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TTC (VIDEO) - Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths

 



 

TTC (VIDEO) - Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us


True or false: Eight glasses of water a day are mandatory for staying hydrated. Vitamin C protects you from catching a cold. Frequent snacking is the quickest way to bust your diet. Natural foods are always better for you. You hear advice like this all the time. But what do these four nuggets of so-called medical wisdom have in common? They're all 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, when supposedly accurate medical advice and diagnoses can be found online with the click of a computer mouse, medical myths are all around us. But much of this information isn't true, and using it to make decisions about your own health—whether it's how to treat the symptoms of the common cold or how to care for a child or aging relative—can be harmful. Even deadly.


Because you are the one who's ultimately responsible for your own health, it's critical to understand the accuracy of medical information; to break down the growing body of misinformation and discover the truth about everyday health and well-being.


"You can't assume that what you've always heard must be true simply because many other people believe it and spread it around," notes Dr. Steven Novella of the Yale School of Medicine, a medical doctor who has built his career educating patients, the public, students, and professionals about the highest standards in medical science and practice. "You should challenge all of your beliefs and, wherever possible, try to rely upon a consensus of authority or primary sources in order to check out everything that you think you know to be true."


This is exactly the approach you'll take with Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us. Dr. Novella's 24 revealing lectures are an empowering learning experience that will give you evidence-based guidelines for good health, will enhance your ability to be better informed about common medical myths, and will strengthen your skills at assessing the scientific truth behind medical information and advice—whether you're having an important conversation with your doctor or taking a trip down the medicine aisle of your local pharmacy.


24 lectures by Professor Steven Novella M.D.


Medical Knowledge versus Misinformation

Myths about Water and Hydration

Vitamin and Nutrition Myths

Dieting—Separating Myths from Facts

The Fallacy That Natural Is Always Better

Probiotics and Our Bacterial Friends

Sugar and Hyperactivity

Antioxidants—Hype versus Reality

The Common Cold

Vaccination Benefits—How Well Vaccines Work

Vaccination Risks—Real and Imagined

Antibiotics, Germs, and Hygiene

Vague Symptoms and Fuzzy Diagnoses

Herbalism and Herbal Medicines

Homeopathy—One Giant Myth

Facts about Toxins and Myths about Detox

Myths about Acupuncture's Past and Benefits

Myths about Magnets, Microwaves, Cell Phones

All about Hypnosis

Myths about Coma and Consciousness

What Placebos Can and Cannot Do

Myths about Pregnancy

Medical Myths from around the World

Roundup—Decluttering Our Mental Closet?



 

 

 

 

 



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