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Health and the media: How to sort through half-truths, lies, and quackery

A good article that explains do not believe everything you hear or read!

“What they found was deeply concerning – about half of the recommendations made on these shows had either no evidence to support them, or were in fact at odds with the best available evidence. They also found that potential conflicts of interest – e.g. where the doctors were being paid by a company to promote their product – were almost never disclosed.”

Dr. Korownyk, Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta notes, “Patients would do well to find healthcare providers with whom they can discuss specific questions about the benefits and harms, along with the magnitude of the effect (in absolute numbers), and the costs and inconveniences of any recommendation.”

Sound advice although the difficulty is there are not enough physicians for one to choose from and often when a person goes to a clinic, they see whomever is on duty…….

Calgary Herald

Did that Doctor on TV just lie to you?

Perhaps he/she asked you to try an amazing coffee bean extract that’s going to help you magically lose weight… when in reality the only study of it is so hopelessly flawed that it was retracted by the authors themselves.

Or maybe that newspaper article or blog post just told you that yet another “cure for cancer” had been found… when in reality the treatment in question hasn’t been tested in any kind of scientific manner, so we have no real clue about the benefits or harms, or the work is way too preliminary to make such an extraordinary claim.

Information overload is a reality of modern life, and it doesn’t help when most of that information is just plain garbage… especially when it relates to your health, and especially when it is being regurgitated to you by someone who…

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