February 01, 2015

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).


  • A Healthy Skepticism
    Be Well

    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.

  • Why You Still Need the Flu Shot

    Why You Still Need the Flu Shot

    by John Swartzberg, M.D.

    A Dec. 4, 2014, health advisory from the CDC stated that some of this season's predominant flu strains are different from what’s in the vaccine. Does that mean the flu shot won't protect you this year?

  • Vaccine Phobia
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    Vaccine Phobia

    by John Swartzberg, M.D.

    There is absolutely no scientific support for the notion that vaccines cause autism. But all sorts of unfounded rumors about vaccines abound, especially on the Internet. Don't believe the hype.