Articles by Elizabeth M. Whelan

From Peer Review to Fear Review

For years, self-appointed "environmental advocates" have generated press releases claiming that "chemicals" in our air, water, food, and consumer products such as cosmetics pose a risk of cancer. Nearly twenty years ago, the Natural Resources Defense Council cause Read More

The Sweet N' Lowdown, Thirty Years On

Thirty years ago this week -- on March 9, 1977 -- the Food and Drug Administration announced its intention to ban what was then the only artificial sweetener, saccharin. The ban was prompted by a Canadian study suggesting that... Read More

You Dirty Rats!

This past February, the New York Times ran a front page Business Section story noting that a Dr. Morando Soffritti, a cancer researcher "who has spent 28 years doing research on potential carcinogens" had concluded that the widely used artificial... Read More

Tempest in a Cereal Bowl?

Last week, General Mills announced its intent to launch a national ad campaign that will be targeted at children and tout the health benefits of eating breakfast -- especially a breakfast of cereal that the company produces. Among the General... Read More

The Other Sudan Crisis

Although the media coverage here in the United States has been non-existent, much of the world has been experiencing one of the great food scares -- and food recalls -- of modern times. The epicenter of this latest food scare... Read More

Is There Really a 'New Diagnosis' for Terri Schiavo?

While we at American Council on Science and Health have been determined to remain on the sidelines of the raging national debate about the fate of Terri Schiavo (this is largely a legal and ethical issue, not a scientific one),... Read More

Coffee Causes Cancer! Oops, This Just In! Coffee Prevents Cancer!

Recent headlines claimed that drinking coffee can reduce our risk of liver cancer. A study of some 90,000 Japanese found that people who drank coffee daily or nearly every day had half the liver cancer risk of those who... Read More

Government Cancer Tips Are Misleading

The government is not doing a good job in telling us what causes cancer. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States (and quickly challenging heart disease for that ranking). Understandably, Americans are very concerned... Read More

A Look Back at the Great (Unfounded) Health Scares of 2004

Perhaps we are a society that relishes bad news. Or maybe by definition bad news is news. Whatever the explanation, 2004 was full of headlines about modern living allegedly making us sick. The top 10 health scares of the... Read More

Remembering a Berry Scary Thanksgiving

Forty-five years ago this week, in November, 1959, most Americans celebrated Thanksgiving sans cranberry sauce. Earlier that month, Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Arthur Fleming had announced that traces of the weed killer aminotriazole--a chemical that c Read More

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