Электронная книга: Christopher Wanjek «Bad Medicine. Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Distance Healing to Vitamin O»

Bad Medicine. Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Distance Healing to Vitamin O

"Christopher Wanjek uses a take-no-prisoners approach in debunking the outrageous nonsense being heaped on a gullible public in the name of science and medicine. Wanjek writes with clarity, humor, and humanity, and simultaneously informs and entertains." -Dr. Michael Shermer, Publisher, Skeptic magazine; monthly columnist, Scientific American; author of Why People Believe Weird Things Prehistoric humans believed cedar ashes and incantations could cure a head injury. Ancient Egyptians believed the heart was the center of thought, the liver produced blood, and the brain cooled the body. The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates was a big fan of bloodletting. Today, we are still plagued by countless medical myths and misconceptions. Bad Medicine sets the record straight by debunking widely held yet incorrect notions of how the body works, from cold cures to vaccination fears. Clear, accessible, and highly entertaining, Bad Medicine dispels such medical convictions as: * You only use 10% of your brain: CAT, PET, and MRI scans all prove that there are no inactive regions of the brain . . . not even during sleep. * Sitting too close to the TV causes nearsightedness: Your mother was wrong. Most likely, an already nearsighted child sits close to see better. * Eating junk food will make your face break out: Acne is caused by dead skin cells, hormones, and bacteria, not from a pizza with everything on it. * If you don't dress warmly, you'll catch a cold: Cold viruses are the true and only cause of colds. Protect yourself and the ones you love from bad medicine-the brain you save may be your own.

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Christopher Wanjek

Christopher Wanjek is a health and science journalist and author based in the United States. He received his bachelor's degree in journalism from Temple University and his master's degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.[1]

He is the author of Bad Medicine: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Distance Healing to Vitamin O (Wiley & Sons, 2003) and of Food At Work: Workplace Solutions for Malnutrition, Obesity and Chronic Diseases (ILO, 2005). Bad Medicine was translated into Korean by Park Eun-young in 2006. Food at Work, written for the International Labour Organization, has since been translated into Spanish and presented in numerous countries, largely in South America.[2] The concept for the "Food at Work" as well as the final product has been lauded by unions and nutritionists,[3][4] with emeritus professor of nutrition A. Stewart Truswell of University of Sydney describing it as "a beautifully designed, written and printed book [that] would have to be consulted by anyone advising on food at work anywhere in the world." [5] The project has inspired government legislation to improve worker feeding programs in Mexico,[6] Lithuania,[7] Uruguay[8] and elsewhere in South America.

As as astronomy writer, Wanjek worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland until 2007 and freelanced for astronomy magazines such Sky & Telescope and Astronomy.[9] He currently is the "Armchair Astrophysics" columnist for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Mercury Magazine.

As a health writer, Wanjek wrote many stories for CBS Healthwatch and the Washington Post health section between 1999 and 2004.[10] Since 2006 he has written a weekly column for LiveScience called Bad Medicine. His LiveScience column has criticized scientifically discredited statements by Pope Benedict XVI which claimed that condoms increase AIDS prevalence,[11] among other controversial topics.

While a student at Temple University, Wanjek was part of the Philadelphia comedy scene that produced comic Paul F. Tompkins and writer-director Adam McKay, his former housemate, among others. Wanjek has written for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno since 1998.[12]

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