When should you believe the science? John Oliver makes a compelling case on Last Week Tonight that you should not put much faith in what the media reports on the latest scientific studies. For example, you can find numerous studies showing that tea, tomatoes, beef and eggs cure cancer and many more showing that they cause cancer.
The solution is not to disregard the science. But you should not give too much credence to individual studies. On top of small sample sizes in many studies, public relations firms often distort study findings and oversimplify the science.
When it comes to health questions, we recommend that you visit www.cochrane.org to keep your faith in the science. Cochrane is an independent non-profit organization that looks at as many studies as possible on a particular health topic to provide the best assessment of what we know from the science. Check it out.
In the meantime, watch the video below to learn more about the flaws in studies the media reports and have a good laugh, or cry. Also, check out Just Care advice on vitamin supplements, including vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D and vitamin E.