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.