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New blog post “Electrification and the diseases of other causes…”

June 22, 2018


In 2010 a new hypothesis was published that ‘diseases of civilisation’, including cancers, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, were caused by the electrification of society. Recently, a new book was published that builds on that hypothesis. Let’s have a look at some of the data used to build that hypothesis in a bit more detail, shall […]

Ah Man! Does that cause cancer too?!

May 5, 2018


Last week a new study was published describing the results of a survey of the English general population asking them “What causes cancer?”. That’s technically now what they asked, but you get the idea. The study made the national news, and may have reached an international audience as well, and for example was covered by […]

A Spy Novel by a modern-day Franz Anton Mesmer (and a bit about low-level radiation)…

February 20, 2018


So a couple of months ago I attended a meeting to do with whether childhood leukemia incidence in the vicinity of nuclear power stations could be related to radiation exposure or, well, not… Unfortunately, the meeting got somewhat hijacked by a well-known (relatively speaking, in certain circles) campaigner…. Link to the full Fun Police article: […]

A meal to (never) die for

May 8, 2017


Clean eating, raw food, paleo, and, I‘d imagine, quite a lot of other such diets and lifestyles  seem to be everywhere nowadays; whether it is a friend telling you that you just “have to do this, because…”, or whether it is in twitter, facebook, and tabloid “science updates”. Of course, the most irritating one of these is the […]

“Being Boris Johnson” An essay on free markets and public health

February 16, 2017


If you live in the UK (or Europe) you may remember that Boris Johnson, always the opportunist, wrote two columns for The Daily Telegraph – one pro- and one anti- Brexit. The plan, of course, was to decide which option would be the most beneficial to ones career and go with that. An alternative explanation […]

New blog post “Epidemiology: a canine intervention”

December 13, 2016


Sometimes, in science, and specifically in epidemiology, all that is needed is a dog’s perspective… …especially when it is about them… Read more my site ‘The FunPolice’ <link> Or direct to article: <link>  

Alcohol and “fact”checking in Ireland

September 12, 2016


About a week ago decided it would be a good idea to ‘FactCheck’ whether  minimum unit alcohol pricing was proven to work, because the Irish Health Promotion  Minister (Marcella Corcoran Kennedy…apparently) made a claim about this with respect to  the Irish government’s alcohol policy. They decided that the best way to go about this […]