I am not the biggest fan of conventional western medicine. I am all for folks educating themselves and looking for alternative holistic, natural treatments. However, when scouring the unfiltered internet, it is important to have a critical eye when reading articles or advice on natural healing. Otherwise you might suffer from what is known as “Google-itis.”
Google-itis – the tendency to ignore all conventional medicine or professional advice and instead google your illness, self-diagnose and self-treat in a misguided way based on random people’s blog posts
Did you know the nutritional supplement industry is a billion dollar industry? Companies bank on the fact that the average person will follow some half-baked internet advice and buy a bunch of vitamins and herbal concoctions to try and heal themself.
Here is some advice to avoid suffering from Google-itis:
- Always seek a medical professional for serious or life-threatening issues.
- If you can, seek the advice of nutritional therapist or naturopath that you trust.
- If you must google to self-diagnose and self-treat:
- First search websites you trust. Here are some of mine.
- Read things critically, don’t believe every single thing you come across. Try to judge the website or writer based on their credentials and reference sources. Look for peer-reviewed research papers published in big journals.
- Read a lot, that way, you get a big picture and the most mentioned herb or supplement may be the most effective.
- Cross reference with a textbook if you can.
- And don’t scare yourself! It’s easy to google yourself into thinking you have cancer or some other serious disease. Seek a medical professional for these diagnoses!