The dan­gers of Dr Google

Weight Watchers Magazine (Australia) - - Health -

With UK re­search show­ing 50 per cent of women self-med­i­cate af­ter re­search­ing their symp­toms on­line, and a sur­vey from Epilepsy Ac­tion Aus­tralia re­veal­ing that 62 per cent of peo­ple would rather look on­line than go to a GP, the dan­gers of re­ly­ing on Dr Google for health in­for­ma­tion are all too real.

The UK re­port found one in four of the women sur­veyed had mis­di­ag­nosed them­selves and one in 10 had ex­pe­ri­enced un­pleas­ant side ef­fects from tak­ing the wrong med­i­ca­tion.

Make sure you see a doc­tor for a proper di­ag­no­sis. If you do look on­line, make sure it’s a rep­utable source, such as the Vic­to­rian gov­ern­ment’s Bet­ter Health Chan­nel (bet­ter­health.vic.gov.au) and the gov­ern­ment-sup­ported Health Di­rect (healthdi­rect.gov.au).

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