Medical Myths That Can Kill You: And the 101 Truths That Will Save, Extend, and Improve Your Life [NOOK Book]

Medical Myths That Can Kill You: And the 101 Truths That Will Save, Extend, and Improve Your Life

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Do you know what’s really good for you?

In this age of countless miracle cures, it’s vital to separate the myths that endanger your health from the medical facts you need.

Unfiltered coffee can clog your arteries.

Donating blood may lower your risk of heart disease.

You don’t really need eight glasses of water a day.

Coughing won’t help if you’re having a heart attack. (But aspirin will!)

We’ve become a nation of cyberchondriacs, diagnosing ourselves with false information and half-truths found on sketchy websites. In Medical Myths That Can Kill You, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, chief medical editor for NBC News, provides clear, practical, scientifically proven advice that can lead you to a healthier, happier life.

Discover the simple, everyday things that affect well-being, and get the information you need to revitalize your body, maintain your longevity, manage your care, and possibly even save a life–yours.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Snyderman, chief medical editor for NBC News, here examines some common medical myths-e.g., that only old people get heart attacks and strokes, that "natural" means safe-explaining why they have become so prevalent, why they are wrong, and what sensible approaches people can take to avoid inadvertently damaging their health because of false beliefs. Along the way, she points out some little-known truths that can improve health and longevity, e.g., that hyperactivity is unrelated to sugar, that sunglasses can prevent blindness, and that drug mistakes are a leading cause of death and illness in this country. Every page is filled with useful facts in this fascinating and well-researched and -written book accessible to all readers. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, LJ1/08.]
—Susan B. Hagloch

From the Publisher
"Dr. Nancy Snyderman debunks popular medical myths that are dangerous to your health in this practical book. I recommend it for its sound advice about self-care and intelligent use of medical tests and treatments."
—Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Healthy Aging

"Millions of people listen to what Dr. Nancy Snyderman has to say and for very good reason. In Medical Myths That Can Kill You she gives lifesaving advice that cuts through the current medical confusion to tell you what you really need to know today to live a long and healthy tomorrow."
—Dean Ornish, M.D., author of The Spectrum

"In her typical fun yet authoritative fashion, Dr Snyderman saves lives by busting the 7 greatest myths that pierce our health."
—Mehmet Oz, M.D., bestselling author of YOU: Staying Young and YOU: On A Diet

"In Medical Myths, Dr. Nancy Snyderman takes you where you have never been--into her heart, her wealth of experience as a pediatrician, surgeon, and medical correspondent, and into her life. This book is unlike any other. Reading it will give you the same information, knowledge, and compassion as if you sat down with your best friend who happened to be a highly experienced, wise, and warm physician."
—Alice D. Domar, Ph.D., Executive Director Domar Center for Mind/Body Health; Author, Be Happy Without Being Perfect

"Nancy Snyderman is a skillful surgeon who cuts through the medical myths and guides us to the truths that we can use! Everyone needs this book!"
—Susan Love, M.D., President and Medical Director Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

"Truth #102: Medical information doesn't have to be indigestible. When Nancy L. Snyderman, M.D. is dispensing it, her straightforward approach to healthcare is just what the doctor ordered."
—Meredith Vieira, Co-host Today

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307409256
  • Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
  • Publication date: 5/20/2008
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 359 KB

Meet the Author

NANCY L. SNYDERMAN, M.D., F.A.C.S., is the chief medical editor for NBC News and reports for Nightly News with Brian Williams, Today, and MSNBC. She also has an academic appointment in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining NBC News, Dr. Snyderman served as a medical correspondent for ABC News, then spearheaded a digital project at Johnson & Johnson. She has received numerous broadcasting awards and grants from the American Cancer Society and the Kellogg Foundation. Dr. Snyderman lives on the East Coast with her family. She is passionate about horses, travel, and hiking.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     1
Annual Checkups Are Obsolete     9
Vaccinations Are Just for Kids     47
Doctors Don't Play Favorites     73
Only Old People Get Heart Disease and Stroke     108
We're Losing the War on Cancer     138
Natural Means "Safe"     172
You Can Just Snap Out of Mental Illness     205
Today's Gift     238
Resources     251
References     257
Index     263
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2008

    Save your money!!!

