In this world of fake news it’s becoming more important than ever to question what you see in the media. In this article, Dr. Nina Shapiro, author of the book Hype – A Doctor’s Guide to Medical Myths, Exaggerated Claims, and Bad Advice, advises us to re-think what we believe is true.
Claims that routinely circulate are frequently overblown (“diet cures cancer”), misleading (“coffee enemas detox the body”), based on substandard research (“fish oil supplements are good for you”), or completely false (“vaccines cause autism”). Some of the ideas are hocus pocus, created to prey on the vulnerable. Common offenses include exaggerating the benefits of many vitamins, herbs, supplements, homeopathy, anti-aging schemes, cold remedies, and unconventional anticancer programs.