GLP Podcast: 'Fashionable nonsense' in medicine; Strange history of pregnancy tests; Bayer goes organic – Genetic Literacy Project

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Join geneticist Kevin Folta and GLP contributor Cameron English on this episode of Science Facts and Fallacies as they break down these latest news stories:
From the dangers of alcohol to “quantum healing” and biological sex, medicine is increasingly catering to fashionable but false ideological claims. It’s bad enough when the social sciences embrace dubious ideas, but, according to biologist Alex Berezow, it’s downright deadly when medical journals do it because “public health officials use medical journals to guide decision-making.”
Today, accurate home pregnancy tests are available at any drugstore, but it wasn’t always that way. Would-be mothers in the ancient world were stuck with much less sophisticated methods of pregnancy testing, like urinating on barley and watching to see if it sprouted. It was until the early 20th century that pregnancy testing saw significant technical improvements, and it was still very expensive and thus off-limits to most people—a situation that didn’t change until the late 1970s. What can we learn from this odd bit of medical history?
The reality is much less scandalous. Many farmers grow genetically engineered and organic crops, and seed companies are happy to sell them whatever they want.
Kevin M. Folta is a professor, keynote speaker and podcast host. Follow Professor Folta on Twitter @kevinfolta
Cameron J. English is the director of bio-sciences at the American Council on Science and Health. Visit his website and follow ACSH on Twitter @ACSHorg
The GLP featured this article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. The viewpoint is the author’s own. The GLP’s goal is to stimulate constructive discourse on challenging science issues.
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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSJoin geneticist Kevin Folta and GLP contributor Cameron English on this episode of Science Facts and Fallacies as they break down these latest news stories:From the dangers of alcohol to “quantum healing” and biological sex, medicine is increasingly catering to fashionable but false ideological claims.…

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