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

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that’s going to help you magically lose weight… when in reality the only study of it is so hopelessly flawed that it was retracted by the authors themselves.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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