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New guide demystifies chemical stories

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Leading scientists, toxicologists and dieticians debunk common chemical misconceptions

The helpful new guide, called Making Sense of Chemical Stories, has been released by Sense About Science, a charitable trust that equips people to make sense of scientific and medical claims in public discussion.

“People are still being misled by chemical myths” say Sense About Science, adding: “This needs to stop. We urge everyone to stop repeating misconceptions about chemicals. The presence of a chemical isn’t a reason for alarm. The effect of a chemical depends on the dose”.

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Sense About Science comment that chemicals are often represented as something that can be avoided, or eliminated using special socks, soaps or diets, and that causes only harm to health and damage to the environment.

This guide flags up the more serious misconceptions that exist around chemicals and suggests straightforward ways for people to evaluate them.

The reality boils down to six points:

  1. You can’t lead a chemical-free life.

  2. Natural isn’t always good for you and man-made chemicals are not inherently dangerous.

  3. Synthetic chemicals are not causing many cancers and other diseases.

  4. ‘Detox’ is a marketing myth.

  5. We need man-made chemicals.

  6. We are not just subjects in an unregulated, uncontrolled environment, there are checks in place.

Click here for more details about Sense About Science’s new guide Making Sense of Chemical Stories


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