Course Details

947: What To Believe About What's Good for Your Health

February 5-7
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

We are flooded with news and recommendations, often as simple soundbites, about how to optimize our health.  Actually, it "isn't so simple."  Much conventional wisdom, especially about prevention, is not based on strong science.  My goal is to help you understand what is behind the news and claims, and what you should believe about whether coffee, wine, superfoods, antioxidants, diets, lifestyle choices, screening, etc. can "stave off" cancer, heart disease, or dementia, and such.  Using mostly open class discussion, some lecture, and no required reading, we will address interpreting medical news and recommendations, and the real health choices we face.  Examples will come from class suggestions and current issues.

Class Format: Lecture and Discussion

Hours of Reading: No reading

Study Group Leader(s):

Mark Zweig
Mark Zweig, MD, is a retired physician with nearly 50 years of experience in clinical medicine and biomedical research, including 13 years in cancer prevention and epidemiology.  He has published and taught widely, and has led a regular OLLI study group on this topic a number of times.