Episode 4: The Jargon Juggernaut

SciMoms comic about Sue Doe Syence (pseudoscience).

Jargon and buzzwords are often used when companies make false or exaggerated health claims. Scientific words that are unfamiliar can be overwhelming. Digging into the validity of health claims can be very difficult, particularly when many of them are made at once.

To ensure that articles making health claims are factual:

  • Beware of health claims that are not verified by the FDA (for example, Sue claims that only organic water can hydrate).
  • Ensure that the studies cited were not conducted exclusively in animals.
  • Ensure that the studies cited have been reproduced in other labs.
  • Be skeptical of health claims that sound too good to be true, because they usually are.