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- Overall, we rate Livestrong a Mild Pseudoscience website, but not enough to label pro-science. Our advice is to examine their diets and perhaps try them, but when it comes to cancer advice, please see a medical professional in the field of Oncology.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2008, Livestrong.com is a health, fitness, and lifestyle website that is in partnership with the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF), Livestrong (Livestrong.org) as they state: “We are a proud licensing partner of the LIVESTRONG Foundation and have contributed over $3M in support of their mission to provide services to those affected by cancer.” There is some controversy about using a similar domain name that utilizes LAF’s legitimate cancer foundation and a website that promotes questionable homeopathic cancer advice.
Funded by / Ownership
LiveStrong.com is owned by Demand Media Inc. and funded through advertising and subscriptions. Livestrong.com is for-profit. Armstrong and the Lance Armstrong Foundation received significant equity investments in Demand Media through licensing agreements that allowed Demand Media to use the trademarked Livestrong name.
Analysis / Bias
According to their about page: “LIVESTRONG.COM provides the blueprint to simple healthy living. Our mission is to empower anyone at any age or stage in their fitness journey with the information and tools that will help them to make better choices – even just one small better choice can motivate them and improve their potential to truly thrive.”
In review, Livestrong.com does provide sound dietary advice that is rooted in science. They also have developed MyPlate, which shows a color-coded way to balance meals with protein, carbs, fats, etc. This is good information and used by millions. It is actually helpful. However, they also promote pseudoscience and junk science such as Psyllium Husk & Bentonite Clay for Weight Loss in which there is zero scientific evidence. Further, some sources have accused them of endorsing natural cures for cancer or prevention that is dangerous to overall health.
A factual search reveals that LiveStrong.com has not failed a fact check and this likely because pseudoscience sites do not get fact-checked often. The bottom line, is most of the information on Livestrong.com is factual and trustworthy, but some dips into the pseudoscience realm.
Overall, we rate Livestrong a Mild Pseudoscience website, but not enough to label pro-science. Our advice is to examine their diets and perhaps try them, but when it comes to cancer advice, please see a medical professional in the field of Oncology. (D. Van Zandt 8/21/2018) Updated (6/7/2020)