STEP AWAY FROM THE COM­MENTS SEC­TION

Women's Health (Malaysia) - - HEALTHY DOSE -

Giv­ing up gluten may have helped sally from Du­luth, but you’re not Sally

Nav­i­gat­ing the murky wa­ters of peo­ple’s com­ments can be even trick­ier than vet­ting the story it­self. Let these tips guide you.

gbe­ware of links and ads. Even within the com­ments of a le­git­i­mate story, peo­ple may steer you to sites that aren’t cred­i­ble.

gre­mem­ber: Com­menters aren’t doc­tors. Specif­i­cally, they’re not your doc­tor, who you should talk to be­fore heed­ing any on­line ad­vice. Only your doc knows your health back­ground. She might tell you, for ex­am­ple, that with your fam­ily his­tory of al­co­holism, drink­ing a glass of red wine ev­ery day might not be the best idea, even if it has been shown that a com­pound in vino may help keep choles­terol in check.

gtreat per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences with cau­tion. Giv­ing up gluten might have helped clear up Sally from Du­luth’s skin, but you’re not Sally. You have dier­ent genes, dier­ent life­styles and dier­ent over­all health. The same cau­tion ap­plies to on­line com­mu­ni­ties and dis­cus­sion groups re­lated to a spe­cific con­di­tion, like in­fer­til­ity. They can oer sup­port, but even well-in­ten­tioned ad­vice can steer you wrong.

WE TEND TO BE­LIEVE NEWS THAT CON­FIRMS WHAT WE WANT TO HEAR. (SORRY, WINE IS NOT A CURE-ALL.)

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