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Diet (and other) Books

Saturday, April 07, 2007

There are LOTS and LOTS of diet books and other health-related books in any library or bookstore.
A little-known fact: Any quack can write a book and get it published. There is NO review process for books that ensures that the information is true and backed up by science. If the publisher believes that it will sell (and make money), then it gets published.
On the other hand, the medical literature (journals) require that published papers get reviewed by other experts in the field to ensure the validity of the data. Occasionally, some bogus stuff will get through, but it is rare. SO -- if you "read it in a book", be careful - there is NO safeguard process that keeps BS out of books. The "literature" is the only reliable source for medical information.
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  • THENAMESLISA
    Just read someone's post about a "lemonade diet." I don't know how people can think that can be good for you.

    I am jonesing for a book called "Shrink Yourself: Getting a Grip on Emotional Eating." I may have messed up the second part of the title. Anyway, I don't think it prescribes any particular diet - it just deals with the emotional part of overeating. That's probably been 99% of my problem and I think I'll always be on a roller coaster if I don't nip it in the bud.
    3805 days ago
  • SARAGALE
    Very interesting, buyer beware. I've added you as a friend, I hope you don't mind. Your comments are very factual and interesting and I would like to check in for any true medical info. I am just starting to learn about health and appreciate any truths I can gather!
    4646 days ago
  • DAISEYDUCK
    True. It's good to be reminded of this fact. Plenty of examples out there to support what you're saying. People just have to be wary and not be afraid to do a little deeper research on their own.
    *As a sidenote - even though this sites nutritional tool is a wonderful idea, I find myself verifying the nutritional values listed by visiting various websites directly. I have found a few things on this site misrepresented, so I will be continuing this practice.
    4672 days ago
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