How Fake Health News Can Lead to Making Dangerous Decisions
Fake health news promoting solutions and home remedies can lead to dangerous decisions. If you sleep with sliced and raw onions in your sock that can release toxins from your body? Two handfuls of cashews can alleviate depression as much as a dose of Prozac? A vaccine for diabetes has been found in Mexico? If we rely on these solutions and we believe that they can be helpful, we are not getting the help that we need.
If you believe everything you read online, you might as well never go to see your doctor. All these three popular beliefs promoted online have been debunked by fact-checking. Plus, there are many others questionable news online that we might believe once we read it.
Fake news is not just a political phrase used to discredit information from the other side. It can also refer to medical stories that are usually nothing more than speculation and they are always far away from the truth.
Dr. Shilpi Agarwal, a board-certified family medicine physician in the Washington, D.C. area said:
“False medical information and news makes patients scared unnecessarily and can often delay necessary medical care and attention. Additionally, [it] can sometimes cause individuals to spend money on treatments that are not actually medically proven or accurate… People who are not trained medical providers can put out any information online.”
If you have a health issue, the best way to find a solution is not online, it’s at your doctor’s office.
Dr. Oz: The Best Thing You Can do For Your Mental Health is Free
The start of a new year is the best time to make a commitment to be a better you, to have clear fitness goals and better mental health. However, too often this is easier said than done.
Famous doctor, Mehmet Oz, known as Dr. Oz talked about health and wellness advice for almost a decade on his talk show, “The Dr. Oz Show.” In his opinion, the best thing you can do for your mental health in 2019 is simple and it won’t cost you a cent. Dr. Oz said:
“The best thing you can do in 2019 to create the mental health you want and deserve is to be proactive in your life. Don’t be seen as a passive player in someone else’s story. Be the lead character in your own story. So, decide what you want to do, and just go after it. Doesn’t mean you have to be abrasive or aggressive, it just means that you have to feel like you control your destiny.”
The feeling of being able to control your own destiny can be developed by creating easy habits. Those habits can be as simple as deciding the time you wake up in the morning and when you go to sleep at night which can have a profound impact on your mental health. According to Dr. Oz, sleep is the key:
“Evolution would have weeded out sleeping if it wasn’t essential. Why would you be a species that could sleep eight hours a night when animals could eat you and take advantage of you? We sleep because we have to. It cleanses our brain. Literally, the brain cells shrink a little bit to allow the channels in between them to freely clean out toxins to sort of reboot the brain every evening.”
Prediction for 2019: Amazon Gets into Health Insurance
Those following Amazon’s moves have a few big hits that might indicate a large and ambitious plan. Amazon bought an internet pharmacy called PillPack. They also formed an employer health coaction with Berkshire Hathaway and J.P. Morgan, and they are offering a discount on Prime to low-income Medicaid recipients.
According to industry experts, this can lead to Amazon getting into health insurance in 2019. Stephen Buck, co-founder of Courage Health, a health transparency company said:
“In my opinion, the puzzle is far from complete. 2019 could be the year that Amazon adds a few more big pieces to reveal much larger ambitions in health care by becoming an insurer, pharmacy benefits manager, or both.”
It remains to see what will be Amazon’s next move in 2019.