Half of medical reporting ‘is subject to spin’

Spin Spin

 

As a follow on from my previous post about misleading food labels, this is also from the excellent NHS Behind the Headlines webpage.  The bottom line is

“Don’t believe everything you read in the papers.”

My favourite example of where newspaper headlines can be misleading is the ongoing attempt by the Daily Mail to classify everything on the planet as either a cause or cure for cancer (take a look here).

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Many low-fat foods ‘stuffed full of calories’

Low Fat Less fat, same crap.

 

Many people talk to me about their attempts to control their weight.  So I ask them what are they doing to change their diets.  A very common reply is:

“I’ve switched to the low fat version of (insert name of food here)”.

Unfortunately, this is usually a pretty rubbish way to change our diets.  A few years ago I had a revelation!  It was this:

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Over 40% of cancers due to lifestyle, says review

Cancer You may have noticed this story in the news: Over 40% of cancers due to lifestyle. If not, click here for the story, and click here for an explanation of the story from the excellent NHS “behind the headlines” website (I love this place, it explains the millions of health related stories you read … Read more Over 40% of cancers due to lifestyle, says review

Recommended Reading: What’s your poison? A special report on alcohol in the media.

Booze

Booze

Is a small drink good or bad for you?  Does a small glass in the evening give you health benefits? Read this special report from the NHS for an analysis on “the media’s relationship with research on alcohol, the science behind it, and what all this means for us when we consider raising a glass.” The report covers:

Recommended Reading: Supplements: Who needs them? A special report.

Supplements

Supplements

Supplements. Do you take them? Do you know what they are? Are they worth the money we spend on them and are they even actually safe for us? If you don’t know the answer to any of these, click here to find out. This NHS report gives you unbiased information from actual science studies (not from an advertising exec.) on:

Superfoods! Discover what foods will kill you dead, and save your life!

One of my favorite websites I keep going back to for reliable information, is a section on the NHS site they call “Behind the Headlines” (click here).  Here they take a look at some of the major health stories in the papers, and give you the facts. Take a look at just a few of the ways the papers blow a health story out of all proportion, and you will understand why one of my favorite saying at the moment is:

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