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Prolifer-ator of Bad Advice

July 26th, 2008 |

From Christina Page’s Blog. See http://birthcontrolwatch.org/blog/. You can also go to http://www.allexperts.com/el/1445-9/Birth-Control/ for “advice” from Diane Cheryl on birth control.
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For anyone seeking advice about an important decision, a google search is often the gateway to frustration and confusion. That’s why allexperts.com would seem like a great idea. Allexperts.com was founded on the idea that mixing good intentions and expertise could help many. The site welcomes people who have real knowledge in an area to become “allexperts” and these “experts” agree to help those looking for answers for free. As the “about us” section of allexperts.com explains, “Our experts are all volunteers, people with knowledge in their area of expertise who are willing to share their knowledge with others. We can’t guarantee they can answer every question, but we can guarantee that most try to help.”

But what happens when one of the these volunteers is not an expert and doesn’t have good intentions? What if instead she had an ideological agenda she hopes to assert? And what if she has snagged a prime spot online where allexperts.com technology drives hapless information seekers seeking expertise into her clutch? Such would seem to be the case with Diane Cheryl, one of only two people signed up as a “birth control expert” on allexperts.com. It is likely that most of those seeking help from her haven’t read the fine print offered in the website disclaimer and don’t know that “experts,” like Diane, “have varying levels of expertise and haven’t been certified as ‘experts’ (or anything else) in any professional way…Allexperts has not undertaken to verify the credentials or abilities of any of our volunteers.” Little do they know that Diane’s “expertise” is exclusively based by 20 years of experience with ideologically-driven Crisis Pregnancy Centers and her desire to get you to stop using the most effective forms of birth control (as well as her travel agent degree.)

Since joining on as an “expert,” Diane has provided 1130 people in search of unbiased information about birth control the following tidbits of advice:

“I don’t believe any kind of hormonal birth control is healthy for your body.”

“I don’t agree, personally, with birth control at all.”

“I can’t recommend any kind of hormonal birth control methods.”

“Condoms are not 100% sure in preventing pregnancy. Perhaps you should check out Natural Family Planning as a method.”

“I don’t agree with taking birth control pills for regulating a woman’s period or for helping with acne.”

“I would strongly recommend natural family planning. You can go to allexperts.com and find the expert lady in that subject. Or do a search online. Your doctor may not agree but like I said, it’s your right to do what you want with your own body. I would not use any kind of birth control that would require a doctor to have control. Sorry but I am really adamant about this subject.”

“I have done some research on this subject and I found some information about the copper IUD (non-hormonal). There are some risks and side effects to this such as PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease), perforation of the uterus and expulsion in which the IUD falls out partially or completely. I congratulate your decision on going off the pills. Have you checked into NFP (Natural Family Planning)?”

Most of those writing to Diane have serious questions about the birth control they are on or want to be on. Diane offers a lot of information but only about the negative side effects of highly effective birth control methods. Interestingly, she never points out that natural family planning, which she recommends to everyone, has one of the highest failure rates of all methods, 25%. (To put this in perspective, the withdrawal method is only slightly less effective–failing 27% of the time.)

Many women write her having very recently had sex during which the condom broke leading them to fear pregnancy. Many were clearly within the time frame in which emergency contraception would have worked at preventing pregnancy. Diane never recommends any way for the information-seeker to obtain EC or prevent pregnancy in such an event. She simply refers them, and anyone who fears she is pregnant, to optionline.org–a crisis pregnancy referral network run by Heartbeat International and Care Net–two of the nation’s largest operators of the made-to-seem-like-health-centers that offer no medical services and counsel against abortion. Naturally, optionline.org informs visitors that emergency contraception is abortion, and abortion may cause breast cancer and make you want to commit suicide.

One wonders what steps would be taken by allexperts.com if someone masqueraded as a cardiac expert and willfully (and dangerously) misled those seeking advice on cardiac care. It’s not enough to dismiss this problem as the risk one takes for seeking advice from an unreliable source instead of their physician. If the site was called mightbeexperts.com then visitors would have better warning. Instead, with the help of well intentioned and unsuspecting founders at allexperts.com, Diane Cheryl has set up a perfectly placed web on the web to lure the uninformed and those in need of unbiased help with the goal of trapping them into her belief system.

Thanks to wingnutwatch for alerting us to Diane Cheryl’s mischief making.

About this post: posted by Cristina Page at 6/30/2008 12:25:00

 

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