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Where’s Doogie Howser when you need him?

May 7th 2012 at 10:19 PM

Okay, earlier in the blog; I talked about a person who disobeyed their doctor and went searching for (contrary) advice on the internet. It made me concerned.  I started wondering how many people do this.  Surfing the web, I was amazed at the serious medical questions that were posed to random strangers

One of the things my friends and I joke about is “How many experts (legends in their own minds, more like…lol) the internet seems to have spawned.” We are amazed and confused by the sheer number of people out there who feel no remorse at the fact that they are spreading erroneous information…and often, defending it like a pitbull with a pork chop (obviously, without even thinking…”Maybe I should have researched this?”). But, it really isn’t funny, when you think about it (even Wikipedia is wrong, sometimes!). And it’s tough – but, someone needs to break the news that a Degree in World Knowledge does not come, gratis…with the purchase, or gift, of a computer. I guess I’ll have to be the bad guy.

The question of whether a person should get implants or do natural / non-surgical breast augmentation isn’t the worst question on the internet.  There are things that can be put up to public opinion, to get some feedback. It IS okay to do some research – and talk to different people who can give pros and / or cons, based on personal experience. But, with their advice in mind; the next step is to take the information that has been collected and schedule a consultation with a trained expert. Feel free to share what you have learned with the surgeon – but, keep an open mind. Don’t let random computer users make a decision for you that is strictly personal. There are incredible advances in Fat transfer / stem cell grafting – and they will need to be explained by a medical professional who specializes in that particular surgery. And most first consultations are free.. Just ask when you call to schedule : ).

The internet is an amazing tool that puts an unbelievable amount of information at our fingertips. And it can be invaluable for certain types of research. But, when it comes to your health and future well-being – how do you know that your question wasn’t answered by a twelve-year-old? You don’t.  It’s okay to use the internet responsibly, and even take advice on certain things (like computer tips, fashion, movie and product reviews and NON-medical related questions). Putting our health in the hands of ‘who knows’ is just a game of Russian Roulette. Yes, it can cost money to go to a specialist – but, remember…you get what you pay for. Unfortunately,  random ‘Free Advice’ is often worth exactly $0.


NOTE : This Article is originally posted by plasticsurgeryblog.

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