October 30, 2014

John Swartzberg, M.D.

Dr. Swartzberg is an internist with 26 years of clinical experience and a specialist in infectious disease. He has been Chair of the Editorial Board of the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter since 2001. He is Clinical Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health and at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. He was the coauthor of the Complete Home Wellness Handbook (2001).


  • Choice Overload
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    Choice Overload

    by John Swartzberg, M.D.

    Need a pain reliever? There are countless brands and formulations but this freedom has its downside. Research suggests that instead of increasing happiness, an overabundance of choices can actually reduce it.

  • Screening Tests: How Old Is Too Old?
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    Screening Tests: How Old Is Too Old?

    by John Swartzberg, M.D.

    Many older Americans continue to dutifully get screened for cancer. But evidence suggests that the benefits of early detection and subsequent treatment of cancer decline sharply in older people—and the potential harms increase.

  • A Healthy Skepticism
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    A Healthy Skepticism

    by John Swartzberg, M.D.

    What do we really know about how to keep ourselves healthy? There are the obvious steps, such as not smoking and avoiding obesity. But there’s a great deal we don’t know. This generates continual guesswork and lots of studies.