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Doctor Examines Medical Advice From Non-Medical People

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Paul Offit knows medicine.  And so he speaks from a position of some authority when he talks about issues with the human body and its care and maintenance. 

Dr. Offit notices that scientists are not really good at imparting simple, bumper-sticker information, so other people--politicians, actors, lobbyists, you name it--fill the breach. 

And that's what Dr. Offit addresses in his book Bad Advice, Or Why Celebrities, Politicians, and Activists Aren't Your Best Source of Health Information.  It gives pointers on how to assess the quality of advice being given.  The author joins us. 

 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for over 35 years, working in both television and radio.
John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of "the split" when JPR grew from a single program stream to three separate streams. We coaxed him out of retirement and he's now a co-producer of the Jefferson Exchange.