    Most of the information is already known to anyone with scruples. And telling a cancer patient to go out and have a milkshake is preposterous! Anyone who has done their homework knows about the link between animal foods and disease. There are much better books out there, beginning with books by Dr. Andrew Weil.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2008

    Interesting factoids, but misleading at times

    As a practicing family doctor and author of Stay Healthy, Live Longer, Spend Wisely: Making Intelligent Choices in America's Healthcare System, I am a strong believer in empowering and educating patients so that they can make the right decisions to get the most out of life. As the only doctor in my family I don't think it is fair that only the people I know or care for are privy to the truth about staying healthy, so I looked forward to reading this book which has a similar same perspective. Overall, the book was a mixed blessing. It has interesting factoids, ideas we should all take to heart, but at times is misleading. As a consumer and a patient, I thought the truths and news you can use pieces were interesting. As a primary care doctor and patient advocate, however, I felt that many parts of the book were misleading. Perhaps one of the faults is it tries to be too ambitious and attempts to cover too many topics, which often are not in depth enough to be of much value. Other areas that are covered superficially include when Dr. Snyderman discusses cancer and mental illness. She pushes for prevention as well as clarifies myths that still exist among the public. Unfortunately in the chapter on cancer, she also talks about various cancer treatments which isn't thorough enough and doesn't seem to fit in a book with this preventive theme. For the mental illness, one of the best written sections because of her personal experience, again the book is rather too ambitious and tries to cover anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder and the various treatment options even as she admits that 'it is impossible to go into as much detail as I would like to'. Though she gives a website reference, perhaps it may have been better only to cover depression as she and her husband both had experienced it, and acknowledge the other conditions. Overall, I wanted to like this book as I believe the intent of giving the public the facts about what they can do to stay healthy and well is vital. I think as a practicing doctor and insider, however, the book at times it is misleading, in some areas is too light in content and in others the information deviates from the book's intent of wellness and health promotion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2008

    Highly Informative

    Medical Myths that Can Kill You: And the 101 Truths that Will Save, Extend, and Improve Your Life, by Dr. Nancy Snyderman, is a highly informative and helpful book. And many of the myths she uncovers as false made me quite happy! The book is divided into seven chapters that are the myths: * Annual checkups are obsolete * Vaccinations are just for kids * Doctors don't play favorites * Only old people get heart disease and strokes * We're losing the war on cancer * Natural means safe * You can snap out of mental illness The following will give you a good feel for what the entire book is like: * There is a chart for men and women advising how frequently and at what age they should take medical tests and screenings. * You do not need to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Coffee does count as a drink, debunking the myth that as a diuretic it doesn't count. * You can't catch a cold from being in cold weather. (I KNEW it!) * Cracking your knuckles does not cause arthritis. * Your heart does not stop beating when you sneeze. * It's better to be fit than thin. * Fat-free foods can wreck your diet. * Headaches are rarely a sign of a brain tumor. * 1-3 cups of coffee a day helps retain memory. (A personal favorite!) * Chart of common herb-drug interactions * Boring jobs can kill you * Happiness is a state of health. I did not agree with the statement that antiperspirants do not cause breast cancer, however. Snyderman claims that research done by the National Cancer Institute and the US Food and Drug Administration have no evidence that they cause cancer.The lack of evidence from these groups does not convince me that antiperspirants are safe. This is not the space to debate the safeness or lack thereof of antiperspirants, but there is ample research that suggests using a natural deodorant is a far safer and prudent choice. Overall, a very good book. By the author of the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2008

    Keep this on the shelf with your Drs. R & O's 'Owner's Manual'

    This book helps to sort out countless myths that we have all encountered all in a very reader-friendly format. Dr. Snyderman is truly empowering each patient to better advocate for their own health. Emma Oxford

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