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The book HEALTH TIPS, MYTHS, AND TRICKS: A Physician’s Advice: Health information to liberate us from “Snake Oil” by Morton E. Tavel, MD, was published via Brighton Publishing LLC. It is a non-fictional material that delves into analyzing impractical recommendations announced to the society by incompetent as well as qualified people, in order to reveal the “snake oil” which is a substance with no real medicinal value sold as a remedy for all diseases. Dr. Tavel is a retired physician training in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease exclusively and is also a retired professor at Indiana University School of Medicine. Earlier, He composed a book entitled Snake Oil is Alive and Well. The Clash between Myths and Reality: Reflections of a Physician that also investigated rampant disingenuous information that was served openly as medical truths.
At the beginning of the book, there are brief reviews from Environmental, Health and Science related professionals and the table of contents consist of five headings, namely;
- "Tips" (32 chapters)
- "Myths" (20 chapters)
- "Tricks" (10 chapters)
What I liked about this book is that it started off with short reviews that are rather humorous and gives the reader a quick glance of what is in store without any significant spoilers. In addition to the author placing useful links for in depth information for whatever topic that might be unclear to the reader or is somewhat too lengthy to discuss in details and a lot of reference is made to statistics and scientific experiments to support the author’s claims. What I disliked about the book was that the author should’ve included a glossary to define all of the scientific terminologies as well as slangs and phrases used even though some out the lot were given brief explanations during the discussions.
What I like most about the book is how the author compares healthy and unhealthy foods in light of cost & proportion plus the ready availability of each according to societal trends. Also how water affects calorie intake and body metabolism. What I disliked most about the book is that the author and I had conflicting views on certain topics and at one point it seemed as if he couldn’t make up his mind as to which claim he should deem valuable.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars as the author engages the reader with rhetorical questions that allows them to ponder for a bit on a suspense-filled platform then he slowly introduces arguments for & against each topics before giving the reader a final conclusion of what the myth is and what the truth is backed by scientific researches. I did not give a full 4 stars as I felt like he rambled a bit too much on some of the chapters making it even harder to digest however the book was generally concise. I found a few errors and this book would appeal mostly to health-conscious people and the medical/scientific personnel.
Health Tips, Myths, and Tricks
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