Traveling medicine shows and questionable or even harmful "medical remedies" may seem like a thing of the past, but there's plenty of its 21st-century iterations.

While MLM marketers are not promoting tonics of cocaine or opium, they are trying to convince people that essential oils will cure cancer.

Obvious pyramid-scheme nonsense aside, plenty of people on social media for some reason think of themselves as doctors and spread ignorance to whoever will listen. Just don't let all that BS seep into your brain. Instead, try to laugh at their ignorance; it can be quite funny!

Just scroll through the Twitter account Bad Medical Takes. It shares user-submitted screenshots of some of the most ridiculous misconceptions "online health professionals" have to offer. Here are some of them!

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Giovanna
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1 month ago

Come on this is ironic

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General practitioner, medical researcher, and founder of PrimeHealth Clinical Research, Iris Gorfinkel, M.D., told Bored Panda that social media and the Internet are not a one-size-fits-all. "On the one hand, it improves patient education and can improve public health. It brings people together who are in very wide apart places, so it overcomes geographical barriers... It's a tremendous educational tool for patients," Gorfinkel said.

Yes, it promotes awareness and encourages patient engagement, and it can provide quality information. But at the same time, people are searching online for the next big thing. "So what is more likely to be shared?", the doctor asked metaphorically. What is novel, she immediately answered. Or what is unusual.

Gorfinkel also pointed out a study done in 2018, published in Science by three MIT scholars, which found that falsehoods are 70% more likely to be retweeted on Twitter than truth. It also discovered that it took the truth about six times as long as falsehood to reach 1,500 people. This proves that falsehoods are simply alluring.

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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1 month ago

It went from impossibly bad to even worse.

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Friday
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1 month ago

Wow, what a concept! 🤦🏻‍♀️

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But even if many of us know not to trust what uncle Bobby is saying about vaccines on his Facebook page (I hope), reading a scientific paper can be really challenging and time-consuming. "I think there are some websites that are fairly trusted," Gorfinkel said. "Medscape, for example, tries to bring information to people in their own language. It's not perfect, but it is available in German, Portuguese, Spanish, and French. Then there's WebMD, MedlinePlusDrugs.com. There's a whole bunch of these websites that are actually quite good."

For the so-called orphan conditions — diseases that are so rare, there isn't enough resources on them — Gorfinkel suggested Orpha.net.

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Helen Haley
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1 month ago

The stupid. It burns.

Lucifer
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1 month ago

Wow!! That's a long reply to the question "Why won't women like me?".

DogPerson7
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1 month ago

Hahahaha help me😂😂😂

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qwerty
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1 month ago

What. The. Actual. F**k. This person needs to get their brain (assuming they have one) out of the 1700s and into the 2000s.

Yort
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1 month ago

That’s really insulting to people of the 1700s, comparing him to them.

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sturmwesen
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1 month ago

why should any virgin willingly have sex, if they can't be aroused? maybe the point his he can not arouse any woman and whishes there was a reason that is nit him being him?

Donna Beach
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1 month ago

Because you are a virgin until you meet your husband, who is the only one who has the power to turn you on.

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Charlotte A.
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1 month ago

Right. We have a special dial for getting turned "on" or "off" and our husbands only get the access code with the marriage certificate. 🤦‍♀️

Jeremy Van Portfliet
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1 month ago

It's the Konami code.

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Confused Flamingo
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1 month ago

Tf did I just read?😀

AlmightyOne
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1 month ago

This is so stupid and mysogynic it hurts

chi-wei shen
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1 month ago

If stupidity was a crime, this one would get a live sentence.

Bacony Cakes
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1 month ago

Nah, they'd track him down when he reincarnates as an anglerfish.

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JuJu
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1 month ago

since women don't seem to be aroused by him, be better search hard for the switch...

RoseTheMad
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1 month ago

I think the true fact of the matter is that no woman can experience sexual arousal around him...

Bowtechie
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1 month ago

That's quite a long way of saying "I've never pleased a woman in my life"

Curry on...
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1 month ago

If virgins didn't get horny, there'd be more virgins.

Don't Look
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1 month ago

...what the hell did I just read?

RandomBeing
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1 month ago

Satire hopefully

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Nathan Pogorzala
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1 month ago

To think we share oxygen with these people.

ALM, BLM, Y'know.
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1 month ago

this is not just stupid but sexist

Bacony Cakes
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1 month ago

Those go hand in hand. Hand in hand through their... Parklife.

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Eslamala
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1 month ago

Incel

Adam C
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1 month ago

she talking about being horny not having std

Full of Giggles
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1 month ago

The negative side effects of Christianity.

