Facebook Fallacy #2 — Cancer
Nobody likes cancer. Everybody wants to make sure they don’t get it. Fair enough.
Some people have ideas about what they think will prevent cancer, but as they are not a “known” or “respected” source, they feel the need to “legitimize” their claim by attaching the name of some well-known Expert or Institution.
Thus, FF #2: How to Avoid Cancer!
I don’t know anything about the blog it was posted on (and I’m not trying to say “this blog posts crap”…just providing the link I was given), it is simply that a friend of mine posted a link to it on FB as part of a cancer awareness thing. I noticed that even though it was claiming the name of Johns Hopkins, there was no link to the research.
That made me Skeptical (imagine that…).
So, I Googled. Johns Hopkins is aware of the claims being made and largely disagrees with them.
The gist of it all is that cancer is caused by bad diet–eat the right foods (no sugar, no meat, no coffee, etc) and you won’t get cancer. Yay vegan diet to the rescue! But Johns Hopkins says that, while a balanced diet high in fruit and veg, low in meat, plenty of exercise, etc, are important and can reduce the risk of cancer (esp. by avoiding Obesity), the claims being touted under the name Johns Hopkins are not their claims.
Furthermore, there are several Falsehoods. The blog post (it was originally an email, apparently, as the JH site says “this email hoax”) says “surgery will spread the cancer and chemo will kill your immune system”, but JH says those things are not true.