Reader’s Digest stops drinking the Cure Kool-Aid

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Get out and buy the April issue of RD and frame it.

RD has a history of proclaiming more cures than a ham processor. Two examples:

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But “the little magazine that could” finally did publish an evidence-based health journalism piece.

Shannon Brownlee’s thoughtful “What’s Wrong with Cancer Tests” piece will be good bathroom reading for thousands, we hope.

Sorry I can’t offer a link. RD doesn’t offer them.

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Alan Cassels

March 11, 2009 at 11:16 am

It’s about time someone took off the globes to expose the Reader’s Digest’s fluff health pieces typically rife with hype and exaggeration. Perhaps the standard RD “cure” narrative sells magazines, but at a cost of massive deception for the health-information seeking public. If they are starting to employ the likes of Shannon Brownlee, whose book Overtreated should be required reading for any Reader’s Digest editor, then that is surely a good sign.