There's a very interesting article about the challenges of popular science at
The author's ending includes:
IČ??m not saying you have to read the original journal paper. IČ??m not saying you have to understand all the technical jargon. IČ??m saying that you need to take ten goddamn seconds to run a Google search and determine whether the story is legitimate, untrue, or just plain blown out of all proportion to the actual evidence.
I think this applies to a lot of chemical health and safety issues as well...
Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Keene State College
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