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False Alarm: The Truth about the Epidemic of Fear

Life today for citizens of the developed world is safer, easier, and healthier than for any other people in history thanks to modern medicine, science, technology, and intelligence. So why is an epidemic of fear sweeping America? The answer, according to nationally renowned health commentator Dr. Marc Siegel, is that we live in an artificially created culture of fear. In "False Alarm," Siegel identifies three major catalysts of the culture of fear—government, the media, and big pharma. With fascinating, blow-by-blow analyses of the most sensational false alarms of the past few years, he shows how these fearmongers manipulate our most primitive instincts—often without our even realizing it. "False Alarm" shows us how to look behind the hype and hysteria, inoculate ourselves against fear tactics, and develop the emotional and intellectual skills needed to take back our lives.
False Alarm: The Truth about the Epidemic of Fear
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Life today for citizens of the developed world is safer, easier, and healthier than for any other people in history thanks to modern medicine, science, technology, and intelligence. So why is an epidemic of fear sweeping America? The answer, according to nationally renowned health commentator Dr. Marc Siegel, is that we live in an artificially created culture of fear. In "False Alarm," Siegel identifies three major catalysts of the culture of fear—government, the media, and big pharma. With fascinating, blow-by-blow analyses of the most sensational false alarms of the past few years, he shows how these fearmongers manipulate our most primitive instincts—often without our even realizing it. "False Alarm" shows us how to look behind the hype and hysteria, inoculate ourselves against fear tactics, and develop the emotional and intellectual skills needed to take back our lives.
MARC SIEGEL, M.D., is a practicing internist and associate professor at the New York University School of Medicine. He is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, a member of USA Today's board of contributors, and a frequent contributor to the Washington Post, Slate, and the New York Post. Siegel has appeared regularly on NBC's Today show, FOX News Channel, CNN, and NPR.

Preface.
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Introduction: The Fear Epidemic.
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PART I:<i>&#160;</i> FIGHT OR FLIGHT.
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1. Why Are We So Afraid?
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2. It Works for Animals but Not for Us.
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3. Our Culture of Worry.
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4. Playing Politics with Fear.
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5. Disasters: Real or Imagined.
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6. Finding Things to Worry About.
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7. Profiting from Fear.
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PART II:&#160; BUGS DU JOUR.
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8. Anthrax.
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9. Insects, Pox, and Lethal Gas.
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10. SARS.
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11. Flu.
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12. Cows, Birds, and Humans.
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PART&#160;III:&#160; HEALING FEAR
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13. The Fear Prophets.
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14. Is There a Cure for Fear?
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Afterword.
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Bibliography.
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Index.
"Anthrax, vaccine shortages, and SARS, oh my! Americans have been pummeled with an endless series of apparent threats. Siegel makes a passionate argument that the only thing we have to fear is, indeed, our own paranoia. Reason, he says, is the best vaccination for this epidemic." ("Psychology Today, September/October 2005) "Marc Siegel tries to reduce the hysteria quotient with a straightforward recitation of facts and statistics. Recalling the famous Orson Welles broadcast of "The War of the Worlds," Siegel tries all too sensibly (and one suspects futilely) to assess risk accurately and respond only to "plausible" threats such as the vulnerability of our container ships or "loose nukes" in former Soviet republics." (Benamin Barber, "Los Angeles Times, August 7, 2005)
Author
Marc Siegel
Short Title
FALSE ALARM
Pages
246
Language
English
ISBN-10
0470053844
ISBN-13
9780470053843
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
302.17
Year
2006
Publication Date
2006-09-30
Imprint
Wiley US
Subtitle
The Truth About the Epidemic of Fear
Publisher
Wiley (TP)
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