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Dean Edell
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Book Description

Dec 11 2003

The Cure for America's Health Anxiety!

Whether you're interested in advice on sex, health, arthritis, or spotting medical myths -- millions of Americans have come to revere Dr. Dean Edell for his refreshingly candid health talk on radio and television, and in the bestselling Eat, Drink and Be Merry.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Healthiness is a comprehensive medical resource for the whole family, applying Dr. Dean's practical health philosophies to today's most pressing topics -- from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to obesity, depression and the effectiveness of alternative medicines.

Dr. Dean has answered more than 50,000 questions on the air in the last twenty-five years. Here, he encourages listeners to take charge of their own health with their most powerful weapons -- common sense and a dose of skepticism -- saving patients time, money, and especially anxiety.


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Edell, author of Eat, Drink and Be Merry, presents relaxed and practical advice familiar to the millions of people who have watched him on TV or listened to him on radio. Changes in the health care system can make it difficult for patients to get the treatment they want: Edell offers advice to them and also addresses the many advances in scientific research such as hormone therapy and cancer that can be confusing to physicians, let alone patients. The book is organized in general subject areas-including sex, women's issues, children, alternative medicine, aging and addiction-that feature a short introduction, resource list and q&as. These sections are logical, although there are occasional entries that seem almost trivial, compared to more serious issues. For example, Edell answers the question of whether "eating seaweed makes your hair grow thicker." Overall, however, the questions Edell fields are very specific and relevant to many, and cover a wide range of topics. It's unlikely that this volume will replace the many other health titles, but it is a useful reference, especially for advice on nutrition and alternative medicine
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About the Author

