Health and Nutrition Information: Separating Fact From Fiction
The days when people received all their health and nutrition information from doctors have come and gone. The technology explosion has made health information more accessible to more people than ever before. Books, magazines, television, radio, supermarkets, health food stores, and the Internet are just a few places where health and nutrition information and advice are available. But how can you know if the source is credible and the information is accurate?
Dangers of Nutrition and Health FraudThe federal government estimates that billions of dollars a year are spent on unproven medical treatments.This isn't to say that all unproven treatments are fraudulent. But without scientific evidence, medical professionals can't know for sure if the treatment actually worked or not. Potential dangers of unproven treatments include drug interactions and toxicities. The possibility also exists that using unproven remedies can delay the use of established treatments, thus allowing a disease to worsen.The following are some areas that are particularly susceptible to misleading claims: