Opinion | Why I 'Anti-Trust' Google Search on Healthcare - Medpage Today

After more than 20 years of using Google, why do I now "anti-trust" the search engine?

I've found that Google often spits out results that are, in my opinion, flat out bad for public health. They've also known about the problem for years, and yet, have not effectively solved it, despite some new policies targeted at the issue.

At the same time a major antitrust lawsuitopens in a new tab or window against them unfolds in a U.S. courtroom, Google has another big, very different kind of trust issue. The two problems are linked and build off of one another.

For background, I'm a cancer and stem cell biologist running a research lab, but I also devote time to educational outreach. These latter efforts include running an educational website about stem cells and other innovative technologies called The Nicheopens in a new tab or window, which I started in 2010. I've regularly written on The Niche about a major public health threat emerging in the stem cell arena. There are now estimated to be around 2,000 clinicsopens in a new tab or window marketing unproven stem cell "therapies" in the U.S., with hundreds more internationally.

Many of these clinics' stem cell offerings are both scientifically unproven and unapprovedopens in a new tab or window by the FDA, even though the products often qualify as drugs that require approval by the agency. As a result, what many of these clinics are doing is technically illegal (since 2021) and a growing number of people have been harmedopens...

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