“Bad Science” is the Ben Goldacre’s column on the Guardian about the frequent misuse of scientific facts in our media. So, his endorsement in favor of citizen science (and of open data too, reported here with a great delay, sorry for that) has a doubled value:
Yes, folk trials would have flaws. They would be “open label”, which is to say, the participants would mostly know what intervention they were getting, of course. But for practical reasons, that’s often the way in proper trials anyway.
A chaotically conducted, randomised folk trial would be, at the very least, a first stab at answering all these questions, with cautious interpretation.
The article continues here.