fernando wrote:Again, I think you are underestimating people's abilities to judge what's in their best interest. People are doing theses procedures under medical supervision, by top notch doctors. As I have said before, nobody is - apart from the good German doctor- sticking a catheter into her/his own groin.
I certainly don't mean to underestimate anyone's ability to judge. And I'm more referring to medications and supplements that people take (I posted another blurb with examples I think; one e.g., trying diabetes meds for MS when the idea is only in the theoretical stages and there's no evidence).
But I hear this all the time. Again, I don't have any numbers or anything - but just about everyone I know walks around giving everyone around them medical advice all the time. These are super intelligent and knowledgeable people in their own fields, but they give medical advice as if they are the experts on that drug.
Same thing in forums. People advocate a particular drug/supplement just because it worked for them. Without considering that other people could have other conditions that make them bad candidates for those drugs.
I don't agree that people always know what's in their own best interest... if they had complete knowledge, then perhaps... but unfortunately we don't all have expertise in every area ... I certainly don't... that's why I would ask someone who does... on any matter.
I certainly hope that others reading are running these ideas by someone who is an expert on the drug and what it does to every system in the body, not just the brain.
I just wonder at what point do we cross the line between sharing experiences vs giving directed advice to others? Is it ethical to give advice about important issues without knowing all the nitty-gritty of what we're advocating?