Smear campaigns–they’re not just for politicians anymore

Smear campaigns—they’re not just for politicians anymore

If you thought propaganda vanished after World War II, peruse a copy of the September 2012 issue of Consumer Reports. In it, you’ll find one of the most biased, baseless smear campaigns against nutritional supplements to ever appear in print.

The article attacks supplements from every angle. Including some of the most ridiculous safety arguments I’ve ever encountered. For instance, they devote an entire section to the potential choking hazard associated with swallowing “pills.” (They must have forgotten by this point that the pharmaceutical drugs they extoll throughout the article for their so-called “curative” potential are also pills.)

And that’s just one instance of the sort of manipulation the magazine resorts to in order to twist the facts to suit its clearly predetermined purpose. Which is, of course, to scare consumers away from supplements.

There’s so much wrong with this article, the mindset behind it, and the tactics employed to write it that I’m not going to bother debating the details. You already know the mainstream medical media can’t be trusted, or you wouldn’t be reading this.

There are true problems (which I will always tell you about) in much of the dietary supplement industry. But Consumer Reports does not appear to be sufficiently knowledgeable about the field to provide truthful and useful guidance.