Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us : The Great Courses: Better Living

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Steven Novella
  • Series: The Great Courses: Better Living
  • 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

True or false: Eight glasses of water a day are mandatory for staying hydrated. Vitamin C protects you from catching a cold. Natural foods are always better for you.
What do these nuggets of so-called medical wisdom have in common? They're not true. They're myths, half-truths, and misconceptions - pieces of information so familiar we take them for granted without truly considering the scientific truth behind them.
In today's information age, such medical myths are all around us. And using them to make decisions about your own health can be harmful. Even deadly. That's why it's critical to understand the accuracy of medical information and discover the truth about everyday health and well-being.
That's the core of this important series of 24 eye-opening lectures from an acclaimed neurologist, educator, and science broadcaster. Dr. Novella will give you evidence-based guidelines for good health, enhance your ability to be better informed about common medical myths, and strengthen your skills at assessing medical information and advice.
An essential aid for any home, the lecture series is divided into three sections that focus on specific aspects of health. "You Are What You Eat and Drink": Get pointed looks at proper hydration, the routine use of multivitamins, natural foods and probiotics, antioxidants, and more. "Fighting Diseases": Sort out truth from fiction regarding vaccines, the supposed link between vaccination and autism, chronic diseases, and other subjects. "Exploring the Alternatives": Investigate the claims behind herbal medicines, homeopathy, acupuncture, and other alternatives that aren't as worthwhile as they claim to be.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Well presented set of lectures

Dr Novella attempts to present a neutral factual set of lectures.
He does not always succeed in hiding his irritation with nonsense. If you listen to the SGU then you will have heard the bare bones of most of this but this is his pithy comments with backup details.
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- Damage Magnet

Common Sense at last

If you could sum up Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us in three words, what would they be?

I was pleasantly surprised mostly because I understood exactly the reasoning behind how these myths came about. I also then realised that If I had thought more about this when first coming across these old wives tales I would not be as willing to believe them. I now have a better understanding of the Science behind a lot of very common ailments.

What other book might you compare Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us to, and why?

I have not come across any book that has given me such a clear understanding of these subjects.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not so much laughing or crying but spent most of the time listening to the lectures and thinking 'Oh of course'

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- Mrs E P

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses