With skepticism in mind, it’s time to see what exactly is the nature of the news.
Is the news based on a new study or report? If so, go to Step 3: What kind of study is it?
Health news does not always involve a new study. It may spring from:
- Anecdotal information;
- Existing junk science myths or lore;
- A report; or
- Some other origin.
If there’s no study to evaluate, then the step-by-step guide for debunking is at an end.