9780520249189

The Healthy Skeptic: Cutting Through the Hype About Your Health

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  • ISBN13:

    9780520249189

  • ISBN10:

    0520249186

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-06-01
  • Publisher: UNIV OF CALIFORNIA PRESS

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Summary

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 Skepticexplores 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. IN TEN ENTERTAINING CHAPTERS, ROBERT J. DAVIS DISCUSSES: * 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

Author Biography

Robert J. Davis teaches at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Health Sellersp. 1
Says Who? How We Know What (We Think) We Knowp. 13
The News Media: Eat This!p. 35
Diet Books: Don't Eat That!p. 57
Advertisements: Take a Supplement!p. 75
Government Campaigns: Watch Your Cholesterol!p. 93
Celebrities: Get Tested!p. 109
Health Groups: Wear Sunscreen!p. 127
Consumer Activists: Beware of Chemicals!p. 145
Anti-Aging Doctors: Don't Get Sick, Don't Get Old, Don't Die!p. 163
Guaranteed! Overpromising on Preventionp. 183
Notesp. 193
Acknowledgmentsp. 231
Indexp. 233
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