Celebrities taken to task in annual round-up of scientific nonsense
Guardian (UK) - about 5 years
Sense About Science charity criticises Simon Cowell for using 'house healer', but praises Stuart Broad and Gary Kemp Every Christmas, the charity Sense About Science (SAS) records the silly scientific things celebrities say and do in the hope that these high-profile figures might think twice, or seek advice, before making pseudoscientific claims to their legions of fans. The 2012 list contains the usual rogues' gallery of misdeeds, such as Simon Cowell employing someone to "heal" his home and sports stars deploying dubious treatments for injuries. But there is also, it seems, hope. "The implausible and frankly dangerous claims about how to avoid cancer, improve skin or lose weight are becoming ever more ridiculous – and unfortunately they have a much higher profile than the research and evidence," said Tracey Brown, SAS managing director. "On the other hand, this year we have had more examples than ever sent to us of people in the public eye who clearly do check their facts, and w...
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