So very true, we should never believe everything we read. When it comes to medical and health information, you should use reputable medical sources, such as Mayo Clinic, NIH, or the leading health information sites for the disease you are concerned about. For all my research on HIV/AIDS when I was working in Medical Social Work, I always consulted with various respected sites to find the information, I, my clients and even the providers needed. Always, always, make sure you have the most reliable up-to-date sources for your information.
I just read an “article” (and I use that term rather loosely) this morning on msnbc.com. It was about how the previous reports of a Mexican woman claiming to be pregnant with 9 babies weren’t entirely true. How untrue? Well, turns out she wasn’t even pregnant.
Yes, you read that correctly. In their haste to report on such a fantastical story, msnbc.com and several other major media outlets forgot a little thing called fact checking. (Just so you know, if a reporter had asked me to comment on the piece before they went to press, I’d have said, “No fucking way. Prove it.”).
So, what about things that are slightly harder to check than GESTATING NINE BABIES? If the media can’t get the simple facts straight about a woman who claims to be a nonomom, how accurate can they be about real health information? Not so…
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