Heath advice from an online forum

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    Dec 02, 2008 6:30 AM GMT
    Ok, so ... I've been seeing a frightening amount of completely erroneous health advice being given on here by people who have no medical training whatsoever. People are diagnosing others with problems and are even going so far as to recommend medications.icon_eek.gif

    ANYONE ELSE SEE A PROBLEM WITH THIS?!?
  • MikemikeMike

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    Dec 02, 2008 8:51 AM GMT
    I always tell guys to get a professional opinion as well, but offer advice if I know someone or myself that had directly benefitted from the advice. This is a site for ages 18 and up. Men should know better if not-this can serve as your PSA on it. "the more you know". icon_idea.gif
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    Dec 07, 2008 12:09 AM GMT
    Here it depends on the ailment. For influenca, headaches, or backache - a common problem with me, paracetamol is the off-the-shelf drug I find helpful. In fact I found this very helpful when I was in Singapore and in San Diego, when I felt something coming on. Paracetamol, which I bought at a nearby drugstore, kept me out of the hostel bed during the day. Lately, after a severe back attack, my pharmacist reccommended ibuprofen, either as a pill or as a gel rub. Very effective. But all other ailments I visit my GP. For infections, antibiotics can only be prescribed by a Doctor here in the UK, as with codeine, when pain becomes too severe for off-the-shelf medicine.
    To answer your question, If I'm unwell, I visit the Doctor. Always. Not a gay website forum!
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    Dec 07, 2008 12:38 AM GMT
    FierceEyes saidOk, so ... I've been seeing a frightening amount of completely erroneous health advice being given on here by people who have no medical training whatsoever. People are diagnosing others with problems and are even going so far as to recommend medications.icon_eek.gif

    ANYONE ELSE SEE A PROBLEM WITH THIS?!?


    I think you are just paranoid that misinformation is being spread around. Everyone that posts advice/facts concerning various subjects must be an expert in that subject--otherwise they wouldn't give any advice/facts. And they always cite credable, scientific, peer-reviewed, recent, and relatively unbiased research to support their advice.

    I suspect you have a problem with paranoia. I have a book from Kevin Trudeau, an informercial health expert, in which he states that paranoia can be cured. If you want help just ask me. I have personal experience dealing with paranoia in my family--my mother's long-lost-and-recently-found half brother.
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    Dec 08, 2008 11:30 PM GMT
    Seconding my first post above, I also recall going down with a fever a few days after arriving in Israel in 1976.
    The day I arrived in Australia and booking into a hostel in Cairns, I found my bed close to one in the dormitory occupied by a backpacker who was suffering with a severe fever which lasted several days, and being nursed by staff at the hostel.
    Putting all this with my other two experience documented above, brings me to ask the question:
    Is there a connection between long-haul flights/sudden change of environment (climate) and influenza/fever/other illnesses?
    Had any other traveller had this experience or seen others going through this post-flight condition?
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    Dec 08, 2008 11:36 PM GMT
    Erroneous health advice on the Internet? I'm shocked! Isn't it the job of the recipient of information to verify with a medical professional before taking action? Anyway, last time I checked, one needed a prescription in order to obtain most medications.
  • EricLA

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    Dec 08, 2008 11:37 PM GMT
    Anyone who takes health advice from this sort of forum probably gets what they deserve. If they have a serious health issue they should see an expert. You need look only as far as that other forum post today from the meteorologist to know that there's a lot of conflicting advice to be found here.