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Debunking Internet Myths: What Is the Best Approach?

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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.

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  • Internet myths
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Low T syndrome

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Eschler, D.C., Leffert, J.D. (2019). Debunking Internet Myths: What Is the Best Approach?. In: McDermott, M. (eds) Management of Patients with Pseudo-Endocrine Disorders. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-22720-3_5

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