Tag Archive 'medical_journalism'

Coffee Studies: John Oliver Skewers the Medical Infotainment Industry

Posted by TheShot on 09 May 2016 | Filed under: Café Society, Coffee Health, Consumer Trends

This is gonna sound cliché, but while I’ve been a longtime fan of Jon Stewart, I never quite warmed up to John Oliver. Oh sure… on his new show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, now in its third season, Mr. Oliver can amp up the incredulity and indignation, throw in contrived comedic riffs, and […]

Turning death threats into a marketing campaign

Posted by TheShot on 17 May 2012 | Filed under: Coffee Health

We’ve ranted against the Medical Infotainment industrial complex more than enough times here on this blog. You know the weekly stream of pop medical news headlines: alternating manic depressive cycles of “coffee kills”, then “coffee gives you immortality”, then lather, rinse, repeat. Billions of dollars wasted on decades of coffee medical research, and all we […]

Caffeine dominates the coffee conversation this past week

Posted by TheShot on 12 Jul 2009 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends

This past week, most of the coffee discussion around the Internet involved the subject of caffeine. Talk about caffeine seems to bring out the worst in people. Too many act as if coffee and caffeine are synonymous and interchangeable — whether it’s scientific research on the effects of caffeine or some lame riff on coffee […]

Bad Science » Drink coffee, see dead people.

Posted by TheShot on 16 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Coffee Health

We’ve been harping on the ethically and intellectually bankrupt medical infotainment industry for years now. Publicity stunts masked as science are bad enough (see: Tuesday’s example). But bad science transformed into a publicity stunt is far more irresponsible. A textbook example came to us all this week in the form of a flawed study linking […]

The Rise of Medical Infotainment: Sorting Out Coffee’s Contradictions

Posted by TheShot on 07 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends

Two days ago, the New York Times ran another pop piece of medical journalism about coffee. However, this time they disguised it as a critique of medical journalism: Personal Health – Sorting Out Coffee’s Contradictions – NYTimes.com. Now we’ve managed to survive a six-month moratorium on pointless medical research articles about coffee — which is […]

When clueless medical journalists attack

Posted by TheShot on 02 Feb 2008 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends

We should all feel thankful that, once in a rare while, the confusing morass of pop medical journalism is broken by the occasional intelligent voice of informed reason. Last month, the media had a feeding frenzy over a lone medical study linking caffeine to increased risk of miscarriage: Pregnancy Problems Tied to Caffeine. Today’s New […]

Coffee Lowers Gout Risk; Medical Reporting Raises Risk of Premature Death

Posted by TheShot on 26 May 2007 | Filed under: Coffee Health

In another fine display of health care journalism’s single-issue myopia, a report came out this week that men who drink copious amounts of coffee lower their risk of gout: Coffee Lowers Gout Risk. What I find deliciously funny about this — and sadly funny at the same time — is that the article addresses coffee […]

The New Food Science – and Where Coffee Sits

Posted by TheShot on 30 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends

I always say I refuse to write about the latest health-related press release about coffee. Sure enough, last week, I wrote about the so-called new positive news about coffee’s affect on your health. A couple months earlier, I wrote about the folly of drinking coffee or tea primarily as a biochemical or epidemiological decision. But […]

A New Year’s Coffee Resolution?: A Moratorium On Snake Oil Articles About Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 25 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Coffee Health, Consumer Trends

There is something bizarre about the media’s unhealthy obsession with the health merits of coffee. Now this is one case where I truly believe the media are just delivering what consumers want from them. And I’ve already written about this subject at length. But a prominent article in this month’s Wine Spectator by Mark Pendergrast, […]

Healthy Coffee?

Posted by TheShot on 31 Oct 2006 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

You know the phrase “knowing just enough to be dangerous”? A good example can be found in the regular stream of rip-and-read medical research press releases that appear in the daily media cesspool. And scuttlebutt on the health benefits and detriments of coffee are in steady supply. I promise not to go off on my […]

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