Medical Myths That Can Kill You: And the 101 Truths That Will Save, Extend, and Improve Your Life (Paperback)

And the 101 Truths That Will Save, Extend, and Improve Your Life

By Nancy L. Snyderman

Three Rivers Press (CA), 9780307406149, 286pp.

Publication Date: February 24, 2009



MYTH: Vaccinations are just for kids.
FACT: More than 500,000 adults get shingles each year. It is a painful rash that results from a childhood chicken pox infection and can be prevented by getting a shingles vaccine in adulthood.
MYTH: Vitamin C prevents colds.
FACT: It can actually be harmful when taken in large doses over long periods of time.
MYTH: If I'm not overweight, I'm not at risk of heart attack.
FACT: Thin people die of heart attacks every day. The real culprits are smoking, cholesterol, and triglycerides.
Stop diagnosing yourself with false information and half-truths found on sketchy websites. In Medical Myths That Can Kill You, Dr. Nancy L. Snyderman, chief medical editor for NBC News, provides clear, practical, scientifically proven advice that can lead you to a healthier, happier life.

About the Author

NANCY L. SNYDERMAN, M.D., F.A.C.S., is on staff in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pennsylvania and has received numerous research grants from the American Cancer Society and the Kellogg Foundation. Already known to millions of viewers worldwide as the chief medical editor for NBC News, she appears regularly on Today, Nightly News with Brian Williams, Dateline, and elsewhere. Visit Nancy on

Praise For Medical Myths That Can Kill You: And the 101 Truths That Will Save, Extend, and Improve Your Life

"Dr. Nancy Snyderman debunks popular medical myths that are dangerous to your health in this practical book. I recommend it for its sound advice about self-care and intelligent use of medical tests and treatments."
—Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Healthy Aging

"Millions of people listen to what Dr. Nancy Snyderman has to say and for very good reason. In Medical Myths That Can Kill You she gives lifesaving advice that cuts through the current medical confusion to tell you what you really need to know today to live a long and healthy tomorrow."
—Dean Ornish, M.D., author of The Spectrum

"In her typical fun yet authoritative fashion, Dr Snyderman saves lives by busting the 7 greatest myths that pierce our health."
—Mehmet Oz, M.D., bestselling author of YOU: Staying Young and YOU: On A Diet

"In Medical Myths, Dr. Nancy Snyderman takes you where you have never been--into her heart, her wealth of experience as a pediatrician, surgeon, and medical correspondent, and into her life. This book is unlike any other. Reading it will give you the same information, knowledge, and compassion as if you sat down with your best friend who happened to be a highly experienced, wise, and warm physician."
—Alice D. Domar, Ph.D., Executive Director Domar Center for Mind/Body Health; Author, Be Happy Without Being Perfect

"Nancy Snyderman is a skillful surgeon who cuts through the medical myths and guides us to the truths that we can use! Everyone needs this book!"
—Susan Love, M.D., President and Medical Director Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

"Truth #102: Medical information doesn't have to be indigestible. When Nancy L. Snyderman, M.D. is dispensing it, her straightforward approach to healthcare is just what the doctor ordered."
—Meredith Vieira, Co-host Today