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Jennifer Gunter @DrJenGunter
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Here are some pro-tips for deciding if you should read an article about health online. It can be hard to sort out facts from fallacies and myths from magic and science from scam, but I can help you get rid of the low hanging foul fruit with these tips...
1. Is Homeopathy recommended? If yes, close the browser and move along. Homeopathy has never been proven to work, it is biologically impossible and a recent study tells us doctors who prescribe homeopathy are more likely to deviate from recommended therapies.
2. Do they use the word "biohack?" You can't hack your body, that is just stupid. If they use one stupid word I suspect there will be other stupid words.
3. Is the site selling any supplements or quasi medical or medical products? That means there is bias. They are not giving information they are selling product. Move along.
4. Does Gwyneth Paltrow recommend it? Enough said. Just walk away.
5. Does they recommend supplements or vitamins? They are associated with a greater risk fo all cause mortality (i.e. dying), but they give people the illusion they are doing something. Anyone who doesn't know that shouldn't be providing health information.
6. Does the site mention any of these these words: systemic candida, chronic lyme, grain brain, wheat belly?
7. Doe they mention alkaline diets? That is full on bullshit. You. Can't. Change. Your. Blood. pH. With. Diet.
8. Are they worried about tomatoes? I mean really this whole "some plants will make you fat" thing is so ridiculous.
9. Any anti-vaccine rhetoric? If they believe one set of conspiracy theories they will believe others. You want care not cults.
10. There are lots of other tips and trick. Some require far more than Twitter, but if you start with this low hanging fruit you can dismiss a lot of stuff right up front.
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