The Healthy Skeptic

The Healthy Skeptic

Cutting Through the Hype About your Health

Book - 2008
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It happens every day: we pick up a newspaper or magazine or turn on the television and are bombarded with urgent advice about how to stay healthy. Lose weight! Lower your cholesterol! Early detection saves lives! Sunscreen prevents cancer! But in many cases, pronouncements we rarely think to question turn out to be half-truths that are being pushed by various individuals or groups to advance their own agendas. The Healthy Skeptic explores who these health promoters are--from journalists and celebrities to industry-funded groups and consumer activists--what their motives are, and how they are spinning us in ways we often don't realize.

This treasure trove of little-known facts, written by a seasoned health reporter, provides invaluable tips, tools, and resources to help readers think more critically about what they're being told. Becoming a healthy skeptic is vital, Davis argues, because following the right advice can have a profound impact on overall health and longevity.


* Diets and why they don't work

* Dietary supplements

* The campaign to reduce cholesterol

* Celebrity exhortations to "get tested"

* Sunscreen and its promoters' claims

* The antichemical activists
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2008.
ISBN: 9780520249189
Characteristics: 243 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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Jul 03, 2019

A great primer in how to interpret the health information that floods us every day. Davis teaches the reader how to interpret red flags such as industry-funded research results, deceptive marketing campaigns, cherry-picking of "clinical" studies without considering reliable research designs, and even over-emphasis by zealous government or watchdog advocacy messages. He takes specific aim at hyped messages about diets, cholesterol, anti-aging tools, supplements, sunscreen. Each chapter ends on a positive note with reliable takeaway messages and sources for reliable information.

Jan 20, 2012

Makes you stop and think about health topics you may have taken for granted. The author suggests several websites for further education on health and nutrition. Worth reading.

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