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Podcast: Timothy Caulfield – fighting Goop and cheating death

Michael Joyce is a writer-producer with and tweets as @mlmjoyce

Tim CaulfieldTimothy Caulfield, a professor at the University of Alberta, is a bit like a superhero.

He can run fast, seemingly see through things clearly, and appear to be in several places at once.

And he wears a lot of capes: lawyer, author, watchdog, Royal Fellow, TV host, recovering rock star, and emerging social media star.

In this podcast he covers a lot of ground: the battle of science vs. hype, public trust in science, the importance of social media in health care journalism, the role of celebrity in pseudoscience, and the art of communicating health care information.

As mentioned above, Caulfield appears to be in several places at once. When he’s not taking Gwyneth Paltrow and her company Goop to task, he may be on his bike in a velodrome, or subjecting himself to some dubious treatment for his show. Here are some ways to  keep up with him:


Social Media

Health Law Institute – University of Alberta

TV Series – A User’s Guide to Cheating Death

Many of the topics touched on in this podcast are ones we’ve covered often. Here’s where you can go if you want to dig deeper on …

The impact of celebrities on health care information/misinformation

Social media and health care journalism

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