A few weeks ago Peter wrote about the Acai Berry Scam, and reader izzlecanoe made an interesting comment:
But I do find it annoying that alongside your posts are advertisements
for the very products you are exposing. Can science blogs be persuaded
not to allow advertising from such woo pushers.
She was seconded by Jim Purdy:
Those phony ads are infuriating. And it’s even more disappointing when
they appear often on many of my favorite news sites. When a news site
carries lying advertisements, it takes away from the credibility of
their news stories.
Annoying and infuriating indeed. Peter and I had noticed ads for weight-loss gimmicks like this and this popping up from time to time and were annoyed as anyone. Dispelling myths about weight-loss gimmicks was one of the main reasons we started blogging. These same ads were also the primary reason we eschewed ads on the original home of Obesity Panacea, and we weren’t eager to have them on our new home here either. So we brought it up with the good folks who run ScienceBlogs, and to their credit they decided to pull all weight-loss ads off the site. That was a little over a week ago, and I haven’t seen any weight loss ads in a few days, so I’m hoping that they are all now out of rotation.
So first of all, thanks to izzlecanoe and Jim for forcing us to chat with the big wigs about this. And thanks to Evan and Amy (the big wigs) who actually took them down.
If any of you do see weight-loss ads on ScienceBlogs, please take a screen cap and send it to me (travis at obesitypanacea dot com). I’ll pass it up the line, and can also use it as blog fodder for future posts. For that matter, feel free to continue to send us links to sketchy weight loss products you see anywhere – I’m always amazed at the crazy stuff that’s out there.