Skeptics Use Science to Fight Bad Nutrition Advice
Have you ever noticed that in the wonderful world of the internet, there seems to be a "miracle cure" for almost any ailment? You might even find convincing testimonials and videos that strenghten the "science" behind these miracle cures and encourage you to buy for an incredibly cheap price.
Ok, let's get real.
If there was a miracle cure for many of the things that ail us as humans, it would already be widely known and probably wouldn't be selling online for $29.99. With so much information online, it's important to cut through the noise. Remember the popular TV show "The Biggest Loser"? David Gorski, a professor of surgery at Wayne State University and Yvette d'Entremont, a writer, analytical chemist and forensic scientist played a huge role in adding to the negative press The Biggest Loser faced. Otheres, like Timothy Caulfield, have put great effort into debunking celebrity health tips from Gwyneth Paltrow, authoring a book titled "Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything"?
Why We Need These Debunkers
“Where there’s a huge magnitude of bad info, there needs to be a huge magnitude of good info coming out to counter it,” says d’Entremont
For every article that's published about a new health trend, there has to be 2 countering the falsehoods inside to be able to make it into the mainstream. Take the vaccine conversation for example, the conversation will always include those who are for vaccines, and those against. Both sides consider their arguments compelling and state their case, but ultimately it's up to the parents to make an informed decision.
Imagine there was only one side to that story, with no other information to offer a different perspective.
Warning Signs You're Reading Fake Nutrition Advice
--> The information is based purely on testimonials, rather than research.
--> One treatment solution is said to treat a wide variety of ailments.
--> It references scientific backing, yet provides no research or proof.
--> The words "magic" or "miracle" are used, yet it's for sale for $19.99
And there you have it! Now you're ready to sift through the fake, and find the real.