Welcome to Common Health Myths! I’m Marlo, your host (the one on the left*) and am happy to know you too are interested in dispelling all those nonsensical “gotta be good for you” health claims out there.
A little about me. I’m an expert researcher, multi-website owner and professional published writer for several online health websites and magazines that include Vida Vibrante, Daily Glow, Vista Magazine, Voxxi News, The Playa Times and Riviera Maya News as well as peer-reviewed health articles published on Lifescript (now Everyday Health).
My career also includes managing editor for two newspapers and one glossy magazine, none of which had anything to do with health…or myths…so we won’t go there.
I will share a quick story with you though that may provide some insight as to why I’ve created this website. Several years ago, I was asked to provide an online magazine with an article on coco oil. When I sent it for publication the editor asked me to “tweek” the article to include the natural UV protection of the oil.
Since the natural SPF is only 4 or 5, I let the editor know, adding that people cannot be led to believe coco oil is an effective UV protectant. Short story, I was let go from the magazine for not complying by adding (what I considered) a false/misleading statement into an otherwise, very accurate article. That experience never left me.
Since then, I can’t help but make a sour face every time I come across articles that claim “research shows” or “studies have found” without the author linking to those credible research studies. They leave it at that, assuming the reader will accept their empty words as proof what they are saying is truthful and factual, which in many (many, many) instances, it is not.
The reason they do not link to their study or research is because, often times, they are reinforcing unsubstantiated beliefs, in which case, actual medical studies will not exist. There are set guidelines in the medical community that must be followed in order for research or a study to be considered accepted. This does not include gathering a group of your friends for a weekend experiment and scribbling down what happens.
Pseudoscience runs rampant, particularly across social media, but also in numerous well-known publications that fail to back up their health story claim with links to the research. Each time I read these heightened online health claims, I roll my eyes and sigh heavily at the intentionally misleading and/or scientifically unfounded health claims that are out there today.
With Common Health Myths, I’m here to do my best to fix this and set the record straight in an industry rife with deception (and manufacturer-sponsored studies).
While surfing through the Common Health Myths website, I truly do hope you find it fun and enlightening. If you have any health myth concerns of your own, feel free to let me know and I’ll see what I can do!
*Oh, in the event you’re wondering about my skinny friend, her name is Catrina. I live along the Caribbean shores of Mexico where Catrina figures are very popular, mostly during Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead). Catrina, in her elaborately-dressed skeletal form, is an icon around the country, having once been a real person.
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