OAFI Foundation and the Spanish Association with Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (AECOSAR) have signed a collaboration agreement with the #SaludSinBulos Institute to work together against hoaxes on social networks and the Internet, within the framework of the #PacienteSinBulos (#PatientWithoutHoaxes) program.
This agreement was born with the aim of joining forces to dismantle the large number of myths and beliefs that exist around chronic diseases that affect the joints, such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.
“Myths and false beliefs affect all areas of health. In the case of joint health, there are many fake news around miracle treatments”, indicates Carlos Mateos, coordinator of the #SaludSinBulos Institute. “In recent years, there has been an increase in scams that take advantage of the pain and functional disability caused by these pathologies to try to sell miracle therapies that have no scientific evidence,” he adds.
The agreement also aims to reinforce the prevention of joint health from childhood. To this end, the program “OAFI Sport Children. Educación Sin Bulos” (Education Without Hoaxes) program, which aims to educate young people about the importance of a correct diet and exercise in accordance with their physical conditions in order to feel better, gain self-esteem, improve their social skills, boost their physical and mental health, grow better and prevent osteoarticular and muscular injuries. “It is also essential to put an end to the hoaxes that circulate on the Internet about the prevention of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis and the myth that these diseases only affect older people”, says Dr. Josep Vergés, president of OAFI and AECOSAR.
You can find more information on hoaxes and fake news about health on the Internet in the following OAFI Radio program, in which Carlos Mateos, coordinator of the #SaludSinBulos Institute, took part.