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It’s a shame that the The Wall Street Journal editors weren’t tuning in to yesterday’s “Sunday House Call,” which featured ACSH's Dr. Gilbert Ross; otherwise the front page of Marketplace wouldn’t have featured a chemophobic article on the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) annual Dirty Dozen publication. The report, published every year (although it feels like more often) by the science-free activist group, determines which twelve fresh fruits and vegetables contain the most pesticide residues. WSJ columnist Scott Kilman — who seems to have gotten his marching orders directly...

"Eating closer to nature" has become the latest imperative of the food faddist. To some, this means eating food raw (and not irradiated) whenever possible, which carries considerable risks. Raw can be dangerous, since the largest source of salmonella in the United States is uncooked sprouts, which cannot be rendered safe by any means (including being washed with chlorine). And irradiation probably wouldn't be popular with the raw foods crowd. Some heating is allowed by the nature-eaters, as long the temperature does not exceed 118 degrees which is a marvelous temperature to multiply most microorganisms. A dedicated food faddist may make reservations four months in advance and pay $69 or more per person for a meal at an uncooked-foods restaurant. There are even uncooked foods...

Screen Shot 2013-11-01 at 12.48.54 PMAs overused as the expression you can t make this up is, sometimes there is simply no other phrase that can do the trick. You decide.

Yesterday, it was Chinese dietary supplements that were in the news. Today it s spices from India. And if there is a better way to illustrate how badly the FDA s hands are tied while trying to protect people from substances...

Modified Radical MastectomyMastectomies have appeared to take on a life of their own in recent years, bringing "new life" into a movement that inspires fear for women at the first sign of breast cancer. However, how much do women understand about the other, less-invasive options available to them?

Radiation oncologist, Dr. Benjamin Smith recently presented his findings on the topic at the 2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. He and his team analyzed data from insurance claims of 105,211 women spanning a 10-year period from 2000 to 2011. Specifically...

An August 16, 2006 article by John Johnston noted the denunciation by ACSH's Dr. Elizabeth Whelan of proposed California legislation that would ban iPods for containing "toxic" ingredients:

Whelan went on to note a list of items, currently accused of causing a variety of ailments, from cancer to neurological damage to learning disabilities. That list includes: the sugar substitute aspartame, acrylamide in fried carbohydrate-rich foods like French fries, preservatives in life-saving vaccines, Teflon on frying pans, chemicals in cosmetics, fire-retardants, wood-preserving preparations, farmed salmon and other seafood, and...

Although the danger from salmonella-contaminated mangoes appears to be over, the Food and Drug Administration has labeled them a high risk fruit. Last summer a total of 143 people in 15 states were sickened by two strains of salmonella, and more than 30 were sick enough to require hospitalization. Both the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the FDA found that the source of the problem was Mexico.

In particular, the Daniella brand of Mexican mangoes seemed to be the likely source of the contamination which the Mexican government denies. However, that government also failed to allow the FDA to inspect the brand s facilities shortly after some of those...

Concerned that high-fructose corn syrup is getting a bad rap for causing obesity, the Corn Refiners Association yesterday asked the FDA for permission to change the name of their product to corn sugar. Despite people’s fears, most nutrition experts agree that the sweetener is no worse for you than regular sugar. (“cane sugar”).

As Stier points out, HFCS has gotten a bad rap because people think it is less natural than sugar. “Neither are exactly natural, they are both cultivated and processed. And both...

169550_3319In response to our recent Dispatch item about how genetically engineered mosquitoes could provide health benefits, Dispatch reader Dr. Tom Goerke said the following:

Regarding the release of the GM mosquitoes, it should be pointed out that a similar technique has been utilized in the US in the past. Many years ago it was very difficult to raise livestock in the southern US because of a problem with "screw worms", which are the larvae of a particular...

"Attn:" is an activist website that produces extremely popular videos, some of which feature the esteemed scientist (all actors consider themselves scientists) Zooey Deschanel. And like most activist websites, truth comes in a distant second place to eyeballs.

One video making the rounds on Facebook is titled, "Processed Food in America vs. Europe." The video pushes the old trope that Europeans eat food hand-picked from the Garden of the Gods, while Americans eat slop filled with dangerous chemicals. So far, it's received 62 million views.

The lies come early and often. Let's break them down:

"Processed food contains chemicals that are illegal in Europe."...

NYC’s Reduced Sodium Diet

According to the New York Times, “On Monday, the Bloomberg administration plans to unveil a broad new health initiative aimed at encouraging food manufacturers and restaurant chains across the country to curtail the amount of salt in their products.”

“They claim that this will reduce the incidence of high blood pressure, and therefore strokes and heart attacks,” says ACSH’s Dr. Elizabeth Whelan. “That is an excellent goal, but only a small percentage of people with blood pressure problems are salt-sensitive. Instead of going after salt in food, I’d promote more regular testing for high blood pressure.”

ACSH’s Dr. Gilbert Ross...