Please Stay off the Astroturf! Do Corporate Crohn’s and Cannabis Blogs Bury Independent Media?

When I was first creating and launching this project, I researched what was already out there with regard to Crohn’s and cannabis blogs and I found that there are easily hundreds of thousands of each and that they are heavily corporate sponsored.  Big Pharma sponsors (or creates) Crohn’s and other disease and “health” related blogs in order to push their corporate propaganda, in this case, the propaganda that Big Pharma voodoo is effective and easily, completely and permanently treats Crohn’s disease.  But patients know better, and if you want to hear their voices you have to dig pretty deep, beyond the heavily promoted fake astroturf and down to the grassroots — grassroots meaning the voice of the truly independent media, regular people who are telling the truth about their experiences because they have no incentive to lie.

These “real” Crohn’s patient stories are only found on people’s independent personal channels, blogs and vlogs and are not sponsored and are not part of a larger “project” on Crohn’s disease, IBD, healthcare or alternative healthcare, or the like.  The Crohn’s project channels are tricky because they seem to be hosting the stories of “real patients” (TM) but one cannot help but notice that they speak exclusively positively about their disease, their conventional treatments and their lives as sick people and reliably downplay the negatives, such as framing iatrogenic illnesses and injuries caused by the treatments themselves as “hiccups” and the various surgeries, procedures and complications they have anyway despite their allegedly effective conventional treatment as just #crohnslife and you will find those kinds of stories on YouTube channels with names like: Living with Crohn’s Disease.  Crohn’s and Colitis UK.  Real Life Stories.  Life with IBD.  Avoid those and anything similar to those like the corporate-sponsored astroturf they are.

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