How reliable is the information about drugs and various diseases on the Internet? Who writes all these health articles?

How reliable is the information about drugs and various diseases on the Internet? Who writes all these health articles?

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Answer 1
September, 2021

Most of them are written by copywriters (and for this I immediately apologize, but an order is an order, it must be done). But you can also stumble upon articles by real doctors (such, as a rule, do not give much information).

When a copywriter writes an article on a medical topic, he does not study medical literature and reference books ... no, he writes it based on information also taken from the Internet, from similar articles. There is some truth there, but not much. To write such an article, I study at least 5-6 sources, and it so happens that some of them contain different (and sometimes contradictory) information.

The Internet will not replace a qualified specialist, especially in the field of medicine. Therefore, in such articles, I always devote a good couple of paragraphs to explaining the harm of self-diagnosis and self-medication, I advise you to go to the doctor without wasting time on these nonsense.

Remember: every organism is individual, only a doctor can treat you after an appropriate examination. Be healthy!

Answer 2
September, 2021

Spoiler : most of them are unreliable.

As a person familiar with medicine and the craft of re / copywriting, I can say: -first, it is written by people far from medicine, and secondly, these people are re / copywriters.

After several attempts to write a text on a familiar (or not so) topic so that it is unique, or to rewrite the finished text so that it becomes such, you can learn to recognize such texts by certain markers (examples of which, alas, I cannot give, since this is something rather intuitive than certain).

But Does this indicate the degree of untruthfulness of such texts? Let's follow the journey of information from beginning to end.

Obviously, information is not completely sucked out of the finger, even if we are talking about pseudoscientific resources with heretical publications - in any case, the primary source of information is one or another paper edition: the only difference is that in the case of medicine, these paper editions get information from scientific articles, it is verified experimentally, analyzed and explained, and in the case of pseudoscience, information consists of guesses. But in any case, there is a paper edition in the beginning.

So that we don't get confused further, let's confine ourselves to following the path of information from a source that corresponds to the views of official medicine. These sources are articles and textbooks on anatomy and histology, physiology and pathophysiology, biology and chemistry, biochemistry and pharmacology. In most of them, most of the paragraphs contain the truth corresponding to the latest scientific data at the time of publication of the publication - in rare cases, the text is flavored with the personal views of the author, but this does not apply to generally recognized textbooks like Severin's biochemistry or Novitsky's pathophysiology.

Already at this point. At the moment, one problem arises: as mentioned above, the information in the text corresponds to the latest data at the time of publication of the publication, but not at the time of reading it - the information may become out of date several times: for example, now the mesentery is considered an organ, and the sacral part of the autonomic nervous system is sympathetic, although a year ago (in 2015 - early 2016) it was considered differently; For a relatively long time, it is customary to distinguish cervical erosion from ectopia and treat only the first condition, while in the Soviet health care system, both conditions were considered pathological and were not divided into two different ones. Why is it important? Because this significantly changes the views on approaches to various types of disease therapy and clinical research. So, the first source of errors is outdated data in verified editions.

In the future, professionals in the field of medicine, using the text of the verified edition, popularize them, if they want to convey to wider circles of the population, then at least, for example, to compose a methodological or study guide for their students. In the course of simplifying the text, it is possible to the occurrence of ambiguities, giving rise to discrepancies and a different understanding that does not tolerate such is the second source of errors. Then copywriters use the data of original and popularized sources to fill the educational resource with materials. This is how the second source of errors multiplies.

Then copywriters use the previous three data sources (original, popularized and educational) in order to fill in an advertising resource, not an educational one. So, sometimes the sites of private clinics are replenished with texts from the areas in which this clinic works, so that people, in search of a disease by their symptoms or descriptions of upcoming diagnostic procedures, find not only the requested text, but also a clinic, or something else that needs a thematic advertising. Since texts are targeted at advertising, due attention is not paid to the accuracy of their content , which serves as a third source of errors .

But hell begins when it's down to business rewriters are connected, often having nothing to do with the topic for which they are rewriting. Their work is the lowest paid of all those involved in preparing texts - and their texts are the most wretched, ridiculous and awkward. Nevertheless, these texts fulfill their advertising function. Since these texts are aimed at advertising and are written by unqualified authors, not only the accuracy, but also the truthfulness of their content is not given due attention, - this is the fourth source of errors .

The last source of errors is the further dissemination of the last and penultimate types of texts - with the maximum amount of inaccuracies - instead of the first and second - with a minimum of those. This happens because the broadest audience is not able not only to perceive complex terms, but also to think critically and check the information offered to them.

This, however, does not end the answer to the question posed, because I have not said yet all. The worst thing happens next, when false texts begin to spread among the younger generation of future professionals. So, one well-known medical public relatively recently disseminated illiterately written information from an unverified source, which contained such absurdities as, for example, "norepinephrine protects against stress" (while in fact it is a mediator, that is, a "conductor" of stress - it performs the opposite function ) and "renin controls vascular tone" (being at the same time only a part of the RAAS that really controls it; moreover, it was written in the text about hormones, while renin is not).

So, we saw how unreliable medical information is even in sources that at first glance may seem responsible to the average person. So what do you do then? In this case, it is necessary to consult with experts, and not go to the Internet! That's all. In a friendoh no way. Man is as complex as a nuclear reactor. If you had one at home, would you go to the Internet with the request "how to replace a rod in a reactor at home with an elderberry branch" or entrust the repair to a specialist? People with amazing recklessness approach their health. But in vain.

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