Saturday, December 27, 2008

Big celebrities, bad science

Science editor Steve Connor of the UK Independent takes big names to task for dumb science statements in 2008. Politicians get chided for making connections between vaccines and autism (Obama and McCain both made unsupported statements) or for not understanding the value of some kinds of research (Sarah Palin). Hollywood types and celebrity diet gurus get served as well, as Connor complains about statements claiming the body can be "detoxified" by diets or (thank you, Demi Moore) "highly trained medical leeches." (Who gets to train the leeches?) Finally, no such article would be complete without a mention of Tom Cruise and psychiatry.
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