Busy bee today, sorry for the late link, the second part of the BBC Radio 4 two-part series “The Rise of the Lifestyle Nutritionists” is going out at 8pm this evening, presented by yours truly (part one here) and produced by the excellently sharp Rami Tzabar from the BBC Radio Science Unit. I think it’s rather good, and makes a single clear point: lifestyle is important, and we all want to improve our health, but the evidence on diet and health is not sufficient to justify the very specific and confident advice which we crave, and which some will sell to us.
You can listen to the whole show here:
And I think it makes quite a good partner with its first half which you can find here:
(If you don’t want to install evil Realplayer software on your computer for the BBC’s Listen Again iplayer then you can download Real Alternative here and just install that, I use it and it’s much better than Real’s proprietary resource-hogging kludgeware).
I should say that radio is the best place in the world to do popular science. They actually let you examine some quite complicated ideas in detail, it’s bizarre. I think I’m presenting another two-parter on placebo over the summer, and we’ve got a pitch in for a series on the evils of big pharma later this year, which I think could be barnstorming. Fingers crossed, and of course, clickety click on the listen again links above to make sure it gets commissioned…
It got pick of the day in the Torygraph too (I archive these here for my mum).
The Rise of the Lifestyle Nutritionists
Radio 4, 8.00pm
Last week, setting up this series, Dr Ben Goldacre painstakingly took us through the early leaders, all Americans, in the “what you eat will make you better” stakes. There was Graham (of the wholemeal crackers), Kellogg (of the cornflakes and colonic shampoos) and the chap who invented a panacea called Hadocol (whose magic ingredient was alcohol). This week he’s going for the people who rule the lucrative roost today, usually without benefit of serious medical credentials. And he promises to name names.