Something I often struggle with throughout the patient health care journey—partly because every person I know has no knowledge as to the extent of my "issues" unless they themselves are doctors (or sufferers)—is the availability of useless and sometimes just plain bad information out there.
We see it in our politics every day — for instance, I heard Sarah Palin state (in her recent Katie Couric interview) that the only reason why someone like me might have more foreign policy experience than her is due to the fact that my parents "got me a a passport and a backpack and let me go travel the world." I'm still wondering where this elusive passport, backpack, and funded pass to travel the world may have gone—Mom? Dad? Do you two know?
Everyone thinks they are an expert these days, regardless of their actual knowledge—which is why it is so important to know the difference between powerful and useless information. On that note. Read this piece: You’re Sick. Now What? Knowledge Is Power.