Easy-to-Understand Answers to Your Most Confusing and Critical Health Questions
On Sale: April 23, 2013
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"Hey, Doc--Got a Minute?"
No matter where Dr. Richard Besser goes, a day doesn't go by
without someone stopping him to ask that question. Often,
that person is one of the millions who have come to rely on
the vital information he shares on Good Morning America,
World News with Diane Sawyer, and Nightline.
Now, in response to thousands of inquiries from viewers, Dr.
Besser has written his first book--a comprehensive health
guide that will both inform and surprise as he deciphers
fact from fiction for nearly seventy confusing medical
- "Should I take a daily aspirin to prevent a heart attack,
stroke, or cancer?"
- "If my doctors order a lot of tests, does that mean
they're more thorough?"
- "Do I need thirty minutes of exercise a day to stay healthy?"
Recognizing the astonishing amount of misinformation that
many important health decisions are based upon, Dr. Besser's
commitment to delivering the truth is critical. He isn't
afraid to challenge the status quo--or the interests within
the health care industry--to provide the knowledge you need
to take control of your health. Eager to help you make the
choices that are right for YOU, he organizes his
easy-to-understand answers into six lifestyle categories,
including diet and nutrition; exercise and fitness;
vitamins, supplements, and medicines; beating illness and
injury; and navigating the perplexing world of health care,
as well as a chapter dedicated to the questions you wished
you asked before your doctor walks out the door.
Throughout the book, Dr. Besser smashes myths while
translating invaluable information into problem-solving
advice you can use, including a "Dr. B's Bottom Line" at the
end of each topic. As accessible as it is empowering, Dr.
Besser's Tell Me the Truth, Doctor is a necessary addition
to every home, office, and dorm room. "Besser . . . ably
analyzes popular myths (the "Freshman Fifteen"), considers
pros and cons (HRT and statins), and mostly takes
unequivocal stands on the issues. . . . Quite often, his
comments and suggestions surprise. . . . Particularly
helpful are his guidelines for avoiding the harmful effects
of health care and hospitalization." --Publishers Weekly
Richard Besser, MD, ABC News' Chief Health and Medical
Editor, provides medical analysis and commentary for all ABC
News broadcasts and platforms, including World News with
Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, and Nightline, as well
as many other news/entertainment programs.
Since joining ABC News in 2009, Dr. Besser has been at the
forefront of news coverage for every major medical story,
including the earthquake in Haiti and the Japanese radiation
release. He was the leading correspondent on ABC's global
health series, Be the Change, Save a Life, and received a
2011 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Investigative
Journalism for his World News story on cord blood banking.
Besser came to ABC News from the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), where he worked for thirteen years,
including as acting director from January to June 2009,
during which time he led the CDC's response to the H1N1
influenza outbreak. He has taught and trained doctors at the
University of California, San Diego and is a visiting fellow
at the Harvard School of Public Health. Most important, for
more than twenty-five years he has practiced medicine,
giving his patients and their families straightforward,
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