Do celebrities do harm with their medical advice?

McMaster organized an impressive panel of health thinkers that I’ll be moderating. See info here (and below) and make sure to come and join us!

‘Do celebrities do more good than harm with their medical advice?’

Julia Belluz, who writes the popular Maclean’s/Medical Post column Science-ish, will moderate this debate about the pros and cons of celebrities using their popularity to espouse health-related advice.


• Tim Cook, Canadian physician interested in disease prevention and management through integrative health

• Yoni Freedhoff, writer of the blog Weighty Matters, online columnist for the Huffington Post, and assistant professor at the University of Ottawa

• Steven Hoffman, McMaster-affiliated researcher and author of Following celebrities’ medical advice: meta-narrative analysis published in the British Medical Journal

• Seamus O’Regan, journalist, Distinguished Visiting Innovator with Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone, mental health advocate, and spokesperson for Bell Canada’s “Let’s Talk” Day

• André Picard, health reporter at The Globe and Mail and author of Critical Care: Canadian Nurses Speak for Change

• Bryce Wylde, alternative medicine expert, television host and author of Power Plants: Simple home remedies you can grow

McMaster Innovation Park
175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, Ontario
(Free event parking after 5 p.m.)

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