Checking your internet sources

By Michael Edmonds 08/03/2011

I recently included this Youtube post in a previous article, but I think it is worth reporting again. I’m planning on using it to teach my students to use care when using internet sources and to show them that finding the website of a “research institute” does not guarantee that it contains quality scientific information.

A recent post by Darcy Cowan also reinforces how easy it is to set up a website that looks like a legitimate research organisation. The Health Sciences Institute to which the Lemon: The New Miracle Cure information he describes is supposedly attributed, on close examination soon turns out to be little more than a commercial effort to sell cancer and other alternative health “cures”, by using pseudoscientific claims along with a large helping of fear mongering. An example is listed below. (Just be warned, one of the side effects of reading the following information may be nausea followed by the urge to punch something!).

“On blood thinners? Get this…

Your doctor has you on a daily dose of

The shocking truth about warfarin ‘they’ don’t want you to know…and the
safe alternative you should start taking NOW!

Dear Friend,

It’s so horrifying, it almost seems like a joke. Imagine — the most widely prescribed anticoagulant in the United States was developed to KILL RATS AND MICE.

And it’s still used for that same purpose today!

It’s the dirty little secret Big Pharma would rather you didn’t know…the pills you trust to keep your heart healthy were first developed as pesticide! So what do you do now?”

0 Responses to “Checking your internet sources”

  • R-i-i-ght. So my MIL should be dead by now, then, with all the warfarin – sorry, rat poison – that’s been pumped into her, if your red+scare-caps ‘friend’ is correct. Where do you find these things, Michael? I’m in need of some more ‘light relief’ to blog about…

  • Darcy, put me on to this cornucopia of crazy with his article on lemon. Check out all the articles at the Health Sciences Institute ( I find the use of fear and conspiracy as selling tools quite disturbing.

  • These sites are blogging material for life, if you have a high threshold for rage inducing idiocy. And no aversion to repeating yourself over and over again. I wonder if someone could put together an auto generate medical scare website? Maybe it’s already been done, and is in use by these people..