Bacony Cakes
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1 month ago

Or any more "wacko" variants of Abrahamic religion, really.

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third molar
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1 month ago

I think he is confused between woman and the brand new woman toy he for shipped, to be turned on and boot up once ready for use.

Seabeast
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1 month ago

Boy, have I got news for you...

Purr·maid
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1 month ago

ɪ ᴊᴜsᴛ ʟᴏᴠᴇ ʜᴏᴡ ᴍᴀʟᴇs ᴋɴᴏᴡ SOOO MUCH ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ғᴇᴍᴀʟᴇ ʙᴏᴅʏ, ʏᴇᴛ ʜᴏᴡ ᴄᴀɴ ᴛʜᴇʏ ʜᴏɴᴇsᴛʟʏ?!!

the annoying theatre kid
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1 month ago

incels. incels everywhere.

Melanie Burlock
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1 month ago

It’s a cardinal sin to block out that person’s name.

blugeagua
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1 month ago

Of course he thinks women aren't actually people with our own desires. We're just here for men. 🤮

Holes2Heaven
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1 month ago

Written by Jim Bob Duggar

If I could I would live under water
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1 month ago

Well, nobody told 14y old female me that, back when I discovered what an organism feels like.

Charlotte A.
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1 month ago

organism? 😂

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Jaehyun brides
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1 month ago

Oh come on,dont block the account name i just wanna say 'hi'

Pepper DeVoe
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1 month ago

My brain actually hurts from processing this much stupid

Apachebathmat
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1 month ago (edited)

The Victorians actually believed that a woman never got aroused until her wedding night, and that when that happened it proved she married the right person! Unbelievable but true

Terry Tobias
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1 month ago

That's interesting. Do you happen to know what happened if the woman didn't get aroused?

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kjorn
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1 month ago

too stupid to be true... right?

Loretta
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1 month ago

So getting married unlocks my sex skills. Got it.

François Carré
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1 month ago

Wow, I didn't think Tweeter already existed back in 1174.

Kristi Namyslowski
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1 month ago

Ok stop covering the names of the idiots. Please tell me someone educated this fool

Terry Tobias
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1 month ago

So...you're saying a woman's body will just 'know' she got married and it flips a switch that allows her to enjoy sex for her husband's sake? That answer "doesn't make any sense whatsoever."

Suzanne Clark
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1 month ago

The old joke goes something like: If brains were dynamite he couldn't blow his nose.

Jjjane20
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1 month ago

Just wow. Poor us gay women who will never have a husband to turn us on.

she/they and definitely gay
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1 month ago

it actually terrifies me how stupid this person is

Donna Rakowiecki
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1 month ago

Wow you shouldn't speak. At least till you learn diapers go on you butt and not your head.

Nikki Sevven
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1 month ago

That's using a LOT of words to say "I've never had sex."

Valley Girl
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1 month ago

I think this is part of the explanation his wife gave his as to why it's okay to be in the bed with her trainer.

Suzanne McHenry
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1 month ago

WTF?! The scary thing is that folks like that breed.

Id row
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1 month ago

I would pay $100 to punch this person and then shove their face in a book.

Bacony Cakes
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1 month ago

I'd pay a million for said book to be highly dense and also have me smack the halves together.

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Rebekah
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1 month ago

JHC. There's not a typo in the whole damn thing. This is an actual "intellectual" person thinking this.

Bacony Cakes
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1 month ago

Julius Heccin' Caesar indeed.

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Sky Render
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1 month ago

Sometimes I wish there was a minimum intelligence requirement for breathing...

MCathenaE
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1 month ago (edited)

Can confirm, my husband flipped my arousal switch on our wedding night. Until then, I just thought he was a man, afterwards my loins ached for him.

denzoren
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1 month ago

Virgin alter...and I'm not talking about the OP. Also...what?!?!?!!?!!

Efi Karafotia
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1 month ago

People like him are dangerous to society.

Chloe *Leah* Pheonix
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1 month ago

The sexism and the stupid is like salt to a would. Just no.

Clearly sunny
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1 month ago

OMG I want to kill him!

Rose the Cook
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1 month ago

Go back through the time warp, you aren't wanted in this day and age.

Robert Robi Z
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3 weeks ago

I wanted to make a comment on this, but my brains just exploded. I am dead.

Derek Dufrane
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1 month ago

Men can be virgins too

Hollysmom
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1 month ago

I don't even have words

Toea Muresan Iulia
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1 month ago

WHAT?

