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The Cure for Everything!: Untangling The Twisted Messages About Health Fitness And Happine Hardcover – Dec 27 2011


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; 1st Edition edition (Dec 27 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670065234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670065233
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

 

TIMOTHY CAULFIELD is a professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health as well as research director of the Health Law and Science Policy Group at the University of Alberta. In recent years he has led and collaborated on a number of research projects having to do with the social challenges associated with genomic technologies, stem cell research, and the application of ethics in health sciences. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He has also been involved with a number of national and international policy and research ethics committees, including Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee, Genome Canada’s Science Advisory Committee, and the Federal Panel on Research Ethics. Caulfield is a frequent speaker at academic and public gatherings. He contributes often to popular media. He lives and works out vigorously and often in Edmonton.


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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By David Alton on Jan. 12 2012
Format: Hardcover
Caulfield strips away all of the hype and promotion around fitness, diet and genetics to give the reader a few key messages about what we can really do to be more healthy. He wades through the science and talks to the experts to tease out a few central truths that can be supported by clear evidence. While he is hard on alternative medicine he is equally critical of many aspects of modern healthcare, especially the role of the pharmaceutical industry. Caulfield weaves in his personal journey through his research which lightens the message and provides a few laughs. Beware - if you justify your eating habits by exercising you might not want to read the sections on exercise and diet.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vickie on April 27 2013
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This was a interesting examination of the hype surrounding basic health related recommendations and behaviours. The author included personal experience and a sound examination of the science behind healthy diet, exercise, genetics, alternative medicine and the pharmaceutical industry. The take home message is that there are simple health related behaviours that we should all follow (e.g., high intensity exercise, no junk food and lots of fruits and veg). He goes on to demonstrate that, although the message is simple, actually doing this is difficult. There is no magic or easy way to quickly and permanently lose weight. It takes hard and persistent work. Although this may not be what we want to hear, the simplicity of the message means we can ignore the mixed messages that tell us to do a certain program or use a particular supplement or weight loss 'cure'.

By taking a simple approach to healthy living based on sound scientific evidence, I now feel I can better ignore the hype around weight loss, exercise programs and so on. Instead, I can focus my time and efforts (and money) on actually doing the work of healthy living. The message that this is very hard work and most of us fail was difficult to take at first. However, I think that it has helped me come to the point of accepting I have to be persistent about diet and exercise and understand that there will be times that they are not the best. This is not a reason to give up.

Although this book is science based, the author has made it a good read for the average person by providing good explanations as well as his (often humorous) personal experience related to each section of the book
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Brisbois on March 29 2012
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There are a few pearls in Timothy Caulfield's "A Cure for Everything" but it is a slog through some very narcissistic ramblings to weed them out. The chapters on Fitness and Diet are very good and insightful, but the Remedies and Magic chapters less so and more of a rant againts big Pharma and Naturopathic remedies. Not that they both don't deserve some nocks but this is a little over the top.
As for his narcissistic style, it becomes painful fromt he start. He is as interested in telling stories of his personal travels aaround the work and how important he is as a lecturer as he is teaching us about the premise of the book. He even manages to work in details about a cruies he and his family went on.....please. He writes a book supposedly based on science and then makes a foolish statement about his wife, who is a GP, being one of the best doctors in Canada and perhaps the world. Now where is the science in that self gratifying statement ? And how the last paragraph got past the editor is beyond me, describing how much he enjoyed his son's birthday party, what does that have to do with the premise of the book?
It seems as if he could not decide whether to write an autobiography or a book on the ailments and their scientific cures or myths so just combined the two.
As stated, there are some areas of interest but be prepared to hear all about
Timothy Caulfield along the way!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lawgix on April 26 2013
Format: Paperback
There is no shortage of health based books that preach the mantra "exercise more, eat less". This book is no exception. What sets this book apart from all others is the blend of science with style and candour. Professor Caulfield takes on the health industry with a ruthlessly empirical approach. While keeping an open mind he puts theories to the test (using himself as a guinea pig) and reports the facts. No recommendation is made until the scientific evidence supports the conclusion. To convey his message, Professor Caulfield employs a self-effacing, intimate and humorous style. There are some surprising revelations, a hint of conspiracy and even a few cliff-hangers, making this book read more like a spy novel than a fitness manual. Professor Caulfield confirms what you likely already know: that there are no quick fixes. He makes it clear, though, that if you are broken, you can be fixed and you hold the key to the cure. A very worthy read, indeed.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fred Paranchych on Jan. 15 2014
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I am sure there will be many people that find it difficult to accept when he debunks magic processes and things to take. I found it refreshing.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Powers on Sept. 19 2013
Format: Hardcover
Dry, witty, informative???? Caulfield is a lawyer. He is not a biochemist, a scientist, or a doctor. His biggest concern is his weight, which puts a teenage spin on the whole dissertation. It's frightening to me that he believes what he thinks, that "obesity causes inactivity; inactivity does not cause obesity", (Really?) and that by choking back a bottle of homeopathic sleeping pills with no results, casts a grave shadow on alternative medicine. Where is the 'science' in this book? This is the contribution by the Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy? Scary.
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