Doctors who aren’t afraid of “Medical Googlers”

by Carolyn Thomas @HeartSisters

Many physicians worry about patients like me who go online to look up their medical conditions. They worry that we patients are not capable of understanding what we’re reading.  They worry that all that medical terminology is too confusing for us. They worry that patients don’t know how to research complicated medical issues. Patients, after all, haven’t been to med school and may be easily confused or mislead by what we find online.

Then there’s Dr. Joe Ketcherside MD.

He recently responded to my post called What Doctors Really Think of Women Who Are Medical Googlers (republished on LinkedIn’s Digital Health forum) – and with his kind permission, I’d like to share what one physician has to say to his worried colleagues:     Continue reading “Doctors who aren’t afraid of “Medical Googlers””

Health information online: how to tell the trash from the truth

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by Carolyn Thomas  @HeartSisters

One thing I’ve observed since my heart attack and accompanying obsession with All Things Cardiac: there is a lot of embarrassingly questionable trash out there on the internet.

And it’s not just all those badly written blogs flogging magical health products to vulnerable heart patients that make me cringe.  I have found snake-oil salesmen with the letters M.D. after their names pushing their own miracle-cure supplements on their self-promoting websites.  I’ve found fine print at the end of medical journal studies revealing that the lead authors are on the take from the drug company whose product is being ‘studied’.

This morning, I happened upon a ‘natural home remedy’ website that offered stupefyingly unfounded advice like:

“Drink lemon juice every day to prevent heart disease!”

Really?  Seriously?

Before you run out the door to buy more lemon juice, consider the Three D’s rule of evaluating all medical or health information you find on the internet:   click here to continue reading