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on 17 July 2005
This entertaining and informative book consists of a collection of essays on the various health scares with which we have been bombarded in recent years, each essay written by an expert on the subject in question.
You will be relieved but possibly surprised to learn that, for instance, 'passive smoking' can do you no harm at all. The food you eat does not affect the amount of cholestorel in your blood, and the cholestorel level in your blood does not affect your health in any case. Organic food is no better for you than the regular kind. Salt does not raise your blood pressure. There is no such thing as junk food, if it's food then it's not junk, and if it's junk then it's not food, it's as simple as that. A BigMac is just as nourishing as a pre-packed salad, and contains no more fat. Sunbathing is not dangerous, in fact it can be beneficial, you need the vitamin D in sunshine.
It goes on and on, a bookful of reassuring but infuriating facts, reassuring to find that so many 'dangerous' things are in fact not dangerous at all, but infuriating to think that we are being scared for nothing. The most distressing passage in the book is where it is pointed out that, due to the banning of DDT on very flimsy health grounds, the incidence of Malaria in Africa now causes millions of deaths, whereas before DDT was banned it had almost been eliminated. This fills me with fury whenever I think of it.
Everyone should read this book, and learn the truth about the lies we are told about our health and what's good for us and what's bad for us. Everything you think you know is probably wrong.
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