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Debunking Internet Myths: What Is the Best Approach?

  • Deirdre Cocks Eschler
  • Jonathan D. LeffertEmail author
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Abstract

The Internet has become a common resource of health information for the public across the world. People turn to the Internet to self-diagnose and, sometimes, self-treat. It can lead patients with oftentimes vague symptoms to turn to a primary care doctor or endocrinologist with a perceived diagnosis of hypothyroidism, low testosterone (or low T), or “adrenal fatigue.” It is the physician’s responsibility to listen to the frequently frustrated patient, do a complete history and physical, educate them on the true way to diagnose and treat the presumed condition, and direct them toward a possible etiology of their symptoms.

Keywords

Internet myths Adrenal fatigue Hypothyroidism Low T syndrome 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.Health Sciences Center, Level 16, Department of MedicineStony BrookUSA
  3. 3.North Texas Endocrine CenterDallasUSA

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