Why you shouldn’t trust health information on the internet
tl;dr — never trust any health related information online unless it comes from an authoritative medical institution.
So how come this happened? A huge number of people, including us publish health-related information online and now we are telling you to not trust this information. Why?
Single answer: quality. There are only a few authoritative medical institutions publishing medical information online like WebMD, Mayo Clinic and our own AIMS. If you are getting your medical information from these institutions, then it’s okay.
But there is also a huge number of page-views focused blogs and websites spreading unreliable information. Some of this information seems quite absurd, but some of this information can be fatal to you if taken literally. Let me give you a couple of examples:
Some surprising ways you can help prevent the disease. The figures are startling: more than 40,000 Australians will die…www.bodyandsoul.com.au
While the terms "fatty" and "good for your heart" may seem contradictory, researchers say there's nothing fishy about…www.newsmax.com
I bet you come across these types of blog posts from time to time. There are many problems with these types of posts, like:
- These are written by bloggers, not medical practitioners.
- More often than not, these are written to amass pageviews, not for quality information publishing.
- Being scientifically unreliable, these posts often circle around controversial issues. The more controversial the content is, more pageviews it will gather. This leaves the reader with no benefit and sometimes harmful consequences.
Good medical information always comes from an authorized practitioner at an authorized healthcare institution. So AIMS strongly suggests you to avoid these types of posts whenever you come across them on the internet.
So what should you refer to instead when you need medical information? Your doctor. We can’t stress how important it is to consult with your doctor when you don’t feel well or observe some symptom. Always trust medical advice from a doctor and no one else.
Though, for general medical awareness some highly respectable sources of quality medical information are:
Stay healthy, stay happy.
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