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Why Do Things That Are Unlikely to Harm Us Get the Most Attention? – Science-Based Medicine

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 13:46
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A book for the times:

“Sharks get a lot of bad press and inspire a lot of fear, but in 2014 no one was killed by a shark in the US, while 36 people were killed by dogs, and 83 were killed by other mammals (including horses and cows). And tobacco kills a whopping 5.4 million people around the world every year.
Why do things that are unlikely to harm us get the most attention? In his new book Getting Risk Right, Geoffrey Kabat asks and answers that question. He says:
…we have been encouraged to worry about deadly toxins in baby bottles, food, and cosmetics; carcinogenic radiation from power lines and cell phones; and harm from vaccines and genetically modified foods… When looked at even the least bit critically, many of the scares that get high-profile attention turn out to be based on weak or erroneous findings that were hardly ready for prime time…”

A good read @Why Do Things That Are Unlikely to Harm Us Get the Most Attention? – Science-Based Medicine:



Source: http://gmopundit.blogspot.com/2017/03/why-do-things-that-are-unlikely-to-harm.html

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