Bad Online Advice

Would you buy a house over the Internet? How about a car? Many people won’t make important purchases online, but they trust sites offering medical advice, sometimes with dangerous results.

A recent report warns about the dangers of listening to celebrities’ bogus health and diet advice, saying some “A-Listers” who impart endless health tips are often suffering from, quote, unconscious incompetence.

Other research has looked at websites offering alternative therapies for cancer and has found many promote treatments that lack any scientific proof of effectiveness. And some give advice that’s downright dangerous.

The Internet can be a useful tool for finding medical information, but you need to be careful. Going through the mess of Internet health claims and counter claims can leave you in a tangled web.

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