The Cure For Everything by Tim Caulfield
Untangling Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness, and Happiness

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12 Critic Reviews

In this entertaining and thought-provoking slam at Big Food, Big Pharma, and our own delusions, Canadian health law and policy researcher Caulfield immersed himself in the world of health science to weed fact from fantasy.
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Synopsis

In this era of health-science research, rarely a day goes by without a public pronouncement of some exciting health-enhancing discovery: a new diet, a new fitness routine, a new drug or alternative therapy, the miracles achieved by genetic mapping. And we are told—by the media, health-care experts, even government—that we should use this information to live a healthier life. But what information can we trust? Are yoga and stretching the surefire path toward healthy aging?  Can consuming enormous quantities of certain "natural" remedies ward off disease? Should we all eat nothing but carbs, or fats, or pineapples, and regularly cleanse our colons or have our meridians aligned? Should we all have our genome mapped to solve our health problems? 

In The Cure for Everything, health policy expert and fitness enthusiast Timothy Caulfield wades through the tides of health crazes, misleading data, and well-meaning gurus in a quest to sort out real, reliable health advice. He takes us along as he navigates the maze of facts, findings, and fears associated with emerging health technologies, drugs, and disease-prevention strategies and presents an impressively researched, accessible take on the production and spread of information in the health sciences.   

Seamlessly switching between his sweatsuit and his lab coat, Caulfield doesn't just pore over the research and interview the professionals; he gets his t-shirt sweaty and his meridians aligned, testing out the scientific validity of some of the health and fitness crazes of our day. Bravely using himself as a guinea pig, he goes on a strict diet, a rigorous exercise routine, swallows bottles of "natural" remedies, and has needles inserted all over his body. He illuminates some solid paths to better health, along with the dead-end detours.

Science is everywhere, but what passes through most people's field of vision is often wrong, hyped, or twisted by an ideological or commercial agenda. And without good scientific data, bad decisions are made--by doctors and governments, by you and me. Caulfield demonstrates, alas, that there are no quick fixes or simple steps to flat abs; that you will never be able to eat all you want; that no "natural" supplements will lead to better health; that knowing your genetic map will not save you from almost anything. The Cure for Everything ends with five simple, scientifically sound—and, yet, difficult—steps to take in order to lead a longer, healthier life.
 

About Tim Caulfield

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Timothy Caulfield is the research director of the Health Law and Science Policy Group at the University of Alberta, where he holds appointments in the Faculty of Law and School of Public Health.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Beacon Press. 256 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 27 2012

In this entertaining and thought-provoking slam at Big Food, Big Pharma, and our own delusions, Canadian health law and policy researcher Caulfield immersed himself in the world of health science to weed fact from fantasy.

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National Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Julia Belluz on Jan 13 2012

A Cure for Everything! is insightful and entertaining...The author is waging a noble battle against a mountain of misinformation.

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Diets in Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Dana on Jun 18 2012

For anyone looking to get back to the basics and cut through any myths that may be keeping them from finding true health, “The Cure For Everything” may be the book for you.

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Winnipeg Free Press

Excellent
Reviewed by Anne Katz on Jan 28 2012

...this book is going to open your eyes and perhaps even give you a virtual kick to the solar plexus of your well-established beliefs about health and well-being.

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Science News

Excellent
Reviewed by Nathan Seppa on Jun 16 2012

Caulfield’s forthright manner is refreshing in a book that actually provides practical health information.

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Runner's World

Excellent
Reviewed by Alex Hutchinson on May 07 2012

The most interesting part of the book, for me, was his look at the forces that distort health messages, not just in the popular press but in academia and peer-reviewed literature.

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Weighty Matters

Good
Reviewed by Yoni Freedhoff on Feb 08 2012

Tim Caulfield's The Cure for Everything is the perfect antidote to the idiotic glossy paged world we're stuck with and is a definite must read.

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nutsci.org

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Reviewed by Colby Vorland on Jun 05 2012

In my search for books to recommend for science-based information on health, this will be among the top of my list.

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Moxie Life

Below average
Reviewed by Jacqueline Wolven on Jun 03 2012

So, although this lays it out in a matter of fact way, and the news is disheartening...The truth is we have to eat less, eat better, and move more - a lot more. No secret.

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Michael Janz

Good
Reviewed by Michael Janz on Mar 30 2012

It’s not a gimmicky “lose weight through X-fad” book, but rather an important reflection on what it means to be healthy and an analysis of some of the misinformation and myths that sabotage good intentions.

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The World of Gord

Good
Mar 06 2012

The chapter on diet, was the most humorous and all very true...It is an excellent book on personal health and fitness.

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Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes

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Reviewed by Dr. Arya Sharma on Feb 13 2012

...it is not exactly clear to me why he would attempt to reduce his perfectly lower-end-of normal 18% body fat down to what I would consider a most unhealthy and rather concern-evoking 10%. It appears that Caulfield, like so many, tends to equate body fat with health...

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