Junk Science 2015: Death by one-percenter

So, an "editor-at-large" takes issue (verges on rant) with a YorkU study relating income inequality with public health. There are, quite honestly, reasonable statement hidden within the rant, and certainly people with more information that either he or I are looking into this. But boy, I tell ya, you have to want to dig through this opinion piece to get to anything resembling a rationale argument.

Then again we don’t need to rely on logical inconsistencies or mathematical puzzles to dismiss income inequality as a leading cause of death. Given the stakes at play for public health, numerous studies published in peer-reviewed journals by academics with far more credibility than Raphael and Bryant have already subjected these claims to statistical rigour. And the results consistently and repeatedly show income inequality has nothing to do with the health of Canadians.

An exhaustive 95-page study in the Milbank Quarterly concludes that across numerous wealthy countries “the evidence suggests that income inequality is not associated ... with population health differences.” More specifically, “the link between income inequality and health appears not to exist in Canada.”