Well, very excitingly – to me – the first half of my two-parter on Radio 4 went out over the airwaves last night. You can listen to it here:
Part 2 is here.
It’s Radio 4’s “Choice of the Day” for Monday, and Phil Daoust made it pick of the day.
“Food is now a modern obsession,” says Ben Goldacre. “We’re constantly bombarded with ‘miracle cures’ and sinister hidden scares from the world of nutrition. Bacon causes cancer! Fish oils will make your child an angel! But where do these ideas come from, and are they really based on science?” Anyone familiar with Goldacre’s Bad Science column in this paper will know
the answers: a) charlatans and cranks; and b) you’re having a laugh, aren’t
you? But he has a lot of fun driving the point home in The Rise of the Lifestyle Nutritionists (8pm, Radio 4). You’ll particularly enjoy the segment about John Harvey Kellogg, the enemaobsessed cornflake-inventor. Who’d have guessed you could put milk up your bottom as well as on your cereal?
The second part will star comedy vitamin pill salesman Patrick Holford and will be, I can promise you, very good fun.
Since the Listen Again link has died after a week, here is an mp3 of the programme.