Natural News is the worst of the internet.
Would you get your medical advice from a non-medical doctor with inadequate training? How about one investigated by the FBI for supporting killing of scientists? Would you get your news from a site that denies the basic tenets of science and how the universe works? How about a site that promotes policies that can result in death (AIDS denialism, anti-vaccine, homeopathic remedies for deadly diseases such as Ebola)? Is a site led by a alt med salesman that pushes baseless conspiracy theories and calls respected doctors and scientists names (or worse) a reputable source of information?
No. And this is really serious. NO.
Learn the name NATURALNEWS.COM
and avoid it entirely. They call themselves “The world’s top news source on natural health”. They are the top source for health misinformation and pseudoscience. This is not in doubt:
NN also publishes this disclaimer:
The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material.
In other words, treat this site as a joke because it’s not a science, news, or medical site. And, if you do follow the terrible advice or take our word for it and then hurt yourself, we absolve ourselves of everything.
How noble, eh? Sadly, some people really do believe this stuff.
If you read NN, which is possible because the damn thing is very popular, you are indulging in the wrongness; please go prepared for massive doses of nonsense and delusional commentary. If you share any of these stories as useful or true, you need an immediate intervention. Every time you share one of their links, even to make fun of it, you add to their Google search ranking. So don’t do that. Just don’t ever click on that site for anything.
Skeptoid twice named NN the #1 Worst Anti-Science website:
It began as the blog of conspiracy theorist Mike Adams, and is now a massive sales and advertising portal for alternative supplements and crank nonsense. Although the content is overwhelming dominated by police state conspiracy mongering, Adams himself describes his site, bizarrely, thus: “Natural News is a science-based natural health advocacy organization led by activist-turned-scientist Mike Adams, the Health Ranger.”
…Natural News is the single source most often cited by Internet commenters arguing against some science-based point. Yet the site has been harshly criticized for its misinformation by the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, ABC News, The New York Times, ScienceBlogs, Discover Magazine, Quackwatch, The Daily Herald, Grist, CBS News, The Daily Telegraph, Mother Jones, the Austin Business Journal, and innumerable Internet blogs.
There is no disputing NN provides bogus information on health claims. Just yesterday: “Dandelion root far more effective in fighting cancer cells than chemotherapy”. Dangerous shit. They also SELL alternative “treatments” that may or may not harm you but at the very least is a waste of your money and makes Adams money. If you use them as alternatives to real medicine (which is the actual intent, since the site is against mainstream medicine), you could be seriously harmed. Remember, they aren’t responsible for that. You are. Obtain and use health information wisely.
NaturalNews.com also makes a habit out of calling people names and making real doctors and scientists out to be horrible monsters. The wikipedia article on the site it good and note (this is important!) the contents of wikipedia are sourced so you can check them yourself. Those who promote nonsense hate that and will attack Wikipedia editors for printing facts that make them look bad. The truth hurts.
The negative responses to NN are not from people with a grudge, they are from journalists and writers who care about people’s health and a safe, reasonable society. Some writers on NN may believe they are trying to do the right thing by promoting unsupported and dangerous claims for “natural” health but they also have an agenda to make money selling products and ads on the site.
Adams and his NaturalNews team is only one of the many organizations that are interested in exploiting consumer ignorance, using misleading business practices, and encouraging (unwittingly, I assume) sometimes dangerous products that may end up hurting consumers. It goes without saying that we should treat health sites and such with a healthy amount of skepticism, and always do research into health matters. That makes it all the more difficult for people like Adams to take advantage of us.
Popular doesn’t mean correct, reliable, or even nice. Popular means powerful. You can get power by being a lying bully and pandering to people’s desperation and fears. Those that speak out against NN aren’t intimidated by lying bullies and we deplore those who fear-monger and peddle bullshit.
I encourage you to link to this article when someone you know promotes any story on Natural News.
Natural News should not to be confused with @NatureNews which is the twitter handle of one of the world’s most respected science journals.