Health Risks

Dr. Geoffrey Kabat, in his blog on, elegantly reinforces a core ACSH message: That poor science is the basis for many of the scares promulgated by various activist groups.
A Review of the Greatest Unfounded Health Scares of Recent Times FOURTH EDITION First published May 1997 Revised September 1997 Revised June 1998 Revised September 2004 Introduction H. L. Mencken once said that the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety), by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. Unfounded health scares, for instance. Since its founding in 1978 the American Council on Science and Health has been dedicated to separating real, proven health risks such as cigarettes from unfounded health scares based on questionable, hypothetical, or even nonexistent scientific evidence.
Reporting about health risks isn't easy. It involves an understanding of the complexities of risk assessment, an ability to distinguish between scientific and pseudoscientific information, the capacity to evaluate and digest complicated material, and the communication skills to portray the risk in the proper context. Simplistic or contradictory messages can leave readers confused and wary; they "tune out" and you lose your audience.