We must learn to have a critical eye as consumers because sometimes the companies writing the health trends are selling us something. If the article has references, I quickly google the references and see if they are from doctors, scientists, and prestigious universities studying the matter at hand. If there is a website with NIH or PubMed cited, then there are usually studies and research done according to the scientific method. I ask if large groups of people were used in the research and for a lengthy period of time. And finally, have the studies been published in peer reviewed professional magazines? That means the studies for new health trends have been experimented with and are also reproducible results when other professionals in the field do the same experiments.
We know if something sounds wildly outrageous it usually is not credible. “Lose 20 pounds overnight! Free bottle of this miracle supplement for 24 hours only!” I would steer away from believing these claims. Sounds like the snake oil salesman from the olden days.
I hope this helps you to have a critical eye and develop critical thinking when checking out new health trends.
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