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The Dangers of Using the Internet to Replace a Doctor’s Appointment

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Old wives tales or myths like eating chicken noodle soup for cold have a history of success, that success does not exceed a doctor’s visit. Now more and more Internet users are skipping the waiting room and getting their medical advice from an anonymous source over a computer screen. Not only is it dangerous, it is a terrible habit to develop for future reference.

The Internet does not substitute a medical evaluation from one’s personal physician. It simply feeds general information that can be interpreted multiple ways. Professional attention is called professional for many reasons. Nothing can fully replace one’s personal doctor who knows and keeps records of his or her patients’ past history, and knows them better than a random website packed with universal information. Visit

The web is a great starting point to look up symptoms if a rash or strange pain occurs, but not fully replacing aid from a visit to his or her doctor. Although educating yourself first before a visit with gathered material off the web will make going to your doctors’ office much smoother with prepared questions that will help you comprehend more by eliminating misunderstandings and complicated medical jargon. Because most people don’t know what to ask their doctor, doing your homework beforehand will better help prepare you for what your doctor thinks will be best for you.

Even sharing experiences is also helpful. A person can hear other options from family members or friends and take those ideas into his or her next visit. Bringing up these questions establishes a healthy relationship between the patient and physician. Because every doctor has different methods going about his or her practice, getting the opinion from your doctor is the best decision when it comes to taking medicine or surgical alternatives.

View the Internet as a suggestion and ground point to ask your physician. Doubling checking your findings on the web will help dispel misleading or incorrect information you collected. The Internet is a free playground for anyone to rummage and post information. There is no one double clicking a mouse deleting false information over the Internet. The credibility of each source must go through a checklist like the date it was posted, the author and an “about me” section would be wise to check as well. A person can never be too sure of what he or she reads. You may be gathering data from a pimply 14-year-old who made a day out of boredom rustling up nonsense that you interpreted to be hard facts.

With the economic toll and lack of good health insurance, it is understandable to seek cheaper and even free advice from outside sources. But fully depending on estranged outside sources is not worth risking your health. Developing an open relationship with one’s doctor opens up dialogue. Doctors did not do eight plus years of schooling to be placed on the back burner, go visit your doctor today and switch off that computer monitor.