Brandy Grote
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1 month ago

But the bible says god created Eve to be a partner, a "helpmeet" to Adam. There was no thought of reproduction because they were functionally immortal until they were kicked out of the Garden.

Julie Harden
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1 month ago

This makes my head hurt.

Philly Bob Squires
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1 month ago

My brain hurts...

columbokateUK
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1 month ago

How do males believe this in the 21st century?!!!

Guðrún Sveinsdóttir
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1 month ago

Where do these people learn this crap?

trix
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1 month ago

How to confess he's never slept with a woman who has desires before.

𝕁𝕖𝕟𝕟𝕪𝔹𝕖𝕖
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1 month ago

The stupidity is causing me pain.

Dark Pearl
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1 month ago

Im a virgin and Im very horny nearly every day (obviously not that one time a month, but you get my point).

Bacony Cakes
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1 month ago

when you roll a nat 0 somehow on intelligence check while romancing

birdy4life
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1 month ago

I just lost 200 IQ points ...

Hannah Edwards
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1 month ago

Hahahahahaha!

Mazer
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1 month ago

I’m judging by th mansplaining this is insane

Marion
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1 month ago

Religiousness. Can obviously make people really dumb.

Bob Belcher
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1 month ago

His poor wife

Bird lover
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1 month ago

You make it sound like anyone wants to be within 100,000 meters of him.

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Sue Hazlewood
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1 month ago

Is this Cole again?

Aeon Flux
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1 month ago

This ignorance is incredibly self-serving.

Valentina Vitale
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1 month ago

Wow

Anna Heaslet
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1 month ago

Ew

KimTx
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1 month ago

So there's a button?

bxttery_bxby
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1 month ago (edited)

*breathes in anger*

Chaotic-Pansexual-Gemini
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1 month ago

exCUSE ME

Candace Alagappan
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1 month ago

U DONT MAKE SENSE WHATSOEVER.

Penny Kemper
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1 month ago

I just sent to know who teaching stupid boys this crap.

Bacony Cakes
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1 month ago

*shakes fist* The creationists...

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Vonnie Stewart
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1 month ago

wow such ignorance...but isn't that what Islam teaches

Suzanne Haigh
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1 month ago

Pardon?

Laura
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1 month ago

Wow. Just - Wow.

K Witmer
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1 month ago

Religion really does a number on people.

Cold Contagious
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1 month ago

I'm shooting Pepsi out of my nose rn from choking on my damn soda over here!

patricia mccaskill
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1 month ago

reading these posts.....migraine time! There are people like this in the world? Where? Remind me not to drive through these areas...

blugeagua
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1 month ago

Good grief this whole thing just hurts my brain.

Linda HS
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1 month ago

Wha…?

Brian Bennett
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1 month ago

the explanation to this virgin, does not make any sense whatso ever!

Renee Letkiewicz
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1 month ago

🤦‍♀️ Ew David!

I'm lay sheep in China
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1 month ago

Haha good one😂👏🏼

Dre Mosley
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1 month ago

Incel vibes.

Natalia
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1 month ago

Wtf???

I I
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1 month ago

LOL that is all

Quinn Nix
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1 month ago (edited)

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

I'm guessing the reply was from a troll. (In case you misunderstand my meaning... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_troll )

Maria Schneider
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@*¿|€$¥¢ ARRRRRRRRRGHHHHH

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At least it was a polite way to inform you of their stupid. Makes it easier to avoid them.

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If you are still concerned about the validity of a certain piece, you will probably have to inspect it yourself.

What is to stop any doctor or professor from writing an opinion piece? Nothing, but this is where peer reviews come into play. "That's where other doctors and professors who have nothing to gain from what's published, look at the paper and say, 'Yes, this is actually true.' So look for things that are peer-reviewed, look for at least an editorial board. Again, that's a safeguard to prevent any one person's opinion from becoming a fact because peer reviews and editorial boards keep doctors in line in terms of making sure that what is said is accurate," Gorfinkel explained.

The sources that Gorfinkel mentioned earlier, like WebMD, publish some research studies that require huge funding. So looking at the funding source matters too — is there a conflict of interest?

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Mandy Renn
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1 month ago

I'd like to see the stats on babies with Alzheimer's.

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1 month ago

It is such a pity because it is a technically very accomplished tattoo.

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Of course, when a particular paper was written is important as well because, as Gorfinkel highlighted, what may have been relevant, say for COVID-19, even in 2020 is, for the most part, not relevant at all in 2021.

