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Publisher's Summary

True or false: Eight glasses of water a day are mandatory for staying hydrated. Vitamin C protects you from catching a cold. Natural foods are always better for you.
What do these nuggets of so-called medical wisdom have in common? They're not true. They're myths, half-truths, and misconceptions - pieces of information so familiar we take them for granted without truly considering the scientific truth behind them.
In today's information age, such medical myths are all around us. And using them to make decisions about your own health can be harmful. Even deadly. That's why it's critical to understand the accuracy of medical information and discover the truth about everyday health and well-being.
That's the core of this important series of 24 eye-opening lectures from an acclaimed neurologist, educator, and science broadcaster. Dr. Novella will give you evidence-based guidelines for good health, enhance your ability to be better informed about common medical myths, and strengthen your skills at assessing medical information and advice.
An essential aid for any home, the lecture series is divided into three sections that focus on specific aspects of health. "You Are What You Eat and Drink": Get pointed looks at proper hydration, the routine use of multivitamins, natural foods and probiotics, antioxidants, and more. "Fighting Diseases": Sort out truth from fiction regarding vaccines, the supposed link between vaccination and autism, chronic diseases, and other subjects. "Exploring the Alternatives": Investigate the claims behind herbal medicines, homeopathy, acupuncture, and other alternatives that aren't as worthwhile as they claim to be.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2010 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2010 The Great Courses
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5 out of 5 stars
By Debbie on 06-09-14

Great Listen for Anyone!

Would you listen to Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us again? Why?

Yes. Because I do not necessarily catch every detail in real time. Often I fall a bit behind because the preceding point still has my attention. Some points I wish to commit to memory. The lectures by Dr Steven Novella are AMAZING. Exciting, informative, fun.... He is a great teacher with a fluent vocabulary. I want to remember to again use some of those words. And I want to have my myths clear! Sure I will be arguing regarding some of them that are so entrenched.

Have you listened to any of Professor Steven Novella’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes and this one was very worthwhile yet lighter. No regrets!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and repeated many "lectures/chapters".

Any additional comments?

Audible!! Obtain content rights for more books featuring lectures on any topic by this man!!! Amazing .... This one the lighter & easier to review of the two I have. NO ONE should be intimidated to go with this book of lectures. No dense scientific or biological knowledge is required to take away an excellent experience with information we all can use!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lotsaluck on 09-07-14

Beware the detractors

Would you listen to Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us again? Why?

There is a plethora of information here--much more than can be retained from one listening.

What other book might you compare Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us to and why?

These lectures remind me of the Freakanomics series of books. In fact, I started listening to Think Like a Freak right after I finished this one, and it has some medical stories in the first chapters that could have fit well in this series.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

At the end, he lists a number of myths that some doctors still believe. Something to think about when next you visit your doctor.

Any additional comments?

I find it amusing to read reviews that allege that this listen has "half-truths" or that it lacks evidence. This course is all about scientific studies and evidence. Where we don't know something, he tells us. He tells us what science and medicine have been able to prove and their degree of certainty. The only reason I can discern for the detractors comments is that a pet medical myth of the reviewer (homeopathy? supplements? acupuncture?) is attacked in the book and therefore there cannot be any proof. Just because the reviewer disagrees doesn't mean the lecturer is dealing in half truths. Thus the need to de-myth-ify medicine. True, there is no list of sources in the lectures from Audible, but that is because Audible, for some reason, does not supply us with the guides that accompany the course. They say it is not necessary for enjoying the course. While it may be true that it is not necessary, it is certainly useful--especially in this case. Listeners who really want this information may need to go to the Teaching Company and buy the lectures again to get the study guide. Very sad, especially since audible does provide study guides for the Modern Scholar series of courses and for many other Audible titles as PDF files that can be downloaded. Perhaps if we lobby Audible, we can get them to include the study guides for the Great Courses as well. How about it, people?And detractors: What particular myth did you hate hearing debunked? Enquiring minds what to know.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Damage Magnet on 03-12-15

Well presented set of lectures

Dr Novella attempts to present a neutral factual set of lectures.
He does not always succeed in hiding his irritation with nonsense. If you listen to the SGU then you will have heard the bare bones of most of this but this is his pithy comments with backup details.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mariann V. on 08-21-17

Depends on what you already know

This book is good if you are a total novice in the areas of evidence based medicine. But if you already use PubMed, read Science, know what is NCBI, what importance have double blind placebo controlled trials over simpler studies and what a Nobel Prize-winning economist Ronald Coase meant by: "If you torture data long enough, it will confess.", then this one won't contain anything new for you.

I expected much more depth and something more exciting (information wise). It somehow appeared more profound than it is. It basically contains common sense information. It's not the author's fault - the books is probably great for the ones it is dedicated to. I just didn't do my homework properly before purchasing this book. The presenter is good and information valid for certain audiences, just not me. Therefore I'm confused how to rate it, because the book isn't bad for sure, but no good for me either and I really hope I can change it for something better (purchased quite a time ago and only recently started to listen to it and within a minute of listening and thereafter skimming it through it dawned on me - what a mistake from my side to buy this). Save your credits if you can relate with me. And go for it if you prefer simple&basic myth busting. :)

So, the given rating stars reflect my confusion: I'd give one star for the story and overall because no use for me, but I threw in some extra because of other people to whom the book might be a must read.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Caeril Inffall on 06-22-17

Take that, society!

What made the experience of listening to Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us the most enjoyable?

Having lots of info broken into sections so you can listen to certain parts and not be overwhelmed. Professor Novella makes sure to deliver steady speech (not fast), to speak clearly, and to pause when needed.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us?

I'm only halfway through, but have already felt the desire to write this review, so currently, one of the most memorable moments for me was a simple comment on making sure migraineurs drink water even when they don't feel like it (I'm a borderline chronic migraineur).

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but unfortunately, it's impossible as it's very long and I can only listen in chunks.

Any additional comments?

As stated, I'm only halfway through, but am enjoying gaining deeper insights into subjects I was already skeptical of. For instance, I learned that originally, acupuncture was a way of blood letting, and that modern acupuncture is totally re-thought (though still has no evidence to support it).
In general, it's both educational and comforting to be told how many people believe in things that aren't true, don't help, or can actually be harmful, because people with chronic illness like myself are often given well-meaning advice, but that advice should always be taken with a grain of salt, looked further into, or gently discredited. Self education is key, and these lectures help a lot.

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5 out of 5 stars
By jaise on 03-14-17

very interesting and we'll. worth listening to.

amazing what we think we know is actually rubbish. great to get facts like this so you can seem clever !!!

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