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The Cure For Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness

The Cure For Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness


"Eggs are bad for you" was once the conventional wisdom. Now, eggs are healthy. 

Just a few years ago hormone replacement therapy was viewed as the treatment of choice for post-menopausal women. Then it was viewed as a cancer risk and, as a result, fell off the therapy radar. Now, a more balanced view is emerging – it’s appropriate for some women.

Health science is everywhere. But what should we do with all this information?  Can we really use it to live a healthier life?  What information can we trust? 

The Cure For Everything is a personal and professional search for good, trustworthy, science – a search for stuff that actually works. But it is more than a simple quest for answers, it is an exploration of where health information comes from, how it is produced and, perhaps most important, how it is communicated.    

While science is everywhere, the scientific information that passes through most people’s field of view (usually via the media) is often wrong, hyped, or twisted by an ideological or commercial agenda. And without good scientific data, bad decisions are made – by doctors and governments and by you and me.

The Cure For Everything both clarifies the picture and explains the forces that obscure. It strips away the hype and the agendas to reveal the good evidence. It provides practical advice (and warnings) for those wishing to navigate the barrage of facts, findings and fears associated with emerging health technologies, drugs and health prevention strategies.

  • Penguin, Canada, 2012
  • Beacon, US Spring 2012

"An entertaining and thought-provoking exposé of many of the beliefs that some of us hold dear. Caulfield is firmly from the evidence camp of science and his writing is highly critical of the many and varied myths so abundantly promulgated by magazines, newspapers and self-help books"
- The Winnipeg Free Press

"Gently and with humour, Caulfield guides readers through the funhouse world of health sciences with an openness and spirit of inquiry sometimes missing from the arsenal of eager myth-busters in the debunking genre"
- National Post

The results are fascinating and his light-hearted writing makes this book really accessible.
-CBC RadioActive's Laurie Greenwood


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.


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