What to know before you search for medical advice online
Dr. David Samadi weighs in
- Duration 3:08
- Date Aug 3, 2012
Dr. David Samadi weighs in
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But remember to thank you Bryant yeah return to the Internet for medical advice I'm sure you have all of us in the studio I've done that.
Instead of -- your doctor will not only is it the world's largest collection of information it is also one of the most I'm not reliable.
For example if you search the -- for infants sleep studies.
You're gonna get more than a thousand results and out of those thousand results.
More than half of them are going to be wrong.
So what do you need to know before you do all of those searches fox -- medical eighteen doctor doctor David somebody joins us -- got her snotty.
Good morning a lot of people I think we're all guilty of doing that -- what's your advice.
Well look I think that -- goes a great source of information but you have to know how to maneuver around all these information that comes at you for example.
If you all of us have sometimes headaches they may have you -- etc.
if you type in headaches.
You go to self diagnosed with -- brain tumors with so many seizures and other things so.
It's not so great for diagnosing yourself that's a big mistake but for example we did something on.
House call last Sunday.
If you're diagnosis vertigo and you need to look for some maneuver like it up remover or in my -- -- -- process cancer.
Hello people are diagnosed and prosecutors today go on line and they come with so many different treatment option is.
That's when you want to bring that information to your doctor had to try to sorted out so self diagnosing yourself is not good.
But it's good student information that's a -- need to look for the medication that the doctor prescribes you want to learn about -- side effects.
Before those it has a lot of good information still.
Your doctor should have -- want to warn face discussion right to sort out all the questions that you have only.
Have to remind ourselves people are writing blogs people -- these folks who wrote the majority of the information on line.
Didn't go to medical school they haven't run a practice they aren't seeing patients day in and day out.
So a lot of it's incorrect.
Now the author of this study our colleague of the author of the study by the way this is out of the journal of pediatrics at this is -- a good study.
And GOV dot org or dot state usually you're doing okay.
Those 80% were accurate.
The blogs those are the ones about 30% of -- -- A nightmare because it's so that means that you really have to be careful because blogs are written by.
Basically any non medical people who -- just cut and paste information from everywhere and that could be.
A lot of misinformation again it's good to bring that information to doctor and say -- is this true or not they tried to sorted out.
Doctor Google is not ready to replace real doctors.
But you can get a lot of information for your symptoms and signs.
And calm as a very informed consumer to a doctor -- that says it works really well so between 80% from major institution to 30%.
That's a huge gap off.
Really horrible information that's that's out there is so you have to be really careful.
And make sure you don't rely on this and always double check always double check on the formation.
Get second -- third opinion you know after all this is your health so I would be very very careful about this I thank you so much -- -- -- here's.