Legislative Alchemy: Pseudoscience in the Law | Jann Bellamy


Featuring: Jann Bellamy · At: CSICon 2019 · Topic(s): ,

Homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture, and subluxation-based chiropractic are all grounded in pseudoscience, yet practiced daily in the U.S. without sanction. Why?

Lawmakers have incorporated pseudoscience into the law, permitting the sale of healthcare products and services that have no plausible basis in science and no evidence of effectiveness to an unknowing public. We’ll look at how these laws are made and operate in practice and what skeptics can do about it.

Jann Bellamy is a Florida attorney and lives in Tallahassee. Jann became interested in so-called “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM) when the Florida Legislature tried to establish a chiropractic school within Florida State University in 2005. While opposing the chiropractic school, she became intrigued that scientifically implausible and unproven healthcare claims could be presented to the public as fact, even to the point of being codified into law. Since then, Jann has been involved in several organizations dedicated to educating the public about CAM and opposing its spread via legislation. Jann blogs regularly for Science-Based Medicine.

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This talk took place at the CSICon 2019 in Las Vegas on October 18, 2019.

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