Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Natural News? More Like Nonsense News

Natural News? More like Nonsense News!

To begin this post I would like to point out the immediate signs that drew me to believe this website provided “fake” or inaccurate science news. When I visited the website provided below, there was a bold, yellow sign on the top of the page stating that Natural News have been censored by Google search results. If I were to come across this page while researching I would immediately leave the website without further browsing. However, I was curious to see if I could find any more red flags upon glancing through the website.  “Top Seven Natural Cures for Cancer that Got Buried by the FDA, AMA, CDC” was one specific article that stood out to me and caught my attention. I mean who wouldn’t click on it? I would be curious to know the possible cures for the deathly disease! First, I researched the author, S.D. Wells, to see if he or she possibly has any medical background or previous research in the biomedical field of medicine. And just as I predicted, there was nothing. 

This article dives into a conspiracy theory that the FDA and cancer industries destroy cancer cures and even make harmful lab-made drugs that make cancer worse. This author strongly believes that the FDA, AMA, and CDC all contribute to “breeding” cancer in food and medicine to continue the spread of cancer. How crazy does that sound?! In addition, the article includes 7 ways to “cure cancer” including natural curing with herbs and hydrogen peroxide. And what makes it more unrealistic is that they are using sources to support these “cures” from OTHER articles strictly from their website. These resources do NOT include professional discoveries or even experimentations to support their claims. There is no indication that this article was peer reviewed by any professional and includes no accurate or verified data. Overall, this article, and even the entirety of this website, includes controversial nutrition and health claims based on bias opinions. Trust me, I would love to find the cure to cancer; however, I wouldn’t follow these remedies suggested by an author that has no experience in medicine!!! Let’s leave it up to the cancer researchers that evaluate cancer treatments such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery. 

Posted by Angela Driscoll (Group A)

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http://www.life-saving-naturalcures-and-naturalremedies.com/natural-cancer-cures.html

14 comments:

  1. I think it's funny how the authors cite other articles on their own website to back up their claims. It seems like conspiracy theories like these have no accurate data and are not written by health professionals. I've heard of this theory before, where the CDC knows the cure to cancer but will not release it so they keep getting more money from people. It's silly!

    Posted by Sierra Tyrol

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    1. I know! I heard this theory too and thats why I was so drawn to the article. I feel like even if you had no science background you could tell that this website is strictly bias opinions! The biggest red flag was when I saw that there were no references other than their website. And what made it even worse is that they had no evidence to back it up! If you have a chance, read some of the comments... there are some people who address these claims!

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  2. It is actually kind of frightening that people could stumble upon this site and believe what they're saying to be factual. You brought up a lot of valid points that would prove this site is completely unreliable. I'm with you and Sierra, I have also heard this conspiracy theory, but the fact that the author isn't even a scientest and they have no relevant data or experimentation to back up their claims is absurd. I'm excited to read other articles from the site!

    Posted by Jenna Lansbury

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    1. The bulk of the articles on this website mimic the same format as this one! Such nonsense! I believe if someone were to post something on the internet they would need to back up their idea with legitamite sources! They don't even provide any !!

      Posted by Angela Driscoll (Group A)

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  3. I agree with Jenna, it truly is terrifying that a solid percentage of people who find this article could actually believe what they are reading! Without somewhat of a research education, the typical person wouldn't think to fact check or even try to find the education level of the author. Articles like this one cause so many conspiracy theory nuts to go wild! It's a shame there isn't a way to regulate what's put on "news" sites!

    Posted by Caitlin Lohr

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    1. I agree! I think that google or any basic search engine should have a way to limit these fake science websites! Its crazy how google completely took this website off of their search results! They must of seen how ridiculous these claims were!

      Posted by Angela Driscoll (Group A)

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  4. I am not going to lie I have definitely heard this conspiracy theory before, but I have never actually believed it! Something that came to me while I was reading this was that all of these fad articles usually start with “7 ways to….” and it’s no surprise this article started this way as well! I thought it was really smart of you to look up the author of the article as this is something that I have never done, but definitely should. It is kind of like those toothpaste commercials that have someone in a white lab coat telling you how good that certain product is and yet that person probably isn’t even a dentist!

    Posted by: Kate Masterson (Group C)

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    1. Haha!! Yes exactly!! Thats a great observation from the title. Usually you would see this type of title in something like a teen magazine where their theories are bias opinions! I believe that if someone were to provide information, especially something serious like medicine, they would have to be a legitimate doctor with experience!

      Posted by Angela Driscoll (Group A)

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  5. I think the fact that the author has no experience in medicine is the biggest red flag here! Someone having no medical background really should have no say in topics like this. He had no valid information/experiments done to support his claim. How could anyone believe this guy? On top of that, he used articles that weren't peer reviewed by any medical doctors/professionals...just very unqualified. I would at least like to be able to find one of these articles on pubmed, something I could trust!

    Posted by Natalie Nou

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    1. Exactly Natalie! Like I stated in the previous comments, search engines should limit websites based on their legitimacy toward the specific topic. I'm glad Google completely removed this website from popping up on certain results. Imagine someone who had no basic scientific background stumbling upon this website? someone like a young child! It would be a shame to fill a young student with inaccurate claims!

      Posted by Angela Driscoll (group A)

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  6. I think it's crazy how many people will believe everything they read on the internet. I have heard about this conspiracy before but I have always been very skeptical of it. I like how you did some research on the author and found no medical background related to their name, which is a huge red flag. I feel like everybody should do the same when coming across articles like these to avoid believing something that isn't true.

    Posted by: Katie Kossack (Group B)

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    1. I agree Katie! If I were to somehow stumble upon this website and I saw that the author was NOT a doctor claiming medical advice I would definitely know that this could not be legitimate! Thats definitely the biggest red flag... I would not even begin to read the article if that were the case! Hopefully this website is removed completely from the internet to avoid filling young minds with inaccurate information!

      Posted by Angela Driscoll (group A)

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  7. I too like the many of you have heard about this conspiracy theory. And to be honest it isn't to far-fetched to believe that this wouldn't be possible. Money runs the world, and if there was a cure it would be worth billions but over time the FDA and other cancer platforms will lose trillions with treatments like chemotherapy. However, with regards to the article the author didn't have or express any credible evidence or have any medical background. Overall this was a great post.

    Posted by Givenchy Humes (3)

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    1. I do agree with you Givenchy on this conspiracy theory! I totally understand where these people are coming from but without credible resources or even experiments to support their claims, It basically is nothing and irrelevant. That is why I was so drawn to this article because this definitely is a well-known topic and many people have different opinions on it... But to post it on the internet without evidence is nonsense and could be toxic for others reading it!

      Posted by Angela Driscoll (Group A)

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