Wishful Thinking

What a refreshing reply.

Frank Davis

I’ve received permission from Professor Peter Diggle, the President of the Royal Statistical Society, to publish our recent correspondence. So here it is, minus the start and end felicitations. Here’s what I sent him:

I write to you in your capacity as the current President of the Royal Statistical Society. I am myself merely an English old age pensioner who is becoming increasingly dismayed and bewildered by the seemingly exponentially rising number of health warnings being carried more or less every day in the media.

For example, the BBC yesterday carried a story about processed meat:

Processed meats – such as bacon, sausages and ham – do cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Its report said 50g of processed meat a day – less than two slices of bacon – increased the chance of developing colorectal cancer by 18%.

Meanwhile, it said red meats were “probably…

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