Links/Liens

(Des liens vers des ressources francophones sont publiés plus bas!)

I’m sometimes asked for names of people and organizations who do good work separating sense from nonsense on matters of health. The following is not an exhaustive list but a starting point. If you’re hungry for more, you can see whom I follow on Twitter (though not everyone I follow spreads good information; I have to keep an eye out on Dr. Oz and his ilk, you know?)

 

Science-Based Medicine

A website dedicated to providing an up-to-date critical analysis of pseudosciences like acupuncture and homeopathy and to criticizing bad studies in medicine. Coverage of the infiltration of alternative medicine in academia; book and movie reviews; articles about bad science in pediatrics and dentistry; and posts on how critical thinking skills can be applied to healthcare. Some of the posts seem to be written more for fellow healthcare professionals than a non-expert public, but well worth bookmarking. If it’s a health fad, they’ve probably covered it.

Website: https://sciencebasedmedicine.org

 

Tim Caulfield

Quite possibly the best known critic of health-related pseudoscience in Canada. Health policy expert by day, writer and TV show host by night, and Twitterer… well, seemingly 24 hours a day.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CaulfieldTim
Book 1: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12850570-the-cure-for-everything?from_search=true
Book 2: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23232032-is-gwyneth-paltrow-wrong-about-everything?from_search=true
TV Show (now on Netflix!): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7532396/

 

McGill Office for Science and Society

Bias alert: I work there. For nearly 20 years, this (possibly one of a kind) office at McGill University, under the direction of Joe Schwarcz, Ph.D., has debunked quackery, investigated questionable claims, and provided the public with fun facts about chemistry.

Website: https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/
Cracked Science on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNo_TfnLoHWZBfovVLL9IYBECHUtlY314
Books: https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/books
Dr. Joe’s column in the Montreal Gazette: http://montrealgazette.com/author/joe-schwarcz-special-to-the-montreal-gazette
Dr. Joe’s radio show: https://soundcloud.com/cjad800/sets/dr-joe-schwarcz-show

 

Michael Marshall, The Good Thinking Society, and the Merseyside Skeptics Society

A fantastic network of resources from the United Kingdom on critical thinking and skeptical activism. They showed the world that “homeopathy, there’s nothing in it”; they pressured the government in England to stop funding it; and they continue to impress by being active defenders of good thinking.

Podcasts: http://www.merseysideskeptics.org.uk/podcasts/
The Good Thinking Society: https://goodthinkingsociety.org

 

Snopes.com

An incredible website dedicated to investigating rumours on the Internet. Did the American government admit that the flu shot was the most dangerous vaccine in America? Did this woman break her neck twerking? Did a brain-eating amoeba kill a woman who rinsed her sinuses with tap water? Basically, if your question is, “Is it true? I saw it on the Internet”, they’ve looked into it.

Website: https://www.snopes.com

 

Britt Hermes and Naturopathic Diaries

An ex-naturopath and whistleblower. If you really want to know what naturopathy is about and what naturopaths learn in school, this is the place to go.

Website: https://www.naturopathicdiaries.com

 

SciMoms

Because parental intuition does not always lead you to the right decision, these pro-science moms are leading the pack in showing you what’s dangerous and what’s not. Hormones in meat, genetically engineered food, vaccines, head lice and more!

Website: https://scimoms.com

 

Myles Power

An investigator and debunker of pseudoscience with a background in chemistry, Myles has made numerous, in-depth videos about AIDS denialism, the 9/11 Truther movement, the anti-vaccination movement, glyphosate, extreme health quackery and conspiracy theories of all types.

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/powerm1985/featured

 

Nick Saik and Know Ideas Media

A filmmaker dedicated to highlighting good information about agriculture and our food supply.

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvroQE2kXCeo-oUc6za7mrA

 

HealthNewsReview

A resource dedicated to fighting back against the mangling of scientific studies by the media. A great way to find out about the differences between observational and experimental studies, and about how common studies on nutrition get progressively distorted, from the researchers’ original article all the way to major journalistic publications.

Website: https://www.healthnewsreview.org

 

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff

A weight-loss expert who frequently denounces on his blog and on Twitter bad messages about eating.

Blog: http://www.weightymatters.ca
Twitter: https://twitter.com/YoniFreedhoff

 

Ryan Armstrong

Ryan pushes back against alternative medicine in Canada (particularly Ontario). Involved with Bad Science Watch and owner of the blog Post-Truth Health. Particularly active on Twitter.

Bad Science Watch: https://www.badsciencewatch.ca
Post-Truth Health: https://posttruthhealth.ca
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ryarmst

 

Julia Belluz and Brian Resnick for Vox

Two of Vox’s journalists who are doing excellent work reporting on health, especially with the contextualization of new studies.

Julia Belluz on Vox: https://www.vox.com/authors/julia-belluz
Brian Resnick on Vox: https://www.vox.com/authors/brian-resnick

 

Kelly Crowe

Medical sciences correspondent for CBC National News.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kcrowecbc?lang=en

 

HealthWatch123

A cat on Twitter who comprehensively documents every bit of media coverage on health fraud.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HealthWatch123

 

Dr. Paul Offit

Professor of pediatric infectious diseases and vocal defender of the safety of vaccines.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrPaulOffit
Books: http://paul-offit.com/books/

 

Skeptical Inquirer

A long-running magazine dedicated to promoting skepticism.

Website: https://www.csicop.org/si

 

Ressources francophones

 

Olivier Bernard, le Pharmachien

Un incontournable. A-t-il besoin d’être introduit?

Site web: http://lepharmachien.com
Livres: http://lepharmachien.com/livres/
Émission télé: http://pharmachien.exploratv.ca/accueil/

 

Valérie Borde

Journaliste scientifique qui écrit pour L’Actualité.

Articles: https://lactualite.com/auteur/valerieborde/

 

Alain Vadeboncoeur

Urgentologue et communicateur médical au sein de L’Actualité.

Articles: https://lactualite.com/auteur/alainvadeboncoeur/

 

Jean-François Cliche

Journaliste au Soleil.

Articles: https://www.lesoleil.com/chroniques/jean-francois-cliche

 

Agence Science-Presse

Média indépendant à but non lucratif qui couvre les nouvelles scientifiques et qui, par son Détecteur de rumeurs, vérifie les nouvelles fausses et un peu moins fausses qui se répandent dans les médias.

Site web: https://www.sciencepresse.qc.ca
Le Détecteur de rumeurs: https://www.sciencepresse.qc.ca/detecteur-rumeurs

 

Québec Science

Magazine québécois qui informe le public en matière de science et technologie.

Site web: https://www.quebecscience.qc.ca

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