What can one do when a hubber states 'facts' about a medical issue that you know to be untrue?
Ask for the source of the "fact" and prepare for battle, or ignore that hubber's work in the future.
like Mott-StenersonPhD said, ask where they got the facts. one must realize that the facts can differ , depending on the source so it may be that their source differs from yours. i'm still amazed that some people think marijuana is a horrible, highly addictive drug but i bet they get their information from a source they trust.
Excellent point. Consider it a "battle of the sources." If we are talking about marijuana, the government's stance is that it a dangerous drug. Medical research in states with medical marijuana programs indicates just the opposite. Who to believe?
I do not support writer's that produce information that is false. What is the point in reading what cannot be trusted? I have experienced pseudo facts even within the medical community, and I do not return to a doctor that is slanting his view to encourage testing I believe is unnecessary. As an example to clarify my meaning, I have autoimmune disease. I understand the difficulty putting a name on a condition that often overlaps with other autoimmune diseases. I can accept that. When I developed new digestive symptoms that resulted in a 30-lb weight loss in a couple of months, I was in complete agreement with the rigorous tests the doctor advised. The first test was an endoscopy and colonoscopy, which revealed nothing abnormal, followed by the standard upper and lower GI series, also negative. The GI specialist was quick to diagnosis my problem as IBS, which I knew it was not. When I continued to lose weight, the specialist sent me to another medical facility for a capsule endoscopy (PillCam). The test relayed severe inflammation from autoimmune disease at my jejunum, as I suspected all along. My GI specialist then put me on Pentasa, which helped immensely. A couple of years later, as I went for regular checkups, he suggested another colonoscopy. The prep is miserable and considering the fact the first did not reveal my problem and showed no indications of any other issues, I declined, giving him this reason. The doctor then followed with the statement that my disease puts me at a far greater risk for gastric cancer. In researching this idea with other doctors, I have been assured this is not the case. So, these kind of discrepancies, issued with frightening warnings that are not confirmed and supported by medical studies, only serves to destroy trust. There are many proposed ideas from the professionals we trust, about what is healthy and what it not, only to be retracted at a later date with the exact opposite suggestions. The practice of medicine should only be in the hands of those that study it and even then, I am cautiously optimistic about the quality of the information I receive. Once I am given inaccurate information, especially when admonished for questioning it, I realize I can no longer trust anything the individual tells me, and I see no purpose in seeking their counsel.
I think I know which hub Tallgardener is referring to because I saw a response appear under a hub and then it disappeared. It referred to a claim that bipolar disorder is a blood disease, and he said that this was untrue and they should get the facts right before publishing.
Hi Tallgardener, I think, if you are aware that the facts about a medical issue, as stated on another hubber's site , are incorrect, the best course of action may be to disregard the article the information and move on.
The incorrect facts may be an issue if they were being used for advertising purposes or other personal gain. There is so much information available to us at our fingertips. It is my experience that medical issues are one of the top rated searches. Some people are bound to get it wrong.
Make it a great day!!
I have to agree with the many whom say that if you do know that it is not the correct fact on a medical issue please remember all of us come from different areas, jobs, and experience with our writing.
Another option is to become an author yourself, definitely do not do so to bash someone or to say how wrong someone is, but if you know and have great insight that you feel will help others and write an article about the facts of a medical issue and help others. We all try to work together so you could help us as we may help you.
Thanks for asking, great question !
Personally, I would confront the author. Not rudely or anything, but publicly with correct information for other people to read. Oh, and rate the work.
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