Bad Advice: Or Why Celebrities, Politicians, and Activists Aren't Your Best Source of Health Information

Bad Advice: Or Why Celebrities, Politicians, and Activists Aren't Your Best Source of Health Information Review

Science doesn't speak for itself. Neck-deep in work that can be messy and confounding, and naive in the ways of public communication, scientists are often unable to package their insights into the neat narratives that the public requires. Enter the celebrities, the advocates, the lobbyists, and the funders behind them, who take advantage of scientists' reluctance to provide easy answers, flooding the media with misleading or incorrect claims about health risks. Amid this onslaught of spurious information, Americans are more confused than ever about what's good for them and what isn't.

In Bad Advice, Paul A. Offit shares hard-earned wisdom on the do's and don'ts of battling misinformation. For the past twenty years, Offit has been on the front lines in the fight for sound science and public heath. Stepping into the media spotlight as few scientists have done--such as being one of the first to speak out against conspiracy theories linking vaccines to autism--he found himself in the crosshairs of powerful groups intent on promoting pseudoscience. Bad Advice discusses science and its adversaries: not just the manias stoked by slick charlatans and their miracle cures but also corrosive, dangerous ideologies such as Holocaust and climate-change denial. Written with wit and passion, Offit's often humorous guide to taking on quack experts and self-appointed activists is a must-read for any American disturbed by the recent uptick in politicized attacks on science.

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  • Scott

    4.5 starsVery informative and personal, with a lot of well-timed and -placed self-deprecating humor, Dr. Offit's book was a simultaneously entertaining and educating for a non-science person. (The num...

  • Allie

    This rating/review is based on an ARC I received from my job at the library.Good, but definitely not as strong as Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine. My ARC has l...

  • Marya

    Once more, Paul Offit offers another book to preach to choir. I liked his anecdotes, and I did learn a thing or two, but this tone is still not calibrated for anyone other than a fervent believer of w...

  • Kristy

    I love Paul Offit. This book is a little more personal than others of his I've read. He talks about the verbal abuse, threatening emails, and death threats he receives from anti-vaxxers on a regular b...

  • Harriet Huestis

    The book is more about Dr Offit's journey as a communicator and public scientist than the bad health advice of celebrities and politicians(though that is there too)....

  • Claire

    I'm historically a huge fan of Offit's work and consider Autism's False Prophets and Deadly Choices among my favorite books. Perhaps I had unrealistic expectations for this one and didn't read the syn...

  • Doninaz

    The subtitle of this book is “Why celebrities, politicians, and activists aren’t your best source of health information.” I was expecting the book to address this question, but it did so unevenl...

  • Emily

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Despite the title, it was actually full of good advice when it comes to how science gets communicated. Never would have thought scientists are used for political gain a...

  • Jakub Ferencik

    "Bad Advice" by Paul A. Offit was a book that I didn't know about at all when I picked it up from the library. I've become interested in celebrity culture & the unhealthy obsession that America has wi...

  • Bren

    This book was very informative and thus a worthwhile read. It's 211 pages and I finished it in 4 days which speaks to it's readability (and amount of pages). For me to so quickly finish a science book...