If you’re a person like me who spends an inordinate amount of time on the internet, then you’ve seen some variation of this mug floating around social media:
I have a lot of friends and family in the medical field, so I see this a lot. I understand where it comes from; there is a lot of false information out there that will mislead people into believing things that are categorically false (cough-anti-vaxxers-cough), and that can be frustrating for the people who spent a lot of time, money, and migraines learning the facts.
But, unfortunately, this kind of meme is also reductive to a resource that genuinely helps a lot of people with illness, chronic or otherwise. Because a google search can truly be a sick person’s best resource.
Because, quite often, our google searches find the answers faster than the people with medical degrees. [Read more…]