3 out of 4 stars
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Do you believe in home remedies? The remedies that one makes using ingredients from their own pantry. That was my expectation when I decided to read Health Tips, Myths and Tricks: A Physician’s Advice by Morton E. Tavel.
The author is a retired physician specialist in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases. He once held a teaching position at Indiana School of Medicine. He has written three other books including Snake Oil is Alive and Well, the former of which this book is a sequel. In this book Dr.Tavel seeks to advise his readers on how to live healthily, whilst breaking down myths that could be drawbacks and steering them clear of health scams.
The 300-page book is divided into three sections namely: Tips, myths and tricks. The first section under tips is 32-chapters. Each chapter was informative on either how to prevent a disease or eat healthily and more. In the first chapter Tavel explores the ways in which people choose to lose weight. Not only does he give insightful information on the trends, but he concludes with what would be most helpful. In chapters 25 and 26, the author tackles electronic cigarettes and painkillers respectively. The subject of electronic cigarettes was new to me, so I found it worth the read.
In the next 20-chapters that make up the second section of the book, Tavel deals with the issue of myths. This section includes chapters on allergies, genetically modified foods, commercial air flights and hand drying to name but a few. The third section of the book, which deals with tricks is covered in the remaining 9-chapters. Here the author shows the importance of conventional medicine with regards to the expense of alternative forms of medicine or healing. Included are chapters on false cures, alkaline water and dietary supplements. I thought the chapter on alkaline water to be interesting, in that I have met people with good testimonies about it.
What I liked most was the first section of the book. Chapter 11- 'Some foods are better than you think' was my favourite. "Taking supplemental vitamins - no matter how great in amount - will not provide the protection coming from the real thing i.e., the food itself."
What I disliked most was the fact that I dragged reading the book. I took too many breaks each time I faced the scientific terms that I didn't understand. I didn't find the book easy to read. I also noted that I thought it would have been easier to read chapters that I was interested in first. Nevertheless, I did read the book from the beginning to the end.
A lot of research was taken to write the book. However, it could do with some professional editing. I noted some errors and the need for proper formatting on some pages. For this reason I rate it 3 out of 4 stars. Health Tips, Myths and Tricks, is a good health reference book. I would recommend it to all who are interested in reading about Health.
Health Tips, Myths, and Tricks
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