Ronald Bailey Debunks Five Phony Public Health Scares

Activist misinformation harms Americans


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Health activists, nutrition nannies, medical paternalists, and just plain old quacks regularly conjure up menaces that are supposedly damaging the health of Americans. Their scares range from the decades-long campaign against fluoridation to worries that saccharin causes cancer to the ongoing hysteria over crop biotechnology. The campaigners' usual "solution" is to demand that regulators ban the offending substance or practice. Ronald Bailey debunks five especially egregious examples of activist misinformation.