Jann Bellamy, JD

Jann J. Bellamy is a Florida attorney and lives in Tallahassee. She is a former law clerk to a federal judge, Florida Assistant Attorney General and long-time partner in a Tallahassee law firm, where she practiced mainly in the civil litigation area.

Jann became interested in so-called “complementary and alternative” medicine (CAM) when the Florida Legislature tried to establish a chiropractic school within Florida State University in 2005. She joined others in leading opposition to the school, and this “done deal,” which was strongly opposed by the University faculty, was undone by the university system Board of Governors. During this process, Jann became intrigued that scientifically implausible and unproven healthcare claims could be presented as fact to the public, even to the point of being codified into law, and she left the active practice of law in 2006 to form a non-profit to educate Floridians about “alternative” healthcare claims.

Since then, Jann has been a relentless educator and activist. She is one of the founders and Board members of the Society for Science-Based Medicine (SfSBM) dedicated to providing accurate information about CAM and advocating for state and federal laws that incorporate a science-based standard for all health care practitioners. She tracks state and federal bills that would allow pseudoscience in health care for the SfSBM website.  She has appeared at New England Conference on Science and Skepticism and CSICon, and has given talks on CAM to medical students, hospital medical staff, and the Center for Inquiry-Tallahassee chapter, among others. She has written for Health News Florida, and has blogged regularly for SBM since 2010. In 2020, she was elected a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

Her posts are archived here.

 

 

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  • Vancouver science journalist best known for publishing PainScience.com, which is "the SBM of pain and injury medicine." Although Paul grew up believing in anything, Carl Sagan turned him into a skeptic. Paul is also a programmer, a gamer, a science fiction fan, and chases Frisbees more than a Border Collie. Oh, and he was the assistant editor of ScienceBasedMedicine.org for a while (2009-2016).