Overdosed America

The Broken Promise of American Medicine

Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine
Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine

Americans pay extraordinary amounts for health care that is not measurably better than other, less expensive care elsewhere and, as a result, Dr. John Abramson believes that Americans are over diagnosed and overmedicated. In his book Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine, Dr. Abramson investigates the commercialization of medicine at every stage, from deceptive clinical trials to aggressive pharmaceutical advertising. Read about how more care isn't necessarily better care in this excerpt.

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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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