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I don’t know how I managed to miss this, but my cheeky tome “Bad Science” was Health Book Of The Week in the Daily Mail last Tuesday. There are three things I find interesting about their review.
1. I am Health Book Of The Week in the Daily Mail (and after all the mean things I’ve said about them). To me this says a great deal about the strangeness of the Daily Mail project – barrages of nonsense, interspersed with occasional moments of incongruous clarity. This phenomenon, for me, reached its pinnacle in their front page article on how miracle pixie dust made a man’s finger grow back. You will remember that this story was nonsense. After all the front page excitement, hidden away at the very end of their article, was a quote from someone who actually knew about this stuff, who said, quite simply, that the papers entire front page story was all cock. Brilliant, strange, and oddly endearing.
2. It’s really dry. I like Edzard Ernst, in the sense that I have greatly enjoyed drinking beer with him in a pub, and his simple but necessary project of producing systematic reviews and meta-analyses of CAM treatments has been enormously useful for all, although the results have upset some people. I also think that the vindictive harrassment he has been subjected to by the CAM industry as a result is a damning indictment of how angry and intolerant their profession can be. But he is very square. The world needs different kinds of people.
3. It’s right next to some absolute nonsense about Eye Gym. See also  above. Magnificent.