6 warning signs that online health information may be unreliable

Dr Edwin Kruys is a doctor based in Queensland, Australia with a terrifically accessible blog. Here’s his latest post with some very helpful advice on how to navigate online health information.

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Unreliable online health information

If you are using Dr Google to find information about a health problem – like most people do – you will come across unreliable online information.

Information may simply be outdated or incomplete. But sometimes it is deliberately incorrect or manipulated, for example to make you buy something.

How to differentiate between the good and the bad? I admit, this is not always easy. Here are 6 warning signs that will help you stay clear from quackery sites.

#1: The site wants to sell something

If a website is trying to sell a product, the information provided may not be objective. Be careful if the site is:

  • Showing lots of advertisements or testimonials, difficult to distinguish from the website content
  • Offering a free trial, money back guarantee or special offer
  • Using phrases or words like: Recommended by doctors, used by professionals, scientifically proven, patented technology, or guaranteed results.

A site may not explain…

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