The Independent had a feature article called "Why We Worry Too Much about Health".
Do you want to know my theory about why we worry too much about health? It's simple--to keep book publishers in business! If people were to stop worrying, they'd stop buying self-help books. And, probably a third of our circulation would disappear.
Seriously, though, I think part of our problem is we go to too many doctors. Specialists have taken the place of the general practitioner. You go to one doctor for your intestinal dysfunction who tells you to do something that completely goes against something that your heart doctor told you to do. Of course you're going to worry! Rather than worry, you should talk to your doctors! But, that's probably not going to happen for many people, so they turn to self-help books.
Take a look at the bestsellers list we display in the new book area. Each week there is at least one health/diet book on the list, and more often than not, two or three. As long as people keep worrying, publishers will publish, and we will buy the books for our collection, books such as these:
Carlson, Laurie Winn. The Sunlight Solution: Why More Sun Exposure and Vitamin D are Essential to Your Health. [612.399 CAR]
Frankel, Bethenny. Naturally Thin: Unleash Your Skinnygirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting. [613.25 FRA]
Restak, Richard M. Think Smart: A Neuroscientist's Prescription for Improving Your Brain's Performance. [612.82 RES]
Servan-Schreiber, David. Anticancer: A New Way of Life. [616.994 SER]