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4 Ways to Protect Yourself When Seeking Medical Advice Online

Judie Rappaport
April 28, 2017

Google-it. Sometimes we do it to self-diagnosis (rarely a good idea). Sometimes we Google, after medical advice. Internet searches can be helpful. It can help get a better understanding of a treatment, connect us with others with similar problems, and help us connect to caregivers who can provide professional guidance. Here are tips on how best to Google-it.

  1. Major hospitals and university sites (Mayo Clinic, Shands, Cleveland Clinic) present accurate, clear pictures of illnesses. Most end in .edu or .org (not .com/.net) and are maintained by reliable healthcare sources. (Exception:
  2. Never send money for information or “cures”—these are scams. Legitimate resources share information without charge and direct you to professionals for treatment.
  3. Ignore articles with scary titles; legitimate resources write informative articles with descriptive titles. Reach the credentials of authors before you take their advice. If you can’t find a second opinion verifying the information, disregard the information.
  4. Online support groups/chat rooms can provide valuable information, coping skills, and general support/comfort if you use them wisely. Don’t assume everything you hear/read will automatically happen to you. Each person reacts differently to food, medications, and the disease process. 



Judie Rappaport, President & Founder
Preferred Lifestyle Services

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