Dean Edell, M.D., probably has the largest medical practice in the United States -- his hugely popular radio and television broadcasts are heard by more than ten million fans every week. A graduate of Cornell University Medical College and the author of the national best-seller Eat, Drink, and Be Merry, he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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1.0 out of 5 stars Do Your Homework, Doctor! May 28 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
As a along time sufferer of Fibromyalgia (FMS), I was horrified to see Dr. Edell haul out that old and thoroughly disproven idea that it is a psychological illness. I am a psychiatric social worker, and have had umpteen tests, all normal. Many studies have shown no more psych problems than in any pain syndrome. This illness has ruined the lives of 10 million (mostly) women in the prime of their lives. Hey Doc, read the functional MRI studies, the SPECT and PET scan studies, the cardiomyopathy studies, the cortisol stimulation studies, the somatatomedin C/growth hormone studies, and I could go on an on. It must be sheer laziness not to know the research overwhelmingly proves the reality of this illness. And while you're at it, read the World Health Organization's position paper on FMS, in which they state it is one of the three top morbidity illnesses affecting the human race. We are in enough pain and misery already without having an ignorant doctor casually trashing us in a book. This makes me wonder how many other errors are in this book. Shame on you!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too superficial to be worthwhile Feb. 21 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Name a topic. ANY topic. Type that into a search engine, and you can learn far more in a few minutes than you can from Dr. Edell's superficial treatment of too many topics in this book. Edell is a generalist, not a specialist. As such, he knows a little about almost everything, and evidently not much about anything. In fact, Dr. Edell seems to possess a gift for superficiality. (Perhaps because he has been doing his radio show for so long, since radio hosts generally tend to gloss over topics to "keep the show moving.") I've read similar books of equal length by other authors, and even though they covered just as many (or more) topics as Edell did, they managed to convey some useful, in-depth information. Dr. Edell seems to have difficulty expressing himself concisely, which explains why he can say so little in so much space.
This book will likely sell well because Edell is famous and has a radio show in which he can, and does, frequently plug the book. If he were an unknown doctor, few people would read this book, and even fewer would like it. Many of you Dr. Edell fans will undoubtedly give this book five stars and rave about how good it is, not because the book is truly good (to think that, you'd have to be delusional or oblivious to other books that do a MUCH better job of educating readers), but because you like Dr. Edell. Well, so do I, because his radio show is, despite its equal superficiality, more palatable than other programs in that time slot. I purchased this book thinking that it would give Dr. Edell a forum to discuss things in more depth than he can on radio. Obviously, I was very disappointed. Edell is clearly more interested in selling books than taking the time to write something that is worthwhile to read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Brief Summaries of the Latest Medical Research Jan. 19 2004
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Can you really address the most important questions people have about their health and appearance in one volume? Probably not. I certainly cannot fault Dr. Edell for trying. I came away unimpressed with the results though.
A side effect of his brief prescriptions here is that you will frequently learn very little more than what kind of specialist to visit and what to say during the visit. When I checked the answers against the most important health problems that my family has had in the last several decades, I found that he told less than I learned from our primary care physician or from looking up answers on my own. The information in the book was so brief, in fact, that it was misleading . . . especially as it related to childhood illnesses. The book is filled with web site references . . . but you could have found those on your own in less time.
The only general sections in the book are at the beginning of the twelve topics: There's a Reason We're Fat; Good Sex, Bad Sex, No Sex; The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Alternative Medicine; The Women's Room, From Fertility to Fibroids; Smart Medicine for Your Children; "Old" Is All in your Head, Now Where'd I Put My Hat?; Boxtox, Brava Bras, and the Business of Beauty; Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives; The Dirt on Infectious Diseases; Strange Lumps and Second Opinions; The Hard Facts on Booze, Grass, Paxil, and the Patch; Life, Liberty, and Medical Miscellany. These general sections make up less than 10 percent of the book, and frequently focus on lifestyle issues. So you can't just read those parts, and have your answer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic approach to health. Dec 25 2003
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Dean Edell, M.D. does not tell you anything that you have not suspected all along. When you get conflicting reports from the government on what is good for you and what is not or when both diets work and neither diet works then it is time to ask what is going on here. Figuring out what is right for you in several health categories including diet, sex, alternative medicine, and many more, is not rocket science but can be confusing. Dr. Edell has a clear and simple way of sorting though all the muck, and soon you too can see how simple the answer is.
The book is divided into the different areas mentioned and each section includes a question and answer session. So try to stump him with specifics as even those questions have a clear answer. Many times it may just being conservative with a wait and see attitude rather than going off the deep end with some fad.
I have modified my life somewhat in accordance with this book and am now re-reading to see if I missed anything significant. This is not dogma but common sense.
If you wish to go beyond this book on a specific subject there is a page of URLs to various specialty organizations such as "American Cancer Society."
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a keeper
As a mother of 2, this book will join my other more traditional health books on the book shelf. My husband and I really enjoyed the "readability" of this book. Read more
Published on March 1 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep it handy
This is the first book of its kind I've owned, and I find that if I keep it handy, I frequently pick it up during commercials when I'm watching the news or a movie. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Dean Doesn't Disappoint
I'm not someone who normally buys medical guides. This one came to me as a gift, and I have really enjoyed it. Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great health Q&A book
You know how most health books are a snore? Well, this one's informative AND entertaining. I enjoy Dr. Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than what I expected
I like this book. Even though I dislike talk shows and switch the radio channel when Dr. Edell is on. It was the first chapter that made me want to read the rest of the book. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2003 by Beth DeRoos
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear, topical, organized well, and witty - very useful
There are several things I really like about this book:
1) To me the most important thing is that this book is not sensationalistic or seeking to palm of unproven treatments... Read more
Published on Dec 25 2003 by Craig Matteson
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliable Answers to Questions about Health Care
Dr. Edell's new book is packed with good advice for those of us who want truthful answers to questions about health care. Read more
Published on Dec 24 2003 by Samuel Homola
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Health Care Question and Answer Book For All
This brand new book written by Dr. Dean Edell contains a wealth of health care and related information of value to all. Dr. Read more
Published on Dec 24 2003 by Irvin Goodman
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