Searching for health answers online can be dangerous to your health! Keep these three (3) points in mind when searching for health and wellness information online.
- Source: Email newsletter received 31-July-2017 from the American Heart Association
- Full article can be view here: https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/ConsumerHealthCare/The-Smart-Searcher-A-Guide-to-Online-Medical-Advice_UCM_323838_Article.jsp
Whether you Google, Yahoo or Bing it, the internet is great for finding the best Italian restaurant or the cutest kittens. But finding meaningful answers to important health questions requires a little more caution.
Here are some great tips to help you decipher between the good, the bad and the ugly health advice fighting for your attention:
|Beware of Snake Oil
Remember, .com stands for commerce. Anyone claiming to have “a miracle cure” for anything should be suspect.
These three domains work to make information available for the public good and provide information you can count on:
|Talk to Your Doctor
Always discuss treatment options, medical concerns or any online research with your doctor. Get the opinion of a medical professional before following any secondhand advice — even from your cousin’s boss’ neighbor.
When it comes to your family’s health, not all answers are correct and not all sources are reliable. So watch those adorable puppy videos. And find amazing recipes for chocolate chip cookies. But when it comes to your health, be skeptical and only trust the experts. For more information about your health and the internet, check out this helpful article.
— American Heart Association
Starr Cortner, M.S, MCHES, ACE, AFAA is a wellness specialist with over 16 years of experience in cardiovascular health and emergency medicine.