Because of the many misconceptions he has encountered from both laymen and many of those involved in medical care, Dr. Tavel has now turned his attention to the general public. In this hard-hitting book, he attacks misinformation covering health matters of all types. Snake oil is a term metaphorically applied to the many methods of treatment that lack scientific credibility, including quackery of all types, alternative medicine, procedures such as acupuncture and chiropractic medicine, misinformation about diets, vitamins, and other dietary supplementation, antioxidants, and many others.
His thoughts also extend to the less obvious myths surrounding such diverse topics as the tricks performed by the so-called ethical pharmaceutical companies, and the illusion surrounding the apparent success of all types of medical management—both conventional and outlandish—much of which can be explained by the so-called placebo effect. Understanding these myths can pave the way toward healthier living and better medical care, while at the same time, reducing personal expenses.
In the process of dispelling myths, Dr. Tavel presents a detailed analysis of how biases and myths are formed, which, in itself, can lead the individual toward better self-awareness and more profound understanding of many issues beyond health. These include such diverse subjects as why the self-proclaimed experts are usually wrong about the stock market, odds at sporting events and casinos, and even why our political leaders are so often prone to false conclusions.
Dr. Tavel’s insights provide useful information to everyone--especially to those giving or receiving care and advice about matters of health.
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About the Author
Dr. Tavel is a physician specialist in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases. In addition to managing patients for many years, he holds a teaching position (Clinical Professor) at Indiana University School of Medicine and regularly teaches medical students, house staff physicians, and other medical personnel. In addition, he has presented numerous speeches and lectures before national and international audiences that include peers as well as the general public. He is actively engaged in medical research and has authored over 100 research publications, editorials and book reviews that have appeared in peer-reviewed national medical journals. He is currently the director of the cardiac rehabilitation program at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana, and consulting cardiologist for the Care Group, Inc., a division of St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.
Dr. Tavel has authored a book on cardiology that persisted through four editions over a period of approximately 20 years. This book was placed on the recommended list by the major U.S. internal medical organization (American College of Physicians) for inclusion in the personal libraries of all those practicing internal medicine. Dr. Tavel has also been a contributor to several other multi-authored textbooks. Having served on editorial boards of four major national medical journals, he has provided numerous critical reviews of manuscripts submitted to many journals for possible publication. He has also served as research director at a large metropolitan teaching hospital (Methodist Hospital), located in Indianapolis. His civic activities include, among others, having been past president of the local and state divisions of the American Heart Association, during which time he made numerous television and radio appearances on behalf of this organization. Many years ago, h
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Dr. Tavel has done an outstanding job of assembling a wealth of information. The book might have been titled "How to Think" as it teaches the reader to apply critical thinking skills to issues in medicine as well as to other areas like politics where errors in thinking could have serious consequences. Along with covering blatant snake oil hoaxes and questionable claims from antioxidants to chelation, he delves into evidence-based medicine and shares his own conclusions based on the published data about everything from vitamins to diet. There are other books on alternative medicine, medical fraud, medical science, the pharmaceutical industry, the history of medicine, health advice, and critical thinking, but this book has all the essentials in one convenient package. A tour de force. (Harriet Hall, MD, science writer and contributing editor to Skeptic and Skeptical Inquirer publications and of website, Science Based Medicine)