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RE: My Biggest Online Pet Peeve

in Comedy Open Mic11 months ago

Yep, I know exactly what you're talking about! Quora is particularly bad about this. Someone will ask a health-related question and get a response like, "Go see a doctor, you dummy!" Of course, advice from strangers on the internet isn't a substitute for actually seeing a doctor, but typically when people pose these questions, they have already exhausted their resources -- perhaps they've already seen multiple doctors and failed to receive a satisfactory answer (certainly wouldn't be the first time that happened) -- and are looking for someone to point them in the right direction, not to give them a diagnosis. They understand at the end of the day, it is up to them to use discernment when evaluating this information. Point is, if you don't have anything helpful to say, don't say anything at all!

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Sometimes I think people are hesitant to give health or medical related advice because they are afraid of being liable. So they just say go see your doctor.

Honestly I would trust medical advice from strangers on the internet over my own doctors advice. Too many doctors out there are stubborn and old world.

Totally! My mom was seeing a doctor to get treated for her pneumonia. She was getting better when they did a follow-up test and said she had TB. Then they were like, "Oops, you don't have TP after all, you have this other thing instead." Then the same thing happened. Finally their "solution" was to put her on antibiotics for one year! Even my parents, who are 100% believers in mainstream medicine, thought this was ridiculous. Not surprisingly, she is not doing great after nearly two months of this regimen, when she had actually been on her road to recovery before. Luckily, they are at least getting a second opinion now.