Book Review: Overkill by Paul A. Offit

Overkill: When Modern Medicine Goes Too Far

Overkill: When Modern Medicine Goes Too Far by Paul A. Offit, M.D.

Personally, I felt that the pandemic caused people to just accept information without question. I watched information change rapidly simply over masking. At one time we were told do not wear a mask unless you are sick, then it was mask daily but change your mask once a week, and then we had keep wearing your mask each day but change it every three days, etc. Apparently information changed nearly hourly for those on the front lines. Maybe this hasn’t happened to others, but the constant changing caused me to wave the white flag and say “just tell me what I need to do.” But really is that the best option? Am I well informed or just listening well?

Overkill outlined several instances where modern medicine continues to disregard research and continues to make the same recommendations that either do nothing or actually cause harm.

Be sure to ice a sprain. FALSE

Take something to reduce a fever. FALSE “No study in experimental animals has ever shown that reducing fever shortened the course of illness.”

Take vitamin C will keep you healthier. FALSE “According to the Mayo Clinic, large quantities of supplemental vitamin C can cause headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, inflammation of the esophagus, flushing, and fatigue.”

Make sure you finish your antibiotic even if you start to feel better. FALSE “The longer the course of antibiotics, the greater the chance that bacteria will become resistant.”

Vitamin D is necessary so take that pill. FALSE “Worse, researchers performing randomized, controlled studies found not only that vitamin D didn’t work but that high blood levels of vitamin D could cause weakness (which might explain why the 2010 Australian study found an increased risk of falls resulting in fractures), nausea, vomiting, frequent urination, and kidney stones.”

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