Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Heal Thyself

by Gary Niederhoff on September 24, 2018

Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Heal Thyself

Do we still need doctors? There are umpteen alternative sources of medical advice, including endless and heartfelt health tips from people without medical degrees. Frankly, self-diagnosis with a health app is easier and cheaper than a trip to a clinic. Since we’re urged to be our own health advocate and seek second opinions, why not ask Alexa or consult with a celebrity about what ails us?

Find out if you can trust these alternative medical advice platforms. Plus, lessons from an AIDS fighter about ignoring the findings of medical science.

And, if AI can diagnose better than an MD, will we stop listening to doctors altogether?

It’s our monthly look at critical thinking … but don’t take our word for it!

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Katherine Foley / Digital Diagnosis
Part 2: Paul Offit / Celebrity Snakeoil
Part 3: Richard Marlink / Denialism Epidemic
Part 4: Shinjini Kundu / Your A.I. M.D.

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