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From Big Pharma to Big Placebo

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This is an excellent talk by Michael Specter about the importance of being skeptical but also being able to accept overwhelming evidence for health-related treatments. He says we must stop deluding ourselves by running from “Big Pharma into the arms of Big Placebo” because of our skepticism.

I think part of the problem may be that most of public doesn’t have good sources for educating themselves. There’s a need for someone to fill in the middle-ground between scientific journals that are out of reach of the layperson and the oversimplified soundbites we hear on the news. A friend suggested we need a mythbusters type website for personal health issues/treatments so people will have a better source of information than the mainstream media.


Written by Tilak Dutta

September 24, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Posted in Science

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  1. New Scientist is good for the nerdier types.


    September 24, 2010 at 1:43 pm

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