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The Cure for Everything: Untangling Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness, and Happiness Hardcover – April 24, 2012
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“[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
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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.Read more ›
Some may find the book rather depressing (everything gets a good beat-up, from stretching, to running, yoga, homeopathy, mainstream medicine, etc.), but in reality it is remarkably empowering. It allows people like myself to keep running, but to know exactly what to expect from it (and loosing weight is not one of these things).
With this book, Caulfield won't make too many friends among the multi-billion dollar industry of health and fitness, but he can rest assured that those of us who are just trying to live a healthy life will be forever grateful that he found the courage to publish it.
I enjoyed reading this refreshing, dogma-shattering treatise written in a very self-effacing style by an author who a Canadian researcher in health law and policy and a fine writer, even though he has a fondness for commas the likes of which I have rarely experienced!
As a physician, wellness advocate, fitness enthusiast and author ( [[...]] ), this book resonated powerfully with my knowledge and experience. In this regard, I found the following excerpts particularly poignant:
The three most frequent myths and also the most worrisome as they are often associated with unfounded and potentially harmful diet products: first, the idea that we need to detoxify or cleanse our bodies; second, the idea that we need a plethora of dietary supplements to stay healthy; and third, the idea that eating specific foods or products will increase metabolism and make us lose weight.Read more ›
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Haven't read it yet. But the author is super duper handsome.Published 4 months ago by Major Steve Trevor
I found this a thoroughly enjoyable read, much if it reiterating what I have read elsewhere over the years. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Cathryn Wellner
Excellent book that debunks much of the healthcare nonsense that surrounds us these days.Published 9 months ago by Rona Lesley
A Total Waste of Time....It's All Old News!
This author, who feeds his own children Fruit Loops (a toxic, sugary and artificially-colored) "breakfast"... Read more
I thought the book as a whole was pretty good, but perhaps a bit wordy. Sometimes it seemed like we were just beating a subject to death. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Scott L
If you have any faith in intelligence and the continuing search for advancement in health, happiness and the human condition,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. Braun
Drones on about the people doing the research rather than the research itself. When he does mention the research, he is very vague and wont site the sources!Published 19 months ago by anonymous
Finally a book with real facts and the truth no one really wants to hear about weight loss. You have to eat healthy foods in the right portion or you will never control your... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Roy E Honeycutt