"This book dissects medical myths and pseudoscience and explores how misinformation can spread faster than microbes. Yasmin debunks public health myths ranging from the spurious link between vaccines and autism to the truth about so-called chemtrails left behind by airplanes. In short chapters covering popular myths, Yasmin parses the science behind fearful rumors and models how to be a more informed consumer of health news"--
Physical Description:272 pages ; 23 cm.
Publisher:Baltimore :Johns Hopkins University Press,2021.
Formatted Contents Note:
Do the flat tummy detox teas touted by Instagram celebrities actually work? -- Should you eat your baby's placenta? -- Do vaccines cause autism? -- Can autism be cured? -- Are children being paralyzed by the common cold virus? -- Do we inherit trauma from our parents? -- Are genetically modified foods safe? -- How long can you eat leftovers? -- Is MSG addictive? -- Is drinking diet soda linked to Alzheimer's disease and stroke? -- Do mammograms cause more problems than they detect? -- Is it dangerous to be pregnant in America? -- The raging statin debate: Should you take a cholesterol-lowering drug? -- Does aspirin prevent cancer? -- Did the maker of aspirin test medicines in Nazi concentration camps? -- Does the birth control pill cause depression? -- Do vitamin D supplements protect against obesity, cancer and pneumonia? -- Will fish oil supplements prevent heart disease or give you cancer? -- Are heartburn medicines linked to a serious gut infection? -- Were dietary supplements linked to a deadly outbreak of hepatitis?