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I can’t believe it’s not butter

For our 99th podcast – no, really, it is – we try an experiment: the first ever serious Collings & Herrin Podcast. Well, not completely, but we did feel it was time to debate the big issues that divide us – mainly, butter, vaccinations and whether the Masai would enjoy life more with an iPad. We promise that next week’s, Podcast 100, live from London’s Leicester Square Theatre and recorded professionally, through the desk, will be all fun and laughter. Bear with us. There’s some stuff about the goat born with a human face this week, too. For levity. See you on Monday, but don’t forget to tune in at 10am on Saturday morning for our first Adam & Joe show on 6 Music (there will be a podcast for that, too, available either on Sunday or Monday).

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4 responses to “I can’t believe it’s not butter

  1. Godot

    The Wikipedia entry for butter is protected indefinitely. Who would have guessed it was such a controversial topic?

  2. On the butter topic, Andrew appears to be ahead of Richard on the science. Prof David Colquhoun, an acolyte of Ben Goldacre, recently wrote about the paucity of good quality nutrition trials in the context of a book, The Diet Delusion, he was reviewing for the BMJ. http://www.dcscience.net/?p=2584 As for MMR, while I agree that the role of Andrew Wakefield is emotive for the parents of so-called "vaccine damaged" children, it is equally emotive for those parents who found themselves conflicted about MMR and, on having decided to go ahead, were made to feel like bad parents by the commentariat and an imbalanced media presentation. With media "faces" like Fiona Phillips continuing to promote the MMR-myth in the presence of huge contradictory evidence, this issue is unlikely to be resolved any time soon. Unless the true cause of autism is found. So, on balance, I'm with Richard on this one.Overall a really thought provoking podcast!

  3. PURLPOWER

    Well I loved this 'serious' podcast but I might be biased; I spent months studying the butter vs. marg debate as part of my MSc (sociology of health and illness). Incidentally, I also vaguely remembered from my studies that tampons were invented in ancient Egypt so I googled to check:http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bltampons.htm

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