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The Cure for Everything: Untangling Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness, and Happiness Hardcover – April 24, 2012
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“A Freakonomics for the health industry.”—Justin Sorbara-Hosker, Indigo Lifestyle blog
“[An] entertaining and thought-provoking slam.”—Publisher's Weekly
“[The] Cure for Everything is insightful and entertaining…Gently and with humour, Caulfield guides readers through the funhouse world of health sciences.”—National Post (Canada)
“Timothy Caulfield is a science nerd. He’s also a health nut. And he’s fed up with all the bogus diet claims, expensive fitness programs and weird information that poses as scientific fact. . . . [He] spent a year combing through research and interviewing top scientists. He also exercised like a maniac and ate an ultra-healthy diet. His search for the truth resulted in . . . The Cure for Everything!”—Nancy J. White, The Toronto Star
About the Author
Timothy Caulfield is the research director of the Health Law and Science Policy Group at the University of Alberta, where he holds appointments in the Faculty of Law and School of Public Health.
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He'll say something like "50% of your diet should be fruits and vegetables," without really saying where that comes from or what it means. Is that 50% of volume or calories? There's a big difference. Nor does he say how he came upon that number. Should someone whose diet is 60% vegetables eat less of the things? No idea. So though this is probably good advice for a lot of people, it's fuzzy science at best.
I liked the chapter on gene therapy/screening the best, because it's a field where Caulfield is personally involved. This was the only chapter in which I learned much of anything new.
I also liked the way he threw some personal quest into each of the chapters--to work out like a Hollywood star, see if alternative treatments could cure his motion sickness, etc. This wasn't very scientific either, as Caulfield admits, but it was entertaining and often enlightening.
In the alternative medicine chapter, I don't think he gave the practitioners a fair shake. He went for commentary almost exclusively to people who are publicly known as opponents of alternative medicine. For the other side, he relied on sources like websites and publications, rather than going directly to someone who endorses, say, homeopathy, and confronting them with evidence that the effectiveness of their modality is questionable. Personally I think the alternative health industry is almost pure bulls***, but it's more enlightening to go to the source in addition to their opponents.
So I sort of liked this book; it was interesting, and a fast read. I just think it could have been so much better.
The main problem, in my opinion, is the central premise of this book. There isn't really a "cure for everything" or one final answer on what to eat, how to exercise, etc. Although Caulfield acknowledges this at times, I also think he brushes aside some ideas without enough thought.
If you are just learning about healthful eating and the need for exercise, this book may be helpful. Other than that, I don't think there is much to gain from reading this book. Most of the information you can find elsewhere and it will be better written!
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