False Alarm: The Truth about the Epidemic of Fear

False Alarm: The Truth about the Epidemic of Fear

by Marc Siegel

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False Alarm: The Truth about the Epidemic of Fear by Marc Siegel

Life today for citizens of the developed world is safer, easier, and healthier than for any other people in history thanks to modern medicine, science, technology, and intelligence. So why is an epidemic of fear sweeping America? The answer, according to nationally renowned health commentator Dr. Marc Siegel, is that we live in an artificially created culture of fear. In False Alarm , Siegel identifies three major catalysts of the culture of fear—government, the media, and big pharma. With fascinating, blow-by-blow analyses of the most sensational false alarms of the past few years, he shows how these fearmongers manipulate our most primitive instincts—often without our even realizing it. False Alarm shows us how to look behind the hype and hysteria, inoculate ourselves against fear tactics, and develop the emotional and intellectual skills needed to take back our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470053843
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 09/22/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

MARC SIEGEL, M.D., is a practicing internist, an associate professor at the New York University School of Medicine, and a Fellow in the Master Scholars Society at New York University. He is a columnist for the New York Daily News and Tribune Media Services, a member of USA Today's Board of Contributors, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Post, Family Circle, and the Washington Post. Siegel has appeared regularly on the Today show, The Early Show on CBS, FOX News Channel, ABC News, CNN, and NPR.

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Introduction: The Fear Epidemic1
Part IFight or Flight
1Why Are We So Afraid?13
2It Works for Animals but Not for Us23
3Our Culture of Worry36
4Playing Politics with Fear50
5Disasters: Real or Imagined65
6Finding Things to Worry About75
7Profiting from Fear88
Part IIBugs Du Jour
8Anthrax107
9Insects, Pox, and Lethal Gas125
10SARS142
11Flu153
12Cows, Birds, and Humans161
Part IIIHealing Fear
13The Fear Prophets183
14Is There a Cure for Fear?194
Afterword211
Bibliography217
Index237

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"Marc Siegel is an articulate voice of reason in a world beset by hype and hysteria. We would be well advised to listen closely to what he has to say." –Jerome Groopman, MD, staff writer, The New Yorker

"In this masterful and provocative work, Dr. Marc Siegel, an accomplished physician and author, skillfully dissects our present-day culture of fearmongering. An engaging and readable blend of science, politics, and social criticism, False Alarm--fully supported by extensive research--is an eloquently written and unflinching exploration of fear (real and imagined) in the modern world. Most importantly, Siegel exposes how government officials, the media, and the pharmaceutical industry exploit--and spread--fear for profit and power. They all should be scared of this powerful book." -- David Corn, Washington editor of The Nation

"False Alarm asks an important question about threats from bioterrorism and emerging diseases: when should we be afraid? Siegel cuts through the hype about the "deadly" this and the "lethal" that, and applies reason in seeking the answers. Those who think for themselves will find useful guidance here."--John M. Barry, author of The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

"Relax and put away your duct tape. In exposing the phony politics of fear, Dr. Marc Siegel proves that things aren’t as bleak as they seem. The only thing to fear is fear itself."--Bill Press, Former Host, CNN’s "Crossfire"

"A passionate aria that puts Marc Siegel stage center in the Anti-Hysteria chorus. As both an empathetic doctor and a shrewd observer of popular culture, Siegel updates that 1950s truism: Watching TV can be injurious to health...especially if you believe the hype about imminent terrorist threats and fearsome potential epidemics. False Alarm is a color-coded burst of sanity amid the fear and frenzy of 21st Century America."-- Walter Shapiro, author of One-Car Caravan

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