Steve Power: Do not trust Doctor Google

It's the golden rule of Google: do not self-diagnose illnesses - unless you're Steve's friend or his doctor.

It's the golden rule of Google: do not self-diagnose illnesses - unless you're Steve's friend or his doctor.

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Listen to this.

A mate of mine had an appointment at the doctors this week for a condition that I won’t name because it’s not serious – and you probably wouldn’t have heard of it anyway.

Even though we’re always told not to, he looked up his symptoms on ‘Doctor Google’ before going to his GP to figure out what he might have.

If I go to Lidl, I don’t want to be offered lobster or caviar

When he was chatting to the doctor, he said: ‘I checked my symptoms on the internet and think I might have this…’.

So he gave his symptoms to the doctor and the doctor started typing away at his keyboard.

My mate assumed that he was writing down the symptoms on his medical records or something like that. But then the doc said: ‘Excuse me, I just have to pop out to get something’, and he left the room.

My mate craned his head around to look at what the doctor was writing on the screen.

It turned out that the doctor had been Googling the symptoms my mate was describing and he went to the same internet page my mate had been on!

So, what my mate wants to know is the following.

If we’re not supposed to use ‘Doctor Google’, shouldn’t real doctors be banned from using it as well?

n If you search ‘wine bottle coolers’ on Amazon, you get 2,230 results.

Come on guys, that’s just too many isn’t it?

I’m all for having choice in the world, but does there really need to be over 2,200 different types of wine bottle cooler on the planet?

Because by the time I’ve looked through all of the wine bottle coolers available on Amazon, and then read the reviews and worked out the best value for money one to buy, I could have cooled all the wine I’m ever likely to drink in my life in my fridge.

n Lidl and Aldi are now selling gourmet products like lobster to win shoppers away from the high street giants in the run-up to Christmas. And in case you didn’t know, Waitrose has an Essentials range of goods that it sells at cheaper prices.

Is anyone else annoyed by this? Why can’t supermarkets just sell stuff we expect them to? If I want cheap and cheerful stuff I’ll shop at Lidl or Aldi and if I want expensive posh stuff, I’ll shop at Waitrose.

If I go to Lidl, I don’t want to be offered lobster or caviar, in the same way that if I shop at Waitrose, I don’t want to see shelves littered with bargains. Come on supermarkets, sort it out.

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