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Bad Medicine Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Distance Healing to Vitamin O

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ISBN-10: 047143499X

ISBN-13: 9780471434993

Edition: 2003

Authors: Christopher Wanjek

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A clever, thought-provoking guide that clarifies common medical misconceptions The average person only uses ten percent of his or her brain. Poor light ruins your eyesight. All natural medicines are safe. In this lively and informative guide, science writer Chris Wanjek dispels these and dozens of other popularly held medical myths and misconceptions. The second title in Wiley's Bad Science series, Bad Medicine begins by taking readers on a fantastic journey into the human body to shed some light on how it really works, answering basic questions about blood, how the immune system works, how food is turned to fuel, and much more. The book then sets the record straight on aging, disease,…    
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List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/17/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.63" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

CHRISTOPHER WANJEK is a frequent contributor to the Washington Post; he has also written for Smithsonian and Forbes, among other publications. He writes jokes for The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live. Wanjek is also a senior writer for NASA. He has previously worked as an in-house science writer at MIT and the NIH.

Introduction: The Roots of Bad Medicine
I Sing the Body Eclectic
10 Percent Misconception, 90 Percent Misdirection: The Brain at Work
Big Brain, Little Smarts: Brain Size and Intelligence
Blinded by Lies: The Eyes Have It
All in Good Taste: How the Tongue Works
Scrubbing Your Liver: The Demystification of Detoxification
Refer to the Appendix: Useless Organ or Helpful Player?
Going Gray? Not Today: White Hair and Its Causes
Samson's Delight: Baldness Cures
The Race Is Off: Race Defined
Growing Old
Losing One's Mind: Memory Loss and Aging
Getting Stiffed: Vitality and Aging
Illness Gets Old: Aging and Disease
See You in 2150: The Long and Short of Life Span
On and On: Longevity and Genetics
Enough to Make You Sick
The Plague Lives! The Black Plague in the Modern Age
Cold Comfort: How to Catch a Cold
The Ill-Advised War on Bacteria: Are All Bacteria Bad?
Radiating Misperception: Radiation, Pro and Con
Swimming with Sharks: Sharks and Cancer
Mutating Misconceptions: What Your Genes Say about Your Future Health
Eating It Up
Learning Your Alpha-Beta-Carotenes: Antioxidants, Pro and Con
The Unbearable Heaviness of Being: Fat People and Food
Not Milk? Milk and Your Health
Organic Reasoning: The Benefits of Organic Food
Water, Water Everywhere: Bottled Water vs. Tap Water
The Return of the Witch Doctor
The Delusion of Dilution: Homeopathy x 50
Magnetic Charm: Magnets and Your Health
Reversal of Fortune: The Viability of Ayurveda
Something Smells Funny: Aromatherapy as a Cure
Suffocating Trends: Oxygen--How Much Is Too Much?
The Ultimate Hands-Off Approach: Touch Therapy, Qigong, and Falun Gong
Getting to the Root of the Problem: Herbs As Alternative Medicine
A Short in the Arm: The True Dangers of Vaccines
Risking It All
Toxic Avenger: The Science of Toxicity
Peer-Reviewed for Your Pleasure: How Health Studies Work
Candy Adds Years to Your Life: And Other Important Health Study Findings
We're #1: Rating America's Health
Just Like in the Movies
I'm Not a Reporter, but I Play One on TV: The Accuracy of Television Medical News
Rambo VI: The Quest for Hearing: Guns and Their Aftereffects
Knocked Out, Loaded: Imagined Violence and Real Problems
Heartbreaker: Hollywood Style
Epilogue: Tomorrow's Promise: Bad Medicine on the Horizon
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