Re: Are you a woman taking St. John's Wort?
posted at 12/7/2011 8:16 PM EST
In Response to Re: Are you a woman taking St. John's Wort?
[QUOTE]"I've watched Dr Oz a few times and have been very interested in the herbal and homeopathic remedies he recommends. With any of these (or any kind of medical intervention) it's a good idea to google
and see if there are any side effects or interactions
Huh? What? Really? "it was on TV"... "google" for info regarding side effects? I don't know what's worse self diagnosis based on the web or relying on it for info regarding possible side effects...based on some of the post's lately I have to be in the minority - I ask my Dr about side effects and possible reaction(s) to a prescribed medication or supplement...stupid me!
I'm kinda curious as to why a warning is posted here regarding St. John's Wort and it's side effects. I thought "we" assumed that we would have had that conversation when given the script for the/a pill - like the post for skin care! Uugghh, OMG! OMG!
Here ya go /> a re-post......
Internet Fuels Bad Self-Diagnoses and 'Cyberchondria'
Earlier this baseball season, San Diego Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer diagnosed himself with appendicitis after consulting a medical site on his iPhone. He informed his trainer and soon after, his appendix was successfully removed.
Stauffer is among the 8 in 10 Internet users hitting the Web to get their health-related questions answered, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Although medical websites such as Web MD and Mayo Clinic provide key insights into identifying and treating various ailments, experts warn they also make it easy for people to misdiagnosis health problems and can lead to "cyberchondria," or anxiety borne from online health-related searches.
"It’s important to stay up on health-related information … but because information on the Web is so unfathomably plentiful, so readily available, and so unsorted, it's easy for someone to jump to the conclusion that they have a brain tumor when in fact it’s just a sinus infection,” according to Judy Segal,professor of English at the University of British Columbia who works on the cultural studies of medicine.