Panic Nation: Unpicking the Myths We're Told About Food and Health [NOOK Book]

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Every week there's another food or health scare. Whether it's British beef, the MMR vaccine or just sunshine itself, there's always somebody to tell you that you are under threat from yet another everyday activity; or that the food we eat, and the medicines we take are poisoning our bodies. However, this book reveals that we are all living longer, healthier lives, while science has advanced to the stage where medicines and surgical procedures are safer and more effective than ever before. So where does the truth ...
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Panic Nation: Unpicking the Myths We're Told About Food and Health

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Overview

Every week there's another food or health scare. Whether it's British beef, the MMR vaccine or just sunshine itself, there's always somebody to tell you that you are under threat from yet another everyday activity; or that the food we eat, and the medicines we take are poisoning our bodies. However, this book reveals that we are all living longer, healthier lives, while science has advanced to the stage where medicines and surgical procedures are safer and more effective than ever before. So where does the truth lie? Who can we believe? How do we know whose advice is worth listening to? Examining the truth behind the headlines, drawing together the country's leading experts in their field to examine these questions, this book really does give you the excuse to "Diet Another Day". You may be surprised to find that many 'scientific' truths that have come to be circulated as fact would be better compared to urban myths and don't have the backing in the scientific community that is often claimed for them...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857828405
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Professor Stanley Feldman is a Professor of Anaesthetics at London University and appointed to the Imperial College School of Medicine. He has lectured all over the world on anaesthetics and other related subjects. He has written and edited several books on the subject of clinical anaesthetics and published over eighty papers in medical journals. In addition he has published Poison Arrows, his first popular science book. He enjoys boating and travel.

 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2005

    Useful survey of scaremongering

    ¿It¿s all a matter of opinion.¿ How often have we heard this when we venture to suggest, say, that astrology is tosh? But are all opinions equally valid? Aren¿t some based on stronger evidence than others? Evidence is different from possibility. For example, the scaremongers at the New Scientist, the Independent, etc tell us that the AH5N1 avian flu virus could mutate into a virus transmissible to humans. Yes, it could. But how likely is it to do so? The lead editorial in the British Medical Journal of 29 October 2005 said, ¿The lack of sustained human-to-human transmission suggests that this AH5N1 avian virus does not currently have the capacity to cause a human pandemic. ¿ the appearance of a modified avian virus capable of triggering a human pandemic is unlikely: there have been more than 3300 flu outbreaks in birds with 150 million killed and only 118 human cases, and the disease in birds is proving containable with good surveillance and prompt action.¿ Focusing on mythical scares distracts us from real problems. This book cites the example of the scare about DDT, which led to its banning in the late 1960s. As a result, malaria, which the use of DDT had almost eliminated, kills, worldwide, three million people, mostly children, every year. This very useful book studies scare stories promoted in Britain about all sorts of things that, we¿re told, damage our health - British beef, salt, sugar, tap water, alcohol, non-organic food, the MMR vaccine, GM foods and sunshine. Given all these mortal scares, how come that generally we are living longer and healthier lives? Are our rulers promoting paranoia, trying to scare us into feeling too weak and helpless to resist them? Is the destruction of Britain¿s industry leading to hostility to science itself? To paraphrase President Franklin D. Roosevelt, perhaps the only epidemic we have to fear is fear itself.

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