Friday, December 19, 2008


From TODAY, Voices

Thursday December 18, 2008


By Dr Bill Maier


The “World Wide Web” is a great tool, but it can easily lead to “World Wide Worries.”


One older woman recently went to her doctor convinced that she had an incurable disease. The doctor told her she was fine and sent her home.


But a few weeks later she was back in his office, sure that she had another fatal illness. Again he assured her she was healthy.


This pattern repeated several times before the doctor discovered the problem. She’d been staying up late surfing medical sites on the Internet. He told her the best thing she could do for her health was to turn off the computer and get some sleep.


The Internet is a great tool for research, but you can’t believe everything you read. Not all information is current or accurate.


So, before getting your medical advice online, make sure you know who’s dishing it out. And remember, even the best advice is no substitute for a good family doctor. 


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