The language of science has been hijacked. Those who are looking to make a quick buck (or in the case of the organic industry, 43 billion bucks) have no qualms about twisting the definition of highly precise scientific terminology to suit their own profit-driven agendas. Here's a brief glossary of the some of the most commonly misused scientific terms. (Note: the health food and fad diet industries are among the biggest abusers.)
The NYTimes Well blog tries, again, to scare women about bogeymen toxic chemicals. Another Deborah Blum special, based on zero science and plenty of hype and half-truths (if that much).
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Editors: Ashlee Dunston, Gilbert L. Ross, M.D., Elizabeth M. Whelan, Sc.D., M.P.H. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Introduction