You've Been Had!: How the Media and Environmentalists Turned America into a Nation of Hypochondriacs

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With all of the negative media about environmental threats over the last four decades, is it any wonder that most people believe disaster is just around the corner?  But despite what the media would lead us to believe, annual reports from the Surgeons General show that Americans are the healthiest they have ever been, are becoming healthier and are, in fact, the healthiest people on the planet.

In You?ve Been Had!, Melvin Benarde aims to set the record straight and ...

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Overview

With all of the negative media about environmental threats over the last four decades, is it any wonder that most people believe disaster is just around the corner?  But despite what the media would lead us to believe, annual reports from the Surgeons General show that Americans are the healthiest they have ever been, are becoming healthier and are, in fact, the healthiest people on the planet.

In You’ve Been Had!, Melvin Benarde aims to set the record straight and counteract the culture of complaint and worry with an unbiased account of the scientific facts — facts which suggest we are worried and frightened about the wrong things. Contrary to what the media would have us believe, he argues that the environmental factors that most adversely affect our health are those that are within our power to alter, such as smoking, diet, drugs, stress, guns speed, exercise, and basic safety precautions. Topics covered include: carcinogens and anti- carcinogens; dietary supplements and neutraceuticals; food safety, pasteurization and irradiation; genetically modified foods; microbial threats to health; hazardous and toxic waste; radiation and skin cancer; global warming; risk-taking; obesity, asthma, violence and longevity. Benarde also looks at the ways the media reports science and evidence-based medicine.

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To his fellow environmentalists, epidemiologist Benarde argues that people will continue to care about the environment even if they are not terrified into believing they are about to drop dead from an imminent epidemic of some horrible disease. Environmental pollution and health are not inextricably linked, he asserts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780813530505
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.03 (d)

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Melvin A. Benarde is the author of nine books, including Our Precarious Habitat andGlobal Warning/Global Warming. He is the former director of the Asbestos/Lead Center at Temple University and former associate director of the Environmental Studies Institute at Drexel University.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
1 Top of the Charts 1
2 Our Microbial World 31
3 Food, Glorious Food 56
4 Food, Cancer, Heart Disease 98
5 Troubled Air 139
6 Clean Energy: Power from Atoms 174
7 Hazardous Waste, Hazardous Thinking 220
8 The Sleeping Giant 265
Notes 287
Index 299
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    Intelligent & Impressive Read

    I have never read a book by someone who is as intelligent and as knowledgeable as this author. It wasn't an action spy novel,but boy, I felt smarter after each chapter. It was a challenge but not overwhelming. His access and presentation of facts and scientific process is unparalleled! Written in a style that doesn't belittle the reader. He injects a wry sense of humor, as well. He and I disagree on the global warming issue, but every other topic was chock full of refutations or questions that made you wonder about the conventional wisdom we have all been fed. If you think the media distorts all types of information in quest of shocking and "if it bleeds,it leads" headlines, then Dr. Bernade has done us all a favor.

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