So this entire article started because I was about to do a review of Bach’s Rescue Remedy gum and I decided to go check all the health information for all the ingredients in it. I started with WebMD and noticed something.
Every ingredient in Bach’s products are considered highly dangerous by Web MD.
So, I decided to do some research on the validity of this shit so you people don’t have to.
WebMD is such a tricky thing. For starters, it seems so official and real. The reviews are written by doctors or provided by health companies and its so large and seems to be a database for almost everything so how could it not be legit???? Surely a site this large would have been sued or shut down by the government for misleading the public right?
Wrong. Web MD is a for-profit corporation.
Web MD is just a company. And it does what companies do: Try to sell you shit.
Now as someone who suffers from depression, anxiety, and panic, I have been told by every doctor and therapist I have ever had to NEVER check Web MD. It will ALWAYS tell you that your symptoms could be cancer, require prescription medication, or to consult a doctor.
In fact Web MD has been in multiple altercations where it has been accused of furthering panic and anxiety due to its exaggerated claims.
For further reading on this check out:
So whats the point? Why would WebMD want to scare people?
Well, to make money.
When I first searched Web MD I noticed Google showed its stock exchange name and where it stood on NAZDAQ, which immediately rang an alarm bell in my brain. Why would a website offering health advise be a publicly owned corporation? Who were its stock owners? Who was paying this companies bills?
Well Eli Lilly (maker of anti-dpression medication) has a sponsorship with the company
check out this article:
Walgreens also has a partnership
Check out this article:
On top of partnerships you have advertising in general. For example, check out this screenshot I took on my computer when I just searched “headache” in WebMD
Thats strange isn’t it? What a convenient ad to have on the headache section.
So here is the question I had to ask myself: WebMD claimed all the herbs and plants used in Bach’s gum is highly dangerous, yet its peddling drugs like a cheap hooker?
So what are your options? Well many say go to Mayo Clinic before Web MD, but in my opinion I say check with many sites, maybe a pharmacist, and if the problem continues go to a doctor because any for-profit website online will have some corporate interest. Its how they make they’re money.
check out this article:
TIME Article (this article shows both sides…although I feel it shows favor to WebMD because it completely ignores many arguments given against WebMD)
Don’t let your anxieties get you down!
~The Dark Horse