone (because everyone is a health consumer of some sort). There were several sections that I spent a lot of time on just out of pure interest, even though it wasn't required to do well in the class. I would highly recommend this book!
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By Shayla Ford on March 2, 2014
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Just as describe and help me great with classes! It has all the pages and looks brand new! I couldn't have asked for better quality
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By Natalie Harris on January 25, 2014
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Would order again, the book was just as I expected. Minimal use be previous owner and no writing in the book.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ANGELA on August 7, 2012
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As a pharmacy professional of twenty years, I am shocked at how this book makes drug companies and insurance companies out to be the hero, while making any vitamin supplements or alternative medicine therapies out to be dangerous and seedy. The irony is one can be turned off to even looking into herbal medicine, while saying the FDA is always protecting the consumer. How often does the FDA let bacteria-ridden food into the marketplace, while saying vitamins are completely useless? Does America eat in a way that ensures we are taking in proper vitamins, and eating properly on their own? Yes, that explains the low vitamin D levels, obesity, and recurrence of disease...This book is a joke. I complained to my professor that is was bought and paid for by the drug companies, and she agreed and pulled it out of the curriculum....NO JOKE. Don't bother reading this crap, late night info
mercials give better quality health advice.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Giles on January 22, 2013
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A guide to intelligent decisons in consumer health is an informational book It has relevant consumer health facts to lead to a better understanding of health issues.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Julius Lee on October 20, 2012
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The authors are very candid, and I Like it. It reminds me that public health (in every detail) is the sum of many parts. And those parts are incomplete in so fashion due to the limitations set or other ex-factors.
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