This segment provided viewers with personal testimony about three peoples’ experience with a cleansing product to counteract "as many as 140 unwanted chemicals in our bodies."
We think it was a waste of air time, for the following reasons:
It ended with the fail-safe "Check with your doctor" advice. Doctors hate this. And consumers should, too. Yes, let’s drive up health care costs by sending more people to their doctors to ask about products promoted on TV without evidence or balance.
There was no discussion of costs.
It is unacceptable to perpetuate the idea that the experience of one individual provides a knowledge base from which to discern really anything about a treatment. If the company says that "more than 100,000 people have tried and succeeded on the plan" then why didn’t we hear any data about that? And the story painted the one woman who didn’t "succeed" as the outlier. Terribly unbalanced biased approach.
There was no discussion of harms associated with these ‘treatments’ other than to mention that if you stay on a homemade diet long term (how long is long term?), it can carry health risks (such as? and how commonly?). However this cautionary note is not sufficient for a consumer to have any concrete idea about what the risks are or how commonly they occur.
The segment delivered anecdotes not evidence. There was no discussion about typical results from the use of these ‘treatments’.
The piece began with an opening that mentioned having a ‘flood of emails’ and then went on to say that they had ‘heard some success stories’. The clear inherent potential bias is overwhelming. That’s not journalism; that’s holding a finger up in the wind to gauge direction.
This segment opened with a statement that ‘Doctor say that there are as a many as 140 unwanted chemicals in our bodies’. Perfect TV lead. Also a perfect example of unsubstantiated fear-mongering.
There did not appear to be anyone knowledgeable about weight, weight loss, or anything medical consulted for this segment.
The segment provided commentary about three difference cleanses. But there was no discussion of alternative options for people who are overweight and fatigued, such as making healthy lifestyle changes like weight loss or physical activity.
The ‘treatments’ mentioned ranged from concoctions you could prepare yourself with ingredients in your kitchen to products you could purchase on-line or at a local drug store.
There was actually no discussion about the history of the products highlighted in this broadcast other than to indicate that they are all the rage. Are they new? One could not discern this from the segment.
We can’t be sure if the story relied largely on a news release. We don’t know why they did the story now. We do judge that the story had a clear favorable bias for a company’s products.