How reliable is the information that you read online? Particularly if it is about your health or the health of a loved one?
It is a veritable minefield out there and so many sites write anything to either sell their product or get your e-mail address so they can sell you their product or so they can flood your inbox with what they think you want to hear and sell you that information.
If you are looking for something and are faced with page after page of information then firstly remember you can PAY to be at the top of a search engine so just because they are top and not on page 105 doesn’t mean that what they are saying is true.
It is very easy to be taken in when you dearly want a “cure” or ” remedy ” but please it is not nice to have your hopes dashed when the product doesn’t work or causes a bad reaction.
If you’re visiting a health website for the first time, these 5 quick questions can help you decide whether the site is a helpful resource.
Who? Who runs this website? Can you trust them?
What? What does the site say? Do its claims seem too good to be true?
When? When was the information posted or reviewed? Is it up-to-date?
Where? Did the information come from? Is it based on scientific research?
Why? Does the site exist? Is it selling something?
Don’t rely completely on online resources if you are considering alternative methods of treatment. Talk to your health practitioner they often know of tried and tested alternatives or an alternative that runs alongside conventional treatments.
As I stated in a previous post ” one size doesn’t fit all” What works for your friend’s friend may NOT work for you.
If It is a cure for cancer the Organisations like the Macmillan organisation would be a good starting point for accurate information.
Marie Curie is another well-known organisation
These large organisations have the funds and the knowledge and would likely know or have heard about any conventional cures or natural cures.
Health food so much info on the market ..where to go? Who to talk to? Is what you ARE reading on Social media True or false? As a general rule if the website it leads you too ends in .gov or .edu they are a trusted source although e-mails received ending in edu may not always be. It is definitely a minefield out there.
I promise you that when I am giving you facts about fruit and food then I double-check the information or have used it myself.
I even check an e-mail from my bank before I open it that is how much I distrust anything sent to me or when I read an article I check either on the news or a publication that I know is always up to date. As the date is important as well, just because it has been posted now doesn’t mean that the news is current…always question and look that little bit further….It is your health and your families at risk so trust your gut and do the basic checks.
The internet is a wonderful source of information it is also a dark source of incorrect information.
Please be one of the growing number of consumers who are aware, who are not being taken in by so-called celebrity endorsements of which there are so many. Be one of the ones who makes a decision on your family’s health and the food they eat by being informed and making that decision yourself.
Be happy and confident that you have done your best and made the best information on your own findings and there are some wonderful blogs and websites who give out fully researched information.
And have fun when you are researching …I know I have …I have discovered some wonderful fruits and vegetables with so many medical benefits.
BUT…. MODERATION UNTIL YOU KNOW IT SUITS YOU.
Thank you for reading this I was prompted by two articles I saw online today and had been shared by someone I knew and were blatant untruths and it took me all of 10 seconds to suss them out…..