The Cure for Everything!: Untangling The Twisted Messages About Health Fitness And Happine Hardcover – Dec 27 2011
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“A Freakonomics for the health industry.”—Justin Sorbara-Hosker, Indigo Lifestyle blog
“[An] entertaining and thought-provoking slam.”—Publisher's Weekly
“[The] Cure for Everything is insightful and entertaining…Gently and with humour, Caulfield guides readers through the funhouse world of health sciences.”—National Post (Canada)
“Timothy Caulfield is a science nerd. He’s also a health nut. And he’s fed up with all the bogus diet claims, expensive fitness programs and weird information that poses as scientific fact. . . . [He] spent a year combing through research and interviewing top scientists. He also exercised like a maniac and ate an ultra-healthy diet. His search for the truth resulted in . . . The Cure for Everything!”—Nancy J. White, The Toronto Star --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover 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.See all Product Description
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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!
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
For some time now I had been trying to penetrate the massive amount of health information out there that is constantly vying for our attention. Some of it is true. Some of it is false. Most of it you scratch your head and ask yourself where do you begin to challenge it?
This is a book about the journey that most middle aged athletic people want to make but don't have the time. This book explodes a lot of myths. But the troubling part is that the truth is really, really simple. If you want to be 'healthy' then you need to lift weights, do HIIT, eat fruits, vegetables and some meat.
The really, really troubling message this book leaves you with is that if you are in your forties, then you need to eat healthy, work out and learn to eat half the amount of food you currently eat.
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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.Published on Jan. 15 2014 by Fred Paranchych
Dry, witty, informative???? Caulfield is a lawyer. He is not a biochemist, a scientist, or a doctor. Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2013 by J. Powers
Great book, well written, a lot of research was done, and it shows. He keeps things simple and straighforward. Would recommend.Published on July 23 2013 by Reviewer
This is a very interesting book if you are into fitness and healthy eatting but beware scientific research about exercise may shock your beliefs ! Read morePublished on July 23 2013 by Funand Games
I can't recommend this book highly enough. So much useful information, and very well written. I use info I learned from the chapters on diet, food and exercise every day. Read morePublished on June 30 2013 by Calgary L
The book gives an excellent insight as well as information on diet. It is gifted with personality as well as fact. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2012 by Doug
This author makes some good points about the diet, fitness and pharma industries so it is worth a read for that reason. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2012 by Karin