Starting with a dry comment about how obsessed some people are with their digestive tracts, and what a boon this is for the alternative medicine industry, this story goes on to evaluate the claims in a way we only wish would be applied more often to more treatments, tests, products and procedures. Another 5-star score for the Healthy Skeptic. Why don’t more news organizations do something like this?
Punch line to this story: claims that colon cleansing supplements can somehow detoxify the colon and improve overall health "have no basis in science."
This column always does a good job discussing costs – and raising questions of cost-effectiveness. So why do more than 70% of the stories we’ve reviewed fail to discuss costs?
The "no basis in science" quote applies here as well.
Harms are usually dismissed with such products. But this column states:
Short and sweet excerpt: "claims that colon cleansing supplements can somehow detoxify the colon and improve overall health ‘have no basis in science.’ "
The opposite of disease-mongering. Great debunking excerpt:
The column quoted two independent experts.
The column really drove home the option of choosing NOT to cleanse one’s colon given the lack of evidence of benefits in doing so.
The story makes clear that these products are readily available.
Not applicable. This column wasn’t about letting companies get away with making claims of novelty.
It’s clear that this column did not rely solely or largely on a news release.