Science-Based Medicine

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Science-Based Medicine is a blog and website owned and operated by the New England Skeptical Society. SBM is "dedicated to evaluating medical treatments and products of interest to the public in a scientific light, and promoting the highest standards and traditions of science in health care."[1]

Founder and managing editor, Steven Novella has called glyphosate an "environmental bogeyman," writing of its "very low toxicity" in a 2014 blog post[2] that references Williams, Kroes and Munro, a 2000 study that was later found through court documents to have been ghostwritten by Monsanto, and also cites several studies by Exponent.[3]

Managing editor David Gorski has famously called the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) “a major force for quackademic medicine" and stated, “It’s a major force for integrating quackery into medicine, I’m afraid.”[4] He cites a Medium article, now deleted, by We Love GMOs and Vaccines founder, Stephan Neidenbach in a 2020 blog post to interpret guidance from the World Health Organisation early on in the Covid-19 pandemic. Neidenbach is a middle school teacher and has no formal medical or public health training.[5]

Editor Harriet Hall has reviewed a book on SBM co-written by former President of the American Council on Science and Health, Hank Campbell and ACSH Vice President of Scientific Affairs Alex Berezow, recommending "Science Left Behind: Feel-Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left" to readers.[6]

Regular contributor to SBM, Pediatrician Clay Jones[7] is a host of The Prism Podcast with another SBM contributor, Grant Ritchey. [8] Vance Crowe, the former Director of Millennial Engagement at Monsanto, has been a guest co-host along with Ritchey, who is known as the "Skeptical DDS." [9]

SBM Editors and Contributors

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  1. About Science-Based Medicine, SBM Website
  2. Glyphosate – The New Bogeyman, Steven Novella, Science-Based Medicine website, December 31, 2014
  3. Monsanto’s Ghostwriting to Influence Science and Media, Paul D. Thacker, May 03, 2022
  4. GORSKI'S LAW: A Skeptic Ends Discussion by Calling You Anti-Vax, Paul Thacker, Jun 15, 2021
  5. Do face masks decrease the risk of COVID-19 transmission?, David Gorski, Science-Based Medicine website, June 8, 2020
  6. Progressive Mythology, Harriet Hall, Science-Based Medicine website, May 21, 2013
  7. Don't Jump to Conclusions About So-Called TiTok Tics, Clay Jones & Christine Conelea, PhD, Science-Based Medicine website, Oct 29, 2021
  8. Posts by Grant Ritchey, Science-Based Medicine website, accessed Sept 7, 2022
  9. The Prism Podcast - Episode 83, May 30, 2017