Sexy scientiest and dear friend-of-Skepchick Simon Singh is going toe-to-toe with chiropractors who are suing him over a recent article published in The Guardian. You can find the article in question cached on Svetlana Pertsovich’s site here — I’m not sure who Svetlana is but I like her already (and thanks to Sid for giving me that link plus this one as well).
If you’ve read Simon’s book Trick or Treatment (and you should, it’s brilliant), you’ll know that he’s actually quite fair to the chiropractic industry, admitting where it may have some benefit while cautioning patients against the dangerous practices that have no benefits at all. Of course, when you peddle a bunch of crap that might kill or maim your customers, you’ll do anything to suppress alternate viewpoints. Hence, a frivolous libel lawsuit designed to squash valid criticism and free speech.
Here’s an article about how sad the not-actually-doctors are to have to take Singh to court. Yeah. Right.
Best of luck, Simon! Everyone at Skepchick is cheering you on as you fight the good fight.
Speaking of UK skepticism, those of you in London absolutely must run out to see Skepchick Calendar Girl Iszi Lawrence perform an hour of heathon stand-up! Tickets are here. Go! Now! Her last show is Thursday!