Just got this extra lame reply from healthfinder:
Dear Ms. Zilberberg,
Thank you for contacting healthfinder.gov. healthfinder is a government Web site featuring prevention and wellness information and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy. At healthfinder.gov, you will find:
· interactive tools like menu planners and health calculators
· online checkups
· printable information that you can share with a family member or take to the doctor.
healthfinder.gov is coordinated by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Health Information Center (NHIC). NHIC links people to organizations that provide reliable health information.
All of healthfinder.gov’s topics and tools go through subject matter expert reviews. As a result of these reviews, sentences and wording sometimes get updated and/or changed. This particular topic has already been reviewed, and the content team will be rewording the language; the word “best” will be removed from that sentence. This change will be reflected on the site in the next scheduled healthfinder.gov update.
healthfinder.gov TeamNational Health Information Centerhealthfinder.gov is coordinated by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Health Information Center (NHIC).
HOW ABOUT INCLUDING A DISCUSSION OF SAFE SEX?!!!!!!! Idiotic.
Update July 11, 10:50 AM Eastern:
I have just sent the following e-mail to healthfinder.gov at the address firstname.lastname@example.org. I urge everyone who reads this to send them the same or a similar message. And if you do, please, leave a comment below to let everyone know.
I wanted to let you know that the information you posted on this web page on Pap testing is erroneous and misleading. Telling women that the "best" way to prevent cervical cancer is through a regular Pap test is not supported by evidence. The "best" way is to prevent HPV infection by engaging in safe sexual intercourse. As a public health communicator you are doing a tremendous disservice to the public.
I urge you to change this message to reflect reality.
Marya Zilberberg, MD, MPH, FCCP
There is pounding in my temples, my back muscles are in a spasm, and I might even be turning green and busting out of my clothes. What caused all this? This innocent-looking tweet from the Department of Health and Human Services:
I had to do a double take. My blood started to boil almost immediately. But I persisted, clicked on the link, and saw this:
I guess beauty (and value) are in the eye of the beholder. Does subjecting yourself to a surgical procedure that may leave your cervix unable to help your uterus to maintain a pregnancy qualify as "surpassing all others in excellence" or as "most desirable"? Not in my book, not when a little advanced planning and a nickel for a condom could could keep that horse from leaving the barn in the first place. True prevention does not take place in a doctor's office, and it is a mistake to equate screening to prevention.
Come on, DHHS, who writes your stuff? Fire them! You are risking your credibility. What's next? "Bulimia is the best way to prevent obesity"?
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