One of the dangers that the internet can pose for all users is that information can be posted as fact with little critical review or peer assessment.
My wife recently came back from a two week experience at a health retreat, where she lived off a raw food diet that was meat and alcohol free. Now on a sugar free, caffeine free diet I have found my kitchen has lost all the candy, chocolate and fruit I had in the past enjoyed.
She has also told of fantastic things I should be doing. For example I should no longer take omega 3 supplements from fish oil but instead from the Chia seed. I also have to eat Mila ‘ the ancient superfood of the Aztecs rediscovered’.
And then she emailed the following http://www.aliveraw.com/Articles.aspx
Now I understand that much of what she has experienced / learnt can lead to a healthier lifestyle and does benefit many of those with a variety of forms of cancer, diabetes, MS etc. My only gripe was that she was not able to give scientific backing to many of her claims. She got a little defensive when I tried to be critical of the claims she spoke off.
As a teaching tool perhaps ask your students to take an article from the above website and investigate and substantiate the claims made. It would promote a greater critical eye on the web.
Take a look…
[also check out http://www.badscience.net/ an excellent website that looks closely at claims made and dressed as scientific]