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Health News Watchdog

By Gary Schwitzer

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This is the podcast for, a website that helps people become smarter health care consumers by helping them sharpen their critical analysis of claims about health care interventions. The 1st 25 episodes were hosted by our Publisher, veteran health care journalist Gary Schwitzer. Now multimedia producer Michael Joyce brings you the stories. The aim is to improve the public dialogue about health care. You'll hear stories and interviews with people who are passionate about helping people get accurate, balanced, complete health care information so that they can make better decisions. It's a rubber-meets-the-road health care reform initiative. All are archived on at

Customer Reviews

Keeping 'Em Honest

Gary Schwitzer has been guiding many for over a decade, calling out misleading medical headlines and helping the patient populations affected by those headlines to understand the entire picture. Gary's podcasts are both compelling and engaging, and leave no stone unturned in his quest to uncover the truth. Everything is about evidence based findings. If we read the headlines and then the stories that follow, we would all know we are **days away** from curing most every major disease - that is, the ones that have been around for a while. On the flip side, it's doomsday for all when Zika or something new hits the media waves. Gary's podcasts break down the headlines by speaking frankly and honestly with patients and other interested parties to ensure anything that is sensationalizing the message or misleading the intended audience, is kicked right to the curb. Whether science is your thing or not, disease is going to affect most all of us at one time or another. Learn how to sort fact from fantasy. Gary knows what he's talking about.

Important exposure of misleading pharmacuitical press releases

This podcast helps further reveal the detrimental effect misleading medical study press releases have on the patient community. Gary Schwitzer and Heath News Review are on a mission to expose the sloppy journalism of some who pick up these ‘stories,’ and the deception of other eager individuals working to promote the interests relating to the pharmaceutical studies. Schwitzer shows the impact the negligence and deception has on groups and individuals suffering from serious medical conditions, diseases and terminal illness. A podcast such as this makes it clear that these are not harmless cases of overstated accomplishments and that they affect real people who are vulnerable while desperately searching for a cure. Well done!

Great information, well done

I’d never heard of Gary Schwitzer before, but he is fantastic host for the show. He doesn’t meander and gets right to the meat of the topics. And whoever does the audio for the show knows what they’re doing. This may seem a bit off topic, but a lot of podcasts still sound tinny and unprofessional and are pretty much a chore to listen to. Anyway, I like that the information presented challenges conventional wisdom, but is very much based in reality and is evidenced based. Atul Gawande, Gilbert Welch or Norton Hadler would be great future potential guests.

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  • Category: Medicine
  • Language: English

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