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Food Over Medicine: The Conversation That Could Save Your Life by Del Sroufe, Glen Merzer, Pamela A. Popper

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MANAGING YOUR DOCTOR

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GM: Pam, what do you see as the ideal role of doctors in people’s lives? Should people go for annual checkups? Should they do any tests to monitor their health?

PP: No. Newsweek had a cover story titled “One Word Can Save Your Life: No!”1 It’s about saying no to diagnostic tests. The article doesn’t make quite as strong a statement as either I or Dr. John McDougall would, but it’s right up there. It basically pointed out that the more tests you have, the more likely you are to discover something that’s insignificant but get treatment for anyway. Most major organizations, including the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, have said that there’s no value to the annual exam.2 One interesting ...

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