Saturday, December 27, 2014

Why WebMD Doesn't Want You to Get Well

I never could figure out why Little Red Riding Hood
didn't notice how hairy Grandma's arms were
Is WebMD Just a Front for Big Pharma?

I used to research various health conditions on WebMD, but lately I have become suspicious that this trusted source is really the big bad wolf dressed up like grandma.

Or should I say, Big Pharma dressed up as an independent, unbiased medical website.

Today I was reading an article in WebMD about pre-diabetes and tripped over the following nutritional advice:

Go for meals that mix low-fat protein, vegetables, and whole grains. Limit calories, serving sizes, sugar, and starchy carbs. Favor fiber-rich foods, which help you feel full and not eat too much.

This may seem like great advice to you since the federal government has been saying the same thing for years with its fancy food pyramid and My Plate propaganda. Meanwhile, Americans have been getting fattier and collecting chronic diseases as if they were Beanie Babies.

The prescription to eat whole grains and low-fat proteins is based on nebulous conclusions drawn by such nutritionists as Ancel Keys, whose research data contains more holes than a doughnut shop. Dozens of books have been published in recent years that debunk such potentially dangerous nutritional guidance, including such best selling exposés as The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet and Death by Food Pyramid.

So why would WebMD -- the Marcus Welby of the Internet -- want to deceive us? I had my suspicions when I read an article about prediabetes on WebMD, which was sponsored by --  who else? -- INVOKANA®  "a once-daily pill that helps manage type 2 diabetes in adults."

I did a little research and found out that WebMD is far from being an independent medical source. Like a greedy doctor who attends medical conferences vacations in Hawaii and Vegas on the drug companies' dime, WebMD is bought and paid for by Big Pharma.

Which has nothing to gain if millions of American adults and children were to actually lose weight and get healthy.

Do your own due diligence before deciding the best or healthiest way to eat. And if medical content is sponsored by drug companies, be wary -- no matter how reputable the source.

In the end, Little Red Riding Hood climbed into bed with "grandma" and got eaten up by the wolf.

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