As misleading medical claims spread faster than truth, governments need to step up to protect the public, argues health-trend skeptic Timothy Caulfield.
Alternative medicine is big business. One estimate suggests that by 2025, the global market will be worth nearly US$200 billion. That’s a lot of money for an industry that, to put it kindly, is built on a less-than-solid evidentiary foundation.
If people want to spend their money on unproven treatments, they should—within reasonable limits—have that right. But one would hope that decisions about these products and procedures are well informed and based on accurate information. Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate the real science from the nonsense.
This is the era of misinformation, a time when lies and fear-mongering spread faster and farther than the truth. When search-engine results about health queries (or anything, really) can’t be relied upon. When trust in conventional health-care providers...