The Cure For Everything!: Untangling The Twisted Messages About Health Fitness And Happine by Timothy CaulfieldThe Cure For Everything!: Untangling The Twisted Messages About Health Fitness And Happine by Timothy Caulfield

The Cure For Everything!: Untangling The Twisted Messages About Health Fitness And Happine

byTimothy Caulfield

Hardcover | December 27, 2011

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In The Cure for Everything! health-law expert Timothy Caulfield exposes the special interests that twist good science about health and fitness to sell us services and products that mostly don’t work.

Want great abs? You won’t get them by using the latest Ab-Flex-Spinner-Thingy. Are you trying to lose ten pounds? Diet books are a waste of trees. Do you rely on healthcare practitioners — either mainstream or alternative — to provide the cure for what ails you? Then beware! Both Big Pharma and naturopathy are powerful twisting forces with products and services to sell.

Caulfield doesn’t just talk the talk. He signs up for circuit training with a Hollywood trainer who cultivates the abs of the stars. With his own Food Advisory Team (FAT) made up of specialists in nutrition and diet, he makes a lifestyle change that really works. (Mainly it involves eating less than he is used to eating. Much less.) And when he embarks on a holiday cruise, dreading motion sickness, he takes along both a homeopathic and pharmaceutical remedy—with surprising results. This is a light-hearted book with a serious theme. Caulfield demonstrates that the truth about being healthy is easy to find (but often hard to do).

 TIMOTHY CAULFIELD is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. His interdisciplinary research on topics like stem cells, genetics, research ethics, the public representations of sci...
Title:The Cure For Everything!: Untangling The Twisted Messages About Health Fitness And HappineFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.94 inShipping dimensions:9.25 × 6.25 × 0.94 inPublished:December 27, 2011Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0670065234

ISBN - 13:9780670065233


Rated 5 out of 5 by from There is no free ride ... Caulfield takes us quickly through the research and bafflegab about diet, fitness and genetics to give a few key messages about healthy living. In the book he talks to many experts and cites many studies but he also puts theory to practice by taking his own advice which adds some fun to the story. Caulfield is supportive of evidence based research and very critical of most alternative therapies and medicine but he also slams the pharmaceutical industry and how it has co-opted parts of the medical establishment. If you are interested in health and fitness this is a thought provoking and entertaining read.
Date published: 2012-01-13

Editorial Reviews

“Caulfield … is no scaremongering skeptic: His cure for the mess we’re in is this lucid and well-researched compendium of the best-available science …. Insightful and entertaining…. The author is waging a noble battle against a mountain of misinformation. Gently and with humour, Caulfield guides readers through the funhouse world of health sciences with an openness and spirit of inquiry” - National Post“Though [Caulfield] may write with the cheerful self-deprecation of the slacker dude, he thinks with an academic’s rigor and precision and knows the health maintenance territory inside out.” - The New York Times“An entertaining and thought-provoking exposé of many of the beliefs that some of us hold dear…. [Caulfield’s] writing is clear and often amusing…. A good read that may change the way you view your daily latte or stroll around the track at the gym.” - Winnipeg Free Press“A humorous love letter to science … Caulfield’s writing makes science fun. His cure for just about everything that ails us is insightful and … it’s entertaining. He offers simple, evidence-based information that’s far, far away from the magical thinking that goes with bogus health claims…. For a healthy dose of skepticism concerning the twisted messages, read this book.” - The Gazette (Montreal)“Insightful.” - Maclean’s“Entertaining and thought-provoking slam at Big Food, Big Pharma, and our own delusions…. Caulfield’s often hilarious, always fascinating journey unearths a few simple truths.” - Publishers Weekly