Internet lies, trolls, and misinformation about our health

December 29, 2017

 

I want to talk today about using the internet to answer your most pressing health questions.  I know you are guilty... most of us are.  The almighty google.. can lead us in some strange places.  There are major pitfalls to googling a health question and just clicking on various links that pop up.  Almost every single day, I see an ad or a post that someone shared from the internet on facebook or various social media, that provides health information that is BEYOND biased and inaccurate.  Never trust a website for your health information unless your provider or a reputable nurse says "yes that is a good resource".  Some simple tricks to steer you from these trolls and lies would be to see if the article was actually written by a health professional, check their credentials, are there ads on the page related to the article-- get out of there-- are there ads related to a manufacturer that may benefit- - get out of there.  Are there ads that lead to government conspiracy website -- get out of there!  Wikipedia.com-- get out of there, same goes for askthedoctor.com.  See how misleading.. look at the name of that web address.  

 

Check the CDC, AHRD, MedLinePlus, MayoClinic for reputable information.  

 

If you are ever in doubt... run it by us.  The last thing we want is our patients being mislead.  We want you to have access to good, honest, research based evidence that guides your health care decisions and educates you correctly.  

 

 

   

 

 

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