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Apr 12, 2009 05:44 PM

I wish Chowhounds would neither ask for nor give medical advice

I did a search on this and found a snippet of a site talk thread where it was pretty clear that Chowhound really doesn't allow this. But I didn't find any written policy but perhaps didn't look hard enough. Regardless, fellow 'hounds, please don't ask for or give any type of medical advice. We are into food and know a little or a lot about different kinds of it. But we are not health care professionals and even the 'hounds who are aren't here for that reason. It's very dangerous to ask that kind of question. So whether it has to do with allergies or Lipitor or food poisoning, please don't ask. And if you see something like this, I would report it and hope that the moderators will delete it and send a note to the OP as to why. My little Easter lecture is over :)

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    1. re: Demented

      Yes, C and Demented, thank you! I'm so far gone that I wince every time I read "healthy" nutrition comments as well (though, a certain site founder has fallen on to that particular wagon so who am I to complain, it's probably something wrong with me).

      But food poisoning... hmm, there is a class of issues that is public health rather than medical, as in it's not dispensing medical advice to mention that wooden utensils can harbor bacteria, but it would get tedious to hear it every time.

      And I do admit I'm curious about the portable defibrilators that are increasingly found out in public... does anybody know what to do with them? Don't answer that.

    2. I'm sure it is written somewhere that you aren't supposed to ask for specific medical advice, but just the other day I was wondering about food to settle some, uh . . . loose stools. I wasn't sure if that was okay to ask or not, so I just skipped it to be on the safe side. It was a, hold your breath, medical reference book, that I went to instead. Can you imagine that? A BOOK? Yes, that's right. And it worked very well.

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      1. re: danhole

        Holey moley. Do you suppose you could start a trend???

      2. I always wonder about people who trust others they know almost nothing about with their health. Is it against the CH rules?

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        1. re: chowser

          I was reading a thread about Jacqueline (?sp - I'm sure I spelled that wrong) being on NPR a couple of years ago and that was touched on.

          It's human nature to want to help others (hey, we're here to get and give food help!) but it's just so dangerous. I have a neighbor with two serious medical conditions. If he followed advice that didn't factor in his conditions, or believed anecdotal advice (which the internet is rife with) he could wind up in a huge amount of trouble. And, let's face it, in this litigious society we live in, well, you know.... :( I have a fair bit of medical background (and others here have WAY more) but I wouldn't advise anyone to take an aspirin if I didn't know them and their medical issues pretty darn well. And if there's no doctor around, I've found pharmacists to be an absolute font of information which they give gladly.

          1. re: chowser

            When did you ever see a doctor for the first time you knew anything about?

            Because the person has a piled higher and deeper degree (PHD) or doctorate does not insure they know any better than anyone else.

            I've met more doctors that needed a plexotomy that all the other professionals combined.

            1. re: Demented

              Prpbably silly of me but I prefer to get my medical advice from TRUSTED doctors I know rather than strangers on a message board.

              1. re: chowser

                I'm with you, chowser. And, to the best of my abilities, I aim to distance myself from doctors, other paid professionals *and chowhounds* who require a plexotomy.

              2. re: Demented

                Had to look that one up. Had me fooled. I was trying to work it out from etymological roots. Missed the obvious.

            2. Oy vey iz mir, this topic gives me such a headache......:)

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              1. re: Veggo

                Take two aspirin and call me in the morning. Oh no, bad advice; maybe you're on blood thinner. Hmmm...I'll get back to you on that one.

              2. I always go to and other sites like it, or just google it.