The quackery conundrum

Nothing frustrates me more than seeing ridiculous diet products/books/schemes promoted in somewhat legit magazine, store or TV show.
It makes me wonder- if my goal is to inform people with accurate nutrition information, is it ok to associate myself with people/media who also give out false information?

Take this month’s issue of Moi et Cie- Dr. Isablelle Huot wrote a great article about the perils of a few popular diets. In that same issue is an article about “ways to boost the immune system”, many of which have been dis proven. Of course each of these tips have a sliver of truth but still are misinterpreted ( in some cases a lot).

Should Dr. Huot be happy because she is reaching a lot readers with her accurate info? She is labeled as a nutrition expert but does the quackery surrounding her lessen her reputation? should she have a say in the articles she is now associated with?

The same question can be asked of all the dietitians who have been in the tough position to sell the truth among the lies. We cross our fingers and hope that our accurate advice comes out on top and that people will remember our common sense but as the saying goes “he who lies down with dogs…”

Montreal en Sante is another example, it is the MUHC’s healthy lifestyle magazine . This publication contains all sorts of info about health and occasionally nutrition. However, among the information are ads for TurboSlim revolution- a diet pill. To give the magazine credit, they seem to have stopped running these ads but to have considered, even for one second, giving this company a spot to advertise is outrageous. It would be interesting to know why the ads are no longer run- was it the readers who complained or the professionals associated with the MUHC?

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