Why We Need to Strengthen the Office of the Surgeon General

December 11, 2014 4:57 PM

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At a time when we are bombarded with information, it is hard to know what to believe about health. Are we to believe those toting "magic weight-loss cures" or the doctor walking around the Atlanta airport in a hazmat suit emblazoned with the words, "The CDC is lying"? Add to this the nearly constant onslaught of contradictory messages from political groups and corporations, whose existence depends on our continued consumption of sugar, alcohol, high fat and calorie foods, and tobacco.

Through all of this confusion, we should be able to look toward our governmental public health leaders -- those experts whose experience and leadership have elevated them to positions of significant authority like state or local health officers or directors of federal health agencies -- for guidance...

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