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Health misinformation is killing patients. Here’s what physicians can do.

The problem calls for systemic changes and individual actions

It was a medical mystery. Or was it?


I was seeing a young man in my Miami clinic. He looked healthy but felt awful. His condition was baffling, he told me, considering his daily intake of vitamins, herbal supplements, and energy drinks. When I suggested this cocktail could be to blame, he was skeptical.


After all, he had developed the regimen under the expert eye of the internet.


Lifestyle choices weren’t the root cause of my patient’s condition. They were the symptoms of a more dangerous and widespread contagion: misinformation.


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