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June 18, 2014
Internet Misinformation on Nutrition

Dr. Oz was in the spotlight this week, and he wasn't standing on his infamous health talk show stage. He appeared on Capitol Hill to testify on weight loss and health scams, with which he has become almost synonymous. Clip from the Huffington Post here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/17/dr-oz-congress_n_5504209.html

This spotlight on misinformation regarding health and nutrition online is- in my opinion- a welcome and overdue one. Dr. Oz certainly isn't alone in this debate. There is an extraordinarily long list of benefits we get from the internet, but also a laundry list of information that is unknown, half-truth or just simply incorrect. I'm not saying all info you will find online about your health is wrong or should be avoided, I just mean it's not all true. Don't believe everything you see or read

Do, though, make an effort to be a savvy and cautious consumer when shopping online for health info! Use your instinct when researching: if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

 

So gut instinct aside, how does one check that online sources are true? I find this guide, provided by the National Institutes of Health, straightforward and helpful in learning more about this:

http://ods.od.nih.gov/Health_Information/How_To_Evaluate_Health_Information_on_the_Internet_Questions_and_Answers.aspx

 

Don't forget to always also talk to your healthcare professionals. Know you can trust what you read and find on the 20/20 Lifestyles website. The site is managed by a team of qualified health professionals (Physicians, Registered Dietitians, Certified Trainers and Licensed Therapists). So feel free to reach out to us if you have questions on a nutrition, exercise or other health 'fad', trend or new product.

 

One last note: a link to spotting misguided nutrition claims specifically can be found here: http://www.pennmedicine.org/health_info/nutrition/claims.html

 

Happy researching!

Written by Erika Brown

 
 

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