Generally, when you notice medical information online, it's probably best to approach it with caution. "If there is a promise of a miracle cure, that should ring alarm bells big time," Gorfinkel said. "A lot of complex problems, including depression, anxiety, hair loss, acne; a lot of these problems are actually complicated, and they don't have one single solution. This is especially true when things promise very quick answers, and often at a price."

It's always a good idea to run these ideas by either your family doctor or a pharmacist before investing in them.

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I I
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1 month ago

really ? this has to be a troll , people are not this dumb are they?:?

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1 month ago

Oh, these shaking uteruses ...

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Doctor Gorfinkel also added a very important piece of information: the United States and Canada do not monitor natural products. "Whether or not it's made in trusted countries, understand that they generally will fall under a separate category that does not have to fulfill the requirements of standard drugs."

This can become a problem because there's really nothing to stop natura-ceuticals and that includes the entire vitamin industry and the mineral industry. "There is no one to police what's in that stuff. And for the most part, there's no one there to pull it off the shelves," Gorfinkel explained.

"Moreover, these products tend to be some of the highest profit margin products available in stores. Often, they're placed right next to the normal pharmacy so that people can 'self-medicate.' But much of that has no evidence base whatsoever."

Because no one's watching, the potential for having these products adulterated with potentially toxic elements is very high. This is true for the probiotics industry as well as the prebiotics industry.

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mulk
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1 month ago

Run Forest, RUN!

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I I
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1 month ago

what do i get every year ? are they putting fresh trackers in my arm ? or magnets ?

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"I don't think people realize what's happening," Gorfinkel said. "There was a study done in the United States where they went into Walmart, and pulled off natura-ceuticals just off the shelf, and found that there was no correlation between what was on the label and what was actually in the bottle."

When experts checked probiotics in Toronto (this was the Department of Family Practice at the St. Michael's Hospital), they just took 12 random things off the shelf, gave them to the microbiology lab, and found the same: no correlation between what was promised to be in the bottle and what was actually in the bottle.

"So if there are promises that sound too good to be true, bottom line, they probably are," Gorfinkel said. And this sadly applies to more than just online medical takes.

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qwerty
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1 month ago

Alright. I never liked PETA, to put it mildly. But I thought that even they would be above this udder bullshit.

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Helen Haley
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1 month ago

I fear for the state of education.

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qwerty
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1 month ago

I can just imagine this person at the doctor. "Doctor, I have a problem." "Oh, what is it?" "I keep getting my period." "How often does it happen?" "Every month! Can you believe it?" "Ok. So, we're going to refer you to the psychiatric ward."

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Chris Wade
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1 month ago

Was this tweeted in 1860 or something? Cause, boy, have I got news for you, Andrea.

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JB Darré
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1 month ago

He had a life!

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Helen Haley
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1 month ago

Do incels post everywhere, or is there just an alarming number of them?

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qwerty
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1 month ago

This isn't just a scientific error. It's also a mathematical error.

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qwerty
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1 month ago

WTF?? I sincerely hope that she has never dated anyone.

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Sonya Jersey
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1 month ago

wait until you find out that you can die from badly infected and untreated teeth

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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1 month ago

I'm sure Flavius Petrus knows from experience ...

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mulk
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1 month ago

Bigotery level: criminal

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Eslamala
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1 month ago

Some people should get sterilized as a favor to the rest of the world.

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tiari
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Well, at least this one is not *completely* wrong. He is just wrong about the amount of water needed for that, there is no risk with your normal everyday amount.

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Helen Haley
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1 month ago

The transformed wife is an internet cancer.

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Monday
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1 month ago

I wish the vaccine could be sexually transmitted...would be so much easier to vaccinate more people with a limited supply.

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Anyone-for-tea?
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1 month ago

WT absolute F? I feel sorry for her daughters having such a hateful, uninformed mother. And poor Taylor Swift, not that I think she would have seen this, but it reminds me of Ellen trying to shame her about her rumoured relationships, and wouldn’t take no for an answer.

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I I
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1 month ago

yeah , no wonder people wont get the vaccine with these dumb tw@s out there

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earringnut
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1 month ago

Okay this is clearly a joke.

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mulk
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1 month ago

Yes, because women have more DNA in common with princesses and unicorns

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Helen Haley
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1 month ago

I hope his business folds, or he's fired.

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Apachebathmat
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1 month ago

Kidneys? Nah bruh, don’t need them

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earringnut
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1 month ago

It's an unpopular opinion because most people have a post dark ages level of education.

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Sofie
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1 month ago

I have brown eyes which is a darker colour which is strong like espresso, which means that I'm never ever sick. Well, starting now.

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earringnut
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1 month ago

So we're talk'n 107%

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