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Does google own livestrong.com? OMG: they are in the top 10 nearly all the time!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 27, 2012 at 2:52 PM

For just about any google search on a wide array of health topics, livestrong.com is in the top 10.

Are they such an awesome source for health info that Mr. Google thinks they are that authoritative?

If Mr. Google regards them as 'the' authority, do you? (Should I)?

Just curious, Mike

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on July 09, 2012
at 01:34 AM

excellent point. I too have found stuff I know is incomplete or misleading there. However, some stuff sounds reasonable (of course, maybe it's not, and I just don't know). Thx

7747113c20098f0a56e6322472818455

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on July 08, 2012
at 08:14 PM

Good point.....being raised on the farm is not bad....it's only bad when it comes to being corporate farm raised, when money means more than quality.

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on April 27, 2012
at 03:43 PM

Follow up to my prior comment, Dork Joke: If you are going to consume Content, you should make sure it's not farm raised.

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474ae29b80569199c6589e879e6cd7d1

on April 27, 2012
at 03:01 PM

No. Live strong is owned by Demand Media. Demand Media owns content farms. They are web sites with low quality articles which are written specically to do well in Google searches. They then sell advertising. eHow is another prominent one.

474ae29b80569199c6589e879e6cd7d1

on April 27, 2012
at 03:43 PM

Follow up to my prior comment, Dork Joke: If you are going to consume Content, you should make sure it's not farm raised.

7747113c20098f0a56e6322472818455

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on July 08, 2012
at 08:14 PM

Good point.....being raised on the farm is not bad....it's only bad when it comes to being corporate farm raised, when money means more than quality.

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on April 27, 2012
at 03:12 PM

This Outside Magazine profile of Livestrong is worth checking out. It details the differences between the Livestrong foundation and the website, which purchased rights to the name.

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/athletes/lance-armstrong/Its-Not-About-the-Lab-Rats.html?page=all

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on April 27, 2012
at 03:04 PM

I can't answer the google connection, but this PH thread has a lot of interesting info on Livestrong.

http://paleohacks.com/questions/69951/is-livestrong-com-a-legit-site-for-truth-about-food-diet-nutrition-disease-etc#axzz1tFeAFnNQ

And no, you shouldn't trust much of anything from there.

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7747113c20098f0a56e6322472818455

on July 08, 2012
at 08:09 PM

I personally have begun questioning if livestrong.com is an authorative site for health information or not. For instance they have a report entitled "Studies on Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc & Vitamin D for Aching Muscles" I believe this to be a less than excellent report because they leave out much information especially where Magnesium is concerned. Their report is anything but fully truthful. It certainly made me wonder what their or the freelance reporters motives were in this report.

The reporter left out valuable information and then there was information that was disinformation concerning Magnesium. Having a blood test is not the best way to measure a persons availabiltity of Magnesium in their bodies. Also, this report was written to make the reader believe that there was only one form of Magnesium when in truth there are many forms of Magnesium, some better utilized in the body than others.

This reporter never told of the over 700 uses of Magnesium and that most Americans are difficient in Magnesium and may be one of the great reasons we see so much illness beyond all the junk food and inbalanced diets we see here in America. They reported on Calcium and evidently the persons responsible for reading and editing these articles was just as much in the dark as the freelance reporter....Calcium cannot even be used efficently by our bodies without Magnesium. Calcium without the support of Magnesium can cause heart attacks, the lining of ones arteries become clogged, leading to of course a heart attack.

It was frustrating to read this article as so many trusting folks are being mislead, misinformed by just this one article. How much more misinformation is being sent through this one website with the other articles. One question I personally have is who are these freelance writers, are they connected monitarily to pharmacudical companies in any way.....I say follow the money. If a freelance writer is only being paid $25 per article used what is the motivation to do a well researched paper on whatever subject they are covering.

Because of the great miracle that Magnesium is, it certainly would prompt the most greedy of companies to hide or misinform about this wonderful mineral if it impacts their own product so that their bottom line and stock market rates would not plummet. I,so far am questioning their purpose. Do they want to just make money through their advertisers or do they really care about the content of the material they are being sent by freelancers. So my question really is, is this website about excellence or just the bottom line?

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on July 09, 2012
at 01:34 AM

excellent point. I too have found stuff I know is incomplete or misleading there. However, some stuff sounds reasonable (of course, maybe it's not, and I just don't know). Thx

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