Good Stories, Bad Science: A Guide for Journalists to the Health Claims of "Consumer Activist" Groups

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The media frequently report claims by nonprofit consumer groups about alleged health hazards in our food supply and our environment. Often these claims are coupled with suggestions for specific actions to reduce the purported risk of disease or premature death by avoiding or reducing exposure to the allegedly harmful substance.

The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), a consumer education group directed and advised by over 300 leading scientists and physicians, has reviewed many such reports and claims.

After carefully considering the scientific evidence, ACSH concludes that it would be in the best interest of the American consumer if the media treated such reports with a greater degree of skepticism than is currently employed.

By Ruth Kava, Ph.D., R.D. Director of Nutrition, ACSH

Art Director Jennifer Lee

The American?Council on Science and Health gratefully acknowledges the comments and contributions of the following individuals who reviewed this work:

Christine M. Bruhn, Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Thomas R. DeGregori, Ph.D., University of Houston

Jack C. Fisher, M.D., F.A.C.S., University of California, San Diego

Michael Kamrin, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Manfred Kroger, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

ohn H. Moore, Ph.D., M.B.A., Grove City College

Albert G. Nickel, Lyons Lavey Nickel Swift, Inc.

Joseph D. Rosen, Ph.D., Rutgers University

Gilbert L. Ross, M.D., American Council on Science and Health

Stephen S. Sternberg, M.D. New York

Jeff Stier, Esq., American Council on Science and Health

Aubrey N. Stimola, American Council on Science and Health

Rivka Weiser, American Council on Science and Health

Elizabeth M. Whelan, Sc.D., M.P.H., American Council on Science and Health

Robert J. White, M.D., Ph.D.,?MetroHealth Medical Center

ACSH accepts unrestricted grants on the condition that it is solely responsible for the conduct of its research and the dissemination of its work to the public. The organization does not perform proprietary research, nor does it accept support from individual corporations for specific research projects. All contributions to ACSH—a publicly funded organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code—are tax deductible.

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