Here’s my conversation with Dr. Marc Siegel about his book, “False Alarm: The Truth About the Epidemic of Fear.”

He explained that our leaders and media manipulate our emotions so much that we’ve become far too afraid of things that aren’t nearly as big a risk as we’re told they are. For example, he cites the anthrax scare, bird flu, Sars, West Nile Virus, mad cow disease, etc. We also discussed Big Pharma’s role in exploiting the situation, whether this problem is unique to America, and whether being afraid actually weakens us physically. Siegel is a voice of reason in a nation with too much anxiety and too many pills to cure that anxiety.

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