Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Beware of false information from the "Real Farmacy" website & Facebook page

I've noticed an increasing number of my Facebook friends posting stories from https://www.facebook.com/REALfarmacy/. I advise you to be skeptical of anything published on this site.

Simply from looking at the first few stories, it's clear it's an anti-vaccine site that is spreading the lie that vaccines cause autism (they don't). It frequently posts from an FB page called March Against Monsanto which spreads anti-vaccine stories claiming the link between vaccines and autism. (See this one for example - https://www.facebook.com/REALfarmacy/posts/1456554817698280).

This site also posts fake cancer cures, including one that claims that apricot seeds cure cancer (http://realfarmacy.com/seeds-banned-fda-40-year-cover-exposed-truth-apricot-cancer/). Don't try this at home - apricot kernels cause cyanide poisoning (see https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20196932).

According to an article on the website of the European Food Safety Authority (https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/160427),
"Eating more than three small raw apricot kernels, or less than half of one large kernel, in a serving can exceed safe levels. Toddlers consuming even one small apricot kernel risk being over the safe level. 
"A naturally-occurring compound called amygdalin is present in apricot kernels and converts to cyanide after eating. Cyanide poisoning can cause nausea, fever, headaches, insomnia, thirst, lethargy, nervousness, joint and muscle various aches and pains, and falling blood pressure. In extreme cases it is fatal."
This is not a reliable website.

1 comment:

  1. I should no longer be amazed at the percentages of gullibility in humans. The first and most thing is that most people do NOT read and/or possess rational thinking skills any more. Of course this is because of the continuous dumbing down in education, especially by letting creationists in to question good scientific theory with their clap-trap. So what if chamomile can help you relax a bit before bed, it does not mean that you cannot go without polio or small pox immunization.