Dr Steven Novella is an American clinical neurologist and assistant professor at Yale University School of Medicine. He’s also a science communicator and a leading figure in the skeptical movement. He co-founded Science-Based Medicine, writes a blog called NeuroLogica, hosts the podcast The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe and recently published a book on scientific skepticism.
I had the privilege of interviewing him on the topic of ACUPUNCTURE, as part of my documentary series on scientific skepticism in healthcare called Les Aventures du Pharmachien on Radio-Canada (the show’s in French, hence the subtitles).
Here’s the interview in English (note : you can press the “CC” button to get English subtitles for my short intro) :
Obviously I can’t post the full episode, but here’s the trailer (note : you can press the “CC” button to get English subtitles) :
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Who says “summer” says “sun.” And who says “sun” says “suntanning” … or “cancer“.
I don’t think anyone should freak out over exposure to the sun. On the other hand, if you’re gonna use sunscreen, you might as well use it properly.
After all, this is not just about cancer: UVA rays cause premature aging of the skin, while UVB cause those infuriating sunburns.
At the pharmacy, people very seldom ask me for advice when it comes time to sunscreens. I wonder what determines their choice. A nice bottle with a cute doggy on it? Statements like “Ultimate Protection Apocalyptic 3000”? Low (or high) price tag?
Here’s the truth: choosing the best sunscreen is FAR from easy, even for me. It’s not easy to use it well either.
In this comic, I address 5 beliefs about sun exposure and sunscreen that I hear all the time.
In a second comic, I’ll address the issue of allegedly toxic ingredients in sunscreen (such as nanoparticles and endocrine disruptors), vitamin D deficiency and the belief that sunscreen is more carcinogenic than the sun itself.
P.S. There’s a joke that is a direct homage to the Simpsons. Who’s gonna find it first?
Translation by Olivier Bernard, proofreading by Lauren Knight.
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