Book Excerpt: Overdiagnosed

The average American's life expectancy increased from 1999 to 2002; during the same period, however, the average healthy life expectancy decreased. Why? Are we living longer but sicker? Read this excerpt from Overdiagnosed to learn why this problematic trend could be the result of healthy Americans being being treated for diseases and conditions they don't have. Click here to purchase your copy.

Book Excerpt: Overdiagnosed

Read the introduction from Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch, Dr. Lisa M. Schwartz and Dr. Steven Woloshin.

Overdiagnosed


Overdiagnosed

Overdiagnosed

Overdiagnosed

Overdiagnosed

Overdiagnosed

Overdiagnosed

Overdiagnosed

Overdiagnosed

Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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