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[Meta] What should we do about serious medical questions?

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Updated October 23, 2014 at 3:40 AM
Created May 30, 2012 at 9:48 PM

How should we answer questions that may be beyond the level we should be dealing with? How do we know what that level is?

(brought on by a particular question, but really applies to a lot of questions I've read here)

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9402 · May 31, 2012 at 12:22 AM

and in case anyone missed it: http://paleohacks.com/questions/123315/whats-wrong-with-this-poo-warning-linked-picture-of-poop and if you didn't miss it, always worth a 2nd look. :)

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9402 · May 31, 2012 at 12:21 AM

+1 for referencing poop

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14877 · May 30, 2012 at 11:06 PM

I know! Word to the wise: Don't eat and browse paleohacks at the same time.

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14877 · May 30, 2012 at 11:06 PM

I know! Word to the wise; don't eat and browse paleohacks simultaneously.

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56616 · May 30, 2012 at 10:36 PM

no, Paleohacks is not an enabler. We cannot allow people to continue to post here about suicidal ideation knowing that they are not being treated. Our policy is to suspend troubled accounts and encourage the user to see a mental health professional/real doctor/etc.

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11581 · May 30, 2012 at 10:08 PM

With this question, I'm not proposing any answer. I'm asking a question which could have piles of different answers.

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56616 · May 30, 2012 at 10:07 PM

please flag them for moderator attention!

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11581 · May 30, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Any of above or otherwise. As I said, this was prompted by a particular question, but applies to lots of others I've seen while here. There could be lots of different answers, since it really is a broad question.

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9402 · May 30, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Are you asking legally? Or morally? Or PH convention?

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3347 · May 30, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Just throw out the first thing that comes to mind, it's pretty silly to look for answers to serious medical questions at "Paleo Hacks," what's next "Hack My Brain Tumor"?

People link to photos of their poop for God's sake.

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9402 · May 31, 2012 at 12:22 AM

and in case anyone missed it: http://paleohacks.com/questions/123315/whats-wrong-with-this-poo-warning-linked-picture-of-poop and if you didn't miss it, always worth a 2nd look. :)

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9402 · May 31, 2012 at 12:21 AM

+1 for referencing poop

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14877 · May 30, 2012 at 11:06 PM

I know! Word to the wise: Don't eat and browse paleohacks at the same time.

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14877 · May 30, 2012 at 11:06 PM

I know! Word to the wise; don't eat and browse paleohacks simultaneously.

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1967 · May 30, 2012 at 10:46 PM

"I think you should see a doctor immediately."

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8757 · May 30, 2012 at 10:21 PM

I think sometimes it's helpful to have a variety of answers to a question, sometimes we search for answers or spend months/years trying to figure out issues with our physician and get no where.

Posting a question can often prompt multi answers in completely different directions, but might actually be more helpful than you think...ie: sharing personal experiences with others with similar issues and different diagnosis and remedies one might not have thought to consider.

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4181 · May 30, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Most people search the internet for help through exasperation at a lack of answers from textbook style doctors. The internet is such a rich resource, there's no need to abstain from advice on serious issues, because as with most the advice comes with a disclaimer to visit the doctor also. We'd be hamstrung by a decision to disregard questions that might pertain to serious health problems imo

I appreciate your concern but I'm not really sure what you're proposing the alternative be. If someone is desperate for answers, having not found them with a doctor, to then have people on the internet say 'no, we can't help you, it's too serious' this could be quite damaging, almost dangerous

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56616 · May 30, 2012 at 10:36 PM

no, Paleohacks is not an enabler. We cannot allow people to continue to post here about suicidal ideation knowing that they are not being treated. Our policy is to suspend troubled accounts and encourage the user to see a mental health professional/real doctor/etc.

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11581 · May 30, 2012 at 10:08 PM

With this question, I'm not proposing any answer. I'm asking a question which could have piles of different answers.

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