Posted by: Emily Hardaker28 MAR 2011
One day whilst we all sat in the living room watching another riveting episode of Jeremy Kyle, one of my friends suddenly piped up with the question ‘guess what I’m allergic to?’, at this point we all turned to look at him as though he’d just bitten the head off of a live bat Ozzy Osbourne style. On further investigation we found out that after he’d had a coffee the previous day that hadn’t gone down too well he’d decided to go online and find out what was wrong with him. The answer he got or more likely that he’d decided on was that he was allergic to coffee.
This may seem just like a very random anecdote however my point is this, how many people are turning to online sources that may not be as reliable as they seem to diagnose themselves when they’re feeling a bit under the weather? The symptoms put into the search engine usually kick up a vague list that could apply to several illnesses ranging in severity, for example typing in headache comes upwith the related search of brain tumour! My main issue with how everyone suddenly now has a medical degree is how it may affect their attitude towards medicines, because if people are self medicating then surely this is going to undermine the system of professionals (doctors and pharmacists alike) there to maintain their health in the first place? I realise that this is quite a large generalisation on my part and that a large amount of websites out there willgive out correct information however sometimes I do worry about how gullible people are and their ability to take things at face value, then again I may just be being very cynical about the whole thing. But as for my friend, he should really know better.