There is a lot the Internet can tell you about the human body. It can also tell you a lot about injuries, injury treatment, illness, medical care, holistic medicine, and who is doing what research.
What the Internet will NOT tell you is how any of the above listed specifics will affect YOU. There is no amount of published literature that will address how a given treatment or medication will impact you, as an individual, in your day to day life.
I’ve taken those online quizzes before…you know the ones I mean. “What does your favorite color say about you?” “Do you have IBS, diabetes, mental illness, fibromyalgia, etc ?” I’m not sure we pay enough attention to the fact that these online “tests” are for entertainment value, and not actual diagnostically sound.
When looking at and for online information, check for sources and see if the information is backed up by scientific and independent studies. This can tell you a bit more about the factual accuracy of the information you see.
Listen, I know everyone wants to be better informed and be able to co-direct their health care with their providers. Most of us do, anyway. I am also not saying that information found online isn’t useful and helpful. What I AM saying is that each of us has unique medical needs and physical capabilities. Those two things cannot be ignored when looking for health care solutions. For instance, I am middle aged. (No I will not tell you how old that is). I am female. I live in the southwestern desert region of the United States and I have to monitor my blood cholesterol. All four of those characteristics I noted about myself are only a few of the thousands of things that make me an individual and also only a few of the physical characteristics that help my health care professionals identify my needs and abilities.
We feature some instructional videos on our very own website. So you’re probably asking yourself, “is this the pot calling the kettle black?”
Good question. The answer is no. I am not telling you that information found online isn’t valid at all…ours or anyone else’s. You will have to decide that for yourself. What I am saying is that in order to use any information you read or view, keep in mind that each person….each body…has peculiarities and needs and responses and capacities that you, as a self directed adult, need to be mindful of when considering what you see and read. It matters to me and I know it matters to you.