Stop Googling for Medical Advice!
The Internet is an excellent place to look up geography or international news, purchase airline tickets, and find your aunt on Facebook, but it isn’t the place you should go to receive detailed medical advice.You’re unique and you deserve a comprehensive and individualized approach to your health and well-being.
Keep reading to learn the real dangers of Googling for medical advice.
Technology and healthcare do coincide. There have been wonderful advances in medical technology that help us detect imbalances and dis-ease states much earlier. However, making Google your go-to for medical advice can be dangerous.
I’ve seen misinformed patients suffer unnecessarily because they misdiagnosed themselves or took the wrong supplement in the wrong dosage. I know it can be frustrating to struggle with symptoms, not feeling well, and lack the proper support. It’s unfortunate that our current Western medical system aka “sick-care” model of heath is so ill-suited to support most people who are exhausted and have mysterious symptoms that come and go. They simply don’t have the training, time, or financial incentives to pay attention, identify, and address the root causes of diseases and imbalances that cause symptoms.
I appreciate your commitment to feeling better and believe you deserve more than Google has to offer.
Here are a few of the top dangers of Googling for medical advice:
Google has little to no medical training: Anyone can claim or say anything on the internet. They don’t have to have any education, experience, scientific knowledge, or credentials to claim whatever they want. After 20 years of practice, I’ve seen and heard a lot from my patients. And it can be difficult to vet articles, Ȑresearchȑ that may be funded by big pharma, people sharing anecdotal experiences, or scum bags stealing your money and trust only to waste it and even cause you harm. The internet is valuable, but you must use it properly. Trying to get personalized and detailed medical advice is not it’s purpose.
You’re unique: Your biochemistry, neurochemistry, genetics, and emotional triggers are unique to you. What may work for some, likely won’t work for you. We’ve been trained by the media and Western medical model to desire a cookie-cutter approach to health, but it’s horribly deficient. If you just want to mask symptoms and compile one health issue onto another, then the internet may be a place to find a quick fix that likely won’t last. But for an individualized approach to healing the root of your energy and health challenges, you deserve better.
It breeds fear: If you type a list of your symptoms into Google, you may come up with a long and scary list of diseases that you may have. Fear could motivate you to get a more holistic and comprehensive evaluation, but it also causes a stress response in your body that leads to an increase of inflammation and symptoms. The stress of not knowing or misdiagnosing yourself is even worse for your health.Don’t be consumed by unnecessary fear, get the facts by seeing a licensed holistic healthcare provider who will help you get to the root of your symptoms.
Ignorance isn’t bliss when it comes to your health. The opposite of Danger #3 is that the internet may minimize your symptoms and lead you to believe you are fine when in fact you have a serious condition that needs immediate attention. Some imbalances are life-threatening but only detectable with a comprehensive functional blood chemistry analysis. You wouldn’t have symptoms until organ damage has occurred, and Western medical standards of care and testing wouldn’t consider looking for them on a routine exam. Sometimes symptoms are a sign that the current health care model failed you.
Different search engines will offer you different things.
Not only are algorithms intended to track and rank sites based on clicks rather than quality or value, but they treat you like everyone else. The information you get on Google is mainstream, oriented to treating symptoms, offering low standards of sick-care, and not individualized or holistic. The information is informed by an industry that makes more money from you being ill than you being well. My dream would be that Western trained doctors, including oncologists, only get paid if people are healthy, rather than sick, popping pills, covering up symptoms, and merely surviving. I believe then the system would change.
Save Googling for fun trivia, jokes, and recipes. Find a holistic healthcare provider for individualized and comprehensive health and lifestyle support. You deserve to be seen and treated as a whole and unique person, don’t settle for internet guessing, get the truth and get results.
Blessings of Vibrant Health,
Kristin Grayce McGary
Health and Lifestyle Alchemist
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Kristin Grayce McGary weaves 20 years of experience, education, and wisdom with profound compassion to provide you with individualized, empowered, and holistic opportunities to heal on all levels. She is a passionate and dynamic teacher who truly embodies her work. She artfully blends healing modalities to guide you on a transformative path to optimal health.