Monday, February 1, 2016

Internet Medicine

Internet Medicine

Day-in-day-out, you are bombarded – in your mailbox or WhatsApp – with health advisories by well-intentioned friends. Many are anxious to share new cures with you. But did they bother to check out before they hit the forward button? I suspect not many.

A case in point is a recent “sure can cure cancer” formula I received on WhatsApp. Apparently, pure potato juice can do the job. Why waste money on all other forms of treatment!

As usual, it started with the typical conspiracy theory rhetoric: the pharmaceutical giants do not want you to know this fact, blah, blah, blah. It went on to quote the findings of a Japanese-sounding researcher to lend authority to the formula.

Is he saying all the oncologists are all frauds?

No sooner, a response came through: My wife tried it. It didn’t work!

Out of curiosity, I surfed the Net to see if there is any truth in the claim.

No scientific evidence; more of a quackery is what I read.

This has also just come through:

Oh Zika (mosquito inflicted disease that is gripping South America today) is coming our way. We have dengue problem, right? Clove sticking on freshly-cut lemon halves will make the aedes mosquito go away.

Are you prepared to count on this advisory totally???

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