A Slightly Peevish Rant: Don’t Take Medical Advice From The Internet!

On the various sites I visit, there’s been an alarming trend for “therapeutic doses”.

Not necessarily for prescription meds, but for supplements.

Poster A: “I’m cold a lot”

Poster B: “Oh you need to take a “therapeutic dose” of Iron. Start with 10,000mg an hour, every hour, for 2 days.”

Poster A: “That seems like a lot”

Me: “It is. If you take that much iron you’ll probably die. More than 50mg can cause a medical crisis.”

Poster B: “Oh, it’s fine, it’s JUST A SUPPLEMENT” She (me) is just being overly cautious” I’m suggesting a therapeutic level dose”.

Me: “A “therapeutic dose” of iron is determined by your doctor, based on your medical history, weight, how deficient you are, etc.”

Ok that may be exaggerating (a little) but you get the point.

People who have no idea what they’re talking about (and don’t know anything about you, your medical problems, medications, etc)are giving advice like this daily. And people follow the advice!

Ok sure, some supplements like Vitamin C might not kill you, but it will probably give you diarrhea bad enough you wished you were dead.

Others recommend taking prescription (ordered online, not prescribed) thyroid medications, adding that they’re “not dangerous”.

This sets me on edge because some people are gullible. They won’t do the research for themselves, and because they got the advice off a well known site by a well known (on that site) poster, they assume it’s great advice!

Please, please be careful giving or taking advice for “therapeutic doses”.


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