It happens every day: we pick up a newspaper or magazine or turn on the television and are bombarded with urgent advice about how to stay healthy. Lose weight! Lower your cholesterol! Early detection saves lives! Sunscreen prevents cancer! But in many cases, pronouncements we rarely think to question turn out to be half-truths that are being pushed by various individuals or groups to advance their own agendas. The Healthy Skeptic explores who these health promoters arefrom journalists and celebrities to industry-funded groups and consumer activistswhat their motives are, and how they are spinning us in ways we often don't realize. This treasure trove of little-known facts, written by a seasoned health reporter, provides invaluable tips, tools, and resources to help readers think more critically about what they're being told. Becoming a healthy skeptic is vital, Davis argues, because following the right advice can have a profound impact on overall health and longevity. IN TEN ENTERTAINING CHAPTERS, ROBERT J. DAVIS DISCUSSES: * Diets and why they don't work* Dietary supplements * The campaign to reduce cholesterol * Celebrity exhortations to "get tested" * Sunscreen and its promoters' claims * The antichemical activists
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Robert J. Davis is an award-winning medical journalist whose work has appeared on CNN, PBS, WebMD, and in the Wall Street Journal. He holds a master's degree in public health from Emory University and a PhD in health policy from Brandeis University. A sought-after speaker on health and the media, he also teaches at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Health Sellers1. Says Who? How We Know What (We Think) We Know2. The News Media: Eat This!3. Diet Books: Don't Eat That!4. Advertisements: Take a Supplement!5. Government Campaigns: Watch Your Cholesterol!6. Celebrities: Get Tested!7. Health Groups: Wear Sunscreen!8. Consumer Activists: Beware of Chemicals!9. Anti-Aging Doctors: Don't Get Sick, Don't Get Old, Don't Die!10. Guaranteed! Overpromising on Prevention NotesAcknowledgments
What People are Saying About This
"Simplifies the process of divining what is true science out of the hype. . . . Belongs where everyone can access it."Booklist
" Davis guides the reader in analyzing and thinking critically about health-related information."
"Cuts the myth from the reality. More importantly, he helps us sort through the information available."January Magazine
An insightful and informative look at a number of health issues, this should be enlightening."Publishers Weekly
""Useful to all consumers who seek reliable sources of health information."Choice