STEP AWAY FROM THE COMMENTS SECTION
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 dierent genes, dierent lifestyles and dierent overall health. The same caution applies to online communities and discussion groups related to a specific condition, like infertility. They can oer 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.)