Reblogged from Gareth Lewry’s blog, with permission.
Here is a hint, Doctor’s don’t tell you it because it’s crap!!
So I came across the “What Doctors Don’t Tell You” Facebook Page earlier today. I have known for sometime that this is essentially aimed at people who want an alternative view to the mainstream medicine approach to curing your ails, and cant be bothered to educate themselves any further than this.
On the surface it looks OK, the articles are compelling and full of what they call “science”. However that is the surface. When you dig a bit deeper you see that most of the articles and information they are conveying to the public is disingenuous to say the least.
Here is an example of a post on FB:
Now, this post is typical of what they are doing, they are sensationalising the story Massively, however there are some half truths in there that make it credible, and therefore lends to being a source of credible information. However as they have given a source for their article I decided as a good sceptic, it would be irresponsible of me not to back up the information I’m reading by going back to the original source……and here it is: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/140701.htm
As you can see the FB post says that Acrylamide definitely causes cancer, but when I look at the actual press release, I’m buggered if I can find the phrase “definitely causes cancer” or anything near it. Posting this sort of disingenuous misinformation is dangerous, because people who solely read this for their scientific information are already on the wrong path and will end up believing this nonsense.
So as my good deed for the day I thought I would help them out. Here is my response to them:
I hope they understand I’m only trying to help…. by actively discrediting this nonsense before people buy to much into this. However as I am relatively new to this, I implore you all to to be careful what you read especially about health and science. I will always post references to articles so at least you will have the source of information, and if I get it wrong (as we all do from time to time) I welcome feedback, as it is a learning experience for me as well.