The Importance of Double Checking: What to Ask Before You Believe

Information has always been important for everyone—especially when one’s health is concerned. With information so easily obtained from the net, it is all the more important to double check it. There have been too many instances where a piece of wrong and harmful information has gone viral thanks to scaremongering and social media.

When you read a piece of health-related post or article on the net, there are a few things you should check out before you believe it. Those things are:

Who Wrote It

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First things first, you need to find out who wrote the article or post. Often, they simply claim a “source” from the health industry but they done list names. Even if they do, people tend to just take it at face value and do not check if there is an actual person behind the name.

Checking who wrote the medical article can help you determine if the source is credible.

When Was It Written

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Sometimes, one thing that we have believed to be true for years can be overturned with the latest study and research. This is particularly true when it comes to the field of medicine and healthcare. This is why it is important to determine the age of the article or post. If it is something that is quite old, how can you be sure that the information is still valid?

Checking the date of the article can help you determine its relevance to today’s world and technology or findings.

What Is the Source of the Article

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The source of the article or post is quite important. Did you find it off an odd blog? Was it a credible health publication? Was it simply an anonymous post that’s been shared around social media? When you determine the source of the article, you’ll be able to see if the information is good or something that is peddled by a known fraud site.

With homegrown medicines being so big, it is ever more important to be vigilant of the information that we consume off the net. What things do you check out before you believe a health-related article off the internet?


Annual Checkup Smarts: Questions You Should Ask Your GP

When you are interested in keeping yourself in the best possible health, it would be important to have an annual checkup with your general practitioner. When you do, you had best ask certain questions. If you’re not quite sure what questions you should ask, we’ve got you covered!

Here are a few questions you should ask your GP:

Can You Obtain a Copy of Your Health Records?

Your health records can help you remember important things like which medicines you might be allergic to. It can also have a list of tests that you have taken but not quite remember. When you go and visit your GP, it would be good to ask if you could get a copy of your health records.

They should be able to provide you with a soft copy of your extensive records. You can use this information to keep you safe if you’re traveling in the future.

When Should Regular Screenings Start?

While it would be ideal to think that we would never need certain health tests, it is always good to approach this with both eyes wide open. If you are past a certain age, there are certain tests and screenings that should be done regularly.

You should ask your GP when the regularly scheduled screenings for mammograms and pap smears (for women) and prostate exams (for men) should start.

When Should You Come Back?

General practitioners are usually only visited when we need a checkup or a doctor’s note. This is a habit that you should break. An annual checkup can help you keep track of your progress. If you’re not quite sure when you should be returning to your GP’s office, asking them will be the fastest way to get an answer.

They should realistically be able to give you a time table of how often they should see you and what for.

These are some questions that we make sure we ask our doctors during the annual checkup. What questions do you ask your doctor?