There is a huge number of fake medical news articles floating around at any given point in time. This can cause someone to have a false understanding of an ailment or how to treat it. Sometimes, those who write them are later discredited. However, the stories have already been circulated online and shared via social media.
The goal of these fake medical news stories is often to get you to buy various types of products or to seek various forms of treatment. It is important to always verify the information you read and follow is legitimate. There are certain ploys and tactics you can watch for that will often help you to identify scams.
Before you read any medical related article, find out who the source happens to be. Verify the provider has an excellent reputation. Find out what their background is and why they can be trusted. If it isn’t an entity you can find any information about, that is a red flag. If the provider has a long list of complaints about them, they aren’t credible.
Too Good to be True
Many of these articles have medical claims simply too good to be true. It is human nature to want to believe them. It is human nature to want to see an amazing breakthrough that can help so many to get wonderful results. Yet the reality of it is when you feel it is just too good to be true, you need to trust that gut instinct and move on from it.
Secrets your Doctor won’t Share
A very frustrating marketing ploy is to use a headline that reels you in. One commonly used is that your own doctor won’t even tell you the secret. Any time you see that, you should know it is a scam. Your doctor is there to help you and to ensure your care is a top priority. If they have information about a way to resolve an issue, they are going to share it with you. They won’t be hiding it!
Where is the Evidence?
Always look for the evidence, not just the claims. Many of these stories are so busy promoting a product they don’t give you any solid proof. Such evidence includes clinical trials, large numbers of people who have used it successfully with positive results, and information published in credible medical journals. When it is new and reported to be a breakthrough, wait until such evidence can be provided before you jump on board with it.
Journals and Peer Reviews
Just because an article says it has been published in a journal or peer reviews are done, doesn’t make it true. They know this tactic often gives their information more weight and credibility with the readers. Take the time to check on your own for such publications. If you find them, that is encouraging information. If you don’t, you have all the information you need that the information isn’t reliable.
Even though we share many genetic characteristics with various animals, the results on them aren’t the same as humans. While the article may talk about results on mice or other animals, don’t try such a product unless there is verification of successful human trials.
Thanks to the various online resources, it doesn’t take long to do your research and check everything out online. Often, there are experts who have already done the bulk of the research for you. They will share their findings without bias, and that helps you to see if the information is real or not.
You can also find such information by adding keywords such as hoax or myth along with keywords from the story. This can take you to other sites that are already discussing the fake claims from that article. You don’t have to spend a great deal of time with your research.