You’ve heard of habeus corpus? Well the JunkScience.com equivalent is demonstra corpus, meaning “show us a body.”
The director of something called the Central Valley Health Institute, John Capitman, says that poor air quality in California’s San Joaquin Valley causes 1,830 extra asthma emergency room visits per year.
But his study is nothing more than the usual statistical game-playing in which causal determinations are made without any medical investigation whatsoever.
We say, “show us a body”, John. You say there are 1,830 of them per year. Surely you can produce one to prove us wrong.
Don’t feel bad if you can’t produce one, though. We’ve also asked the EPA, American Lung Association, Asthma and Allergy Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund and others. They haven’t turned up anything either.