A Scientist On Relative Effects Of Different Toxic Exposures

A really interesting look at important issues and exposing some pseudoscience and overly fearful environmentalism.  Here is the description of the videos from the YouTube information bar:

Chemical toxins are a real health risk. So is radiation. But should we be extrapolating the effects of certain toxins at high doses down to a low-level exposure? Is this a linear non-threshold relationship between exposure and health effects?

When we evaluate the arguments of non-scientists, websites, media figures, and pseudoscience publications, a pattern emerges of extrapolation that is not justified from the evidence. Mercury in flu vaccines are present at a small fraction of the dose that is known to cause deterministic health effects. Squalene is found at higher doses in the human liver than in vaccines. And fluoride is only dangerous when it’s at 5-10 times higher levels than are found in drinking water in the western world.

YouTube Preview Image
YouTube Preview Image

Your Thoughts?

Patheos Atheist LogoLike Camels With Hammers and Patheos Atheist on Facebook!

I love Wrecking Ball but hate the video (by Lance Wisely)
John Oliver Brings Hilarious Skeptical Education
7 Anti-GMO Myths Debunked
Do We Really Only Use 10% of Our Brain?
About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X