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Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?

Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?

“You'd think that with the steady march of science, we'd see the twilight of the quacks. On the contrary. We are awash in snake oil. Now Tim Caulfield provides an important and entertaining antidote to all this bunkum. Put down the deer antler spray and pick up this book.”
-A. J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically

“Caulfield's thoughtful, amusing and engaging study of our celebrity-obsessed culture provides insight into why celebrity authority often trumps medical fact when it comes to our health. If you want to improve your health or that of others you would do well to read this book!”
-Arthur Caplan, author of Smart Mice, Not So Smart People

When Celebrity Culture And Science Clash

Over the past few decades, celebrity culture’s grip on our society has tightened. For Timothy Caulfield, a health science expert, this culture has a measurable influence on individual life choices and health-care decisions.
While acknowledging the pervasiveness of celebrity culture, Caulfield doesn’t mock those who enjoy it (in fact he loves celebrity culture.) But with a skeptic’s eye and a scientific lens, Caulfield identifies and debunks the messages and promises that flow from the celebrity realm, whether they are about health, diet, beauty, or what is supposed to make us happy.

As he did so convincingly in The Cure for Everything, Caulfield separates sense from nonsense and provides useable and evidence-informed advice about what actually works and what is a waste of money and time.

In typical Caulfield manner, it isn’t enough to just interview experts and read all of the current studies (which he does). He tries celebrity-recommended beauty routines and diets. After attending a modeling competition, he enrolls in an assessment/audition for a modeling agency in Hollywood. He follows celebrity Twitter feeds, reads gossip blogs and forces himself to read every issue – cover to cover – of People Magazine, for an entire year, in his quest to understand the relationship between celebrity culture and our individual health choices.

Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? is the question Caulfield sets out to answer in this fun, factual book that offers real advice.

  •  Penguin, Canada, January 2015

Praise for Timothy Caulfield’s previous novel The Cure for Everything: Untangling Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness, and Happiness: “[Caulfield] thinks with an academic’s rigor and precision and knows the health maintenance territory inside out.” - The New York Times

“Caulfield’s cure for the mess we’re in is this lucid and well-researched compendium of the best-available science about diet, fitness, genetics, pharmaceuticals and alternative medicine. . . . A compelling and timely argument for science and a reminder that science is an iterative process, breakthroughs are rare, and there are no magical cures for everything.” - Julia Belluz, the National Post

“[An] entertaining and thought-provoking slam at Big Food, Big Pharma, and our own delusions…Caulfield’s often hilarious, always fascinating journey unearths a few simple truths.” - Publisher’s Weekly

“[Caulfield] thinks with an academic’s rigor and precision and knows the health maintenance territory inside out. Mr. Caulfield is at his breezy vest in discussions of exercise and diet, both of which he approaches with a certain swagger….Caulfield muses at amusing an instructive length on the exact definition of fitness—the bizarre, science-free equivalency the modern aesthetic has established between fitness and sexy abs—and the depressingly well-validated fact that the older you get, the more running it takes to stay in exactly the same place.” - Abigail Zuger, MD, the New York Times

“Timothy Caulfield is a science nerd. He is also a health nut. And he’s fed up with all the bogus diet claims, expensive fitness programs and weird information that poses as scientific fact….[He] spent a year combing through research and interviewing top scientists. He also exercised like a maniac and ate and ultra-healthy diet. His search for the truth resulted in….The Cure for Everything!” - Nancy J. White, the Toronto Star

“Insightful and entertaining…[Caulfield] is waging a noble battle against a mountain of misinformation.” - National Post

Timothy Caulfield

Timothy Caulfield Ph.D. is tremendously well placed to write about this topic. As a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, he has spent almost two decades analyzing science issues and has had the opportunity to be involved in science and health policy decisions related to almost all the topics addressed in this book. He sits on numerous international committees – such as the policy entities for the International Society for Stem Cell Research and the American Society of Human Genetics. He leads several large, interdisciplinary, research projects, including initiatives that focus on stem cell research, human genetics, obesity and the control of chronic disease. He has authored close to 200 peer reviewed articles, published in the world’s top science journals (e.g., Science, Cell, Lancet, Nature Biotechnology), won numerous academic awards, written for and has worked closely with the popular press.


Other titles by this author: The Cure For Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness

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