Why consulting ‘Dr Google’ is not a good idea

Why consulting ‘Dr Google’ is not a good idea

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11 (Bernama) — If you are feeling a little under the weather or come down with a sniffle or find yourself aching all over, what do you do? Grab your smartphone and consult Dr Google? The search engine is, no doubt, a good tool to scour the Internet to find recipes, diet tips, weather report or just about any information on any subject. But to entirely depend on it for information and advice for health issues is going too far as Google does not necessarily have all the correct answers. It may get you the recipe you want or an accurate weather report, but the exact diagnosis and prescription for your health ailment? Not likely and, beware, adhering to the online doctor’s medical advice may land you in further trouble. GOOGLE TAKES ON DOCTOR’S ROLE Commenting on this, Malaysian Doctors Club President Dr Muhammad Hakim Nordin said some people have the tendency to think they need not consult a doctor as they could “google their symptoms” and rely on the information that pops up on their screen. He said by typing keywords like fever or joint pain, a google search would reveal a wide range of possible ailments, including serious ones, and their symptoms. “Reading all that information will make the patient even more anxious, more so if the list of ailmentsinclude cancer or other serious diseases. “It’s important to know that any Internet search can only yield information on common diseases, which may not be applicable to the patient concerned,” he told Bernama. Dr Muhammad Hakim said the so-called informed patient would have doubts if the advice given by his regular doctor contradicted the information he had retrieved from the Internet. He said...

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