Category Archives: Medicine

When we’r misled about the dangers around us, we take real risks to avoid imaginary ones

The assessment of Risk is one of the great big things of our time. From business to politics to social cultural history, we are constantly engaged in a seemingly relentless pursuit to uncover causes and effects; and more often than not, the … Continue reading

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#Burzynski: Silencing Legitimate Criticism is NOT Charity

So a very interesting story has developed over the last few weeks. Like many stories of questionable cancer ‘treatments’, it involves a desperate family trying to do whatever they can to save their child, it involves celebrities and communities wanting to lend … Continue reading

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The Perils of Amateur Epidemiology

I have just finished reading the excellent The Panic Virus by Seth Mnookin. It details the rise of the anti-vaccine movement, how their ideas have been scientifically discredited and further how a maelstrom of media, social and cultural pressures have meant that those … Continue reading

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Fishing for “Interesting-ness”: The trouble with Malcolm Gladwell

If you frequent libraries and bookstores here in Canada, you’ll find that Malcolm Gladwell is almost a ubiquitous presence. You cant miss a copy of ‘Blink’, ‘Outliers’, ‘The Tipping Point’ or ‘What the Dog Saw’. Full disclosure though; I’m not … Continue reading

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