Table of Contents for Tell Me the Truth, Doctor : Easy-To-Understand Answers to Your Most Confusing and Critical Health Questions


Introduction 1(8)
Chapter 1 Drop That French Fry and No One Gets Hurt: Your Questions on Diets, Nutrition, and Food Safety
9(44)
1 Are Diets the Best Way to Lose Weight?
11(5)
2 Will Eating Six Small Meals a Day Instead of Three Big Ones Help Me Lose Weight?
16(3)
3 Are Juice Fasts Good for Me?
19(2)
4 Can Eating Too Much Sugar Cause Diabetes?
21(3)
5 Should I Drink Eight Glasses of Water a Day?
24(3)
6 Will Skipping Breakfast Help Me Lose Weight?
27(2)
7 Is Bottled Water Better than Tap?
29(3)
8 Does Eating Eggs Give Me High Cholesterol?
32(3)
9 Do I Need to Wash Prewashed Lettuce Mixes?
35(3)
10 Should I Rinse Chicken Before Cooking It?
38(3)
11 Does Using Too Much Salt Cause High Blood Pressure?
41(3)
12 Are My Sleep Habits Making Me Fat?
44(2)
13 Can Drinking Diet Soda Make Me Gain Weight?
46(3)
14 Do Most College Freshmen Gain Fifteen Pounds?
49(4)
Chapter 2 On Your Mark, Get Set, Move! Your Questions on Exercise, Fitness, and Sports Performance
53(24)
15 Can I Be Fat and Fit?
55(3)
16 Should I Push Myself When Exercising---No Pain, No Gain?
58(4)
17 If I'm Exercising, Should I Drink Sports Drinks?
62(2)
18 Do I Need Thirty Minutes of Exercise a Day to Stay Healthy?
64(3)
19 To Lose Weight, Is Exercise More Important than Diet?
67(3)
20 Is Morning the Best Time to Exercise?
70(2)
21 Should I Stretch Before Exercising?
72(2)
22 Will Wearing Ion or Magnetic Jewelry Improve My Sports Performance?
74(3)
Chapter 3 Oh Doctor, One More Thing! Your Questions When I'm Walking Out the Door
77(48)
23 Will Counting Sheep Cure My Insomnia?
79(3)
24 Can I Make Up for Lack Of Sleep During the Week by Sleeping Late on Weekends?
82(2)
25 Is Owning a Pet Good for My Health?
84(3)
26 Will Eating Dinner Together Make My Family Healthier?
87(3)
27 Will Doing Puzzles Prevent Alzheimer's Disease?
90(3)
28 Will Condoms Prevent Me from Getting Sexually Transmitted Diseases?
93(4)
29 Can Using an iPod Damage My Hearing?
97(3)
30 Will Using a Higher-Number Sunscreen Keep Me from Burning?
100(4)
31 Can I Catch a Cold from Being in a Chilling Rain?
104(4)
32 Is Religion Good for My Health?
108(3)
33 Is Antibacterial Soap Better than Plain Soap?
111(3)
34 How Do I Protect Myself from Germs?
114(3)
35 Is a Drink or Two a Day Good for Me?
117(3)
36 Do Adults Need Shots?
120(5)
Chapter 4 Medicine Cabinet: Friend or Foe? Your Questions on Vitamins, Supplements, and Medications
125(42)
37 Should I Take a Daily Multivitamin?
127(3)
38 Will Taking Vitamin C Prevent Me from Getting a Cold?
130(3)
39 Should I Take a Daily Aspirin to Prevent a Heart Attack, Stroke, or Cancer?
133(4)
40 Are Name-Brand Drugs Better than Generic?
137(3)
41 Can I Use a Drug After the Expiration Date?
140(3)
42 Are Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers Interchangeable?
143(3)
43 Are Herbal Supplements as Effective as Other Medications?
146(4)
44 What Are the Most Dangerous Drugs?
150(4)
45 Should I Take a Statin to Prevent High Cholesterol?
154(4)
46 Should I Use Hormone Therapy for My Menopause Symptoms?
158(3)
47 Should I Take Calcium for Strong Bones?
161(3)
48 Where Should I Store Medications?
164(3)
Chapter 5 An Ounce of Prevention, A Pound of Cure: Your Questions for Understanding, Preventing, and Responding to Illness and Injury
167(32)
49 Can I Catch the Same Infection Twice?
169(3)
50 Is Rest the Best Thing for Back Pain?
172(4)
51 If No One in My Family Has Had Breast Cancer, Can I Still Get It?
176(4)
52 Are Heart Attack Symptoms the Same in Men and Women?
180(3)
53 Can I Call In Sick with a Cold?
183(4)
54 Can I Die of a Broken Heart?
187(2)
55 Do Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer?
189(4)
56 What Should I Do if I Think I'm Having a Stroke?
193(3)
57 Should I Be Worried if I'm Shaped like an Apple?
196(3)
Chapter 6 Take Control of Your Health: Your Questions on How to Avoid Getting Overtested, Overtreated, and Harmed by Health Care
199(44)
58 Does Doctor Know Best?
201(3)
59 How Do I Stay Safe in the Hospital?
204(5)
60 Does Where My Doctor Went to Medical School Matter?
209(3)
61 Should I Get an Annual Physical?
212(4)
62 Should I Ask for a Second Opinion?
216(3)
63 If My Doctors Order a Lot of Tests, Does That Mean They're More Thorough?
219(3)
64 Is the Internet a Good Place to Get Medical Information?
222(4)
65 Are Genetic Tests Effective?
226(5)
66 Does a PSA Test Accurately Detect Prostate Cancer?
231(4)
67 Should I Get Dental X-Rays Every Year?
235(3)
68 Are Hospitals More Dangerous in July?
238(5)
Conclusion 243(2)
Acknowledgments 245(4)
Notes 249(20)
Index 269