Professor emeritus of ecological zoology Staffan Ulfstrand receives the Enlightener of the Year award,
“… for his engrossing and pedagogical books about evolution [such as Savannah Lives: Animal Life and the Human Evolution of Africa] and his many pop-sci talks, particularly during the double Darwin jubilee of 2009. Staffan Ulfstrand frequently appears on nature shows, in Q&A columns and in debates about biology and behaviour. He has also frequently explained evolution in a pedagogical manner when it has been misinterpreted and misunderstood.”
Enlightener Ulfstrand receives a cash prize of SEK 25 000 ($3400, €2400).
Doctor Annika Dahlqvist, a former general practitioner who appears obsessed with Low Carbs High Fat, receives the Obscurantist of the Year anti-award,
“… for making particularly unsupported statements during the year about the link between diet and sickness. She has warned against swine flu vaccination and instead recommended a changed diet, without any scientific support at all. If her advice had been heeded, then the flu would have taken more lives.
Annika Dahlqvist has also published strange claims about links between diet and cancer. According to her, people who follow a diet rich in fat do not get cancer, which is not only ignorant but also lays blame on cancer sufferers. She sees industrial interests behind the healthcare authorities’ recommendations. She claims that the ‘establishment’s’ dietary advice causes cancer and that mammography is therefore useless.”
Update same afternoon: The Swedish Skeptics usually get quite a lot of national press coverage of our annual awards, but it seems that giving the anti-award to Annika Dahlqvist is getting us even more air time and print than usual. The tabloids like dieting and they like maverick doctors. Dahlqvist combines both traits, and so she’s been a lot in the tabloids over the past two years or so, bearing the epithet “The Doctor of Fat”. She also has a lot of altie fans reading her books and her blog. And now our anti-award is the main story on Expressen’s broadsheet and the alties are going nuts in the Swedish Skeptics’ executive-board in-box.
Don’t miss TV4′s live debate between Dahlqvist and the chairman of the Swedish Skeptics!