Why is homeopathy "utter nonsense"? What about ear candling? And does ginger really help prevent motion sickness?
Chemistry professor and author Joe Schwarcz, PhD, answers these questions and more in his latest books.
director of McGill University's office for science and society, is on a
mission to demystify science for students and public alike. Through his
bestselling books, a weekly column for The Montreal Gazette, radio
shows, university lectures and public talks -- including one given
Wednesday night in Calgary addressing the public's rising fear of
chemicals -- Schwarcz explores the science that surrounds us in our
His forthcoming book, Dr. Joe's Health Lab (Doubleday Canada, Nov. 6, $22.95) focuses on health, nutrition and medicine.
who's been fascinated by chemistry ever since seeing a magician perform
at a childhood birthday party, used to write up science quizzes for his
school buddies. He continues to share his love of science with people,
selecting items he finds interesting.
"The main theme in all my
books is separating sense from nonsense and providing interesting
information. It's entertainment for the mind, as well as feeding the
mind. I try to make it compact, because in these days people have been
conditioned to sound bites, which is why I make them punchy and to the