As technologies and research in the health sciences have advanced, we have come to lead longer, healthier, even health-obsessed lives. Rarely a day goes by without a public pronouncement of some exciting health-enhancing discovery: a new diet, a new fitness routine, a new drug or alternative therapy, the miracles achieved by genetic mapping. And we are told-by the media, health-care experts, even government-that we should use this information to live a healthier life. But what information can we trust?
In The Cure for Everything, health-policy expert and fitness enthusiast Timothy Caulfield debunks the mythologies of the one-step health crazes, reveals the truths behind misleading data, and discredits the charlatans in a quest to sort out real, reliable health advice. He takes us along as he navigates the maze of facts, findings, and fears associated with emerging health technologies, drugs, and disease-prevention strategies, and he presents an impressively researched, accessible take on the production and spread of information in the health sciences.
Seamlessly switching between his lab coat and his sweat suit, Caulfield doesn't just pore over the research and interview the professionals; he also gets his t-shirt sweaty and his meridians aligned to test out the scientific validity of some of the most influential health and fitness crazes of our day. Bravely using himself as a guinea pig, he goes on a strict diet, endures a rigorous exercise routine, swallows bottles of "natural" remedies, and has needles inserted all over his body. His research and tests pay off, illuminating some solid paths to better health, along with the dead-end detours.
Science is everywhere, but what passes through most people's fields of vision 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, by you and me. Caulfield demonstrates, alas, that there are no quick fixes or simple steps to flat abs, that you will never be able to eat all you want, that no "natural" supplements will lead to better health, that knowing your genetic map will not save you from almost anything. There are no rose-colored lenses here. Caulfield proves that healthy isn't easy and fit isn't a freebie. Facing the facts, he concludes with five simple, scientifically sound-yet challenging-steps to take for a longer, healthier life. The Cure for Everything is a tough-love tour through the fads, ads, and five-minute abs to discover the truth about our health.
Click here to read a review on the Indigo Bookstore's blog, which deems The Cure for Everything "a Freakonomics for the health industry".
Click here to watch a Morning Show interview with Tim Caulfield on Global Toronto.
Click here to listen to Tim Caulfield, along with New York Times health columnist Jane Brody, on Minnesota Public Radio's The Daily Circuit.
Click here to watch The Cure for Everything book trailer.
Click here to read a recent write-up of The Cure for Everything on Blisstree.com.
Click here to view a text slideshow by Tim Caulfield on the Huffington Post's site.
Click here to read a review of The Cure for Everything on RunnersWorld.com.
Click here to read a New York Times Science section review, July 31
Review National Post (Canada) - January 1, 2012
“[The] Cure for Everything is insightful and entertaining…Gently and with humour, Caulfield guides readers through the funhouse world of health sciences.”
Review Publisher's Weekly - February 27, 2012
“[An] entertaining and thought-provoking slam.”
"A Freakonomics for the health industry."—Justin Sorbara-Hosker, Indigo Lifestyle blog
"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, National Post
"Timothy Caulfield is a science nerd. He's 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 an ultra-healthy diet. His search for the truth resulted in . . . The Cure for Everything!"—Nancy J. White, The Toronto Star