Dr George Carlo responds to Andrew Goldacre

June 8th, 2007 by Ben Goldacre in bad science, electrosensitivity, hate mail, letters, references, stifling criticism | 34 Comments »

This post is only if you’re not bored of the rather trying electrosensitivity lobby. Here is a letter which has popped up all over the interweb, I assume it is genuinely from Dr Carlo, who is hawked about as a rather eminent figure, and not a fake created in an effort to smear him.
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And science said atom bombs were safe too…

June 7th, 2007 by Ben Goldacre in bad science, bbc, electrosensitivity, independent, powerwatch - alasdair philips | 51 Comments »

I’m in a dash, but I thought you deserved these two brave rebuttals of the peripheral criticisms that the ubiquitous electromagnetic radiation scaremongers have received. Read the rest of this entry »

Archive piece – Medical research threatened by patient consent

June 6th, 2007 by Ben Goldacre in bad science, regulating research | 7 Comments »

I was reminded of this article during a conversation with Julian Peto here last night: it’s a golden gasser from yesteryear, a piece I wrote for the Guardian in 2001. It originally appeared with the wrong surname, so you’ll just have to trust that it really was me what wrote it.

At the bottom, I’ve pasted an article on a similar subject by Peto that he sent me this morning. If it’s a subject that interests you then it’s worth following the link to the BMJ page (assuming you can access) and following up the related stories and also the Rabid Responses, as they are, er, known on the street. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Pharma Bashing Documentary And Discussion Panel 6pm Tonight

June 5th, 2007 by Ben Goldacre in bad science, big pharma, onanism | 14 Comments »

I’m doing a discussion panel after this film on the evils of big pharma tonight, Tuesday, 6pm in Bloomsbury, London, as part of the Declaration of Independence Film Festival. Read the rest of this entry »

Electrosensitives: the new cash cow of the woo industry

June 2nd, 2007 by Ben Goldacre in bad science, electrosensitivity, independent, patrick holford, powerwatch - alasdair philips, scare stories | 125 Comments »

Ben Goldacre
Saturday June 2, 2007
The Guardian

The Independent has put its green columnist Julia Stephenson on to Panorama’s Wi-Fi scare story: a charming green party candidate and beef heiress living in Chelsea on a trust fund, who believes her symptoms of tiredness and headache are caused by electromagnetic radiation from phones and Wi-Fi.
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Adriano Penna, Napoli, is a thieving drongo

June 1st, 2007 by Ben Goldacre in bad science, onanism | 36 Comments »

From the two steps forward one step back department, this is an exercise in public humiliation. Read the rest of this entry »

Reed Elsevier Quit The Arms Trade?

June 1st, 2007 by Ben Goldacre in bad science | 18 Comments »

I just got this from Tom Stafford of the campaign at Idiolect. As you will know academic publisher Reed-Elsevier, who publish journals such as the Lancet, also organise the DSEI arms fayre in London, selling weapons and torture equipment to some highly dodgy states. To many people – like, er, me, and loads of other people – this has always felt rather at odds with working for the good of humanity by increasing the sum total of human knowledge about health. Even the editors of the Lancet have written to the company in the past expressing their dismay.
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