Should you “feed a cold and starve a fever” or “starve a cold and feed a fever”? You should ignore both versions because there isn’t much helpful information in either one.
With so much information found online or given to us by caring friends and family today, it isn’t easy to know fact from fiction.
Here are a few ways to identify health misinformation.
Consider the source. Information from social media, unknown groups or people, websites or blogs without listed or trustworthy backgrounds, or people lacking a strong understanding of science should be avoided or confirmed by an expert or reputable organization like the Mayo Clinic.
Research your source. Before accepting information from unknown people or organizations, look into their backgrounds. Find out if they have political or economic connections that may create bias and what their credentials are.
Check the date. Make sure you are working with the latest information.
Ask an expert. Confirm new medical breakthroughs with a doctor or dietitian.
A few minutes of digging can save a lot of time, energy, and stress.
Don’t let health myths make you crazy with worry.