XI.  Who Is Presenting the Information?

        Much of the information presented on the World Wide Web about Echinacea was compiled by retailers of the herb.  This makes one assume that many of the “cure-all” claims about Echinacea are false or heavily exaggerated at best.  Companies trying to market Echinacea will make up anything as a means to sell their product.  The World Wide Web provided no evidence to back many of these open-ended claims.  However, in all fairness, some web pages were devoted strictly to educating physicians and the public about Echinacea.  These pages offered hard evidence and studies to support Echinacea as a powerful immune system booster that was beneficial to common cold and cancer victims.  Echinacea may very well cure many of the ailments that people are professing on the World Wide Web, but until more hard evidence is presented Echinacea can be only assumed to boost the immune system against the common cold.

        The claims made in medical journals are more credible than those made on the World Wide Web.  These studies have been evaluated by the experimenter’s peers and deemed worthy of publication by credible medical journals.  In can be assumed that the information presented in this web page from medical journals about Echinacea is factual and accurate.

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