‘There is so much health noise’: Tim Caulfield teases fact from fiction in new Netflix show

first_img Related: News Editor @meggophone Health‘There is so much health noise’: Tim Caulfield teases fact from fiction in new Netflix show Armed with science (and snark), a gynecologist takes on Trump, Goop, and all manner of bizarre health trends Leave this field empty if you’re human: What do you hope viewers take away from it?[I] hope that it invites people to think critically about health practices and products. I’m not a cynic. I think we need to keep an open mind and look for potential benefits wherever they may be found. But in this era of twisted facts, we all could use a nudge to keep applying critical thinking skills. For those who are already on the science train, I hope the show provides a sense of why people are drawn to these practices. By Megan Thielking Sept. 28, 2018 Reprints Privacy Policy Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Tim Caulfield explores health fads in the new Netflix show “A User’s Guide to Cheating Death.” Peacock Alley Entertainment What did you set out to do with the show?There is so much health noise in pop culture right now. Crazy diets, super foods, vaccination myths, jade vagina eggs, overhyped new technologies, etc. It is a very frustrating time. We wanted to make an entertaining show that is grounded in the science, but still considers the perspectives and concerns that drive people to these therapies and beliefs. It is a big challenge to make a show about controversial topics that doesn’t just preach to the converted. At the same time, you want to avoid false balance, which happens far too often. I think we strike that balance and we had a ridiculous amount of fun while doing it.advertisement Tim Caulfield has made it his job to tease apart fact from fiction when it comes from health advice. Now, he’s taking that mission to Netflix in a new show that explores everything from crystal therapy to ionic foot baths.His latest foray into medical myth-busting, the six-part documentary series “A User’s Guide to Cheating Death,” premieres Friday on the streaming service. The University of Alberta professor and lawyer takes a deep dive into the controversial procedures, diets, and wellness trends that people try — and the booming industries that have been built up around them.STAT chatted with Caulfield about the series.advertisement About the Author Reprints Megan Thielking Please enter a valid email address. [email protected] How did your perspective on the choices people make about their health change while filming?As an academic, I’ve been involved in surveys and focus groups and qualitative studies involving the public and patients. But when you make a show like this, you often spend an entire day with people who really believe in these practices. It was really eye-opening. Many understood that the science didn’t support their beliefs. And they didn’t care. For them, it was fulfilling a need. Often, it was because they were frustrated with the conventional health or, rightly or not, don’t trust the modern food systems. Of course, there is research that suggests many feel their problems aren’t being taken seriously. We can learn from this. Of course, an erosion of public trust or problems with conventional health care isn’t a valid justification for the spreading of misinformation of the marketing of unproven therapies. But getting a sense of the drivers may help us respond in a more constructive way to the spread of the misinformation.Also, there are some practices, like mindfulness, that have a bit of research to back it up. I think something is there, but it has been buried in hype, marketing, bad research, and overly enthusiastic media portrayals. This same kind of spin happens with everything from “forest bathing” — basically, walking in the woods — to stem cell therapies. Working on this show really emphasized how challenging it can be to separate the good, scientifically sound stuff from sciencey-sounding nonsense.last_img read more

“I am worried we are cutting so deeply”: Marriott CEO

first_imgMarriott CEO Arnie Sorenson (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Marriott moved quickly earlier this week to furlough tens of thousands of workers as the coronavirus pandemic cripples the hotel industry. Now, the company’s chief executive is concerned the move may hurt the hotel chain when the time comes to ramp back up.“I am worried we are cutting so deeply that the rebuilding process will be more challenging than we anticipated and maybe, to some extent, that we might regret having moved as aggressively as we’ve moved,” CEO Arne Sorenson said on a conference call Thursday morning with analysts and investors.Marriott, which is the world’s largest hotel company with some 1.4 million rooms across the globe, started shutting down hotels last week. Sorenson said the company has hundreds of hotels that are either closing or in talks to close.The move came as occupancy and room rates across the country and around the world crate because of the spreading virus and mounting government restrictions on travel and activity.Marriott is putting in place cost-cutting measures, such as suspending brand-standard audits in order to reduce expenses for property owners and delaying some renovations.Executives from Marriott and other hotel companies are in talks with lawmakers in Washington, D.C. seeking to secure a $150 billion bailout for the industry.Contact Rich Bockmann at [email protected] or 908-415-5229. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more