Andrew Skolnick – The Dangers of Alternative Medicine

December 23, 2005

Andrew Skolnick, Executive Director of the Commission for Scientific Medicine and Mental Health, is a nationally renowned science journalist who has won numerous awards and honors for his reporting in biology, medicine, and human rights. Among those honors are Amnesty International USA’s Spotlight on Media Award; World Hunger Year’s Harry Chapin Award for Impact on Hunger and Poverty; the John P. McGovern Medal from the American Medical Writers Association; and a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. For nearly a decade, he served as an associate news editor for the Journal of the American Medical Association. His articles and photographs have been published in Smithsonian, Natural History, Ranger Rick Nature Magazine, National Geographic World, The New York Times, Encyclopaedia Britannica, and many other publications.

In this interview with DJ Grothe, he discusses the dangers of alternative medicine, including unregulated dietary supplements, homeopathy, and more.

Also, in the second of a two part interview entitled The Real War on Christmas, Tom Flynn, editor of Free Inquiry, urges listeners to wage an actual war on Christmas, in defense of America’s religious diversity and the rights of nonbelievers.

Point of Inquiry contributer Lauren Becker offers some insight into the recent ruling in the Dover Pennsylvania Intelligent Design case.

Finally, in Ben Radford’s regular commentary, Media Mythmakers, he discusses terror hoaxes.