Secret Health Fears


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Our secret health fears

In public surveys, Americans consistently place cancer, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes at the top of their list of health concerns. It’s not surprising that people are worried about these epidemic conditions, but there are plenty of more personal (and less rational) health fears that nag at us every day—yet seldom turn up in surveys.

The Internet certainly hasn’t helped quiet these fears. Recent research about so-called cyberchondria suggests that the Web has a way of convincing people that minor symptoms are potentially lethal. The staff at may be indirectly responsible for the spread of cyberchondria—but we also suffer from it. In this slideshow, our staff members describe their secret health fears.

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