Ben Goldacre is one of my current favorite authors. In Bad Science, he looks at flaws within industries and different entities: supplements, pharma, research, ‘alternative’ and ‘natural’ non-sense, and so on. So, he doesn’t take sides. In fact, I’d better say his argument is in favor of developing good thinking skills to be able to spot deception; skills in stats, maths, and psychology to name a few. I think it’s in each other’s power to become knowledgeable of human irrationality.
Should you decide to self-educate, you may be more prepared in avoiding being deceived. It’s not that all these entities should seek your betterment; afterall, most of them are for-profit, so it’s in their best interest to maximize their financial gains, even if it has to do with exploiting your gullibility. Anyway, more soft-rant in the video: