September 29, 2017 – The Unhealthy Politics of Medicine

My guest on this program is Eric Patashnik, Julis-Rabinowitz Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Brown University. He is one of three co-authors of Unhealthy Politics: The Battle over Evidence-Based Medicine, to be published next Wednesday, October 4th. The authors argue that many common medical treatments  in the U.S. are not based on sound science, and shed light on why the government’s response to that troubling situation has been so inadequate, and why efforts to improve the evidence base of U.S. medicine continue to cause so much political controversy and public trepidation.

June 8th, 2012 – “Alternative” Medicine

My guest on this program is William M. London, Ed.D., M.P.H.  He is a specialist in the study of health-related superstition, pseudoscience, sensationalism, schemes, scams, frauds, deception, and misperception. He is working on a study of the prevalence of quackery among chiropractors. He is co-host of Credential Watch; associate editor of Consumer Health Digest, a free weekly e-newsletter available by subscription; and co-author of Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions, Ninth Edition. Continue reading