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Medical Myths That Can Kill You    by Nancy L. Snyderman order for
Medical Myths That Can Kill You
by Nancy L. Snyderman
Order:  USA  Can
Crown, 2008 (2008)
* * *   Reviewed by Leslie McKee

We have become a nation of cyber-hypochondriacs. There is a wealth of medical information at our fingertips and we are now able to investigate every ache or pain we may have. Circulating on the internet are a number of medical myths, many of which have been passed down through the generations.

Dr. Snyderman addresses seven of the most common medical myths in her latest book. These myths are: 1) Annual check-ups are obsolete. 2) Vaccinations are just for kids. 3) Doctors don't play favorites. 4) Only old people get heart disease and stroke. 5) We're losing the war on cancer. 6) Natural means safe. 7) You can just snap out of mental illness.

Along with debunking these myths, a great deal of relevant information is included. Dr. Snyderman lists medical screening tests that are important and the ages to receive them. She gives tips on finding the right doctor, having an effective doctor visit and common herb-drug interactions. Dr. Silverman even attempts to demystify doctor speak.

In addition, a number of medical truths are provided. Some of these include:
1) The biggest breeding ground for germs in the bathroom is your toothbrush.
2) Mosquitoes are the deadliest insect.
3) There are options for low-cost healthcare.
4) Better educated people are healthier.
5) Secondhand smoke does kill.
6) Headaches rarely signify a brain tumor.
7) Coffee does not sober you up.
8) Boring jobs can kill you.

Dr. Silverman offers encouragement in creating a health diary with personal goals. Useful resources are also listed in this useful medical resource.

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