Later in this episode we look back at 2016 and the people we interviewed and the stories we covered. Then Tom Leeds returns for a cameo. But first we take a look at the rise of the pseudoscientific allergy elimination clinics and the Canadian government looks to expand who can access medical assistance in dying.
Late last year Golden Carter wrote a guest blog post on the Minnesota Farm Living website called A Mom’s Journey From “Food Babe” To Overcoming Her “Food Fears” (http://www NULL.mnfarmliving NULL.com/2014/12/moms-journey-food-babe-overcoming-food-fears NULL.html). In it, she described her well-intentioned journey into the world of food and pseudoscience represented in the most exquisite ignorance and stupidity by the likes of Vani Hari, the so-called “Food Babe”. Golden managed to claw her way back to reason to share her story, and it was shared all over the internet. In retrospect, this shouldn’t be surprising. There are many websites dedicated to debunking the claims of anti-GMO nuts and organic food snobs, but what is missing is the human side. Why do people go this direction in the first place? For those who have accomplished the task of getting out, what was the motivation? How do we get people to realize that they’re listening to the wrong people?
Welcome to Episode 80 of the Legion of Reason! This week Kris, Haysn and I talk on a number of subjects, including a study on the poor quality assurance of herbal supplements (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/health/herbal-product-contamination-considerable-dna-tests-find-1 NULL.1959278?cmp=fbtl) that may be a significant health risk to consumers, another nail in the coffin (which at this point is overkill) for liberation therapy treatment of multiple sclerosis in a new Canadian study published in The Lancet (http://www NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/health/no-link-between-narrowed-veins-and-ms-canadian-led-study-1 NULL.1489194), and a bill introduced in the Quebec National Assembly by the opposition as an alternative to the Parti Quebecois’ Charter of Values (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/canada/montreal/qu%C3%A9bec-solidaire-proposes-unifying-secular-charter-1 NULL.1931400). But first, we discover two of Kris’ hot button issues. Later, you can hear Kris go on a tirade over the Harper government’s refusal to contribute to abortion access for victims of war rape (http://www NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/politics/canadian-money-won-t-go-to-abortion-for-war-rape-victims-paradis-1 NULL.1483803). But first, the Edmonton public school system has been bringing in an anti-choice group (http://www NULL.edmontonjournal NULL.com/news/Paula+Simons+Wait+Does+Christian+based+belong+public+schools/8999795/story NULL.html) – such groups being well-known to make up birth control and abortion risks – to teach children about abstinence as a choice in sex education classes. What the hell?
This is the last chance to get a letter to Michael Enright. I will be mailing the ones that I receive on Thursday, October 17. If you have planned to get one in, do it now! And thank you to all those that have sent one in. Your participation is greatly appreciated!