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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-16-11 05:16 PM
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16. What I use the Health forum for is the same as talking to people in real life-
for example - I came across a reference to Vitamin D and SAD a few years back. I looked around and found out that there was a lot of research going on because Vitamin D is involved in so many functions. What I did with the information was to talk to my doctor and to suggest (OK, insist) that my family members do so as well.

People complain about pharmaceutical ads, but it was only when the ads went on the air that hundreds of people went to their doctors to talk about restless leg syndrome. Others scoff and insist there is no such thing, but hundreds of people put up with a chronic condition until they were made aware that there was a treatment. Don't criticize them until you yourself have been awakened several times a night, night after night!

So, if a Health forum makes people aware that there are treatments or that they should go see a doctor, it's worthwhile. Many people are reluctant to bother a doctor with that annoying little problem, and put off treatment until a small problem becomes serious.
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