Doctor Chopra Says
Doctor Chopra Says
Medical Facts and Myths Everyone Should Know
Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9780312376925, 496pp.
Publication Date: December 21, 2010
WE'VE ALL SEEN THE HEADLINES:
The Pill That Can Prevent Cancer
A Guaranteed Way To Avoid Alzheimer's Disease
The Food That Lowers Bad Cholesterol
BUT WHAT SHOULD WE BELIEVE?
ONCE UPON A TIME, maintaining your health seemed relatively simple. But today we're barraged by a never-ending array of conflicting medical advice. It's all terribly confusing, and most of us aren't sure what news we can trust and what we can ignore. "Doctor Chopra Says "offers a solution that will help you make the right decisions for your health.
In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Sanjiv Chopra teams up with renowned cardiologist Dr. Alan Lotvin to give you the most cutting-edge medical research available. "Doctor Chopra Says "explains how you can tell the difference between true medical news and irrelevant media hype, covering such vital topics as:
- Is wine the best medicine?
- Which cancer screening methods are effective?
- Is there a "best" diet for you?
- What one vitamin should everyone be taking? (And why you can throw away all the rest.)
- Are statins the new miracle drug?
Filled with authoritative advice from many of the top medical experts in their respective fields, "Doctor Chopra Says "gives you the tools you need to lead a healthier, happier, and longer life.
The media MYTHS, the medical FACTS,
and health ESSENTIALS revealed . . .
MYTH: Megadoses of vitamin E might stave off some cancers, Alzheimer's Disease, macular degeneration, and other serious health problems.
FACT: Taken regularly over a long period of time, vitamin E supplements of more than 450 mg can be extremely dangerous.
MYTH: Drinking too much coffee has been linked to health problems, including heart attacks, birth defects, pancreatic cancer, osteoporosis, and miscarriages.
FACT: People who drink coffee have significantly reduced their chance of developing liver cancer.
MYTH: Vaccines may cause extremely serious health problems, including autism.
FACT: There is absolutely no evidence of a link between vaccines and autism.
MYTH: People can get enough vitamin D3 from exposure to the sun for fifteen minutes a day.
FACT: During the winter, people living north of about 35 latitude cannot get the necessary UV light from the sun.
DR. SANJIV CHOPRA is professor of medicine and faculty dean for continuing medical education at Harvard Medical School, and a senior consultant in hepatology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He has more than one hundred publications and four books to his credit, and is the editor-in-chief of the hepatology section of UpToDate, an innovative Internet program that is subscribed to by more than three hundred thousand physicians around the world. In April 2010 he was honored with election as a master of the American College of Physicians. He lives in Weston, Massachusetts. DR. ALAN LOTVIN is a cardiologist. He holds a graduate degree from Columbia University and is the chief executive officer of ICORE Healthcare. He was president and chief operating officer of M/C Communications, a leading medical education provider, and prior to that was president of Specialty Pharmacy Services for Medco Health Solutions. He lives in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.
"With wisdom and wit, Sanjiv Chopra and Alan Lotvin show how to navigate the vast sea of health information, from vaccines to vitamins, cold remedies to colonoscopies, marijuana to mammograms. The reader will benefit from this prescription of a healthy dose of skepticism and common sense."--Jerome Groopman, MD, Recanati Professor, Harvard Medical School and author of How Doctors Think
“Doctor Chopra Says is a tremendously useful book. It will help people who want to improve their health or avoid risks cut through the blizzard of claims in the popular media and understand the actual scientific evidence, or lack of it in many cases. Even physicians may find it helpful, since it’s not easy for us to track down the basis for all of the tantalizing remedies or worrying hazards our patients ask us about.”--Nicholas H. Fiebach, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Columbia University
"Helpful, accessible information about a broad variety of health concerns."--Kirkus Reviews