Can You Trust The Mainstream Media’s Reporting On Medical Treatments?

The mainstream media would like for us to trust them completely, and we would like to be able to do that. Of course, with our trust, we should be able to expect that the information that we receive is accurate and without bias (at least to the best of their abilities).

Unfortunately, however, this is not the case. Whether you are talking about reports slanted by political bias (slanted toward either major party) or whether you are talking about what appears to be a distinct dislike for certain types of investments, the media bias is rampant.

And it only continues when talking about medical topics.

To be fair, the mainstream media often gives good factual information when they know it. The problem is that they sometimes don’t know it, and they just blindly read off of the press release provided to them by Big Pharma. And the mainstream media certainly seems to hate “alternative medicine.” For example, Natural News discusses a recent attack against Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps:

“In a piece for The Atlantic entitled ‘Please, Michael Phelps, Stop Cupping’, James Hamblin, MD, attacks Phelps for his affinity with the [ancient Chinese] practice [of cupping therapy]. He does not seem to be too bothered by the idea of one man turning to the therapy on his own, but he is clearly very worried about the prospect of a massive audience gaining interest in the practice and turning to solutions outside of conventional medicine in general.

“The lead of his article indicates where it is headed: ‘The bruises on the swimmer’s body come from a “therapy” intended to improve blood flow. It actually causes blood to clot.’ Note the mocking use of quotation marks around the word ‘therapy.’

“The article is peppered with sarcastic references to Phelps’ marijuana use – another alternative treatment – in an attempt to destroy his credibility.

“He writes: ‘So in terms of role-model behavior, cupping may be more deleterious than a grainy bong photo, because it invites people to distrust science.’

“He points to a lack of studies on cupping to support his stance. When he says there’s no science to prove it works, he fails to point out that there is also no science to say it does not work. The studies that do exist have found some evidence that it can help, but most agree that further studies are needed. In any case, people from the ancient Chinese to the world’s top athletes in the modern day say it works for them.

“Hamblin also says that studies aren’t important to those who profit from cupping. It’s understandable that he would think that way. After all, studies showing the harms of vaccines don’t seem too important to those who profit from them, and the same can be said for studies showing the harms of various prescription medications.”

Of course, Hamblin writes his criticism in the face of reports from athletes other than Phelps, such as gymnast Alex Naddour, who advocate cupping.

The simple answer to Mainstream Media bias is not an easy answer: You must be vigilant to weed out the bias and opinions from the factual information being provided, and, then, you have to put that information into context, such as comparing it with other therapies for the same medical issue. Only in this way can you hope to have a reasonably informed understanding to work from in finding the best treatments for yourself and your family.