Thursday, November 8, 2012

Misinformation on the internet

Many Internet sites contain considerable misinformation when it comes
to health and medicine. Make sure the information you find can be
independently and factually verified. Always check with your own
physician before adding herbs/supplements to your diet (natural
doesn't mean it's not a drug), purchasing expensive "cures" or
treatments and when requiring a medical diagnosis.

Potential problem sites:

*Any site promising to "cure" CFS, or any other disease for that
matter - particularly when the disease is included along with a long
laundry list of other unrelated diseases. Such sites should probably
best be avoided. There is no cure for ME and CFS as well as many other
organic diseases at this time. Many such sites are financial scams
targeting desperate people and they dress the site up to look like the
"cure" comes from a "doctor" or other "expert."

*Some so-called health forums or sites on the Internet prohibit
posting of legitimate links to sources of accurate information such as
the PubMed - the site for the U.S. National Library of Medicine;
medical citations and/or scientific papers - thus limiting posts to
poster "opinion" only. Although most likely the advice and opinions
found on such sites are well-intentioned, "opinion" should not be a
substitute for factual medical or scientific information or access to
such information.

*As well, other sites post inaccurate, cobbled together articles - not
to give accurate information, - but in order to get "clicks" on their
site in order boost their own rankings in the algorithms of search
engines such as Google. Such sites use "popular" and other often
queried topics as bait. A common tip off to such sites may be the word
admin in place of an actual authors name as well as a URL that has
nothing to do with the topic at hand..
(Thanks to Kelly Latta for this one!)
"The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that you can never know if they are genuine." - Abraham Lincoln 

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