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You've been had! : how the media and environmentalists turned America into a nation of hypochondriacs /
Melvin A. Benarde.
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New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, c2002.
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xiv, 308 p. : ill.
ISBN
0813530504 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, c2002.
isbn
0813530504 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
4679221
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Melvin A. Benarde is the author of nine books, including Our Precarious Habitat and Global Warning/Global Warming. He is the former director of the Asbestos/Lead Center at Temple University and former associate director of the Environmental Studies Institute at Drexel University
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2003-11-01:
The title may lead one to think that this book is written by a quack or is simply an angry rampage. In actuality Benarde is a recently retired professor who has taught epidemiology and public health, and was director of the Environmental Issues Center at Temple University. He has written a well-thought-out and solidly researched book showing how the way in which many health issues have been perceived has changed due to the presentation and nonpresentation of facts through television, newspapers, and magazines. Although Benarde's tone is unfavorable to journalists and environmentalists, he does ask the reader to consider the facts and think of ways to enable future change in perception and thus action by the US population. The eight chapters look at how statistical tables and charts are read and reported; provide definitions of epidemics; and indicate the real impact of food, water, soil, air, radiation, and hazardous wastes on our perceptions of health and the environment. Historical US and world events are used to illustrate each topic. Bibliography of sources from the medical and scientific literature. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. D. C. Duggar Louisiana State University Health Science Center, Shreveport
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SciTech Book News, September 2002
Choice, November 2002
Choice, November 2003
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Despite media reporting, annual reports from the Surgeon General show Americans are the healthiest people. This volume aims to set the record straight and conteract the culture of complaint and worry with an unbiased account of the scientific facts.
Main Description
With all of the negative media about environmental threats over the last four decades, is it any wonder that most people believe disaster is just around the corner? But despite what the media would lead us to believe, annual reports from the Surgeons General show that Americans are the healthiest they have ever been, are becoming healthier and are, in fact, the healthiest people on the planet. In You've Been Had!, Melvin Benarde aims to set the record straight and counteract the culture of complaint and worry with an unbiased account of the scientific facts - facts which suggest we are worried and frightened about the wrong things. Contrary to what the media would have us believe, he argues that the environmental factors that most adversely affect our health are those that are within our power to alter, such as smoking, diet, drugs, stress, guns speed, exercise, and basic safety precautions. Topics covered include: carcinogens and anti- carcinogens; dietary supplements and neutraceuticals; food safety, pasteurization and irradiation; genetically modified foods; microbial threats to health; hazardous and toxic waste; radiation and skin cancer; global warming; risk-taking; obesity, asthma, violence and longevity. Benarde also looks at the ways the media reports science and evidence-based medicine.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Top of the Chartsp. 1
Our Microbial Worldp. 31
Food, Glorious Foodp. 56
Food, Cancer, Heart Diseasep. 98
Troubled Airp. 139
Clean Energy: Power from Atomsp. 174
Hazardous Waste, Hazardous Thinkingp. 220
The Sleeping Giantp. 265
Notesp. 287
Indexp. 299
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