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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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  • 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: 0.8 x 8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,629 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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It has all the pages and looks brand new!
Shayla Ford
The author writes this book with an agenda and an inability to allow alternative facts to penetrate their already preconceived notions.
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Don't bother reading this crap, late night info mercials give better quality health advice.
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3 of 4 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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D-Nice on February 21, 2011
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Ordered the book with express shipping and it came within days. The book is good for ppl needing or researching consumer type "caveat emptor" techniques. It'll open your eyes to some interesting things...
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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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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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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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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kate Bauer on October 5, 2012
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This book uses sources all the way from the 1950's. This book touts doing critical thinking and applying scientific research, but fails to critique itself. When doing research on anything science or medical related, you always want to have the newest sources possible. Practices that are done or endorsed by the Mayo Clinic are labelled as not scientific, yet lists the Mayo Clinic as a reliable source. It is clear that many things were deliberately omitted, or badly researched with outdated sources to prove the authors' point. When this is done, it is a red flag of biased writing. Reports that were generated over half a century ago, are probably not the best thing to use. It does give some decent advice, like pick a doctor that is licensed, but this is supposed to be a book about making intelligent decisions based on scientific research. This book did not make an intelligent decision regarding many of it's research practices. I expected to find much better from this book. I found more credible research from more relevant data, by reputable sources, in five minutes of bing searches; than I have have seen in this book.
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