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Medical Myths That Can Kill You: And the 101 Truths That Will Save, Extend, and Improve Your Life Paperback – February 24, 2009
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—Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Healthy Aging
"Millions of people listen to what Dr. Nancy Snyderman has to say and for very good reason. In Medical Myths That Can Kill You she gives lifesaving advice that cuts through the current medical confusion to tell you what you really need to know today to live a long and healthy tomorrow."
—Dean Ornish, M.D., author of The Spectrum
"In her typical fun yet authoritative fashion, Dr Snyderman saves lives by busting the 7 greatest myths that pierce our health."
—Mehmet Oz, M.D., bestselling author of YOU: Staying Young and YOU: On A Diet
"In Medical Myths, Dr. Nancy Snyderman takes you where you have never been--into her heart, her wealth of experience as a pediatrician, surgeon, and medical correspondent, and into her life. This book is unlike any other. Reading it will give you the same information, knowledge, and compassion as if you sat down with your best friend who happened to be a highly experienced, wise, and warm physician."
—Alice D. Domar, Ph.D., Executive Director Domar Center for Mind/Body Health; Author, Be Happy Without Being Perfect
"Nancy Snyderman is a skillful surgeon who cuts through the medical myths and guides us to the truths that we can use! Everyone needs this book!"
—Susan Love, M.D., President and Medical Director Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
"Truth #102: Medical information doesn't have to be indigestible. When Nancy L. Snyderman, M.D. is dispensing it, her straightforward approach to healthcare is just what the doctor ordered."
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Overall, the book was a mixed blessing. It has interesting factoids, ideas we should all take to heart, but at times is misleading. As a consumer and a patient, I thought the truths and news you can use pieces were interesting. As a primary care doctor and patient advocate, however, I felt that many parts of the book were misleading. Perhaps one of the faults is it tries to be too ambitious and attempts to cover too many topics, which often are not in depth enough to be of much value.
Dr. Snyderman points out correctly multiple times that the path to good health is through prevention by adopting healthy habits, staying physically active, and maintaining a sensible weight. The structure of the book reflects this preventive focus and chooses to debunk many myths with these clever chapter titles - Annual Checkups Are Obsolete, Vaccinations Are Just For Kids, Doctor's Don't Play Favorites, Only Old People Get Heart Disease and Stroke, We're Losing the War on Cancer, Natural Means "Safe", and You Can Just Snap Out of Mental Illness.Read more ›
And many of the myths she uncovers as false made me quite happy!
The book is divided into seven chapters that are the myths:
* Annual checkups are obsolete
* Vaccinations are just for kids
* Doctors don't play favorites
* Only old people get heart disease and strokes
* We're losing the war on cancer
* Natural means safe
* You can snap out of mental illness
The following will give you a good feel for what the entire book is like:
* There is a chart for men and women advising how frequently and at what age they should take medical tests and screenings.
* You do not need to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Coffee does count as a drink, debunking the myth that as a diuretic it doesn't count.
* You can't catch a cold from being in cold weather. (I KNEW it!)
* Cracking your knuckles does not cause arthritis.
* Your heart does not stop beating when you sneeze.
* It's better to be fit than thin.
* Fat-free foods can wreck your diet.
* Headaches are rarely a sign of a brain tumor.
* 1-3 cups of coffee a day helps retain memory. (A personal favorite!)
* Chart of common herb-drug interactions
* Boring jobs can kill you
* Happiness is a state of health.
I did not agree with the statement that antiperspirants do not cause breast cancer, however. Snyderman claims that research done by the National Cancer Institute and the US Food and Drug Administration have no evidence that they cause cancer.Read more ›
In here she breaks down many myths that are out there and sets things straight. She says that in the computer age, many people have become "cyberchondriacs" and that we then diagnose ourselves with false information and only half-truths. She talks to the reader in a very personal and friendly way and makes you feel like you are in her office getting the best advice possible. This book runs right through so many various medical topics and that's what makes it so interesting. She talks about vaccines and how Dr's 'play favourites' and about how much water we REALLY need, and apsrin for heart attacks etc.
Because we are all human (obviously), there isn't one person this book wouldn't pertain to. It's fantastic, interesting and very helpful in dispelling old wives tales and helping you work out what's factual. I love it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book with important information by an acclaimed doctor. Common sense medical teachings written in understandable terminology. A book for all to have on their shelf.Published 24 months ago by Donna M. Leahy
I'm afraid I didn't really read this book. I thought I would like it, but just didn't feel I got anything out of it. Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Patricia A Maple
Well, lets just say the book (and title) is highly misleading as others have suggested. I don't feel the book deserves any stars because it is a book on our health and she is a... Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by Fox
Glanced through this at the library... I'm not sure how anyone
who recommends Dean Ornish's high carbohydrate, super low fat diet
as healthy should be preaching to... Read more
Friendly in tone, open and self-disclosing, informative, lucent - a great self-care primer, accessible reference book. Read morePublished on June 29, 2009 by Pavel Somov, Ph.D., author of "Lotus Effect," "Present Perfect," & "Eating the Moment"
The author gives the reader an excellent text book on personal health care -- yes a text book, not a novel.Published on June 25, 2009 by Oscar E. Salmassy
Not sure if she's dispelling myths or creating them based on her assertion that Hepatitis C is spread through sexual activity. Read morePublished on March 24, 2009 by Cowan Redpath
Medical Myths That Can Kill You makes for great non fiction listening. The material in this book is as engaging as the title. Read morePublished on February 26, 2009 by Jessica Teel
This book is a good one for your library because it answers some key questions so that you don't have to keep calling your doctor. Read morePublished on February 24, 2009 by Rita Warren