Junk Science Judo: Self Defense Against Health Scares and Scams

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This book is a simple, easy-to-read guide to debunking health scares and scams before you get hurt.

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This book is a simple, easy-to-read guide to debunking health scares and scams before you get hurt.

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John Stossel
I wish Junk Science Judo had been available when I was doing daily consumer reports. It hits the nail on the head about the media's role in health scares and scams. I wish all consumers and reporters would read it.
ABC News
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930865129
  • Publisher: Cato Institute
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction 1
Lesson 1 Know Thine Enemy 7
Lesson 2 Show Me the Science! 41
Lesson 3 Statistics Aren't Science 69
Lesson 4 Epidemiology Is Statistics 83
Lesson 5 Size Matters 101
Lesson 6 Beat Statistics with Statistics 107
Lesson 7 Big Numbers Mean Big Lies 115
Lesson 8 Boycott Bioassays 119
Lesson 9 Exposure Isn't Toxicity 129
Lesson 10 Mind the Myths 135
Lesson 11 Tricks Are for Kids 155
Lesson 12 Know Your Friends 177
A Final Word: Go Forth and Debunk 183
Notes 193
Index 211
About the Author 217
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2002

    Excellent resource for people who care about the subject

    Some parts of this book literally left my jaw hanging open. The endless examples of high-level fraud in government agencies and special interest groups are enough to make any logical thinker sick.<BR><BR> Bear in mind that this book is probably not for the trained scientist. The author takes time to explain basic research concepts for the casual reader, and also interjects his own attitude to make the book more fun to read. However, for those readers who do want to check up on the author's science, the 17-page listing of 314 cited studies should leave no question that the author beckons the audience to follow his own advice by examining his research.<BR><BR> If I had one complaint about this book, it would be that the author often relies too heavily on quoted material. I think the author is trying to show that he was not skewing the cited studies, as would the individuals he criticizes in the book. While effective in this regard, the practice sometimes results in a monotonous pattern. The author's comments on the quoted studies become predictable midway through the book as the reader learns to identify the glaring problems in cited research methods.<BR><BR> In the end, this book was an excellent read for the choir to which it preaches. I would recommend it as an excellent resource for anybody who wants ammunition to fight junk science, or to back up political debate with embarrassing proof of the ineptitude on which many health/environmental policies are based. Anybody who cares about ridding public policy of special interest politics should read through this book once and keep it handy for later use as a reference tool.

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