[ExI] internet as the biggest advance in medicine ever
pharos at gmail.com
Mon Jul 12 06:01:28 UTC 2010
On 7/12/10, Tomasz Rola wrote:
> This is rather doubtful, at least for me (even though I am far from
> being/becoming/considering a medic). Would you trust opinions on your
> profesional subjects from someone who did not have one or two years of
> calculus? He could read a lot and with no calculus he would still sit in
> the middle of the woods. He could be great practitioner, but without big
> enough knowledge equivalent he would not even be able to understand why
> this worked in his case and why it may or may not work in some other
> Right now, there are pioneers and excitement. Pioneers are cool, they
> think and quite often are above the average. Come back two years later and
> you will find "patient 5.0 institutions" on the internet, selling tap
> water. Water is optimistic case. Some hundred years ago they were selling
> uranium enriched "energy drinks" (well, sure, there were people swearing
> to feel the boost and I doubt all of them were being paid for this).
> Personally, I am expecting a come back of shamans. While old shamans could
> be nice people, the new ones will just be cheap. Maybe "cheap" is the
> right keyword here.
> As usually, problem of rare diseases could be solved IMHO by making an
> effort into organism modelling based on its DNA (and whatever else is a
> worthy parameter). This would give some realistic and cheap (in the longer
> run at least) possibility. But, "just cheap" is easier than "realistic and
> cheap". Two ways of being cheap. Monkeys don't understand. ;-/
Medical fraud is a huge business. Just look in your spam mailbox!
You have a big problem sorting out valid information from the torrent
of scams, frauds, misleading ads, exaggerated benefits,
publicity-seeking nutters or people with a book or potions to sell
There are already self-help groups on the internet for specific
diseases. e.g. cancer, arthritis, old age, etc. where patients discuss
what might help each other.
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