Daily Archives: December 1, 2005

Currently Reading…

Book Why Do Men Have Nipples?: Hundreds Of Questions You’d Only Ask A Doctor After Your Third Martini by Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg.

Even though the title made me smirk, I expected a somewhat serious discussion of arcane medical questions that, indeed, we feel foolish to ask but have often wondered about. I was disappointed. The book is short on facts and long on silliness. Also disappointing is that Billy Golberg –the medical expert in this duo– towes the FDA line and gives scant information on alternative medicine theories.

For instance, MSG:

In 1958, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designated MSG as a Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) substance […] but consumers continue to have questions regarding MSG’s savety and efficacy. However, there is general agreement in the scientific community, base on numerous biochemical, toxicological, and medical studies over the last twenty years, that MSG is safe for the general population.

Every controversial topic is met with that kind of condescending tone (I know better because I’m the doctor) that puts blind faith in organizations such as the FDA. Of course, the FDA is never wrong.

The most entertaining part in the entire book is Billy Goldberg’s introduction.

All in all, a very unsatisfying book.

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