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In 2012 Dr. Stephen Barrett, along with myself and three others, authored the 9th edition of the college textbook Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions. It provides a comprehensive view of the U.S. health marketplace and tells how to distinguish valid health claims from those that are misleading or fraudulent. Packed with 576 pages of reliable information, it is an excellent reference that would be useful to anyone. Unfortunately, it was sold at college textbook prices, in the $150 range, so few consumers could afford it.

Good news! Amazon is now offering it in a Kindle edition for only $9.99. And it is free to KindleUnlimited subscribers. Since it is now seven years old, some of its statistics are out of date, but the basic information and recommended strategies for consumers will always be relevant. A Kindle device is not needed; free Kindle apps can be downloaded.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Harriet Hall

Harriet Hall, MD also known as The SkepDoc, is a retired family physician who writes about pseudoscience and questionable medical practices. She received her BA and MD from the University of Washington, did her internship in the Air Force (the second female ever to do so),  and was the first female graduate of the Air Force family practice residency at Eglin Air Force Base. During a long career as an Air Force physician, she held various positions from flight surgeon to DBMS (Director of Base Medical Services) and did everything from delivering babies to taking the controls of a B-52. She retired with the rank of Colonel.  In 2008 she published her memoirs, Women Aren't Supposed to Fly.