Policy Documents

Five Phony Public Health Scares

Ronald Bailey –
October 30, 2013

In this post at Reason, Ronald Bailey asserts that 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. He goes on to list five egregious examples of activist misinformation.