medical advice on the web

Do you look for medical advice on the web?  If you have a new and perhaps scary symptom, do you use google to check it out?  Or if you are prescribed something, do you look it up on the web?  If a friend describes a problem, are you inclined to see what the various sources on the web say?

Have you found any reliable sites for general medical advice?

My own use of the web with medical opinions is pretty irregular.  If I’m looking for something about which I know little or nothing, I look for consensus and then treat that as input to be checked out by another means.  There is a lot of consensus  about a number of things.

Sometimes I learn something important or see indications of something interesting.  I think, but am not sure, that some regulatory agency in the States has classified a lot of medicine in terms of its known effects during pregnancy.

There’s a huge consensus on the web about feline ringworm, a fungal

tarry, before the steroid-fed ringworn created 10 sores on his head
tarry, before the steroid-fed ringworn created 10 sores on his head

infection.  Almost all of it recommends thoroughly decontaminating your home.  That’s a lot of fun, and since I have a cat with the infection, I’ve been going around spraying lysol, vacuuming and so on.  But I just learned that the fungus is hyper abundant in my area, so that was pretty much pointless.  So  now we’re back to our mere four weeks of playing “find the cat’ every morning to give him medicine he actually likes to take.

I also looked up medicine for colds during pregnancy, after elp and Jender’s poignant remarks.  There’s a consensus on that, and it seems to say there are some safe-ish medicines.  Not, though, necessary sufficient reasons for taking them.

So please, if you feel like it, let us know what you think about using the web for medical advice and/or whether you do it.


If you’re wondering what’s going on, let me say that Tarry, short for Tarragon, is a rescue cat; we  got  him to help out with Basil, another rescue cat, who was going through an hysterical kittenhood.  Tarry came  with a bag of kitten presents from the rescue people and Basil broke into it and played with all the toys while Tarry hid under various beds.  Basil has recently become a placid, philosophical pudding cat:

"Is there an external world?  Why are some actions good and other bad?"
"Is there an external world? Why are some actions good and other bad?"

I may have gotten off topic, but please let us know what you think!

Getting Married?

If you are, and if you’re doing so in a place that doesn’t allow same-sex marriage, you may be feeling some moral/political qualms. I was listening to Dan Savage’s show and he had some suggestions for what straight people can do to help the cause when they get married: (1) You might get someone to say something about marriage equality as part of the service. (2) You might get something put into the written programme. (3) On the gift registry, you could suggest donations to a marriage equality campaign. Great ideas, I thought, and worth passing on.

No need to look young?

Let the celebrations begin.

“It’s official! Age is irrelevant… when it comes to women and beauty that is. ” No more anti-wrinkle creams, no more botox, no more airbrushing, no need to hide body parts that don’t look 15. Bring on the happy self-acceptance! Women no longer need to look young.

All we need to do– at any age– is look like this:


No problem then.

What I love about it is the idea that we’ve got past the ageism because we can now think that middle-aged women with perfect bodies and wrinkle-free faces are attractive. This is really perfectly fucked up because what it does is place *more* pressure on women while pretending to place less. Because now we all know that middle-aged women *can* look like teenagers, and it’s a pretty short step from there to the thought that they should. (An area where ‘can’ implies ‘ought’ perhaps?)