I am Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Director of the McGill Office for Science and Society, AMA.
I am a Professor of Chemistry at McGill University in Montreal and Director of the McGill Office for Science and Society which is dedicated to demystifying science for the public. I deal with issues that relate to the public's understanding of science especially when it comes to matters of toxicology.
I write a weekly column for the Montreal Gazette entitled "The Right Chemistry," have authored 15 books and host the longest running phone-in show on science in history every Sunday on Montreal's CJAD (also available on the web).
The topics I routinely deal with include nutrition, GMOs, alternative health practices such as homeopathy, medications, cosmetics, cleaning agents, and controversial chemicals such as bisphenol A, phthalates, fluoride, PCBs, mercury and flame retardants. I emphasize separating sense from nonsense. My hobby is stage magic and I often use conjuring principles to demonstrate to people that seeing is not necessarily believing. In this context I often discuss UFOs and psychics who claim to have abilities such as bending spoons with the power of their minds or performing surgery without making an incision.
I am looking forward to your questions today.
THANKS FOR THE QUESTIONS! This has been very interesting. Remember our website: mcgill.ca/oss - and you can continue the conversation with me on my FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/joeschwarcz?fref=ts. Of course, you can follow the Office for Science & Society on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/McGillOSS?pnref=story) and Twitter (@McGillOSS) for all things sensible!