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Product Details

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (February 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307406148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307406149
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dr. Nancy Snyderman debunks popular medical myths that are dangerous to your health in this practical book. I recommend it for its sound advice about self-care and intelligent use of medical tests and treatments."
—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."
—Meredith Vieira, Co-host Today


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About the Author

NANCY L. SNYDERMAN, M.D., F.A.C.S., is on staff in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pennsylvania and has received numerous research grants from the American Cancer Society and the Kellogg Foundation. Already known to millions of viewers worldwide as the chief medical editor for NBC News, she appears regularly on Today, Nightly News with Brian Williams, Dateline, and elsewhere.

Visit Nancy on BeWell.com

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Customer Reviews

Good book, easy reading, and great information.
S. K. Mangus
I really enjoy watching Dr Snyderman on the Today show most mornings.
Little Miss Cutey
It was biased toward a very light medical establishment viewpoint.
James

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Davis Liu on August 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a practicing family doctor and author of Stay Healthy, Live Longer, Spend Wisely: Making Intelligent Choices in America's Healthcare System, I am a strong believer in empowering and educating patients so that they can make the right decisions to get the most out of life. As the only doctor in my family I don't think it is fair that only the people I know or care for are privy to the truth about staying healthy, so I looked forward to reading this book which has a similar same perspective.

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.
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57 of 67 people found the following review helpful By James on June 17, 2008
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There are three reasons i did not like this book. 1) It was primarily female oriented. 2) It was biased toward a very light medical establishment viewpoint. For instance, it lists a number of possible adverse events related to supplements, but no such list for establishment substances such as estrogen and heart disease, the dangers of Celebrex, brain fog from cholesterol drugs and bypass surgery, etc. 3)It contains contradictory information. In Myth 5, she states that "Men should not take supplemental calcium, since some research suggests that excessive calcium may increase the risk for prostate concerns", whatever that may mean. Later in Myth 6 she states that "I am comfortable with calcium: 500 to 1500 millligrams daily depending on your age and quality of your diet." meaning what? If you look at ehese quotes, you will note that they are heavily weasel worded and not at all specific, as is the case with the whole book.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Norma Lehmeierhartie VINE VOICE on May 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Medical Myths that Can Kill You: And the 101 Truths that Will Save, Extend, and Improve Your Life, by Dr. Nancy Snyderman, is a highly informative and helpful book.

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.
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36 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Little Miss Cutey on May 20, 2008
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I really enjoy watching Dr Snyderman on the Today show most mornings. When she's on, she's very clued in and knowledgable. She has a great presence and I imagine a very good bedside manner.
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.
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