My heart skipped a beat when I spotted this front page headline from yesterday’s Daily Mail. At last, I thought, the Mail has owned up that most of the stuff in its Good Health supplement is a load of scaremongering rubbish. Then my hopes were dashed by the secondary which explains that it’s actually health supplements that are a con, but then they can give you cancer you know.
Of course the Mail is very keen on health (it starts most of them) especially cancer which must be a sure fire newspaper seller. There’s a long list of the everyday things that the Mail says can prove terminal over at the Anorak, everything from afternoons to Worcester sauce.
The very worst example has to be the panic they caused over the MMR vaccination, something they’ve never apologised for even though they were happy enough to run stories about the misery this later caused the kids who didn’t get the jab and ended up as part of a measles outbreak.
For anyone unfamiliar with the Daily Mail, there’s a usefully biased critique on RationalWiki. Better still, here are Dan and Dan on the subject. I’ve included it before, but I love it so much!