Knowing that a doctor is qualified to treat illnesses, write prescriptions, and make diagnoses when we visit them gives us peace of mind. In order to prove that they are competent, they have gone through a rigorous testing and training process that lasted at least ten years after they graduated from high school.
However, when we use the internet, anyone with a keyboard and an opinion is free to spread any medical disinformation they please, so we should proceed with caution while reading anything we find there. The Bad Medical Takes Twitter account, thankfully, is devoted to exposing careless and incorrect medical advice that is spread online.
In order for you to participate in our enjoyment of hearing all the bizarre thoughts stupid people feel compelled to share online, we’ve compiled some of the most absurd, amusing, and disturbing postings Bad Medical Takes has posted below. Vote up any assertions that you think should have been presented in jest, and then tell us in the comments what the worst medical advice you’ve ever heard was. You can discover our most recent story about the same Twitter account right here if you’re interested in reading another Bored Panda post with medical opinions that are absolutely not doctor approved.
I can only presume that the Bad Medical Takes Twitter account was first established in March 2020 in response to all of the quickly spreading false information regarding the COVID-19 virus. False information spread like wildfire when the epidemic hit because everyone on the internet overnight changed into a medical expert, and there were billions of frantic people searching for answers all across the world.
But I can’t entirely blame the pandemic for the terrible medical advice that is rife online. Before 2020, the internet was flooded with false information; it only made sense that medical advice would fall into the same category. But the latter is much riskier than reading false information about a politician or being instructed to inject bleach into your veins. Therefore, misleading medical claims need to be exposed and debunked even more than typical fake news.