It’s not too hard to find medical information these days. If nothing else, all you have to do is type a few words in the Google search bar and millions of results will be staring at you, screaming for your attention. But what about actually legitimate medical information? That’s a much tougher question to answer.
But, if you’re willing to look into telemedicine, real science websites, an actual doctor’s visit, real medical case histories, and medical journals, then you’ll give yourself a much better shot at something resembling truth rather than various flavors of snake oil.
Signing up for telemedicine is going to be a major wave in the new future when it comes to getting valid medical attention and information. After a solid vetting session, companies will be able to offer what is essentially online medical treatment for people that don’t want to come into doctor’s offices (or can’t), or people who can’t afford the traditional ways of seeing a doctor. Many times all people need is fact-based advice, and telemedicine services are going to be the ones that offer that.
Science websites provide real medical information. Just realize that science websites are completely different than pseudoscience versions. In fact, they’re just about total opposites. True science websites show primary sources, research, and have things like clinical trials that reference every step of the way. Pseudoscience is based on conjecture, opinion, or how things feel. Avoid the pseudo sites, and look for the boring, government and corporate sponsored places, and you’ll find accurate information about sickness and disease instead of wild clickbait.
Visiting Your Doctor
And what’s wrong with actually visiting your doctor? Sometimes if you have a health issue that required medical attention, you need the presence of a physical medical professional to help you out. Especially for conditions that are difficult to describe, a trip to the doctor’s may be your best bet. There are practical matters like insurance to worry about if you have that luxury, but when it comes to serious issues, better to be safe than sorry.
Looking Up Medical Case Histories
And again, if you want legitimate medical information, primary sources are going to be your friends. Not analysis that someone else did. But the actual written data from medical occurrences. These are typically hidden away, densely written, and tough to comprehend without a background in medicine, but if you have the required skills and access, they’re a wealth of information about something you might currently be going through.
Reading Medical Journals
Medical journals are a good source of current medical information as well. There are hundreds of specialized and niche magazines in every field, so if you want to learn about something specific, there’s probably a publication for you. And the reason journals can be better than websites is because the information in journals, because it’s in hard print, is much more likely to pass a truth and accuracy test.