The Cure for Everything

The Cure for Everything

Untangling Twisted Messages About Health, Fitness, and Happiness

Book - 2012
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"With the goal of getting to the truth about our health, this book looks at both what the best available scientific evidences tells us about the role of fitness, diet, genetics and health remedies and the social forces that twist and distort what that evidence actually says"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, c2012
ISBN: 9780807022054
0807022055
Branch Call Number: 613 CAULFIE
Characteristics: xviii, 234 p. ; 24 cm

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modestgoddess
Mar 22, 2016

Ah. What a relief to read this book and have the myths about fitness, diet etc debunked! Fitness: everyone needs to do resistance training and some cardio, but also everyone needs to recognize that you cannot lose and keep weight off with a fitness regime alone and you cannot sculpt different areas of your body. Diet: Diets don't work; the only thing that works is consuming 1800-2200 calories per day (depending on your gender, age, activity level etc); everyone needs to accept that this is not a lot of food; oh, and make sure 50% of what you put in your mouth is a real fruit or vegetable. Genetics: genetics don't really tell us anything worth knowing or useful, for the vast majority of people (he admits it could be good to know about certain things like whether or not one has the gene for Huntington's). Alternative therapies: He says these don't work, and I understand where he's coming from - he's a scientist and believes in hard facts. I get it. However, I'm still among those who believe in the efficacy of certain alternative therapies, for a variety of reasons - including a belief that we don't know everything and therefore cannot possibly hope to understand why certain things work when they "shouldn't".
Caulfield writes in a relaxed, approachable way and has good common sense to impart. He's done the work for us - reading studies, interviewing experts etc - and distilled his knowledge into this entirely manageable, highly readable book. Highly recommend.

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dmlawson
Feb 02, 2015

A must read for anyone wanting to take control of their health. Considering an exercise program, nutritional program, or alternative healthcare provider; then this is the book!

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maggiemjm
Dec 26, 2014

Great book, contracting all the articles, science, common beliefs on fitness and health, into one volume. Really enjoyed it and read from cover to cover. Well written and researched - a recommended read.

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stcalico
Apr 12, 2013

It started out good, but the second half of the book he rather rambled .. started skimming rather than reading it. The info was good.. nothing new for me as I read so many books on nutrition. But I can see how it would be eye opening if this is the first book you've read.

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Jansart
Feb 03, 2013

Outstanding "Coles Notes" version of current health dogma!

quagga Nov 02, 2012

These are Caulfield's tips for untangling the twisted messages: "be skeptical, be scientific, be self-aware, be patient, and look for the best, most independent information."

Harriet_the_Spy Sep 29, 2012

Takes on three health issues--fitness, diet and genetics--and explains why so much of what you hear in the media is wrong. He explains complex ideas simply and gives good, basic advice on living healthy lives.

mmemouse Jul 31, 2012

U of Alberta author, with a positive review from the NYTBR.

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scottwylie
Feb 22, 2012

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