Hype – A Doctor’s Guide to Medical Myths, Exaggerated Claims and Bad Advice
Sunday, April 29 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Does sugar feed cancer cells? When can naturopathic medicine have merit? Which vitamins have
value? Can detoxes be toxic? Are genetically modified foods unhealthy? Is gluten that bad? Can
vaccines cause brain disorders such as autism? Is genetic testing a good idea?
What health issues should we really be worried about…and what’s just plain HYPE?
These are some of the many questions Nina Shapiro, M.D., hears constantly from patients in her
practice, as well as from friends, acquaintances, and the other parents at her children’s schools. In her
work at UCLA as a surgeon and professor, and as someone who has worked extensively in both clinical
and academic medicine for more than twenty years, she strives to guide patients and their families to
make informed decisions when it comes to their health. And this means dispelling a lot of the myths that
are upheld by popular public wisdom and perpetuated by the ubiquitous “fake news” that permeates our