Okay a doctor had to say it sooner or later. The internet has irrevocably changed the doctor-patient relationship all over the world. Well maybe not for people who have no access to the internet, but everyone else.
These days, I’m not at all surprised when a patient knows more about his or her disease than I do! All they have to do is type the name of their illness once and Dr Google will provide an almost infinite amount of information for them. This is the way people become experts on their own illness in general. And there is the rub ‘in general’. That means they can learn a lot about the illness itself but not about how exactly it should be treated in their case. Patients often misdiagnose themselves as they are not aware of what we call the ‘differential diagnosis’, the other illnesses whose symptoms are somewhat similar to what the patient thinks they have.
Personally, I am grateful when a patient brings in information about their illness from the internet. It’s easier than researching it myself! Some patients bring in large books about their illness and this is less useful as many of these books are written by fanatics with axes to grind and are often incredibly badly written to boot. They always remind me of a huge doorstep of a blockbuster novel which received the following literary review: ‘My first advice to you is not to read this book. My second is that if you do, don’t drop it on your foot!’
Useful websites on the Internet
And straight from the www.health.yahoo.com is an article on whether regular exercise can decrease your cholesterol level. All forms of exercise including gardening and cleaning can lower your cholesterol and help your heart in the following ways
1. Exercise increases the ‘healthy cholesterol’ (HDL) and lowers the dangerous cholesterol (LDL).
2. Exercise helps you lose weight which is good news for your coronary arteries.
3. Exercise tones and strengthens your heart.
4. Exercise improves and energises the circulation in general which helps sweep away any early clots that develop in the blood vessels.
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